The Walt Disney Way - Experiment!

Published: 3/7/2007 12:12:55 PM

Walt Disney loved to experiment.  Throughout the many animated films he created, he was known for re-working material dozens of times in novel directions until he got what he wanted.  Part of that mentality came from being a perfectionist and part from wanting to see where he could take his latest project.

He even experimented with new entertainment ideas after his interest in animation had waned.  Before he embarked on the Disneyland and EPCOT theme parks, he built a large gauge railroad around his residence.  He created a train that was big enough for him to ride on and laid track surrounding his house.  It turned out to be the basic idea for the train ride that runs around Disneyland to this day.

Also during this period, he created miniature western town scenes for a traveling display across the country.  Set up as oversized doll houses, these scenes were his celebration of some of the basic themes of American life, the midwest, cowboys and Indians, farmstead life. 

When he created these exhibits, it wasn't apparent that he had anything else in mind.  Yet his desire to experiment, to follow his passions, resulted in these ideas ultimately coming together a few years later in the various "lands" and rides that make up Disneyland today.

Don Jones


Don Jones
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