Are You Walt Disney

D’scovered – “Are You Walt Disney?”

By Becky Cline, Director, Walt Disney Archives

When doing research in the collections of the Walt Disney Archives, it’s always fun when you stumble across interesting tidbits from Disney History.

One day, while looking in Walt Disney’s 1955 correspondence files (for something else entirely), I came across this very charming note to Walt­—and his equally…

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Up and Up and Up: 65 Years of Twirling with Dumbo the Flying Elephant

By Kevin Kern, Walt Disney Archives

Sometimes, the most memorable delights are those which are the simplest. Walt Disney’s Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction has withstood the tests of time to become not only a beloved tradition for families to seek out when visiting Disney Parks, but also as a sort of “rite of passage” for many a high-flying guest. After 65…

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Walt’s Maps of the Magic

By Max Lark

Walt Disney once said: “I’ve always wanted to work on something alive, something that keeps growing. We’ve got that in Disneyland.”

Anyone fortunate enough to visit Walt Disney’s office suite in the 3-H wing at the original Animation Building will see pictorial proof of Walt’s commitment to evolving and adding to his theme park. On the…

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Walt’s Woking Way

By Mike Buckhoff, Walt Disney Archives

In perhaps the most iconic photo of Walt Disney, Walt stands with a serious gaze out of a doorway as the shadow of his most famous creation reflects off the wall. For many years, the most puzzling aspect of this photo was… where was this taken? Of course, those who were involved knew the truth but that information faded away…

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Revisiting Walt Disney’s True-Life Adventures: The Vanishing Prairie

By Dave Smith

In helping to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Walt Disney Archives, the Archives staff wanted to dig deep into their vaults to share an enlightening historical article with Disney fans. The following is an essay that Disney Legend, and Walt Disney Archives founder, Dave Smith wrote for a screening series hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture…

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Cinematic Surroundings: Walt Disney’s Love of the Natural World

By Kevin Kern, Walt Disney Archives

The wonders of nature are endless. Sometimes we can recognize ourselves in animals, that’s what makes them so interesting.” – Walt Disney

Starting in 1948 with the first of the True-Life Adventures films, Seal Island, Walt Disney set out to expand further upon his previous projects that tackled the natural…

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Just a Spoonful of Chili…

By Nicole Carroll, Walt Disney Archives

Anyone familiar with Walt Disney has probably heard that one of his favorite foods was chili. Simply put, Walt was a Midwestern boy and had a Midwestern appetite; he stuck to familiar “meat and potatoes” dishes. So, of course, Walt liked his chili. As his wife Lillian recalled, “He liked basic foods. He loved chili.”…

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6 Degrees of Walt Disney—How The 2020 Oscar® Nominees Relate to Walt

By Courtney Potter

Walt Disney and the Academy Awards® have a long and storied past… Incredibly, he won or received 32 Oscars®—from a whopping 67 nominations—during his career, and still holds the record for most Oscars in history. So with that kind of extraordinary legacy, it’s no wonder today’s actors and actresses (both here in Hollywood and even…

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The Life and Times of Walt Disney—Across 23 Must-have Books

By D23 Team

“There was little variety or adventure for a boy growing up in the American Midwest in the early years of the twentieth century. . . . For Walt Disney, though, the appeal of exploration was strong,” writes author and Disney historian Jeff Kurtti in his book Travels with Walt Disney. “As much as he loved (and would return to) his solid rural roots…

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Q & A with Brad Meltzer, author of I am Walt Disney

Magic is everywhere, especially for Brad Meltzer. From spontaneous trips to Walt Disney World and first Disney movie experiences to a mission to give kids more—these are just some of the many inspirations behind the 18th edition of Meltzer’s bestselling biographic series. Read all about what prompted him to write I am Walt Disney and just how important it is to…

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