Walt Disney facts for kids

By | April 9, 2021

Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse and his friends, including Donald, Minnie, Goofy and Pluto. He planned and founded Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida. He was the first to make a cartoon with sound in ‘Steamboat Willie’, which was also the first Mickey Mouse cartoon. His ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ was the first full-length film, and his short films ‘Silly Symphonies’ were the first characters to use color.


Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901, in Chicago, Illinois, to Elias and Flora Call Disney. On July 13, 1925, he married Lillian Bounds, one of his first employees, and they had two daughters, Diane and Sharon. His brother, Roy Disney, served as his lifelong business partner. He died on December 15, 1966 in Los Angeles, California.

Mortimer to Mickey

‘Steamboat Willie’ originally featured ‘Mortimer Mouse’, an energetic mouse that Disney voted for. Disney’s wife, Lillian, suggested the name ‘Mickey’ and Disney agreed. With the dot mouse’s name changed to Mickey Mouse, Disney released the short cartoon character in 1928 and continued to do the voice for Mickey until 1947.

Backyard Railroad

Disney loved trains from a young age, so he built a fully functioning mini train saw and a railroad, called ‘Carolwood Pacific’ or Lilly Bell, in his and his wife’s backyard.

Red Cross

In 1918, Disney tried to enlist in the military for World War I, but he was too young. After he was rejected, Disney went to the Red Cross. He was sent abroad for a year to drive an ambulance and drive around Red Cross officials. Instead of driving an ambulance covered in the usual camouflage, his ambulance was covered in drawings and drawings.