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Honoring the King of Disneyland

posted on December 5th, 2009 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

King of Disneyland

This photo shows Walt Disney standing on the Mark Twain in Disneyland park in July 1955, just days before the park officially opened to the public.

I love this photo of Walt – he looks so happy and proud of the magic kingdom he created. It reminds me of one of Walt’s famous quotes, “Why be a governor or senator when you can be king of Disneyland?”

Feel free to share your favorite Walt quote in honor of Walt Disney’s birthday today.

Happy Birthday, Walt.

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Ryan from NC on December 5th, 2009 at 11:20 am

I was thinking a lot about the king of Disneyland quote earlier this week, but today, I really feel connected to this quote, “When we consider a new project, we really study it – not just the surface idea, but everything about it. And when we go into that new project, we believe in it all the way. We have teh confidence in our abiity to do it right. And we work hard to do the best possible job.”


Carley on December 5th, 2009 at 11:22 am

a captain at the helm of his ship, love it!

“The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.” – Walt Disney

Happy Birthday, Walt!


Ashley from CA on December 5th, 2009 at 11:28 am

Happy Birthday Walt Disney! You are my hero, and thank you for everything you have done to my life. You have inspired me to follow my dreams and to never give up in life. Thank you for being my role model and where ever you are now, I hope you have a MAGNIFICENT birthday!

Favorite Quote: “Disneyland is a work of love. We didn’t go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.”

Happy Birthday Walt. and thank you!


Alex from WI on December 5th, 2009 at 11:43 am

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”


Kevin on December 5th, 2009 at 11:48 am

“Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”
—Walt Disney

Happy Birthday Walt!


Alma on December 5th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Happy birthday to Walt Disney!


Jaber on December 5th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

You made my life colorful and filled with magic from the day I was born, Happy Birthday.


Irving on December 5th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

-If you can dream it, you can do it!

Happy Birthday Uncle Walt!


Josh on December 5th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

My favorite quote from Walt Disney is, ” It’s kinda fun to do the impossible! “


Kevin on December 5th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

“You can dream, create, design, and build the most wonderful place in the world…but it requires people to make the dream a reality”

Happy Birthday Walt!


Jonathan on December 5th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” ~Walt Disney
Love this article and picture! Happy Birthday Walt!


Rachel on December 5th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

I’m amazed no one else has mentioned it, since it means so much —

“Keep moving forward.”

Thanks, Walt.


Amanda on December 5th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Happy Birthday Uncle Walt! We love and miss you so much! You are never truly gone, and certainly never forgotten. You helped to make the world a better place, and my life wouldn’t be the same without all of your hard work and ideas. It never ceases to amaze me how much Disney has influenced the world, especially when you remember one thing: “That it all started with a Mouse.”


Doug from OH on December 5th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

“You’re dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.”

Thanks for everything Walt, and Happy Birthday!


ed from PA on December 5th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Happy Birthday Walt!

“We are not trying to entertain the critics. I’ll take my chances with the public.”

I am so glad he did just that in so many ways.


Justine from SK on December 6th, 2009 at 12:41 am

Happy Birthday Walt! Thank you for making the world a better place. After all, what would the world be like without Disneyland?


Maria on December 7th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Gosh.. if he could only see (which he does) what Disney has become and what a wonderful place Disneyland and everything else is. My childhood was filled with Disney. Thanks Walt! Happy Birthday!


Michael from UT on December 7th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Even though he wasn’t “my” Uncle Walt, to the world he was!
We miss you even though your not really gone, The Spirit of Uncle Walt lives on in Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Lines, countless movies and specials that bear the Disney name.


Rian from OH on December 8th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

My favorite quote from Walt Disney is… “Don’t frown because it ended, be smile because it happened.”


David from FL on December 9th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Happy Late Birthday to Walter Elias and the entire Disney Family. None of the Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Worldwide as well as the company he founded in California along with Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida would not be possible or become a reality without him. May God bless his soul and the rest of the Disney Family like Mellisa Disney. R.I.P Walt Disney and happy birthday. I don’t know any famous quotes from him but I do know he was a great and blessed entrepreneur who believed all things are possible just like the king, lord, and savior Jesus Christ.

Great Thanks Walt.
Disney Fan

P.S: Happy holidays and New Year to the Walt Disney Company, the Parks & Resorts Worldwide, and all the other subsidiaries the Disney operates and owns. Keep up the good work and especially to President Bob Iger.

P.P.S:Hope to take a Disney Cruise Line Vacation Next Year or two.