Walt Disney, famous pioneer of cartoon films and as the creator of Disneyland, doesn’t need an introduction. During his lifetime he won 22 Academy Awards. His Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated film, produced an unimaginable $1.499 million, in spite of the Depression, and won a total of eight Oscars.
In his early years and youth, Disney showed a huge interest in drawing and photography. When he was 16, he dropped out of school to join the army but was rejected for being underage. Instead, he joined the Red Cross and was sent to France for a year to drive an ambulance.
Walt and his brother invented a character called Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, the rights to which were stolen by a company he was working for. After he discover this, Disney produced three cartoons featuring a new character Walt had been developing called Mickey Mouse.
Disneyland theme park had increased its $17 million investment tenfold, and is still entertaining tourists from around the world. Disneyland is now recognized around the world with parks in Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong, with a Shanghai location slated to open in December 2015. Sister property California Adventure also opened in 2001.
If you can dream it, you can do it. – Walt Disney