The Walt Disney Company, usually just referred to as Disney, was founded in Los Angeles in 1923 by Walt and Roy Disney. Originally a cartoon studio, the company got started by producing silent cartoons.
In 1928, Walt created Mickey Mouse. Steamboat Willie, their first cartoon with sound, was a huge success.
In 1934, Disney began work on its first feature length film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The film went on to become the highest grossing film of its era.
In 1955, the company opened Disneyland, a cartoon themed theme park.
Walt Disney died in 1966 and Roy took over as CEO. Walt Disney World in Florida opened in 1971 and Roy Disney died 2 months later.
In 1984, Michael Eisner was brought on as company CEO. Current CEO, Robert Iger, replaced Eisner in 2005.
The Walt Disney Company is current the world’s largest media conglomerate when measured by annual revenue. The Disney corporate office is located in Burbank, CA.