Walt Disney–A Visionary Artist

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Walt Disney–A Visionary Artist

Kenia Castaneda, Writer

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Walter Elias Disney, known as Walt Disney, an American motion-picture and television producer and showman, born in Chicago, Illinois, made a everlasting impact on the modern world. Famous for pioneering animated cartoon films and creating such cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, every child’s life growing up experiences his wonderful entertainment.

Walt Disney began developing his skills as a cartoonist as a young child. Living on a farm in Missouri, he did not have many activities, but delighted in drawing cartoon pictures of his neighbor’s horses.

He dropped out of high school at age 16 hoping to join the U.S. Army. The military rejected him because of his young age, but he obtained employment as an ambulance driver with the Red Cross in France.

Walt Disney had big dreams on planning and building Disneyland, a huge amusement park in Anaheim, California. This park would feature his own characters, rides, shows, and Disney Company’s creations. Before his death, he started building a second amusement park, Walt Disney World, near Orlando Florida.

Walt made many children’s cartoon songs in Disney movies over the years, but his personal favorite, “Feed the Birds,” reflected the pigeon lady in Mary Poppins. Instead of a bass voice, he truly enjoyed a soprano one. Moreover, Walt always had a grand interest in trains, and he built an elaborate model in his office, which he exulted over when showing his guests.

In 1948, his hobby grew to new heights when he constructed a large model train in his backyard, with track spanning half a mile.  Unlike other hobbyists who put together small scale trains, Walt created one that simulated the size of an actual train. He named it the Carolwood Pacific Railroad.

Disney’s imagination, energy, and humor inspired him to develop well-loved amusements for children of all ages throughout the world. His achievements as a creator of entertainment for an almost unlimited public and a successful product merchandiser can truly compare to the most successful industrialists in history.

Walt Disney-not an ordinary genius, but a spectacular one!

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