Sunday, December 5, 2010


While the classic quote may say that " all started with a mouse", the fact is that it really all started with a man. That man was Walt Disney, and he was born on this day in 1901. It is because of his unique vision and dreams that the world as we know it would forever be changed, so on what would have been his 109th birthday I'd like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation.

From the movies I love - starting with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first ever full-length animated feature - to the theme parks that never fail to inspire the magic in my heart, Walt built a vast empire from the ground up in 1923. And while The Walt Disney Company may look considerably different from when he was the big cheese, the goal remains the same: to entertain the world.

So thank you, Walter Elias Disney. Thank you for being a pioneer of film, themed entertainment, technological innovation, and quite simply...magic. Your legacy lives on not only in the vacation destinations in 4 countries around the globe, but in the men, women and children you've inspired - and continue to inspire - to this day. My ear hat is off to you!

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