December 15th, 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s death. Walt was a pioneer in film, theme parks, and business. He continued to push boundaries, never standing still or staying stagnant. While Walt only lived for 65 years, his legacy has continued growing into theme parks around the world, a cruise line, animated films, live action films, merchandise and so much more.
Reflecting back on Walt’s accomplishments it makes me think of the song “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s Moana. In the song Moana sings about wanted something more than what she has on her small island. Her dreams were as big as the ocean that called to her and she was ready to explore chase those dreams.
Walt spent most of his childhood in Kansas City Missouri and learned how to work hard from a young age. Yet, his dreams were too big for a town in Missouri. His hunger and drive to chase his animation dreams called him farther than he ever imagined he’d go. Moving out to California in 1923 was a risky move, one which could be compared to Moana crossing the reef to sail into the large, unforgiving ocean. Moana knew there was more for her beyond her island just as Walt did.
Walt faced more than his fair share of struggles and self doubt but his drive and love for his dreams continued to propel him forward in life. He accomplished so much by being willing to take a chance on himself even when times were difficult and the people he loved most were unsure of him. The same way Moana was called to the sea, Walt was called to create magic to share with the world. Now, looking forward, there’s just no telling how far his legacy will go.
Take a couple minutes to watch this clip from Moana. While Walt wasn’t alive to create this movie, his spirit is still very much alive in the message of the song.
We miss you Walt, but it’s nice to know that a little piece of you can still be found in Walt Disney Animation, Disney Parks, and so much more!
Have A Magical Day!