Walter Elias Disney is born in Chicago to Elias Disney and Flora Call Disney.
1906 - The Disneys move to Marceline
The Disneys move to Marceline, MO, where Walt has an idyllic childhood on a farm and develops a strong interest in drawing.
1910 - Farm sell
His father, Elias his health poor, has to sell the farm.
1911 - The family moves to Kansas City
The family moves to Kansas City, MO, where Walt rises daily at 3:30 a.m. to deliver newspapers on his father’s paper route. He discovers and falls in love with vaudeville and movies.
1917 - The family moves to Chicago
The family moves to Chicago, where Walt draws pictures for the McKinley High School newspaper and attends evening classes at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Walt hopes to become a newspaper cartoonist.
1918 - New carrer
Walt lies about his age to be accepted into the American Ambulance Corps and serves in France following the end of World War I.
1919 - Walt returns to the US
Walt returns to the US, moves to Kansas City and gets a job at the PesmenRRubin Commercial Art Studio for $50 a month.
1920 - Walt meets Ub Iwerks and forms
Walt meets Ub Iwerks and forms IwerksRDisney Commercial Artists. The company fails after one month. Walt and Iwerks get jobs with the Kansas City Slide Company (later KC Film Ad Company) and discover animation. While keeping his day job, Walt creates Newman LaughRORgrams, which produces advertising and topical shorts and story cartoons.
1922 - Walt incorporates Laugh gram Films
Walt incorporates Laugh gram Films, Inc. with $15,000 from backers.
1923 - Laugh gram goes bankrupt.
Laugh gram goes bankrupt. Walt moves to Hollywood to become a director. With his brother Roy, he establishes the Disney Brothers Studio when he lands a contract for the “Alice Comedies,” a series in which a young girl filmed in live action interacts with animated characters.
1924 - Walt hires animators
Walt hires animators, including Iwerks, ceases animating, and focuses on story development and direction.
Lillian Bounds, Walt’s future wife, starts work at the Studios as an inker.
1925 - Marriage
Walt and Lillian get married.
1926 - Walt Disney Studio Creation
Walt and Roy rename the studio Walt Disney Studios and move it to a new building on Hyperion Avenue. The birthplace of some of Disney’s greatest films, it later becomes known as the Hyperion studio.
1927 - Charles Mintz contracts Walt Disney
Film distributor Charles Mintz contracts Walt Disney Studios to create a new series of animation films based on an undeveloped character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. As the distributor for the cartoons, Mintz owns rights to it. When the series succeeds and Walt asks for a larger budget, Mintz asserts trademark rights and tries to take over Walt Disney Studios. Walt abandons the character to Mintz.
1928 - Creation of Mickey Mouse
Walt creates Mickey Mouse. He joins the vanguard of the talkingRpicture revolution when he produces Steamboat(Willie, an innovative cartoon that synchronizes sound and animation. During the next year, Mickey becomes a national sensation.
1929 - Silly Symphonies
Walt launches “Silly Symphonies,” a series of cartoons that combine music and animation.
1930 - Mickey related merchandising
Roy and Walt Disney license Mickey related merchandising
1931 - Membership grows Disney studios
Membership in the Mickey Mouse Club passes one million people.
1932 - Exclusive use of three strip Technicolor for cartoons
Walt acquires exclusive use of three strip Technicolor for cartoons and incorporates the technology in his films. He hires teachers from the Chouinard Art Institute to give classes at the Studio.
1933 - First movies distribution
Three Little Pigs, the 36th “Silly Symphony,” is distributed, with the original song,“Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” The song becomes a national hit and ananthem for the Great Depression. Lillian Disney gives birth to Diane Disney.
1936 - Adoption
Lillian and Walt adopt Sharon Disney.
