100 Years of Disney

A Christmas event at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom with Cinderella’s Castle with a rainbow projection on it and fireworks going off in the background. Photo provided by Lindsey Lincoln.
A Christmas event at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom with Cinderella’s Castle with a rainbow projection on it and fireworks going off in the background. Photo provided by Lindsey Lincoln.

100 years ago in 1923, Walt Disney founded the Walt Disney Company. This year’s anniversary is considered the biggest event in the history of the company, celebrating a century of the magnificent art and storytelling of the studio. 

Celebrating the creativity of one of the biggest media and studio companies, the streaming service Disney Plus debuted a film Once Upon A Studio, featuring 543 classic characters from 85 films. The movie premiered on June 11th, 2023 at the Annecy International Film Festival. It had its public announcement on ABC News on October 15th.  Once Upon A Studio has hundreds of references to other Disney films in it. Since its opening, Disney has won 135 Academy Awards.

Walt Disney is one of the biggest and well known corporations. It is beloved by people all over the world with its international locations. The Walt Disney Corporation was ranked number 53 on the 2022 Fortune list of biggest companies in the US. 

Disney’s expert planner Kate Tobin shares her opinion on why the 100th anniversary is so special. “It really shows how loved Disney is as a whole and how they continue to grow to meet the needs and wants of the public. Walt was an absolute dreamer and revolutionary when he created Disneyland (and future plans for Disney World and Epcot).  I wonder if he had any idea how big the Disney corporation would become- it’s grown so much!”

Walt Disney’s legacy is the growth of his successful company. Celebrating Disney’s 100th anniversary is not only for children. Many adults get the opportunity to feel like a kid again by going to the parks or watching the movies.  Tobin shares, “Disney means fun, joy, memories, love, and being a kid again!  It reminds us to appreciate the little things, be silly, and to enjoy life!”

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