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Chicago Native Walt Disney

Chicago Native Walt Disney

Walt Disney was born at 2156 N. Tripp Street in Chicago on Dec. 5, 1901. The neighborhood was then called Hermosa. After some childhood years in Iowa and Kansas City, Walt's family returned to Chicago when he was 16 years old and Walt attended McKinley High School and took night classes at the Chicago Art Institute. In 1940 the Walt Disney animated feature Dumbo was released and gave just a little relief from worries that the U.S. would join war in Europe. Walt went on with is brother Roy to found Disney Studios in Hollywood and he won 22 academy awards for his animated feature films. He opened Disneyland in Burbank, California in 1955 and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida was well under construction when he died. He often said his personal hideaway apartment over the fire house at Disneyland was inspired by a fire house he recalled in Chicago when he was a child.

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