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Walt Disney

I love reading about Walt Disney. He seems like he must have been a very interesting person and quite the creative genius. This week, let’s take a look of some things you might not know about Walt:

  • Walt was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois.
  • In addition to his brother and business partner Roy, Walt also had two more brothers, Herbert and Raymond, and a sister, Ruth.
  • The name Disney originates from the French name d’Isigny. The name was anglicized to Disney.
  • When Walt was a child, a neighbor paid him to draw pictures of his horse.
  • Walt’s uncle, Michael Martin, was a train engineer. I’m sure this added to Walt’s love of trains.
  • Walt Disney was fascinated by miniatures. He wanted to build an attraction of miniature dioramas which would travel the country by train. The attraction would have been called Disneylandia.

Do you know any interesting facts about Walt Disney? Share them with us in the comments below!

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Sean @DisneyDayByDay

Walt was an amazing man, I’ve read many book and still love to find out new facts about him.

Kimberly @Frontierland Station

Yes he was! I would have loved to have met him. I love hearing stories about him from people who had the chance to work with him.


I admire Walt Disney so much!! I love reading everything about him that I can get my hands on. Thanks for sharing these interesting facts about him Kimberly!


Me too! The books about Walt are so interesting!

Lynn Wiltse

I love learning more about Walt Disney. Thanks for sharing!


It’s so fun to learn more about the man who made the Happiest Place on Earth!

Beth Green

great facts about Walt! I always like learning more about him- one reason I love One Man’s Dream so much at Hollywood Studios! 🙂


I have never been there! I didn’t realize what it was until just recently. I always thought it was something boring. I can’t wait to see it on my next trip!


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