Happy Birthday, Walt Disney! Five Quotes for Inspiration



If you follow along on my adventures, it’s no secret that I harbor an obsession for all things Disney. My childhood was kick started by yearly trips to Disneyland, and my career in communications was kick started by a role at Walt Disney World Resort.

My passion isn’t just centered around the theme parks, however. Walt Disney, a pioneer in animation, entertainment and creativity, is one of my biggest heroes. Walt Disney is one of my biggest heroes, and his tenacity in following his dreams and fearlessness in living a life off the beaten path has inspired me greatly as I’ve pursued a life of travel.

Walt Disney Birthday Quotes

Today is Walt’s birthday. He was born in 1901 in Chicago, Illinois. He later lived in Marceline and Kansas City, Missouri before moving to Hollywood in 1923 to set up his cartoon studio. In honor of his birthday, here’s five of my favorite quotes of his along with some of my favorite images of Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris.

“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.”

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“When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.” 

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“We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” 

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“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” 

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“That’s what we storytellers do… we inspire hope again and again and again.” 

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And there you have it — my five favorite Walt Disney quotes? Did I miss your favorite? If so, share it in the comments below.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Tarah @ What I Gather

    Love this! I actually don’t mind walking around Disney when there is construction because I love reading all of the Walt Disney quotes on the construction barriers. 🙂

    1. Lauren

      I love those Disney quotes on the construction barriers too!

  2. Lady Donna Royce

    I will never forget this quote because it was said in front of and to three elementary school age kids (3rd grade.) on April the 9th, 1966 and I was one of those kids.

    We were so very lucky to not only meet Mr. Disney but to spend some time with him as well. He gave us two hard and fast rules to follow and those rules were. “From this day forward, I want you three to call me Uncle Walt, just like my child actors and the children of my cast members here at the park are allowed to.”

    The second rule was, “Stop growing up right this very minute!” He then added the quote I still live by and explained what he was saying. “Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional.” “That means that your body will grow up and older and you have no say in the matter. It’s going to happen and you can’t get out of it.” “BUT! Growing up inside is another matter all together.” “In your hearts and souls, you can stay nine and ten years old forever and enjoy all the wonders of this world as a child does.”

    I can’t say what my two classmates have done since that day? But as for me, I have followed Uncle Walt’s rules to the letter for fifty years and I see no reason to stop now!

    He will ALWAYS be my Uncle Walt and I will continue to stay nine years old where it counts!

    1. Lauren

      Wow that is an amazing story! Thanks for sharing! I can only imagine how incredible it would have been to meet Walt in person. I’m sure his wisdom is something you’ve carried with you throughout the years.

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