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The Man Behind The Mouse: Walt Disney Is Born
“The era we are living in today is a dream of coming true,” Walt Disney once said. Indeed, Disney’s life was of the stuff dreams are made.
Living A Fairy Tale: Disney’s Rise To The Top
While working at Pesemen-Rubin Art Studio, Disney met a fellow cartoonist named Ubbe Iwwerks and the two became instant friends. They created their first company, Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists, but it collapsed because they found few clients. The two then went to work for Kansas City Film Ad, where they continued to experiment with animation and different techniques. After two years, Disney quit his job to launch his second business.
Lesson #1: Stretch Your Brand
“It's something that will never be finished,” Disney once said of Disneyland. “Something that I can keep developing and adding to.” Disney was a management mastermind, a pioneer in the field of branding and merchandising. Constantly thinking of how far he could stretch the Disney brand, Disney set new industry standards for his ability to capitalize on his name.
Lesson #2: Chase Your Dreams
“Somehow I can’t believe there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true,” Disney said. “This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C’s. They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy and the greatest of these is Confidence.”
Lesson #3: Use Your Imagination
“I believe in being an innovator,” said Disney. “Tomorrow can be a wonderful age.”
Lesson #4: Take Control
“I don't like formal gardens,” said Disney. “I like wild nature. It's just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess." Despite his apparent disregard for structure, Disney was a hands-on entrepreneur, who enjoyed taking control over all aspects of his company. While it was in part personality-driven, Disney’s hands-on nature was also due to a lesson he learned the hard way early on in his career.
Lesson #5: Know When To Pull the Plug
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible,” said Disney. He was a man who rarely turned down the chance to seize a new and exciting opportunity. Whether in his animations or his amusement parks, Disney has built his career upon creating unique and innovative experiences. Because he was constantly entering unknown territory, doing so inevitably required taking risks. Not all of his risks paid off. Like all other entrepreneurs, Disney needed to learn the lesson about when to commit to an idea and when to pull the plug.
Inside The Magic Kingdom: How Disney Achieved Success
“Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse,” Disney said.
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About Walt Disney
Walt Disney may be one of America’s most beloved visionaries and entrepreneurs, but there is much about Walt Disney that his fans don’t know. For instance, did you know that Walt Disney’s actual autograph bears no resemblance to the famous Disney logo? Or that Walt Disney got his idea for Mickey Mouse while watching mice play in his garage one night? This was despite the fact that Walt Disney himself had a fear of mice.
Walt Disney World
In the Frommer’s Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, author Bob Sehlinger says, “When it comes to Walt Disney World you either need a plan or a frontal lobotomy.” Indeed, as huge a complex of theme parks as Walt Disney World is, without adequate research, there are undoubtedly many things that would never be noticed or uncovered by the public. From what goes on in the ‘backstage’ areas of Walt Disney World to the number of ghosts that ‘live’ in the Haunted Mansion, Walt Disney World trivia is the subject of much eager discussion.
Walt Disney Resort
In 1955, the first Walt Disney Resort opened in Anaheim, California. It was extremely popular, but despite its success, market research revealed that only two percent of visitors that came to the resort were from east of the Mississippi River. The Walt Disney Resort was failing to attract people from the region where three quarters of the American population actually lived. Founder Walt Disney was also unhappy with many of the businesses that had sprung up around Disneyland and wanted more control over a larger area of land.
Walt Disney Orlando
It is consistently ranked one of the top vacation destinations in the U.S., if not the world, and has become a mainstay in the cultural landscape of America. If you have never been to Walt Disney Orlando, you are missing out on a unique experience – a unique experience that you will be sharing with over 40 million people each year that is.
Walt Disney Florida
Following the success of the world famous Disneyland in California, founder Walt Disney wanted to expand his operations. He quietly began purchasing land in central Florida under the mask of fake companies in order to keep prices low. On February 2, 1967, after meeting with various local legislative, civic, and industrial leaders, a new Walt Disney Florida project was announced in a press release by Walt Disney Productions. Called “Disney World,” this new Walt Disney Florida project was to be built on a 43-square mile piece of land sixteen miles southwest of Orlando, Florida.
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