Disneyland is the star, everything else is in the supporting role.
I try to build a full personality for each of our cartoon characters – to make them personalities.
We did it Disneyland, in the knowledge that most of the people I talked to thought it would be a financial disaster – closed and forgotten within the first year.
All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable.
I’d say it’s been my biggest problem all my life… it’s money. It takes a lot of money to make these dreams come true.
You can’t just let nature run wild.
I have no use for people who throw their weight around as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you are famous.
We allow no geniuses around our Studio.
Disneyland is a show.
We are not trying to entertain the critics. I’ll take my chances with the public.
Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource – the minds of our children.
I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things.
Laughter is America’s most important export.
It’s no secret that we were sticking just about every nickel we had on the chance that people would really be interested in something totally new and unique in the field of entertainment.
I never called my work an ‘art’. It’s part of show business, the business of building entertainment.