Realizing the great potential that Mickey Mouse could have in the character merchandise business, Walt and Roy Disney accepted an offer from imaginative businesswoman Charlotte Clark to produce the very first Mickey Mouse plush dolls — the original set seen here cuddled up with Walt.
Disney's Hyperion Studio expanded with various additions between 1929 and 1940, including new animation buildings, a sound stage and an ink and paint building. The studio's sound stage can be seen at far right.
Actress Helene Stanley performs for the camera during live-action reference filming for Cinderella at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.
Walt Disney aboard his Carolwood Pacific Railroad, seen here set up at The Walt Disney Studios prior to its installation at Walt's Carolwood Drive home in Holmby Hills, California.
Disneyland ushered in a new era of family entertainment for Walt Disney and the company he co-founded with his brother Roy. Here we see the park’s centerpiece, Sleeping Beauty Castle, during the opening day festivities.
With the Animation Building in the background, Walt Disney surveys the comfortable atmosphere of his new Burbank studio.
Walt visits behind the scenes with "Mr. Stubbs" from Toby Tyler (1960).
Captain Nemo's Nautilus, designed for Disney's film 20,000 Leagues under the Sea by artist Harper Goff.
Used as live-action reference models for Disney's artists, the deer pictured here were welcome visitors to Walt's dream factory. They helped studio chief and artist alike prepare for the animated film Bambi (1942).
Walt Disney poses with a custom-made Pinocchio marionette.
Walt Disney during production of Alice in Wonderland. The large camera stand being used is the multiplane camera - designed and built by the studio to add depth to animated cartoons.
Disney employees touch up a street sign at Walt Disney Studios.
The Skyway attraction at Disneyland
Running from 1960 to 1977 at Disneyland, the Mine Train at Frontierland took park guests on a rail trip through caverns, deserts and wilderness areas, populated by 204 lifelike bears, beavers and woodland creatures.
Walt Disney looks out across the under-construction lot of The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.
Walt Disney beside the shadow of his most famous creation, Mickey Mouse.
Walt Disney pauses amidst the “tilted rocks” of the Rainbow Caverns Mine Train attraction.
Walt Disney poses for a studio publicity photo during the production of the Disneyland television series episode, “The Story of the Silly Symphony” (1955).
Walt Disney looks up at the feathered stars of his then-newest Disneyland creation, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.
“Nannies” (actually well-costumed stuntmen) are blown away by special effects “wind” on the Cherry Tree Lane set built in the Disney Studio’s Stage 4 during the production of Mary Poppins (1964).
Walt Disney winks for the camera while sitting in Tomorrowland at Disneyland.
Walt Disney poses for a photo with the then-newly-minted Disneyland Monorail expansion.