Happy Birthday Walt Disney! Celebrating His Life and Legacy

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Walt Disney at Disneyland

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Today we celebrate the birthday of Walt Disney, creative visionary, entrepreneur, animator, director, film produce, and dream maker. Today would have been Walt’s 120th birthday and the Walt Disney Company, as well as all of the Disney Parks, are showing remembrance and gratitude to this historic figure.

Walt Disney in the Tiki Room
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Born on December 5, 1901, Walter Elias Disney was always full of ambition, drive, and a passion to entertain Guests. As Walt famously stated, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible” and the Walt Disney Company has really embraced this sentiment. Whether it be the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge expansion to Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park, all of the amazing animated movies such as Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest film Encantoor the upcoming brand-new vision of possibly Walt’s favorite project, EPCOT, and its exciting transformation that is currently taking place, the Walt Disney Company has taken this message to heart.

Spacehip Earth and Monorail
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Walt got his start as an illustrator when he was only five years old after his neighbor commissioned him for a drawing of a horse. Did you also know that Walt actually voiced Mickey Mouse himself in over 100 cartoons and shorts? Talk about multitasking!

Disney Parks (@DisneyParks), the official Twitter account for all of the Disney Parks and Resorts around the globe posted a video where they reveal they are working on a brand new statue of Walt that will go along with EPCOT’s exciting transformation:

To celebrate Walt Disney’s birthday, enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a brand-new statue, coming to Walt Disney World at Dreamers Point as part of the historic EPCOT transformation. 


The official Twitter account for Disneyland Paris (@DisneylandParis) posted a heartwarming tribute while wishing Walt a happy birthday:

Aujourd’hui, nous fêtons l’anniversaire de celui avec qui tout a commencé : Walt Disney !


With this year being Walt Disney World’s 50th-Anniversary, this birthday for Walt feels extra special. If only he could have seen just exactly how Walt Disney World in Orlando would change, evolve, and blossom into what it has become today. As Walt is probably most famous for saying, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world”, and it’s amazing to see the Parks, as well as the Walt Disney Company in general, keeping this same mentality as they continue to grow and improve.

How are you celebrating the life of Walt Disney? Are you excited to see all of the new changes to Walt Disney World for its 50th-Anniversary?

Let the expert team at Academy Travel help you plan your next magical vacation to Disney World’s water parks, four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — and the Disney Springs shopping and dining district!

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