Was he or wasn’t he

Was he or wasn't he
DISNEY PARENTS: Elias and Flora Disney Photo credit: Public domain

OLD theories have resurfaced about the Almeria origins of Mickey Mouse’s creator, Walt Disney.

A recent programme on the Cope radio station recently discussed whether it is true or an urban myth that Walt Disney was born in Mojacar, given that all biographers name his place of birth as Chicago, 1901.

Rumours can be traced back to a visit that three grey-suited men paid to Mojacar in 1940.


Maintaining that they represented Walt Disney Studios, they were looking for the birth certificate of one Jose Guirao Zamora, born in Mojacar in 1901.

Claiming that Jose and Walt Disney were one and the same person they scoured the municipal archives for some days, as both Mojacar town hall and Almeria Diputacion records reveal.

Allegedly they discovered that Jose Guirao was the son of a Mojacar laundress who emigrated to Chicago where her brother already lived.  She left young Jose-Walt in the care of her neighbours, Elias and Flora Disney and the couple eventually took charge of the child.

Other sources quoted in the Cope programme maintain that Disney himself told the Spanish painter Salvador Dali that he was born in Mojacar.

Truth or urban myth?  Who knows?

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Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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