I currently did a report on Walt Disney and Disneyland for a final thesis paper I had to do in order to graduate. I thought I would share it with you guys. Enjoy!
Walt Disney was a man of many “firsts.” He was the “first” man to create beautiful, full-length hand-drawn animation films and the “first” man to create a very successful theme park enterprise. During his lifetime, Walt Disney had many fun and creative ideas and dreams - none of which that were too impossible or too hard to make into reality. (This was my Thesis statement.)
Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5th, 1901, in the great city of Chicago, Illinois. His father, Elias Disney, was Irish-Canadian, while his mother, Flora Call Disney, was of German-American descent. When Walt was born, the Disney family already had three sons: Herbert Arthur Disney (December 8th, 1888), Raymond Arnold Disney (December 30th, 1890), and lastly Roy Oliver Disney (June 24th, 1893). Walt Disney would be the fourth and final son of Elias and Flora. However, on December 6th, 1903, the Disney family was blessed with a beautiful daughter named Ruth Flora Disney. In later years, both Walt and Ruth would develop a great friendship as brother and sister.
After the birth of Ruth, Elias decided to move his family to a 45-acre farm in Marceline, Missouri (in April of 1906), to let his wife and kids escape from the pressures of daily city life. Obviously during this very crucial time of Walt’s childhood, Disney derived (or acquired) special passions that would, later in his lifetime, become very helpful to his success in both his films and his theme parks. Most of these passions (you could also say “beliefs”) Disney had grown accustomed to was mainly due to where he lived during his early years, which was a very small little community in Missouri. Marceline gave Disney a sense of what an idyllic place should be like, in which “neighbors helped neighbors out and every day was a happy and joyous one.” And this idea and belief, in some form or another, would later form the very foundation of Disneyland.