On October 16, 1923, Walt Disney signed a contract to distribute his Alice Comedies, a short series made by him and his brother Roy. This marks the start of what was originally known as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio.
In 1924, it was decided that the studio name would change to 'Walt Disney Studios' after Roy decided he no longer wanted to be part of the business anymore.
In 1928, the most popular Disney character was first animated and brought to life. Once 'Mickey Mouse' was first released, it gave the company a large increase in popularity and it became more well known.
The next major milestone for the Disney company was the release of their fist full length animated film, Snow White, in 1934. Snow White quickly became popular, becoming the highest grossing film in 1934.
After Snow White became so popular, Disney began to release more and more higher quality films, until this led to the first Disney theme park opening in 1955 in California.
This was just the beginning of Disney. Today, the company still continues to grow and thrive, even after the death of Walt Disney in 1966. Now, there are over 50 films and over 10 parks worldwide.