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Take 5 with Walt Disney

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Walt Disney in the Enchanted Tiki Room
Tomorrow, December 5, we celebrate the birthday of the “King of Disneyland” – Walt Disney. In honor of Walt’s birthday, we’re taking a look at our top 5 Walt Disney posts here on the Disney Parks Blog.

Top 5: Walt Disney

  1. Now and Then: Photos Taken Outside Walt’s Apartment – These photos show Walt’s apartment above the Disneyland Fire Department as it appeared in December 1956 and again in October 2009.
  2. Coffee With Walt – Share a cup of coffee with Walt in this photo taken at the Plaza Inn in 1966.
  3. A Special Treat: Espresso with Walt Disney – At another of Walt’s favorite coffee spots, the Creole Café (later renamed Café Orleans), the same espresso machine used then still stands today.
  4. Honoring the King of Disneyland – Check out this photo of Walt Disney standing on the Mark Twain in Disneyland park in July 1955, just days before the park officially opened to the public.
  5. A Unique Anniversary Party – Walt and Lillian Disney celebrated their anniversary with their daughters, Diane and Sharon, as well as other guests, including Spencer Tracy, Cary Grant and Gary Cooper, at the yet-to-be-opened Golden Horseshoe on July 13, 1955.


  • Happy Birthday Walt Disney! wow, you have brought joy and happiness to people all over the world! We love you!

  • i have a picture standing riiiight there…h bd!!!♥

  • Happy Birthday Walt Disney!

  • Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to Walt Disney, Happy Birthday to you! To the man who created the happiest place on earth. 🙂

  • Yes! Please post any photos of Walt! I always enjoyed visiting the Park as a kid, and watching Wonderful World of Color! It really connects the Founder to the Park Today!

  • A very happy birthday to the late Mr. Disney, who touched the lives of millions. I will always be grateful for his inspired dream!

  • Love the pictures of Walt! Thanks for sharing them…hope to see more!!

  • In honor of Walt’s birthday, will there be anything special happening at Disneyland tomorrow? I plan on taking the family to see the Christmas decorations–always such an amazing time to visit 🙂

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