The Walt Disney Company is arguably one of the most successful companies of all time. The company is named after the founder, Walt Disney, but the name has become so familiar that most people rarely think of the name Disney has a family name rather than an entertainment company. Walt Disney has been so instrumental to the success of American Hollywood that he actually has two stars dedicated to him on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
To show you how successful the company has been – if you would have put $1,000 into the Disney stock in 1978, today it would be worth over $3 Million!!! Too bad my parents didn’t set that up for me!
Folks from all over the world come to visit the Disney theme parks and stay at the Disney resorts. The company pulled in revenues over $40 Billion in 2012 which is quite hard to comprehend.
What made Walt Disney so successful in his time is that he was the first person to move away from simple cartoons that were slap-stick comedy based and moved into more complex animations that were backed up with a heart-warming story. The American public was ready for it and his stories were obviously very well accepted. Today there is a Walt Disney museum in San Francisco, California where many artifacts of his life are preserved and put on display.