Our feature film, Walt Before Mickey, portrays a part of the icon’s life few know much about.
And considering it just opened a little over a week ago—selling out every showing on its first weekend I might add—we thought it’d be a good time to take a look at some other parts about Walt Disney‘s life and work people may be a little mislead about.
Truthfully, it should come as no surprise that a man as associated with magic and dreams as Walt Disney would lend himself to the creation of some myths about his life.
So, let’s take a look at some of the most common myths and misconceptions about the legend.
1. Walt Disney was, and is, frozen.
We touched on this one in our previous post, 7 Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Walt Disney, but any content about Disney myths must include the one that he was cryogenically frozen upon his death.
No, sadly Disney will not be resurrected at some point to start dreaming up new creations for all of us to enjoy. In reality, the technology itself just wasn’t there yet, as the first freezings occurred a month or so after Disney’s death.
Walt was, in fact, cremated when he died, as per his wishes, although after spending so much time learning about the icon when creating Walt Before Mickey, we can understand why so many don’t want to let this one die, no pun intended.
2. Walt’s head sings in the Haunted Mansion attraction.
One of the many myths about Disneyland is that Walt’s head was one of those used to create the singing busts that belt out tunes from the graveyard portion of the amusement park attraction.
While the head does resemble Disney, it is, in fact, that of Thurl Ravenscroft, a voice actor and singer, and not the legendary icon.
3. Walt Disney was buried underneath the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland.
Many of the myths about Walt Disney seem to stem from the amusement park, and this is another example. While it’s sort of comforting to think of the legend as some sort of buried treasure, according to his family, this is not his place of rest.
After being cremated, Disney’s ashes were apparently brought to a park in California, not to a secret underground chamber at Disneyland.
4. The Disney logo is Walt’s actual signature.
As a NJ / NY film & video production company, we know how flawless Disney’s films are, so it’s no surprise that so many people would believe the Disney logo, Walt’s signature, is his actual signature.
In reality, many have said Walt couldn’t reproduce that signature when he tried. It was actually an enhanced, fancier version of his signature.
5. Disney designed a private club near the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland.
Another common myth about Disney’s amusement park is that he designed a private, secret club near the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.
While there is a private club in the New Orleans section of Disneyland, there is no such club near the Pirates attraction.
Many believe this myth probably got its start as a result of a corporate lounge being located near the attraction, but in reality, there’s no private club in this section of the park.
The truths are even more astounding than the myths.
There are plenty more myths and urban legends floating around about Walt Disney and his amusement parks, but the bottom line is that people don’t dream up so many wild ideas and theories about a person unless he/she made a lasting impression.
So the fact that so many myths and legends about Disney survive to this day speaks volumes about who he was as a person and an artist. He was incredibly influential and he carried a certain air of magic with him wherever he went, which found its way into every project he worked on and every story he told.
After spending so much time learning about the man during the creation of our recent film, Walt Before Mickey, all of us at KVibe have developed a newfound respect for Disney and we’ve found that many of the truths about him are more astounding than even the wildest myths.
You can check out the trailer for our film below and visit the official Walt Before Mickey site to pre-order your DVD copy. Walt Before Mickey will be released nationwide on September, 4th.
About Us: A full-service film & video production company in NJ / NY, KVibe Productions handles every aspect of the production process. Whether it’s a corporate video production, a commercial video production, a feature film, etc., KVibe creates to inspire.