Disney: 32 Cool Facts

Today we’re excited to bring you our first video and official post! 32 fun and interesting facts about the inspirational, the magical Walt Disney himself! (And the company he founded.)

Without further ado, Disney, ladies and gentlemen:



    1. Walt Disney got his start making short animated videos for particular movie theaters.
    2. Walt Disney’s first big success came in 1927 with the creation of his character Oswald the Rabbit. Legally the Oswald character belonged to Universal. Walt Disney was devastated when he lost control of the character and Mickey came into being soon after.
    3. Walt Disney originally named his now iconic mouse Mortimer, but his wife told him the name sounded pompous and suggested Mickey instead.
    4. In 2006, nearly 80 years after Walt Disney lost Oswald, the Disney company traded sportscaster Al Michaels, who was under contract at Disney owned ESPN at the time, to Universal’s new creation Sunday Night Foot, and the Disney company regained rights to Oswald.
    5. When Walt Disney first announced he wanted to make a full length color animated feature film (something that had never been done before) everyone told him he was crazy and that he would bankrupt his company. Many in the film industry referred to it as “Disney’s folly.”
    6. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves went on to win an Oscar and gross (adjusted for inflation) $1.6 billion.
    7. His first Oscar, for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was comprised of one big Oscar statuette and seven miniature statuettes.
    8. After the tremendous box office success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney bought his parents a new house. The house, however, had a faulty heating system causing his mother to die of carbon monoxide poisoning. It has been suggested that the reason main characters in early Disney movies frequently lose their mothers is because of Walt Disney’s own tremendous guilt for the death of his mother.
    9. Disney’s family was originally French, where their name was spelled d’Isigny.
    10. Smoked, but only in private, because he didn’t want to encourage kids to do the same.
    11. Most photos of Disney smoking have had the cigarette itself airbrushed out by the Disney company, giving rise to the cemi-iconic Disney two finger point.
    12. Walt Disney first showed the world audio animatronics, that is, robots that seem to speak, at the 1964 World’s Fair. His display included Abraham Lincoln (now part of the Hall of Presidents at Disney World) and the “It’s a Small World” boat ride.
    13. Disney accidently killed an owl when he was a kid. For the rest of his life he became a big supporter of kindness to animals. His movies have often included personified animals.
    14. Disney popularized the story of Bambi (previously a book), which was very progressive at the time in terms of animal rights and environmentalism.
    15. Walt Disney had a fully functional apartment on Main St. in Disneyland, from which he loved to watch people enjoy his park. This was also one of his favorite places to work. The apartment remains preserved today as a sort of shrine. The last papers Disney worked on before he died remain on his desk.
    16. Pixar character Wall-E was named after him. (Walter Elias Disney.)
    17. Dumbo never actually speaks. The 2nd quietest Disney lead is Aurora from Sleeping Beauty.
    18. The sorcerer in Fantasia is named Yen Sid. Try reading it backwards.
    19. The same actor who voiced Donald Duck also did dog barks for 101 Dalmatians.
    20. Mickey, Goofy and Donald the Duck can all be spotted at King Triton’s concert in the much more recent The Little Mermaid.
    21. Disney licensed software from a new computer company called Pixar, making The Little Mermaid the first feature film to use advanced digital animation software, though Disney Studios only used it for the end battle scene.
    22. Sulley of Monster’s Inc had over 2.3 million hairs. It took about 12 hours to render each frame.
    23. A massive tunnel system exists under Disney World to allow actors to move to their appropriate places. Walt Disney considered the fact that costumed characters had to walk through the wrong areas, shattering the magic, to be a major problem with the earlier Disney Land.
    24. In the Disney parks, Main St. is intended to represent 1910 America, and Tomorrowland 1986 America. Those years were chosen due to the appearance of Halley’s Comment.
    25. Cinderella’s Castle in Florida has a 650 ft apartment inside. Major celebrities are sometime invited to stay there, but supposedly no amount of money can buy a night in the room.
    26. Disney was known for being a perfectionist. On his death bed he complained that the water tower he could see through the hospital window needed a new coat of paint.
    27. According to urban legend, after Walt Disney died, he was cryogenically frozen and, according to the more extreme reports, hidden at Disneyland beneath the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
    28. This is false. He was cremated on December 17, 1966.
    29. Walt Disney is frequently considered one of the most influential people of the 20th century.
    30. Disney was a hero of Apple founder Steve Jobs.
    31. Walt Disney has more Academy Award nominations that anyone else in history.




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Disney 31 – (Video) Photo Credits

Historic photos used for editorial purposes only. Animatico and Channel Eleventy Six does not own copyrights or trademarks to any of the historic photos.

 Rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Mickey Mouse, Dumbo, Donald Duck, Goofy, Ursula, Sulley, Cinderella and Wall-E belong to the Disney company. Images in this slideshow are used for editorial, educational purposes only, and do not constitute any type of licensing agreement. For more information contact the Animatico company.

 Rights to stills from Tarzan, Bambi, Dumbo, Fantasia, The Little Mermaid, Monsters Inc. and Wall-E are fully retained by the Disney company and are used here solely for editorial and educational purposes and do not constitute any licensing agreement between Animatico and the Disney company. For more information, please contact Animatico.

 “Downtown Calgary Late 1950s” by Mark Faviell

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“Old cemetery / Viejo cementerio” by SantiMB.Photos

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“Donald Duck Wallpaper” Provided by IsisRain

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“Celebrate America Fireworks at Walt Disney World” by Mark Faviell

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“Disney Land Hong Kong Parade – Cinderella” by John Henry Mostyn

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“You Are Now Leaving The Other Dimension” by Scott Smith

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“Cinderella Castle” by Scott Endersby

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“Disneyland Paris 2014” by Darren

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“Disneyland Paris” by J Marsh

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“Steve Jobs 1955-2011” by tenz1225

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“Disney’s Partners (Infrared Photo)” by Tom Bricker

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(Video) Music Credit:

“Saint Gary” by John Deley and the 41 Players

Remixed by Owen Essen


Author: Owen Essen

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