1937 - Multiplane camera
Disney Studios develops a sophisticated multiplane camera that simultaneously shoots several levels of cels and backgrounds and gives depth to its films. The Studio uses it in a “Silly Symphony,” The Old Mill, and then in Disney’s first feature Rlength animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
1938 - Disney Studios Expanding and mother loss
Disney Studios acquires a 50Racre lot in Burbank, CA, for a new studio. Walt and Leopold Stokowski agree to collaborate on a movie that weds animation art to classical music, Fantasia. Walt’s mother, Flora, dies
1939 - Big Awards arrived
Walt wins an honorary Academy Award with a unique casting: one fullRsized Oscar and seven miniatures for now White and the Seven Dwarfs.
1940 - Pinocchio and Fantasia Release
Disney releases Pinocchio and Fantasia. Fantasia is released with a new technology,Fantasound, which precedes stereo and surround sound by 20 years. Neither film is commercially successful, and Walt Disney Studios issues 600,000 shares of common
stock at $5.00 per share.
1941 - Dumpo was created and father loss
Disney Studios releases Dumbo, which is a modest commercial success. The animators at the studio strike and unionize. Walt goes on a goodwill tour in South America. The United States enters World War II; the U.S. Army requisitions half of Disney Studios to house troops assigned to protecting a nearby Lockheed plant. Walt’s father, Elias, dies.
1942 - Bambi release
Disney Studios releases Bambi, its most naturalistic animation film to date, and Saludos Amigos, a movie for South American markets. Bambi is not commercially successful. Disney Studios begins making morale boosting and propaganda films.
1944 - Snow White rerelease
Disney re releases Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs successfully.
1946 - Mickey start speaking
Walt, who has provided Mickey Mouse’s voice for nearly 20 years, reassigns the role for Fun and Fancy Free. The studio releases Song of the South, which enjoys commercial success
1947 - James Baskett Oscar reward
James Baskett, who played Uncle Remus in Song of the South, wins an honorary Academy Award. Walt testifies before the House Un American Activities Committee on the role of communist agitation in the 1941 animators strike at the Studio.
1948 - Seal island creation
Disney Studios premieres Seal Island, the first of the “True Life Adventures” series, and one of the film industry’s earliest nature documentaries. Walt visits a railroad fair in Chicago and soon decides to create a railroad for his home.
1949 - Seal island wins the Oscar
Seal Island wins the Academy Award for best two reel documentary.
1950 - Cinderella gets head start from Snow white
Cinderella becomes Disney’s first commercially successful animated feature since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Disney releases Treasure Island, its first all live action movie.
1953 - Buena Vista films creation
Disney creates the Buena Vista Film Distribution Company.
1954 - ABC contract and Disney studios expansion
Disney contracts with ABC television to produce a oneRhour television program in exchange for a $500,000 investment by ABC in Disneyland. Walt buys 244 acres of land near Anaheim, CA to be the site for Disneyland.
1955 - Mickey Mouse Club on ABC
Lady and the Tramp is the first animated feature filmed in wide screen CinemaScope technology. Disneyland opens and in two months receives over one million visitors. Walt introduces the “Mickey Mouse Club” program on ABC.
1960 - Disney and Winter Olympics
Disney serves as Head of Pageantry of the 1960 Winter Olympics
1961 - Walt and Roy plans...
Walt and Roy establish plans to create the California Institute of the Arts through the merger of two financially distressed professional schools, the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music, founded in 1883, and the Chouinard Art Institute, founded in 1921.
1964 - Mary Poppins nomination and release
Mary Poppins is released and is later nominated for 13 Academy Awards. President Lyndon Johnson presents Walt with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civil honor. Walt, working in planning consultation with Robert Moses, designs four exhibits for the 1964-1965 World’s Fair in New York City, including “it’s a small world.”
1965 - Disney Studios goes Orlando!!!
Walt Disney Studios purchases land in Orlando, FL for EPCOT, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, a foreshadowing of the New Urbanism movement, which also leads to the creation of Walt Disney World.