Walt Disney Day is celebrated on the first Monday of December all over the world. It is a day devoted to honoring the great man who presented his favorite cartoons and memorable characters to the world. Let’s learn more about his life and accomplishments!
Walter Elias Disney was born in 1901 to a teacher and carpenter. When he was four years old, the family moved to Missouri, where they got a farm. Walt wanted to draw, but his family could not afford to buy him pencils. Instead, he used sticks and resin to draw pictures. When a neighbor asked him to draw a horse, he earned 25 cents.
By the age of seven, Disney was already selling his comics, participating in the creation of school newspapers, and attending cartoonist courses. His talent was clear! When he was ten, the family moved to Kansas City in search of better opportunities and settled near a huge mansion. This mansion inspired Walt to one day purchase a similar castle and he achieved his dream 40 years later.
Walt and his brother Roy rented a garage and started their animation studio in 1923. This marked the beginning of a new era of entertainment.
- Walt ran away from home at the age of 16 and started working for the Red Cross as a driver.
- His brother Roy funded the animation studio at first.
- Walt’s wife Lilian also contributed to his work.
- Despite the fact that Walt was allegedly afraid of mice, it was Mickey Mouse who made him famous.
- At one point, Walt worked for the state, creating paintings on government orders.
How to take part
Revisit your favorite Disney cartoons or find a new one! Gather with friends, prepare snacks and dive into childhood memories. Celebrate all the joy that Walt Disney brought to the world!
When is Walt Disney Day celebrated in 2023?
Walt Disney Day is observed on the first Monday of December each year.