Walter Elias “Walt” Disney was born on this date in 1901 in Hermosa, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. When he was four, his family moved to Marceline, Missouri where he developed a passion for drawing and painting. Marceline was such an important influence on young Walt, that many of the original designs for Disney World were modeled after the town. Even back then, Walt was quite the entrepreneur, often sellling his artwork to family and friends. And remember, he was less than 10 years old! Truly a sign of things to come!
In 1911, his family moved again. This time to Kansas City. It seems wherever he went, he found another passion. Now it was trains. During the summer, he worked for the railroad as a concessions agent. Walt’s love of trains can best be seen in the Carolwood Room located at the Wilderness Lodge and the famous engine that circles the Magic Kingdom. You didn’t think it was just an attraction, did you? There was always a purpose in Walt’s mind!
One of the most amazing things to me is that as a high school student, that wasn’t enough. He spent his nights studying at the Chicago Art Institute. What teenager do you know of who would go to school all day and then take classes at night? At the age of 16, he left school to join the army. There was only one problem. He was 16, which meant he was too young to serve. Not one to be deterred, he joined the Red Cross and traveled to France where he served until 1919.
When he returned to the States, he got a job at an art studio. The rest you can say, is history!
One vision for the future.
An undying passion to achieve the best life could offer.
A person who believed that God gave him everything he had.
Add those together and you get the man we know as Walt Disney.
So on this day, I would like to thank Mr. Disney for being a trend-setter, for his unwillingness to give up on his dreams and for being a man of faith who has brought delight to so many families, including mine, all across the world.
Happy 111th Birthday,Walt!!!!