In 1922, he opened a film studio called Laugh-O-Gram but it struggled financially and shut down in 1923.That same year, he moved to Hollywood and formed Disney Brothers Studio with his older sibling Roy.Additionally, after reading the 1942 best-seller “Victory Through Air Power” by Major Alexander de Seversky, Walt, driven by his own patriotism, decided to adapt it as a 1943 live action-animated feature of the same name in order to win support for the book’s theories—considered controversial by some U. military officials—about strategic long-range bombing. Both President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill saw the film, which reportedly made an impression on them.The famous filmmaker had a long fascination with trains.However, Disney’s father had difficulty making a living in Marceline and sold the farm in 1910; the following year, the family relocated to Kansas City.
Instead, he found work creating advertisements for magazines and movie theaters then became interested in animation.
Disneyland’s debut was showcased in a live TV broadcast—co-hosted by then-actor Ronald Reagan and seen by approximately 70 million Americans—yet the program was riddled with technical difficulties.
Nevertheless, Disneyland was an immediate success, and after just one month the park had hosted more than half a million visitors.
He would dress up in a train engineer’s clothing and give visitors rides on his Carolwood Pacific Railroad, named for the street he lived on.
His passion for trains is reflected at Disneyland, which has been home to its own railroad since opening in 1955.
Construction began in July 1954 and Disneyland opened a year later, on July 17.