Surprising facts about Disney you probably didn’t know

1. It was initially called named Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio.


Walt and Roy Disney formed Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio in 1923. In 1926, the name was changed to Walt Disney Studio.

2. Walt Disney was gonna name Mickey Mouse as Mortimer Mouse.

“Mortimer Mouse” was the original name of Mickey Mouse before Walt Disney’s wife, Lillian, convinced him to change it.

3. Floridas Walt Disney World Resort is about the size of San Fransisco.

Covering nearly 40 square miles, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is about the size of San Francisco or two Manhattan islands.

4. Walt Disney had to borrow money to produce Snow White.

Walt Disney borrowed most of the US$1.5 million needed to make Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It took 3 years to complete and became the highest-grossing sound film of its time.

5. Disney World’s lost and found collects around 6,000 mobiles each year.

Every year, Walt Disney World’s “Lost and Found” collects more than 6,000 cell phones, 3,500 digital cameras, and 18,000 hats.

6. Disney owns 80% of ESPN.

These are the most recognizable companies Disney owns entirely or partially: ESPN (80% stake), Touchstone Pictures, Marvel, Lucasfilm, A&E (50% equity holding with Hearst Corporation), The History Channel (50% equity holding with Hearst Corporation), Lifetime (50% equity holding with Hearst Corporation), Pixar, Hollywood Records, and Vice Media (16% stake).

7. The production of Disney’s film Tangled was more expensive than Avatar’s production.

James Cameron’s Avatar was made on a budget of 237 million dollars and Tangled was made with a budget of 260 million dollars.

8. After Disney released “Princess and the Frog” a few children actually kissed frogs.

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, Princess Tiana (left, voice: Anika Noni Rose), 2009. ©Walt Disney Co./courtesy Everett Collection

When Disney released “Princess and the Frog” in 2009, 50 children in the U.S. were hospitalized with salmonella from kissing frogs.

9. Disneyland is responsible for the creation of Doritos.

Doritos was originally born from the tortillas leftovers at Disneyland.

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