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7 Facts You Didn't Know About Walt Disney

The magic of Disney films, animated characters and of course, world theme parks has been enchanting audiences since the 1920s.

But behind the magical empire is the man who started it all, Walt Disney, who turned his natural artistic talent, eye for detail and dreams into a captivating reality that changed the world. Walt was born in 1901 and died in 1966, but we wanted to remember the man behind the mouse in honor of his birthday on Dec. 5. 

You may know a lot about his beloved movies and characters, but how much do you know about Walt himself? We've discovered 10 random (and incredible!) facts you may not know about Disney.

1. Walt Disney Played Peter Pan in a school play when he was a kid.

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2. When Disneyland first opened, it didn’t allow male guests to enter if they had facial hair or long hair. Employees weren't even allowed to rock facial hair until the 2000s, even though Disney himself rocked a mustache in his adult years. Disneyland was trying to uphold a wholesome image (and not that of their infamous villains, like Captain Hook).

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3. Walt was NOT, in fact, cryogenically frozen after his death in 1966. Despite rumors for nearly 50 years, there is no evidence to prove this – although it would make for an interesting film.

4. Walt Disney was the original voice and personality of Mickey Mouse until 1947.


5. Walt sometimes worked out of a fully-functional, albeit small, one-bedroom apartment above the firehouse on Main Street in Disneyland. He enjoyed the space as a quaint, quiet place to work where he could also watch visitors enjoying the park. The apartment remains there today, and many of the papers he was last working on have been left as a shrine to Disney. 

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6. Walt Disney originally wanted to name his animated character Mortimer Mouse, until his wife Lillian convinced him to go with Mickey. She thought Mortimer sounded too pretentious, and Mickey had a better ring to it. (We agree).
7. Walt Disney has not one, but two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. One is for his work in film, and one is for his work in TV. Not too shabby!
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