Walter Disney's original moniker was d'Isigny, showing his French roots. While d'Isignyland might not have such a ring to it, Walt d'Isigny might have lent Paris-set animations like The Aristocats and Ratatouille a certain je ne sais quoi.
Everyone's favourite rubbish-compactor, Wall-E, was named after Walter Elias Disney.
If you thought Ariel and Belle's perfect proportions were too good to be true, think again, because they're based on real-life model Sherri Stoner. The diminutive inspiration for two of Disney's hottest chicks was also a writer and producer for animations including Animaniacs and Caspar the Friendly Ghost.
The voice of Lilo, from Lilo and Stitch, is Daveigh Chase - the same girl who haunts our dreams as Samara Morgan in The Ring.
Lots of early Disney films are a mother-free zone: The Jungle Book, Pinocchio and - sob - Bambi. It's been suggested that this was because of their creator's guilt over the death of his own mother in 1938. Fresh from the success of Snow White, he had bought a home for his parents, but tragically a faulty heating system led to Flora Disney's death from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Those Disney animators are tricksy folk, and love to hide classic characters in the background for newer films. For example, in the opening scenes of the Little Mermaid the eagle-eyed may spot Goofy, Mickey and Donald Duck in the audience at King Triton's concert.
Also, the sorcerer in Fantasia is called 'Yen Sid', which may ring a bell if read backwards.
For a couple of years Disney held the patent for Technicolor, making him the only animator allowed to make colour films.