Walter Elias Disney

  • Birth

    Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901, in Chicago, Illinois to Elias Disney and Flora Call Disney.
  • Important Discovery

    Important Discovery
    Walt meets Ub Iwerks and forms Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists. The company fails after one short month. Walt and Iwerks get jobs with the Kansas City Slide Company and discover animation.
  • Laugh-O Grams

    Laugh-O Grams
    Presented as "Newman Laugh-O Grams," Disney's cartoons became widely popular in the Kansas City area. Through the success of Laugh-O Grams, Disney was able to obtain own studio and hire additional animators. Unfortunately, Walt was unable to successfully manage money. As a result, the studio became loaded with debt and went bankrupt.
  • Walt Gets Marries Lillian Bounds

    Walt Gets Marries Lillian Bounds
    Lillian and Walt Disney get married in 1925 in Idaho, at Lewiston's Episcopal Church of the Nativity.
  • First Cartoons

    First Cartoons
    The first animated short with Mickey in it was titled, Plane Crazy, which was a silent film. After failing to find a distributor for Plane Crazy, Disney created a Mickey cartoon with sound called Steamboat Willie.
  • Mickey Mouse is Born

    Mickey Mouse is Born
    Mickey's birth is celebrated on November 18 because that was the day Steamboat Willie was released. He was originally created earlier in 1928, sometime around March.
  • The Golden Age of Animation

    The Golden Age of Animation
    The success of Snow White allowed Disney to build a new campus for the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. Snow White was not only the peak of Disney's success, but it also ushered in a period that would later be known as the Golden Age of Animation for Disney.
  • Disneyland Grand Opening

    Disneyland Grand Opening
    Disneyland officially opened July 17, 1955. "To all who come to this happy place; welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past...and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America...with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world." - Walt Disney
  • New Ideas

    New Ideas
    Walt Disney Studios purchases land in Orlando, Florida for EPCOT, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, which also leads to the creation of Walt Disney World.
  • Death

    Walt Disney died on December 15, 1966 at his home in California. He had lung cancer and died when his circulatory collapsed.