Wednesday with Walt: A Perfect World

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“We have created characters and animated them in the dimension of depth, revealing through them to our perturbed world that the things we have in common far outnumber and outweigh those that divide us.” – Walt Disney

Walt Disney produced the spectacle and pageantry of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California. For several days after, he produced shows for the athletes with big-name stars. Art Linkletter emceed the shows and he has commented on how amazing the experience was. Walt was very moved by the olympic experience.

According to Art, Walt was looking around at all of the olympians sitting together, speaking different languages, but sharing the same spirit. With his eyes shining he said, “Isn’t this an amazing sight? Look at these people. They’ve come from all over the world, and they’re all here sharing the same hopes, goals and dreams. This is how the whole world should be.”

Walt’s dream was for people from many nations, diverse backgrounds, and different faiths to all join together in harmony.  He saw this dream come true whenever he walked through Disneyland. Looking at the people there, representing all nationalities, colors, languages — all smiling and having fun together — was Walt’s dream come true.

Walt Disney envisioned a better world – with harmony and brotherhood; without division or hatred. From all I know about him, he only knew one race – the human race. He had such a huge heart that he embraced all of humanity and nothing made him happier than seeing people from all over the world sharing their hopes and dreams.

Many of us dream of the same world of which Walt dreamt.


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