Walt Disney was an amazing and very impressive entrepreneur, and the creator of Walt Disney Studios, Disneyland, Disney World, and Mickey Mouse.
Walt never gave up. Ever. He went through a lot and knowing what he went through I probably would have given up if I were him. (Not that that’s the right attitude to have.) Before Disney, Walt started his own company called Laugh-O-Gram. Laugh-O-Gram didn’t make enough money to keep up with Walt’s ideas. Walt had to declare bankruptcy. Then, Walt came up with the idea of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. This was a success. But then, Universal (This is one reason I like Disney better than Universal) took Oswald. But, Walt didn’t give up where most people would have.
Then, Walt created Mickey Mouse, another huge success. But, this time Walt got to keep the rights to his amazing creation. And better yet, Mickey led to a bunch of amazing things in Walt’s career! Mickey’s third cartoon, Steamboat Willie was one of the first cartoons ever to fully use synchronized sound, which was a big deal. Soon, Mickey’s cartoons would add color too! Then, Walt wanted to make a fully animated movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Everyone thought he was crazy! But, he pulled it off and everyone loved it! With the money from Snow White, he used the money to build Walt Disney Studios. Then, he kept producing more and more animated films like Fantasia, Song of the South, Pinocchio, Bambi, and a lot more.
With all of those animated films that most people loved, Walt was taking in a lot of money. Then, Walt got the idea of Disneyland in his mind. And he never let it go. So, he built it. Disneyland cost 17 million dollars to build and took a year to complete. The opening day was on July 17, 1955. The opening day was… not like Walt imagined it. Rides broke down, (some hadn’t even opened yet) there were epic traffic jams, food shortages, and a lack of water… and that’s not even all! Let’s just say it was an opening day disaster. But, Walt still didn’t give up! How awesome and inspiring is that? Anyways, Walt eventually fixed all of this. And look at Disneyland now! People from all over the world love it! Anyways, then Walt produced more movies and opened Disney World.
Before Disney World opened, Walt sadly died on December 15th, 1966 around five years before Disney World opened. But, he will always, always, always be remembered.
“Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.” -Walt Disney.