- NAME: Walt Disney
- OCCUPATION: Entrepreneur
- BIRTH DATE: December 05, 1901
- DEATH DATE: December 15, 1966
- EDUCATION: Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design, McKinley High School, Chicago Art Institute
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Chicago, Illinois
- PLACE OF DEATH: Burbank, California
- Full Name: Walter Elias Disney
- AKA: Walt Disney
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Walt Disney was an American motion-picture and television producer and showman, famous as a pioneer of cartoon films and as the creator of Disneyland.
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Because of the open space and year-round warm weather, Walt Disney chose Orlando, FL to build his dream theme park, Walt Disney World. Though he died before the park's completion, his dream resort opened in 1971.
Walt Disney loved drawing at an early age and opened an animation studio in 1923. In 1928, his animated short film "Steamboat Willie" was released and introduced Mickey Mouse, who would become the mascot of The Walt Disney Company.
Animator and film producer Walt Disney introduced a series of lovable characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck and created the first full-length animated feature, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."
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It was a place where children and their families could explore, take rides and meet the Disney characters. In a very short time, the park had increased its investment tenfold, and was entertaining tourists from around the world.
Within a few years of the opening, Disney began plans for a new theme park and Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow in Florida. It was still under construction when, in 1966, Disney was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died on December 15, 1966, at the age of 65. Disney was cremated, and his ashes interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
After his brother's death, Roy carried on the plans to finish the Florida theme park, which opened in 1971 under the name Walt Disney World.
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