“Walt Disney, born December 5, 1901 in Chicago and died December 15, 1966 in Burbank, California, is known as an American cartoonist, producer, director, screenwriter, actor, and animator. He founded the Walt Disney Company in 1923 and gradually became one of the most famous film producers. Walt Disney is also the creator of the first “theme park”, inventing this concept. "

Source: Wikipedia

This educational guide will allow students to learn more about the legacy left by Walt Disney.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:

- Understand the achievements of Walt Disney;
- Name animated films produced by Disney studios;
- Discover the future projects of the Disney studios;
- Imagine a dream vacation in a Disney destination;
- Know what cryonics is and find out the truth about Walt Disney's remains.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: The work of Walt Disney

First, display a picture of Mickey Mouse in class. Ask students if they know who the “father” of this famous character is. Then tell them that today is the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney's death and that he left a huge legacy thanks to his innovation.

To learn more about the life of Walt Disney, invite students to find in this article by Wikipedia information (when, why, how, etc.) for each of the keywords presented below:

- Chicago Art Institute
- Red Cross
- Advertising animations
- Laugh-O-Gram, Inc
- Hollywood
- Mickey Mouse
- Disneyland
- Walt Disney Company

Finally, in order to understand the legacy left by Walt Disney, invite students to read this article from La Presse.

ACTIVITY 2: Disney studios

The number of animated feature films produced by Disney studios is 56. The first film to hit theaters was released on December 21, 1937. Which film is it?

In order to find the answer and learn about other Disney film productions, as a whole class, try to name the most animated films using the following overview table:

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Which Disney films have been filmed recently in "real" rather than in animation?
To find out, as well as to find out about future plans for Disney studios, as a whole class, visit this article from La Presse.

ACTIVITY 3: Journey into the world of Disney

Are there any students in the class who have had the chance to visit a Disney theme park? If applicable, invite student volunteers to discuss their experience.

Since many dream of going to visit the wonderful world of Disney, invite students to imagine their dream vacation to a Disney destination.

First, identify the different Disney parks and attractions by consulting this article from Wikipedia.

Then, each student will have to research the Internet about the place they want to visit in order to identify things to do and see.

Finally, ask them to write a text that tells about their dream vacation and how it would go (place, how long, with whom, etc.).

For further

One of the most enduring contemporary legends has it that Walt Disney was frozen to his death while waiting for science to cure him. Have the students ever heard this legend? What do they know about cryonics?

As a whole class, find out what actually happened to his remains. Where is it currently resting?

More about the magazine

80 years of Disney animation in two minutes
Le Matin, December 12, 2016

Walt Disney: "He changed the world of cinema"
La Presse, December 5, 2016

The Disney constellation
La Presse, December 6, 2016

Why are we talking about Disney?
Liberation, December 9, 2016

Cryonics, from science to science fiction
Radio-Canada, November 25, 2016

List of animated feature films produced by Disney Studios
Wikipedia article

La Presse file, October 21, 2013

Véronique is a librarian at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières and a trainer in educational technology for future teachers. She also holds a teaching certificate in the social universe at the secondary level and collaborates regularly with the organization L'École branchée.