Walt Disney, the mind behind Mickey Mouse, Disneyland and Walt Disney World, was born 113 years ago today.
The business magnate, cartoonist and filmmaker was the co-founder of The Walt Disney Company, along with his older brother, Roy Disney.
Walt's contributions to the fields of animation, film and theme parks live on today through the company he founded with Roy.
The Partners Statue of Walt holding hands with Mickey Mouse, unveiled at Magic Kingdom Park in 1995, is an iconic symbol of his lasting influence on theme park design and tourism in Central Florida. The first Partners Statue debuted in 1993 at Disneyland Park in California.
Walt was born Dec. 5, 1901 in Chicago and died Dec. 15, 1966 from lung cancer in Burbank, Calif.
A year before his death, Walt was joined by his brother at a press conference in Orlando in 1965 to announce plans for what would become Walt Disney World Resort.
That marked the beginning of one of the most influential additions to Central Florida.
The Orlando Sentinel's headline for Sunday, Oct. 24, 1965 was "We Say: 'Mystery' Industry Is Disney." Just a week before, the World's Fair -- the event that introduced "it's a small world" -- closed in New York.
Central Florida has a rich history, but those events in 1965 and beyond split that history into what many refer to as B.D. -- or "Before Disney."