Walt Disney, fully Walter Elias "Walt" Disney

Walt
Disney, fully Walter Elias "Walt" Disney
1901
1966

American Entertainment Businessman, Founder of Disneyland/Disney World, Animator, Film Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Voice Actor, International Icon

Author Quotes

You'll be a poorer person all your life if you don't know some of the great stories and great poems.

You don't build it for yourself. You know what the people want and you build it for them.

You know, the only way I've found to make these pictures is with animators. You can't seem to do it with accountants and bookkeepers.

You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.

You reach a point where you don’t work for money.

You can't just let nature run wild.

You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality. Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.

You are dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.

Why do we have to grow up? I know more adults who have the child's approach to live. They're people who don't give a hang what the Joneses do. You see them at Disneyland every time you go there. They are not afraid to be delighted with simple pleasures, and they have a degree of contentment with what life has brought - sometimes it isn't much, either.

Courage is the main quality of leadership, in my opinion, no matter where it is exercised. Usually it implies some risk — especially in new undertakings. Courage to initiate something and to keep it going, pioneering and adventurous spirit to blaze new ways, often, in our land of opportunity.

Don't tell me about the problems - I make the problems.

Heigh ho, heigh ho! It's off to work we go.

I don't like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It's just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.

I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known.

If anybody gets highbrow around the studio—out he goes.

It's no secret that we were sticking just about every nickel we had on the chance that people would really be interested in something totally new and unique in the field of entertainment.

No matter what the provocation, I never fire a man who is honestly trying to deliver a job. Few workers who become established at the Disney Studio ever leave voluntarily or otherwise, and many have been on the payroll all their working lives.

People often ask me if I know the secret of success and if I could tell others how to make their dreams come true. My answer is, you do it by working.

The main village, which includes the Railroad station, is built around a village green or informal park. In the park will be benches, a bandstand, drinking fountain, trees, and shrubs. It will be a place for people to sit and rest; mothers and grandmothers can watch over small children at play. I want it to be very relaxing, cool, and inviting. Around the park will be built the town. At one end will be the Railroad Station; at the other end, the Town Hall. The Hall will be built to represent a Town Hall, but actually we will use it as our administration building. It will be the headquarters of the entire project. Adjoining the Town hall will be the Fire and Police Stations. The Fire Station will contain practical fire apparatus, scaled down. The police station will also be put to practical use. Here the visitors will report all violations, lost articles, lost kids, etc. In it we could have a little jail where the kids could look in. We might even have characters in it.

To all that 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 hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.

We grew to our present size almost against ourselves. It was not a deliberately planned commercial venture in the sense that I sat down and said that we were going to make ourselves into a huge financial octopus. We evolved by necessity. We did not sit down and say to ourselves, 'How can we make a big pile of dough?' It just happened.

When we opened Disneyland, a lot of people got the impressions that it was a get-rich-quick thing, but they didn't realize that behind Disneyland was this great organization that I built here at the Studio, and they all got into it and we were doing it because we loved to do it.

Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource - the minds of our children.

Dreams, ideas, and plans not only are an escape, they give me purpose, a reason to hang on.

Here in Florida ... we have something special we never enjoyed at Disneyland — the blessing of size. There's enough land here to hold all the ideas and plans we can possibly imagine.

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First Name
Walt
Last Name
Disney, fully Walter Elias "Walt" Disney
Birth Date
1901
Death Date
1966
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American Entertainment Businessman, Founder of Disneyland/Disney World, Animator, Film Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Voice Actor, International Icon