December 5th: many things happened on this day, but one important thing occurred that made history: In 1901, Walt Disney was born.
Being a former Floridian, 4/5 people ask me, “Did you go to Disney World at all?” And I’ve always said yes, tons of times. (By the way, that other 1/5 people ask, “Did you evacuate for the hurricane?”, and I’ve said no.) It’s amazing how Disney did all this stuff when movies and cartoons were just beginning to become a popularity, and some became famous, like Steamboat Willie, as well. But when he released the first full-color feature film as a cartoon, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, many knew Disney was just taxiing down the runway. His next movies were Pinocchio and Fantasia in 1940, and Dumbo in 1941.
In 1955, Disneyland opened, but its first day was a disaster. However, it didn’t have an accident after that. Four more parks in Florida were opened, thus making Disney World. Walt never saw these parks open, dying of lung cancer in 1966, but he did come up with ideas that are in today’s parks. The first was the Magic Kingdom, opening in 1976, followed by EPCOT in 1982, M-G-M Studios (now Hollywood Studios) in 1989, and finally Animal Kingdom in 1998; including many hotels around the 40 square mile property.
In conclusion, Walt Disney and his company have paved the way for creativity to pop all over the US, including small animation companies bought and owned by Disney- Pixar in 2006 for $7.4 billion, Lucasfilm in 2012 for 4.05 billion,and many others. But also, Disney shared the magic in millions’ hearts, or as Disney put it, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”