“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney, Founder of The Walt Disney Company
Today, PASH honors pioneering filmmaker and entrepreneur Walt Disney, founder of his eponymous company that has been one of entertainment’s powerhouses for nearly a century. After releasing the world’s first fully synchronized sound cartoon with 1928’s “Steamboat Willie” starring Mickey Mouse, Disney and his brother Roy revolutionized animated filmmaking and a cartoon star was born. Disney is most the decorated filmmaker in Academy Award history, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations, and several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. In the 1950s, Walt Disney’s set his sights toward a theme park, leading to the birth of Disneyland — an ambitious gamble that paid off big time as more than six decades after its opening, Disneyland hosts more than 14 million visitors a year and is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations.