On our first trip to Disney World, we stopped into One Man's Dream at Hollywood Studios. I remember thinking in part, that if we were going to go all of the way to Disney World, and enjoy the attractions and experiences there, wouldn't it be right to pay our respects and see how it all began? So many people were passing right by, not even glancing through the open doors. I was happy that we chose to go inside. You can see the amazing video that is shown, by going here to a previous post.
Walt Disney had humble beginnings but from the start he was filled with something the world could benefit more from. Hard work. Walt's desire to make something, and do something and never, ever give up was with him from a small child, until he lay in bed dying, pointing to places on the ceiling, telling his brother Roy how EPCOT needed to be laid out.
Walt was so determined to see his imaginings become successes he took many risks along the way, but what amazes me, is that he never seemed to doubt in himself or his abilities.
Do you know, when Walt Disney was trying to raise the money for the animated motion picture Snow White, no one at all thought it would be a success. They didn't want to give him the money. Medical professionals from everywhere were telling the public how dangerous it would be to sit through that movie. People swore it would bankrupt the company, and the Snow White project was nicknamed “Disney's Folly.” When the film opened however, it was an instant sensation, and all of the early Walt Disney films were done so well, that even today’s children sit and enjoy them, despite their lack of CGI.
Walt Disney was a very inspiring man. He was positive, upbeat, and always looking towards the future. I think we should all strive to be more like that, focused and determined.
If you’d like to read some of the Walt Disney biographies out there, or watch one of the Walt Disney documentaries, there are some great ones on Amazon.
I recommend the PBS Documentary, Walt Disney, the American Experience, (Also FREE on amazon prime) and the books How To Be Like Walt by Pat Williams, and Walt Disney, and American Original by Bob Thomas. There are even some great biographies for Children about Walt, for younger and older kids.
It’s hard not to read one of the many books about him, or watch one of the documentaries and not feel like you too, want to go out there and do something great. The charisma, and can do attitude transcend time, and death, when you read about Walt. There's a taste of that in the movie, Saving Mr. Banks, and I don't know as I will ever tire of learning more about him, and trying to absorb some of his amazing qualities!