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The Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse "Partners" statue outside Cinderella's Castle at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

Allie Goulding/Tampa Bay Times/TNS/ABACAPRESS.COM via Reuters

Disney, 100 years of magic, princesses, and politics

The Walt Disney Company turns 100 years old on Monday, and after a century of fairy tales and magic, our hyperpartisan reality is encroaching on the Magic Kingdom.

Founded on Oct. 16, 1923, by brothers Walt and Roy Disney, the company established itself as a leader in animation. Mickey Mouse debuted in “Steamboat Willie” five years later, in 1928. Since then, it has grown into an empire, amassing $67 billion in annual revenue and encompassing Pixar, Marvel, ABC, National Geographic, and ESPN – just to name some of its subsidiaries.

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