His full name was Walter Elias Disney. He was born in Chicago in 1901 but was raised with his three brothers and his sister in Marceline, Missouri. He already loved drawing when he was seven. While he was studying at McKinley HighSchool he started to take night courses at the Chicago Art Institute. After few months in the Red Cross during the 2nd World War, he decided to focus on his artistic career. He formed his first company with the cartoonist Ub Iwerks and created the famous character of Mickey Mouse and then his brother, Roy Disney, joined him to make the company grow and develop his cartoons. After a long series of cartoons with the mouse and his friends, his career peaked in the 30's after the release of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" his first animated feature in English and Tecnicolor. Many famous movies followed, which we will discuss later. His final idea was to create a theme park. He oversaw the construction of the first one in California, but died of a lung cancer in 1966 just before the opening of the bigger one in Florida. He is now known as the best motion picture producer of the century
[...] Disney's empire The first theme parks in the United-States Walt Disney created the first theme park, and this was widely regarded as an innovation. Disney had originally decided to create an amusement park for his employees to come with their families, a park right next to the company in California. So he spent five years developing the plans for Disneyland but in fact he decided to create Walt Disney Imagineering in 1952, a new subsidiary of his company to design the park. [...]
[...] With the modification of a rounded head and ears was born the Mickey Mouse that everybody knows and recognizes today. The most famous Disney movies With his new contract with Technicolor and to earn more money, Disney decided to create animated feature films. He was an innovator in the animation field. In 1937, the iconic film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was released. It was a resounding success and marked the beginning of the age of animation. Then came a series of other films among which the popular ones are: Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940), Dumbo (1941), Bambi (1942), Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951), Peter Pan (1953), Lady and the Tramp (1955), Sword and the Stone (1963), Robin Hood (1973), The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), Pocahontas (1995). [...]
[...] So in 1928, Iwerks and Disney started to work on the character of Mickey Mouse. The company was then renamed “Walt Disney Productions”. While Iwerks worked on the drawing, Disney worked on the personality and the voice of the mouse even if his first films were silent ones. Under this final name, the company became a great empire. During the following years, Disney created his best cartoons and films. Due to his success, he formed four other subsidiaries to develop the theme parks as well as the regular broadcast of short features on TV and in cinemas. [...]
[...] Disneyland parks in the world The first international theme park was located in Tokyo, Japan, and was named Tokyo Disney Resort. It opened in 1983. The second one opened in Paris in 1992 as Euro Disney Resort. It features two parks, seven hotels, a golf course and a shopping complex. In 2004, the net income of the resort was $1,520 billion. It is the first tourist destination in Europe to record 12.4 million visitors in a year. The one in Hong Kong was the third one of the series. [...]
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