Nicholas, Wyandotte, Michigan
A: Walt Disney had visited Greenfield Village, and the Henry Ford Museum, and it seems obvious that he remembered things he had seen there when designing his own park—Disneyland.
Mark, Cypress, California
A: Some biographical sources have suggested that it was Walt’s idea, but in 1970 or 1971, I personally asked Roy O. Disney about the name change, when visiting with him in his office. Roy told me that it was his idea. He felt that since Walt was the creative one, his name should be on the company, and also the public could better identify with a single individual.
Camille, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
A: Walt often referred to Walt Disney Imagineering (then WED Enterprises) as his “laughing place.” There he could take a respite from his duties as head of a major company and go watch the Imagineers at work imagining fantastic things that could be added to Disneyland. When he had his backyard miniature railroad, he also found that he could relax spending time working with it.
Brock, Dartmouth, Massachusetts
A: Then California governor-elect Reagan said in a December 15, 1966, radio interview that though he had never made a picture with Disney, he had known Walt as a “friend”—sounding very distraught over the news of Walt’s passing. Based on personal correspondence between them, it’s clear that Reagan had much respect for Walt, and valued his help at the beginning of his political career, when Walt had supported him. Reagan was also an early proponent of issuing the Walt Disney commemorative stamp in 1968—saying that because of Walt “the world is a richer, better, place.”