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.

Born of necessity, the little fellow [Mickey Mouse] literally freed us of immediate worry. He provided the means for expanding our organization to its present dimensions and for extending the medium cartoon animation towards new entertainment levels. He spelled production liberation for us.

Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.

Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it's done right.

I do not make films primarily for children. I make them for the child in all of us, whether he be six or sixty. Call the child innocence. The worst of us is not without innocence, although buried deeply it might be. In my work, I try to reach and speak to that innocence, showing it the fun and joy of living; showing it that laughter is healthy; showing it that the human species, although happily ridiculous sometimes, is still reaching for the stars.

I just make what I like - warm and human stories, ones about historic characters and events, and about animals. If there is a secret, I guess it's that I never make the pictures too childish, but always try to get in a little satire of adult foibles.

I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.

It’s no secret that we we're 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.

My business is making people, especially children, happy. I have dedicated much of my time to a study of the problems of children.

Part of the Disney success is our ability to create a believable world of dreams that appeals to all age groups. The kind of entertainment we create is meant to appeal to every member of the family.

The fun is in always building something. After it's built, you play with it awhile and then you're through. You see, we never do the same thing twice around here. We're always opening up new doors.

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island and at the bottom of the Spanish Main... and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.

We create happiness.

When I was a kid, a book I read advised young artist to be themselves. That decided it for me. I was a corny kind of guy, so I went in for corn.

Cartoon animation offers a medium of storytelling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.

Disneyland would be a world of Americans, past and present, seen through the eyes of my imagination–a place of warmth and nostalgia, of illusion and color and delight.

Girls bored me - they still do. I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I've ever known.

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