Walt Disney’s birthday is today! He was born in 1901, which would have made him 115 years old.
But did you know Walt Disney dropped out of high school to join the army, but got rejected because he was too young so he joined the Red Cross instead where he drove an ambulance in France for a year?
Here’s another fun fact, Mickey Mouse’s name was actually Mortimer Mouse but Walt Disney’s wife said it sounded too depressing so she told him to change it.
He’s also won more Oscars than any other person. He’s won 22 Academy Awards between 1932 and 1969. He also holds the record for most nominations with 59, and most wins in a single year with four.
And in 1955 when Disneyland first opened, it only cost $1 to get in to the theme park.
Happy Birthday Walt Disney!