In 1940 Disney’s movie “Fantasia” invented the concept of stereo sound, eventually changing the music industry forever. To promote the film, Disney created a surround sound system called “Fantasound” that used multiple speakers spread across a room to immerse audiences in the film’s music.
Disney has a bedtime hotline you can call where you can speak to a Disney character (including Yoga and Spiderman) and they’ll tell your kid to go to sleep.
Disney has its own Government. The company petitioned the Florida State Legislature to let them govern its own land. In 1967, the statutes were signed and the Reedy Creek Improvement District was born. Disney have almost total autonomy within its border.
Disney threatened to sue three daycare centers in Hallandale, Florida for the unauthorized use of their characters. Universal Studios responded by giving the daycares the permission to paint their licensed characters, including those from Hanna-Barbera.
Disney quietly cut ties with McDonald’s in 2006 so as not to be associated with childhood obesity.
By 1932, Mickey Mouse had lost his edge since becoming a role model for children. Disney wanted to create a character to portray more negative character traits, which could no longer be bestowed on Mickey. That’s when Disney started working on a short-tempered character named Donald Duck.
In 1985 Disney released Return to OZ a sequel to The Wizard of OZ. While being more true to the original novels,it was considered not friendly for children in the beginning of the movie Dorothy is receiving electroshock therapy, one reviewer said “It’s bleak, creepy, and occasionally terrifying”.
Until the late 1960s, men with long hair were prohibited from entering Disneyland because it did not meet the standards of Disney’s unwritten dress code. Employees were also prohibited from having any facial hair because visitors would associate it with un-American activities.
Hitler admired Disney cartoons. He was delighted when Joseph Goebbels gifted him eighteen Mickey Mouse films as a Christmas present in 1937.
Disney makes twice as much money from their theme parks than what they make from their actual movies.