Of Dreams & Magic: Legacy of Walt Disney

Walt DisneyEvery Sunday, I used to eagerly await the cartoon that used to be broadcasted on National Television. My favorite of all was Mickey Mouse and I simply loved Minnie Mouse. For almost a decade I believed they existed. Those were the times when there were no other cartoon channels like these days.

Life revolved around watching Doordarshan; I still miss that golden era. What is worth mentioning is even the children around me including the adults knew Mickey Mouse and Minnie mouse and several other Walt Disney characters. The story has not much changed. It is over a two decades now. They are immortal and so is the Man who created them. Disney created the character based on the mouse he had adopted as a pet. When he created the short silent film, he failed to find a distributor.

Walt Disney, the Man behind the great Walt Disney Empire left behind a legacy. He was named Walter Elias “Walt” Disney born in December 5, 1901. His father Elias had purchased a newspaper delivery route for The Kansas City Star. At 10, Walt woke up at 4:30 AM and worked delivering newspapers until the school bell rang. He resumed working the paper trail at 4 PM and continued to supper time. He found the work exhausting and often received poor grades from dozing off in class. He continued his paper routine for more than six years. The success he got as an artist is all due to his persistence, his dedication, his unwavering faith in himself and lots of hard work.

The milestones in his life are many but he gave all the children reasons to rejoice. He created Disneyland. Walt Disney came up with the concept of Disneyland after visiting various amusement parks with his daughters in the 1930s and 1940s. Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with over 650 million guests since it opened. In 2013, the park hosted approximately 16.2 million guests, making it the third most visited park in the world that calendar year. Disneyland is the first of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, opened on July 17, 1955. It is the only theme park designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney.

To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world. – Walter E. Disney, July 17, 1955, 4:43 pm.

Disney created a magical world, cast a spell and enchanted us all. From its beginning in 1939 and continuing today, The Walt Disney Studios has come to symbolize its founder’s dedication to creating dreams of lasting beauty and significance. Experience the Magic, Disney’s website says. Yes indeed!

Walt Disney Studios is the home of the greatest fantasy and animated films ever made. Walt Disney still holds the Guinness World Record for the most Academy Awards won by any individual – walking away with 31 Oscars. Disney was the first major movie studio to make programs directly for television (beginning in 1954). My all time favorite remains Little Mermaid. Any dull day, a day which has not been good, I end up watching Disney animated movies. Needless to say, I sleep peacefully hoping for a great day ahead. Walt Disney Studios is located in Burbank, right next to NBC Studios (and not far from Warner Bros). The studio is bordered by Buena Vista Street on the west, Keystone on the east, Alameda Avenue on the north, and Riverside Drive on the south.

Ten of my favorite quotes from Walt Disney:

  1. On becoming the most authentic version of yourself: Never grow up. “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you Unique.”
  2. On beating yourself up: “Why worry? If you have done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.”
  3. On the importance of books: “There is more in books than in all pirates’ loot on Treasure Island.”
  4. On the importance of Education: “Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource – the minds of our children.”
  5. On the things more important than money: “Money doesn’t excite me – my ideas excite me.”
  6. On doing what you love: “Most of my Life I had fun what I wanted to do. I have had fun on the job.”
  7. On Dreams: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
  8. On Challenges: “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
  9. On Goals: “A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.”
  10. On Family: “A man should never neglect his family for business.”