Passing The Time In Disney’s World


Yesterday was my last day in Detroit and for the most part, it was a great day. I got to relax in the early part of the day with Sarah and Mark as we shared an AMAZING Middle Eastern meal from Cedar Garden in Dearborn, MI. I got to spend a bit of time with parents in the afternoon before I had to be at the airport for my 5:30 flight back to LA. Unfortch, that’s where my good day ended … and my frustrating evening/night got started. It turns out I had a 4 hour delay to endure before I could begin my 5+ hour flight home but … thanks to good ol’ Walt Disney, I was able to survive my much-delayed return home.

Yesterday was the first day of any significant snow fall in Detroit, well since I arrived back in Michigan last Tuesday, so that was deffo my cue to return home. As I mentioned above, the flight delay home was a bit difficult to endure (2 hours at the airport, 2 hours on the plane BEFORE takeoff) but I decided — randomly — to download a biography on Walt Disney to my Amazon Kindle. I had never read a Disney biography before but since I had heard a lot of things about the man (both good and bad), I decided to read about his life myself. The book I purchased is the biography The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney:

This well-written book really kept my mind off the hours I had to get thru just to get home and really kept me entertained and, well, sane on that airplane. I was very surprised to learn of all of Disney’s early failures and was charmed to learn of his modest and hard-working upbringing. I read the book up to the part where Disney created Mickey Mouse after he lost his contract with Universal Studios to produce the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons:

Because he lost that contract, he decided to create his own character. In the 1920s, I understand, there were already a lot of cat cartoon characters and Walt couldn’t make another rabbit … so he made a mouse … named Mortimer. Disney’s wife didn’t like the name Mortimer so he changed it to Mickey … and an American Icon was born. The first Mickey Mouse cartoon was made in 1928, Steamboat Willie:

I still have a LOT of reading to go to finish the book but I’m loving it thus far. I know many of us are Disney fans but what do we really know about the man? I’m really interested in reading a good book about the creation of Disneyland (if any of you have suggestions, please let me know) but … first, I have to spend my time with Walt Disney the man. Ugh. Yesterday’s delayed flight could’ve been a total nightmare but thankfully, this good book kept me sane. Now I’m home again and looking forward to enjoying some downtime in the coming days.

Happy New Week, Happy Monday!!


  • Chris

    My Grandma wrote a letter to Walt Disney when she was little asking why Mickey Mouse only has 4 fingers. She actually got a letter back from Walt Disney, and he said that it was because Mickey lost a finger on each hand from a mouse trap while trying to get some cheese.

    I think its neat that he wrote back (who knows if it was actually Mr. Disney himself writing back), but it is still pretty neat and something I will always remember my grandma telling me.

    I did a report on Walt Disney years ago in grade school. I have always had a fascination about him. Would definitely be interested to read this bio.

    • @Chris — Obvs, we may never know for sure … but based on what I’ve read of Walt thus far, I would not at all be surprised if he actually did write back to your grandmother. What a great little story, thanks for sharing :)

  • Joanna

    I’d be interested to know your thoughts on the book and the man when you’re done reading. I’m going to be heading down to Disney World next month and your thoughts would definitely put my trip into perspective. I’m glad you like it so far though.

  • Trent- here are some great books on Walt- “Walt Disney- An American Original” by Bob Thomas, and the “official” biography that Disney gave all access for, “Walt Disney The Triumph of The American Imagination” by Neal Gabler. I’m a big Disney and Jim Henson nerd!!!

    • @Chase — Thank you!!!

  • Howard

    My favorite Disneyland book I read was called “The Disneylands That Never Were.” It talks about rides that were never built, to the failed ski resort, to the failed 2nd park in Long Beach. If you been to the parks and know them, its interested to see what else there could have been.

    • @Howard — Thanks :)

  • Baybridget

    An actor/writer friend of mine worked as a character performer in the park for years. He has a hilarious one person show and is writing a book called “Working for the Mouse” based on his experiences. Check out his site of the same name. He has clips from his shows and excerpts from the book. Sooooo entertaining!

  • stevietv

    have you read “Mouse Tales – A behind-the-ears look at disneyland”?