Walt Disney found himself in California in 1923, full of ideas and dreams and not much else. If he already had DISNEYLAND on his mind, he knew he wasn't quite ready to unleash it on the world yet, so he began to build his empire. First there was Oswald:
...then his best friend Mickey Mouse:
...then even bigger achievements like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs:
As Mr. Disney's prestige grew, so did his family. He enjoyed taking his daughters to the Griffith Park carousel every Sunday and it was while watching them enjoy themselves that he thought about a place where parents and kids could have fun together.
The very same bench that Walt sat on is currently on display at DISNEYLAND:
It has often been said that DISNEYLAND was designed by a father for his daughters; and that is the truth. Mr. Disney always had families on his mind as he designed his magical little park.
While Mr. Disney would need to wait a bit longer to build his Magic Kingdom, he would make a few efforts to try his hand at theming, like this cottage themed playhouse he built for his kids:
Or his backyard train and barn:
He may have had to wait a little while to see his dream come true, but he never forgot his idea for DISNEYLAND. He just needed to wait until the world had almost caught up with him.