The Walt Disney Family Museum Blog

Posted on Mon, 02/03/2020 - 17:02
Posted on Feb 3, 2020
The story surrounding the origin of Mickey Mouse is well-known. Walt, feeling defeated after losing the rights to produce films with the Oswald character that he created, was on a train ride home when he began thinking about a new star.
Posted on Fri, 07/19/2019 - 15:58
Posted on Jul 19, 2019
When the Disneyland television show premiered in October 1954, it promised stories and programs from four distinct lands in the still-under-construction theme park: Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland. With no existing library of material to populate the Tomorrowland segments, Walt assigned a team, directed by veteran animator Ward Kimball, to develop “science-factual” programs about human space exploration, among other topics.
Posted on Tue, 06/25/2019 - 11:31
Posted on Jun 25, 2019
Alice’s Wonderland—the last film Walt Disney made in Kansas City, Missouri—depicts the animated adventures of a true-to-life young girl in a make-believe world. In the original 1923 short film, Alice arrives by train in “Cartoonland.” A large welcoming committee of animated animal characters greets her with excitement and adoration. Walt’s subsequent arrival in Hollywood, also by train, was a bit humbler.
Posted on Mon, 06/24/2019 - 17:13
Posted on Jun 24, 2019
Former Disney artist Willie Ito was 5 years old when he was taken to a neighborhood theater to see Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). Two years later, returning to San Francisco from a weekend family outing to Santa Cruz, “There were armed soldiers stopping some of the cars,” as Ito remembers. The United States had been attacked at Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan that morning.
Posted on Wed, 06/19/2019 - 15:18
Posted on Jun 19, 2019

In late 1919, Walt Disney returned from his voluntary Red Cross service in post-World War I France. An independent eighteen-year-old, he’d resettled in Kansas City, Missouri and attempted to establish a career in illustration, graphic design, and cartooning. However, within a year’s time, a different art form caught his attention.