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Happy Birthday, Walt Disney! 5 extraordinary facts about the man behind Mickey Mouse

December 5, 2021, marks 120 years since the birth of the American icon Walt Disney.

As he says, “It’s fun to do the impossible,” and he should know. Animator, voice actor, film producer and entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to doing things that others might consider impossible.

You know about the many times Walt Disney has proven extraordinary: creating Mickey Mouse, starting his own movie production company, dreaming of Disneyland. But in honor of his birthday, here are five lesser-known ways that Disney has proven himself to be someone special.

He found his calling at a young age

Disney started drawing right after moving to a farm about five years old. His neighbor, “Doc” Sherwood is the first to pay him Draw Doc’s horse, Rupert.

He’s too young to enlist but he made it anyway

A 16-year-old Disney boy tried to apply to join the Canadian Navy and armed forces during World War I, but was turned down because he was too young. He conspired with a friend to change their year of birth to meet the age requirement for the Red Cross Ambulance and was even signed by his mother.

He voiced Mickey in over 100 pairs of shorts

Walt Disney not only conceived the idea of ​​the beloved Mickey Mouse – but also immortalized the mouse in the nation’s soul with those humorous high-pitched mouse noises. He provides the voice in more than 100 short films, including a “Get a Horse”, released before “Frozen” in 2013.

He’s got enough Oscars to fill a room

Walt Disney holds all kinds of records from the Academy Awards, most notably the highest total number of prizes won by an individual and Most Oscars in a single year by an individual. If you’re wondering where he put them all, many of them are now in the Walt Disney Family Museum.

He created a working model train in his own backyard

Disney not only works hard, but also plays hard. Before Disneyland Railroad, yes Carolwood-Pacific Railroad, the 1/8th working model train that Disney helped build in its own backyard. According to the Carolwood Association, the stunning miniature railroad track is “one of the most intricately detailed miniature live steam-powered home railways ever created.”

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