Disneyland attracted one million visitors within the first 10 weeks after its grand opening in July 1955. It also became a top destination for foreign dignitaries visiting the United States.
Walt Disney insisted the staff call him "Walt," and brought in experts from prestigious art schools to teach classes to his animators.
In its first year, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs grossed $8 million.
Walt Disney was aware of the gap between himself and the persona he had created for public consumption.