Walt Disney's proposal for a "theme park" that would bring stories and characters from his movies to life was met with considerable skepticism because it was such a break from the amusement parks and traveling carnivals of the time.

But Disneyland proved to be successful beyond even Walt's wildest wish upon a star. Within a few years, Disney was hired to create four major pavilions for the New York World's Fair, and soon was making plans for a Florida resort.

Today, there are 10 Disney parks around the world and many other theme parks influenced by the Disneyland concept. Hundreds of millions of people have worn Mickey Mouse ears, spun around on the tea cups and tried in vain to get the tune from "It's a Small World" out of their heads.