Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

7 Disney Characters to Inspire Your Giving Spirit

By Jocelyn Buhlman

Today, we celebrate Walt Disney’s birthday and all the magic and joy he brought to the world. During this holiday season, magic is important—not just the magic in our own lives, but the magic we can bring to others when we give back. In honor of Walt’s legacy, we encourage you to give to others this holiday season and help make our world a…

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How Winnie the Pooh and Walt Disney Became Friends

By Jocelyn Buhlman

From The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh to Disney’s Christopher Robin, Disney and Winnie the Pooh have had a long and magical history together. But how did this charming pairing come to be? Check out this clip that illustrates Walt Disney’s love of A.A. Milne’s classic stories. Want more heartwarming adventures with Pooh and friends?…

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50 happy years

Did You Know? Eight Golden Anniversary Facts About Disney’s 50 Happy Years Celebration

By Jim Fanning

D23 members well know the “23” in D23 means October 16, 1923, the date on which Walt Disney founded the company bearing his name. Today, to celebrate 95 years of magic, let’s look back to the yearlong, multi-faceted party entitled 50 Happy Years. Here are eight golden anniversary facts about the happy events and fun-filled happenings from 1973…

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Brave Little Tailor

Did You Know? 11 Giant-Sized Facts About Walt Disney’s Brave Little Tailor

By Jim Fanning

One of Mickey Mouse’s greatest adventures, Brave Little Tailor is also one of Walt Disney’s most splendid animated films. This critically acclaimed audience-pleaser, released 80 years ago on September 23, 1938, is a swashbuckling tale of a gentle tailor who vanquishes a Giant armed with only sewing shears, a needle and thread, and his wits—and…

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Child Letter to Walt

Disneyland Park’s Opening Day on July 17, 1955 was a by-invitation-only event, but the invitations were counterfeited and thousands of uninvited people attended. To our knowledge, none of them ever apologized, unlike this young man, an early guest who took the time not only to write Walt Disney but also to pay— literally—for his transgression.

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Mary Poppins and Walt Disney Tea Time

Utilizing the table and chairs from the Jolly Holiday sequence in Mary Poppins (1964), Disney Legend Julie Andrews pours a cupful for the gentleman who brought the fantastically popular musical fantasy to the screen. Thanks to Walt Disney’s vision in casting the Broadway star ad the enchanting nanny in her film debut—for which Julie won an Academy Award® as…

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Walt’s “Best Photo Ever Taken”

In 1961, Walt Disney visited the headquarters of Eastman Kodak—one of the sponsors of the Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color TV series, which premiered that same year—in Rochester, New York. While there, Walt had his official portrait taken by top Kodak photographer Neil Montanus. The result was one of the most famous photos of Walt, one that Disney…

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Walt Takes a Nap in Europe

Walt and his wife, Lillian, sailed for Europe aboard the S.S. United States in fall 1957 for an extensive vacation that took them to such cities as London, Venice, Munich, and Barcelona. During an outing, animal-lover Walt decided to let sleeping dogs lie and take a catnap alongside a slumbering pooch.

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Walt and Roy with Academy Award®

At the Academy Awards ceremony on November 18, 1932—coincidentally Mickey’s fourth birthday—Walt Disney was honored with a special Academy Award for the creation of Mickey Mouse. That same night, the Silly Symphony Flowers and Trees took home the Academy Award for Best Cartoon Short Subject, the first ever awarded in that category.

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