175 Amazing Disney Facts and Statistics (September 2017) | By the Numbers

Looking for Disney Facts and Statistics? Look no further. Here are more than you will ever need to know!

It all started in 1923, when a bankrupt young animator moved out from Kansas City to Hollywood to join his brother to form a small cartoon studio. For as much of a visionary as he was known to be, never in his wildest dreams, could Walt Disney have imagined his new venture would become the international entertainment and media phenomenon it is today, bringing in tens of billions of dollars in revenue annually.

So just how big has Disney become after all these years? Here are 175 of the more interesting Disney fun facts and statistics I was able to dig up recently. As this list has grown significantly in the year or so that I have been publishing it, I have begun to break out separate pages for groups of stats. You can find each of these new Disney facts and stats pages linked below in the table of contents.

There is sure to be more than a few things about Disney here that you didn’t know. As always, I will be adding more and updating these periodically as I find new stuff. Be sure to check back regularly.

Table of Contents:

Please note that some of these Disney fun facts are easier to find than others, so some of these are based on news reports and not official company tallies. All stats are linked to their source unless it was sent to me directly from the company. No stat listed should be considered in making any type of investment decision. In other words: This is the best I can find, but I don’t guarantee anything.

Disney Facts and Statistics

Year of the founding of The Walt Disney Company:

1923


First appearance of Mickey Mouse:

Steamboat Willie in 1928


What year did Disneyland open:

1955


What year did Disney World open:

1971


What year did Epcot open:

1982


What year did Disneyland Paris open:

1992 (as Euro Disney Resort)


What year did Hong Kong Disneyland open:

2005


What year did Tokyo Disney Resort open:

1983


What year did Shanghai Disney Resort open:

2016


Year the Disney Channel began broadcasting:

1983


 Year that the first Disney Store opened:

1987


Year that Disney merged with ABC:

1996


Year that Disney purchased Pixar:

2006


Amount Disney paid for Pixar:

$7.4 billion


Year that Disney purchased Marvel:

2009


Amount Disney paid for Marvel Entertainment:

$4 billion


What year did Disney purchase Star Wars (Lucasfilm)?

2012


How much did Disney pay for Star Wars (Lucasfilm)?

$4 billion


Estimated projected amount Star Wars is worth to Disney:

$10 billion


How many Disney Parks are there in the world?

12

Last updated 6/16/17


How many Disney resorts are there in the world?

51

Last updated 6/16/17


Amount that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has invested in park expansions over the past 5 years:

$15 billion

Last updated 6/16/17


Number of times the Disney Tsum Tsum mobile puzzle game has been downloaded:

60 million downloads

Last updated 6/17/16


Amount Disney reportedly purchased a stake in BAMTech for:

$1 billion


Amount of stake in BAMTech that Disney purchased:

33%


Number of Disney stores in North America:

223 stores

Last updated 10/1/16


Number of Disney stores in Europe:

78 stores

Last updated 10/1/16


Number of Disney stores in Japan:

48 stores

Last updated 10/1/16


Number of Disney stores in China:

1

Last updated 10/1/16


How many Disney employees are there?

195,000 cast members

Last updated 10/1/16


After 1928, Walt Disney didnt really do much animating, including drawing Mickey Mouse.


Walt Disney was the voice of Mickey Mouse until 1947.


Two of Walt Disney’s last written words were “Kurt Russell.”


When did Mickey Mouse make his debut?

November 18, 1928


What was Mickey Mouse’s original name supposed to be?

Mortimer Mouse


Mickey Mouse got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 18, 1978. (his 50th birthday)


Are Mickey and Minnie Mouse actually married?

yes


Walt Disney Imagineering Statistics:

Number of Walt Disney Imagineering employees:

1,700 Imagineers

Last updated 8/16/17


Number of Disney Imagineering patents:

more than 100 patents

Last updated 8/16/17


Number of original pieces of art that Disney Imagineering maintains:

more than 125,000

Last updated 8/16/17


Number of photographs that Disney Imagineering maintains:

3 million

Last updated 8/16/17


Disney Facts Translations:

Note: This is done so non-English searchers will find these helpful Disney facts and statistics. I use Google for translations and apologize in advance for any unintended errors:

  • Arabic: حقائق ديزني
  • Chinese (Traditional):  迪士尼事實
  • French: Faits de Disney
  • German: Disney Fakten
  • Hindi: डिज़नी तथ्यों
  • Italian: Fatti di Disney
  • Japanese: ディズニーの事実
  • Russian: Факты Диснея
  • Spanish: Datos de Disney

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About the Author

Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us and DisneyEverything.com My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back but was deepened by two semi-recent developments:1) The birth of my son (who is now 6 years old and can't get enough Disney); and 2) Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm/Star Wars (did I mention I was a super Star Wars geek?)I recently came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching it with my son, so it only made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it.

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