Saturday, December 1, 2012

Facts about Walt


  1. Disney" is actually a changed version of Walt's family's original name. The original name was D'Isigny. It was around the year 1044. Originally from France, Isigny-Sur-Mer was the area that Walt's relatives came from. Can you imagine planning a trip to D'Isignyland?
  2. When Walt was younger he was hired to work at the Kansas City Star newspaper. He was later fired from the paper because of lack of creativity. Years later The Disney Company bought ABC which owned The Kansas City Star. How strange that he was fired because he was not creative enough and years later you own them because of your creativness.
  3. According to All About Community Colleges, Walt Disney attended Metropolitan Junior College, MO. For other famous people who attended community colleges, see the alumni page.
  4. Walt Disney produced a series of cartoons entitled "Alice in Cartoonland", which combined live action and animation. These cartoons were long before Mickey.
  5. In 1945 Walt Disney designed the insignia for Fighter Squadron VF-84 while the squad was getting ready for the attack on Japan. 
  6. My grandmother served as a Women's Air Force Service Pilot (WASP) in WWII, and she has many items bearing the picture of "Fifinella", a cartoon character created by Disney. My grandmother told me she was a lucky charm of sorts for the women pilots.
  7. While stationed at the US Navy submarine base in New London, CT, a fellow sailor who worked at the USS Nautilus museum relayed an interesting piece of information to me. There had been some recent thefts at the museum. Some older submarine insignias that were made of gold were removed along with other stuff. I commented that they must have been worth a lot of money due to gold and their age. The other sailor informed me that the thieves had no idea what they had passed up though. In one of the offices (The head honcho's, I believe) is an original drawing of the design for the insignia of the USS Nautilus. It shows a submarine reared up on its tail with a nuclear symbol and some other navy stuff. The kicker of it all is that it was designed by and signed by Walt Disney himself!!! 
  8. How far apart are the trash cans? Walt Disney ate a hot dog in Disneyland and counted how many steps it took to finish it. It took him 17 steps (I think), which is the spacing used in every Disney park today.
  9. There are many hidden Mickey's if you go to Walt Disney's former home in Beverly Hills. The iron gate to the mansion seems to have a curly design in the ironwork...but tilt your head slightly and notice that these curls are Mickey's head.
  10. As I heard from a Cast Member, Goofy was Walt's favorite character.
  11. Disney in the late 60's put out some educational films. I only know about two of them. One was describing a female's monthly cycle. The other was about syphillis, and gonorrhea. The one about syphillis and gonarrhea had both "VDs" grouped together like an army unit. They had oval bodies with berets on. Syphillis were red and they wore red berets and had an S somewhere on them. Gonorrhea were green and they wore green berets, they had a G somewhere on them too.
  12. Walt Disney was so passionate about trains that he built a 1/8-scale railroad running through his backyard and the rose gardens of his Holmby Hills home, much to his wife's dismay. Because of his love of trains, Walt Disney built an eighth scale railroad at his home. He took the Carolwood Pacific name from the street the house was located on, Carolwood Drive. This authentic steam railroad, which Walt himself helped to build, served as the inspiration for the larger steam trains at Disneyland. The engine that Walt built was No. 173 Lilly Belle. This 4-4-0 engine was named after his wife, Lillian. It is now on display, along with the caboose, inside Disneyland's Main Street Station. For more information on the Carolwood Pacific, visit the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society. STR
  13. Many, such as myself, have wondered about the symbol on Walt Disney's tie shown during the Rocket Rods queue narration. It also appears on the bronze statue of Disney in the center of Disneyland. It looks like an Asian language character, but I recently found out that it is actually a compound of the letters S T R, which apparently stands for Disney's "Smoke Tree Ranch."