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Jumping in with Walt Disney

In today’s episode of My Disney Class Podcast, Howie and Ryan look at how Walt Disney approached taking risks and jumping into new things throughout his life. Just like teachers all over the world are doing right now as they start the new year in their schools. As we discuss all the ups and downs of Walt’s journey to creating a magical escape that we all love and enjoy, we think you will find similarities in those ups and downs to the ones we all face as educators. 

In today’s show, we will start the discussion and timeline of Walt’s life right around World War 1, when Walt traveled overseas to help out in the war effort any way he could. Even if this means he needed to lie about his age to go. We then discuss his first failed company, Laugh-O-Grams studio, and follow Walt out to California where he had dreams of being a director but eventually opened up the Disney Bros Studios. 

Ryan and Howie will take turns sharing what they know about these stories and what they each have learned from Walt’s challenges, risks, and perseverance. Hopefully, we can all learn how taking risks, working hard, persevering, and ultimately jumping into, specifically, our profession of education, can reap big rewards. 

We hope you enjoy today’s episode as we take a look back at Walt’s life and we also hope you can find the inspiration you may need to take that leap this new school year and create the magic for your students that we know you can! As always, we would love for you to rate and review the show on Apple Podcasts. If you have any feedback or would like to come on the show, please email us at, and don’t forget to join our Facebook community at Educators Who Love Disney.


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