Spouse, Lillian, died. [16 December 1997]
Death caused by circulatory failure due to complications from lung cancer
As a teenager, Walt Disney was a member of the Order of DeMolay, a youth organization affiliated with Free Masons.
Holds the record of winning the most Academy Awards (32).
Identified as the founder of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority in film clips shown in the queue area of Rocket Rods (formerly, the CircleVision 360 Theater) at Disneyland
Became interested in personalizing animals' characters after carelessly killing a small owl as a young boy. He felt deeply remorseful and guilty and vowed never again to kill a living creature.
Active anti-communist who testified in from of the House Un-American Activities committee about Communist activity in Hollywood.
Disney's death spawned two rumors that have become urban legends. The first is that he had his body cryogenically frozen. The second held that he was buried somewhere on the grounds of Disneyland. Both rumors have been found to be untrue. Actually, he was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.
Walt Disney Quotes
Walt Disney: It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
Walt Disney: Somehow I can't believe there are any heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C's. They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy and the greatest of these is Confidence. When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.
Walt Disney: The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
Walt Disney: You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
Walt Disney: I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse.
Walt Disney: Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.
Walt Disney: The era we are living in today is a dream of coming true.
Walt Disney: You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.