You Might Not Know How Walt Disney Is Tied to Washington State
Walt Disney Has Ties To Washington State That Might Surprise You
Walt Disney's name is legendary in the entertainment business and it all started with a mouse.
If It Wasn't For This One Idea, Mickey Mouse Would've Been Changed Forever
You know Mickey Mouse as perhaps the most cartoon character in history that spawned the massive entertainment that is Disney. Walt Disney started from humble beginnings and his greatest creation Mickey Mouse owes some success to Washington State.
A lot of people know about Walt Disney but his wife Lillian is the reason we've got the Mickey Mouse we know and love and if it wasn't for Lillian, who knows if Walt Disney would've had the great success he had.
Lillian and Walt both have ties to Washington State but maybe not in the way you think.
Lillian grew up near the Lewis/Clark Valley meaning she's been to Washington State multiple times because only a bridge over the Snake River separates Washington and Idaho boundaries near her birthplace of Spalding Idaho.
Walt Disney Married His Wife In Lewiston Idaho, Across From Clarkston Washington
Without Lillian Disney, Mickey Mouse Wouldn't Be The Mickey You'd Know Today
Here's where Lillian made her biggest contribution to Mickey Mouse and yes, you could call her the mom of Mickey Mouse.
While brainstorming the name for the now-iconic character of the company, Walt Disney wanted to name the endearing mouse "Mortimer." Although this was a popular name, reaching its height of popularity in the early 1900s, Lillian thought it to be too old-fashioned. It's easy to say that this was the right choice, given that "Mickey Mouse" is now one of the most iconic characters in the world. Nonetheless, it's fun to imagine how different Mickey Mouse and his personality, television shows, and merchandise would be today, if not for this small change to his identity.
Lillian never forgot her Idaho and Washington roots as she donated to several causes in her home state.
I grew up in Lewiston and Clarkston and always loved the fact that she owned Retlaw Broadcasting which was Walter spelled backward and she owned the local TV station KLEW for many years.