Walt Disney was one of the most imaginative and visionary creators of our time. After the enormous success of Disneyland in California, Walt envisioned another park on the East Coast to compliment the one in California. Walt Disney passed away from lung cancer in 1966, almost 6 years prior to the opening of Walt Disney World in 1971. When Walt Disney World finally opened, a reporter covering the event commented to Walt's brother, Roy, “It's too bad Walt did not live to see this.” Roy’s reply was poignant and clear, “Walt saw it first. That’s why we are seeing it now.”
All too often we stop short of our dreams because we just don't see how it could happen. Sometimes we will say, “I'll believe it when I see it.” A powerful truth known to all creators is that this statement is just backwards – you will see it when you believe it. Believe in your dreams, that is one of the first steps to actually seeing them fulfilled.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the staircase.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Do you have a source for this anecdote and quote (“Walt saw it first. That’s why we are seeing it now.”)? I’m working on a project and would like to use it, but am trying to find an original source.