Happy Birthday Walt Disney!! Chicagoan born in 1901, Disney was interested in art at an early age. He was one of 5 children, one girl and four boys. His family moved to Missouri, where he spent his childhood. After rejection for military service, Disney joined the Red Cross in 1918 and was sent overseas to France. Upon his return he went into commercial art, opening his own company Laugh-O-Grams that went bankrupt propelling him to go to Hollywood for a fresh start. His first full-length musical success was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in 1937. In 1955, Walt Disney realized his dream of a family oriented amusement park and opened Disneyland. Color television programming further launched his success and Disney is considered a 20th century folk legend.