10 Fascinating Disney Facts That Give You A Childlike Sense Of Wonder

For most of us, growing up with Disney gave us the most magical times of our childhood. From Disney comics to animated and live-action TV shows, everyone had enjoyed Disney at one point. A lot of Disney characters are adorable. Whether it be due to their appearance or personality, the cute characters in these movies become quite popular among fans and are very memorable. Many of the Disney characters have become household names in their rights and the Entertainment areas or the resorts are some of the most popular destinations and attractions in the world.
Undoubtedly, Disney is a part of our childhood memories and they seemingly never fade. Despite its worldwide popularity, there are some facts about Disney that you probably don’t know. If you’re curious about them, keep scrolling down to see.

#1 The actors who played Mickey and Minnie Mouse were married

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Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor are actors who gave Mickey Mouse and Minnie respectively their voices for over 30 years. The two were married for nearly two decades but sadly, Wayne Allwine passed away at the age of 62.

#2 Walt Disney's first original character was a rabbit

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Before Mickey Mouse, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was his predecessor. In 1927, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit debuted in the animated short “Trolly Troubles”. However, just one year later, Universal Studios claimed the rights to the cartoon. After losing the character, Disney created Mickey Mouse.

#3 Disney held a "Sister Summit" for the movie “Frozen”

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“Frozen” is a big buck Disney movie that earned the filmmaker a huge sum of money. Many might not know that before producing the movie, Disney Animation held a “Sister Summit” for women at the company to share stories about what it’s like to have sisters.

#4 Walt Disney received a customized Oscar for “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”

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Walt received a custom-made Oscar statuette for “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. Shirley Temple, who presented the Oscar at the age of 11, shared “I thought that the big statue was for Walt and that the Seven Dwarfs were the little ones going down the side and that Snow White herself hadn't gotten anything”.

#5 The actor who played Bambi grew up to be a United States Marine Corps drill instructor

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Have you ever wondered what the actors who voiced Disney characters, become when growing up? The child actor Donnie Dunagan, who gave Bambi his voice, grew up to serve his country for about 25 years in the Marine Corps.

#6 Mickey Mouse became the first animated character to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Mickey Mouse is one of the most popular characters, created in 1928 by Walt Disney. In 1978, the iconic character became the first cartoon one to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

#7 “The Lady and the Tramp” spaghetti scene almost didn't happen

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“The Lady and the Tramp” is a canine love story about two dogs from different worlds. In the movie, the two had a romantic plate of spaghetti and meatballs and it made many fans say wow. However, the memorable scene was almost cut by Walt Disney himself. Fortunately, directing animator Frank Thomas saved the day and the scene by working up a rough version to convince Disney.

#8 "The Aristocats" was the last film to be approved by Walt Disney himself

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The film is noted for being the last film to be approved by Walt Disney himself, as he died in late 1966 before it was released.

#9 The voice of Optimus Prime is also the voice of Eeyore

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Optimus Prime and Eeyore have opposite personalities but are loved by all. While Optimus Prime, a robot that disguises itself as a semi-truck, spends his life fighting off invading forces, Pooh’s friend Eeyore, a dreary donkey, just wants to keep his tail on and sit in a state of perpetual self-loathing. It’s a surprise that two characters were voiced by actor Peter Cullen. He’s talented.

#10 The drawbridge at Sleeping Beauty's Castle actually works

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If you visited Disneyland, you must never have forgotten the drawbridge at Sleeping Beauty's Castle. It actually works but has only been used twice: once when the park opened in 1955, and once again for the opening ceremony of a redesigned Fantasyland in 1983.
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