Originally posted June 15, 2010
I know there are 100's if not 1000's of blog sites dedicated to Walt Disney, the man, the myth, and the company, not to mention the 100's of books on the subject(s). I know, I've read several and have several dozen still on my reading list.
I am an unabashed fan of the Disney experience, and I will write more about that in a future post. To help support that claim; I am a charter D23 member, a Disney Vacation Club Member(since 2008), and Disneyland Annual Pass holder, and a member of the Walt Disney Family Museum at The Presido in San Francisco. There are many different Disney artifacts around my house, and sitting in front of me now is a miniature of the Blaine Gibson Partners statue. I also have accounts on several of the many Disney Fan Sites. Oh yeah, and my name is Walt too, though I was not named after Walter E. Disney. That honor goes to another great Walt in my life, my Grandfather - Walter E. Miller.
I named this blog it Disney History - My Journey of Discovery, because I have moved it from another blog that became embroiled in a petty little controversy. This blog will be dedicated to my seach for a better understanding of the Disney story, and will not be cluttered with any other content.
So why a Disney blog?
Well, as I was enjoying the Disney experience with my family (parks, movies, merchandise, et al), I began to develop a fascination for the man that created all this enjoyment in my life. I began to explore the Disney legacy and became even more intrigued, and began to delve deeper into the story of Walt Disney. While I guess I shouldn't have been, I was amazed that the amount of content available on the web. So I've been learning about Walt Disney for about the last 5 year. But, if you ask my wife, she'll probably tell you it been more of an obsession, and she'd be right.
During a recent return trip from a Walt Disney Studios D23 event that I attended with my oldest daughter, I realized that I had amassed a pretty good collection of information on Walt Disney - the man and myth, but that I didn't really know that much about the company he co-founded or the struggles that he went through. I also discovered I knew little about the company's triumphs and struggles since his passing. I have also found it interesting as I have interact with fans, both in person and online, the depth of passion both positive and negative that many people feel for this company today. There is also, as with any popular topic, a great deal of misinformation and misconception which filters through our society on the subject.
I am going to attempt to provide you with the benefits of my study of the Disney legacy, accompanied by my perspectives of people, places, and events along the way. I do not know what will ultimately happen with this material, but, I will always value the input and feedback from individuals more knowledgeable then myself.
I do hope you enjoy my ramblings.
Your comments or questions are always welcome. If you have a correction or something you think I should look at in my research, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org