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

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.

Disneyland is a show.

Every person has his own ideas of the act of praying for God's guidance, tolerance, and mercy to fulfill his duties and responsibilities. My own concept of prayer is not as a plea for special favors nor as a quick palliation for wrongs knowingly committed. A prayer, it seems to me, implies a promise as well as a request; at the highest level, prayer not only is a supplication for strength and guidance, but also becomes an affirmation of life and thus a reverent praise of God.

I am interested in entertaining people, in bringing pleasure, particularly laughter, to others, rather than being concerned with 'expressing' myself with obscure creative impressions.

I first saw the site for Disneyland back in 1953. In those days it was all flat land - no rivers, no mountains, no castles or rocketships - just orange groves, and a few acres of walnut trees.

I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.

I'm doing this because I want to do it better.

Laughter is America’s most important export.

Once a man has tasted freedom he will never be content to be a slave. That is why I believe that this frightfulness we see everywhere today is only temporary. Tomorrow will be better for as long as America keeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better life. All men will want to be free and share our way of life. There must be so much that I should have said, but haven't. What I will say now is just what most of us are probably thinking every day. I thank God and America for the right to live and raise my family under the flag of tolerance, democracy and freedom.

Sheer animated fantasy is still my first and deepest production impulse. The fable is the best storytelling device ever conceived, and the screen is it's best medium.

The secret of making dreams come true can be summarized in four C's. They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy; and the greatest of these is Confidence.

To the youngsters of today, I say Believe in the future, the world is getting better; there still is plenty of opportunity. Why, would you believe it, when I was a kid I thought it was already too late for me to make good at anything.

We would hire anyone who has great talent... We're not just looking at high school graduates.

Whenever I go on a ride, I’m always thinking of what’s wrong with the thing and how it can be improved.

Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.

Everyone falls down. Getting back up is how you learn how to walk.

I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company.

Author Picture
First Name
Walt
Last Name
Disney, fully Walter Elias "Walt" Disney
Birth Date
1901
Death Date
1966
Bio

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