Person: Walt Disney

Think of all the areas Walt's imagination created -- animated feature films, family movies, children's television, prime time variety TV, and theme parks. He changed American entertainment. Uploaded by

Lots of people have changed American culture. Some for better, some for worse. But few have had the positive influence that Walter Elias Disney brought to the world of entertainment.

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From Steamboat Willie to The Wonderful World of Color to Epcot Center, Walt Disney’s imagination has inspired and delighted generations of Americans. His movies managed to achieve the near impossible task of simultaneously enthralling both children and adults.

Just think of all the areas his imagination affected. He virtually invented the animated feature film with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Great American Things, October 22, 2010) … Made memorable live-action movies for families, such as The Absent-Minded Professor and Mary Poppins … Had a huge impact on the development of television, with both The Mickey Mouse Club and the Wonderful World of Disney… virtually invented the theme park with Disneyland, then ratcheted it up to a whole new level with Disney World.

In the Disney movie Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket said it best: “Like a bolt out of the blue, fate steps in and sees you through. When you wish upon a star your dreams come true.”

Originally posted April 14, 2009

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