Fun little known facts about entertainment pioneer Walt Disney

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Long hair, beards, mustaches and halter tops not allowed at Disneyland

Walt Disney was terrified of mice

Jim McGuinn, a big fan of Elvis Presley, worked for singer Bobby Darin in 1962 and 1963 as a guitarist and harmonizer until Darin decided not to tour and perform for a while. In between gigs, he joined some friends to go see the new Beatles’ movie “A Hard Day’s Night.” The impact of Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” and the Fab Fours’ movie, changed his life forever. He grew his hair into the style of the Beatles.

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On a visit to Disneyland, he was barred from entering the amusement park. Stopped at the ticket booth, he was told he was prohibited from coming into the park because of his long hair. Walt Disney had a strict no facial hair policy

Walt Disney, who sported a mustache since the age of 25, had a strict no facial hair policy at the park. Even employees couldn’t grow facial hair until 2012, years after his death in 1966 (and even now it must kept shorter than 1/4 inch). The policy was enforced and extended to guests. Until 1970, beards, mustaches, and long hair on men (and halter tops on women) would get them kicked out of the park.

McGuinn went on with his Beatles haircut and eventually became a founder of the band The Byrds where he was a lead singer on such hits as “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn, Turn, Turn.” In 1991 he became a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Disney, founder of the Walt Disney Company, died in December 15, 1966, just prior to the release of his final movie, The Jungle Book.  One of the biggest entertainment myths is that his body was cryonically frozen. The truth is he was cremated, and his ashes are buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

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Disney had a connection with hot dogs. The first words ever out of Mickey Mouses’ mouth, in a movie called Karnival Kid in 1929 was “Hot dog!” He measure distance in hot dogs. Trash cans at Disney World were placed 25 steps away from hot dog stands, since that was how long it took him to eat a hot dog.

Disney had previously created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit for Universal Pictures, but when he left that organization, he couldn’t take Oswald with him. One night, in 1928, after watching mice play around in his garage, he thought of the idea for his new character—a mouse. He was actually afraid of mice. At first he name his new mouse character Mortimer Mouse, but his wife Lily said that name was too “pompous.” She suggested “Mickey.”

Disney, born December 5, 1901 in Chicago, had an early interest in drawing and as a boy in Missouri he loved drawing cartoon pictures of his neighbor’s horses. He moved to Hollywood in the early 1920s and set up the Disney Brothers Studio with his brother Roy. As the studio grew, Disney became more adventurous, introducing synchronized sound, full-color three-strip Technicolor, feature-length cartoons and technical developments in cameras.

As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won twenty-two Oscars from 59 nominations. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honors. Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. He was also a pioneer for children’s television entertainment, airing unique programming for kids such as Zorro, Davy Crockett, and The Mickey Mouse Club.

In 1964, he released “Mary Poppins,” starting Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. At the time, it was the most expensive film produced by the Disney Studios. Moreover, it was the Disney studios’ first DVD release. It was filmed entirely indoor and the wires holding up the flying Mary Poppins were darkened with shoe polish to reduce the risk of reflection from the studio lights.

Disney’s final words remain a bizarre mystery. On his deathbed, he wrote the name “Kurt Russell” on a piece of paper. Even Kurt Russell himself is perplexed regarding the meaning. He was a child actor at the time of Disney’s death, having just recently signed on with Disney studios.

Wayne Allwine took over the voice acting for Mickey Mouse in 1977 and his wife Russel Taylor began performing for Minnie Mouse in 1986. They were married in 1991 and remained together until Wayne’s death in 2009.

 

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