Disney is Producing a Movie About Walt Disney’s Building Of Disneyland

Walt Disney (the studio) is developing a movie about Walt Disney (the person) and his journey to build Disneyland (the California theme park). It will premiere on Disney Plus (the streaming service).

David Gordon Green (“Halloween Kills”) is directing the yet-to-be-titled film . Evan Spiliotopoulos, whose credits include Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and “Snow White and the Huntsmen,” is writing the screenplay.

Disneyland, dubbed “The Happiest Place on Earth,” opened in Anaheim in the summer of 1955. Despite the fact that Disney parks were later created in Florida, Paris, and other areas of the world, the California original remains the only Disney theme park built under the direct supervision of the man whose name inspired the entertainment destination.

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Disney’s theme parks have provided the studio with a wealth of material, including major motion movies inspired by attractions such as “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “The Haunted Mansion,” and “The Jungle Cruise.” Not every theme park attraction has spawned a blockbuster film. In contrast, several of Disney’s most successful film franchises, such as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Marvel’s Avengers Campus, have pioneered the way for themed sections.

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The forthcoming film isn’t Disney’s first attempt to depict Walt Disney’s accomplishments and sorrows. In 2013, the studio cast Tom Hanks as its founder in “Saving Mr. Banks,” a biographical drama about the film producer and entrepreneur’s pursuit of Mary Poppins’ film rights.


The film is being produced by Cavalry Media. Cavalry Media’s Dana Brunetti and Matt DelPiano will produce alongside Jason Reed. Executive producer Jessica Matthews will be on board. Disney Studios will be overseen by Allison Erlikhman.

The news was initially reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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