The year 2023 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of The Walt Disney Company, though in 1923, the company looked nothing like it does today (in more ways than one–read more about that here).
One hundred years ago, in October 1923, the Disney brothers–Walt and Roy–opened the Disney Brothers Studio in California. From that tiny hole-in-the-wall studio, Walt’s beloved company grew and grew, and grew some more, and today holds assets worth more than $203 billion dollars.
The Walt Disney Company is also one of the most recognizable companies in the world, especially as the Disney brand continues to permeate nearly every marketplace domestically and around the globe. Disney Parks have been built in the United States, China and Hong Kong, Japan, and France. If you live on planet earth, chances are that you’ve heard and seen the Disney name multiple times, even if you’re not one of those crazed Disney Adults.
Disney also ranks #5 on Fortune‘s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies and has made the list for 19 years in a row.
One-hundredth anniversaries are special in any scenario, but as Disney turns 100, it seems undeniably fitting for the Company to pull out all the stops with a worldwide celebration of the magic, the memories, the movies, and the moments that have been experienced and shared by people all over the world in the last century, thanks to “one man’s dream.”
In light of the celebratory festivities, U. S. currency will reportedly feature the likeness of the man behind the mouse and the magic, Walt Disney. According to the SATIRE reports,” Mr. Disney’s image will be featured on the $100 bill, in place of Benjamin Franklin, beginning this month. Walt’s image will be printed on the $100 bill through June 2024, at which time, Franklin’s likeness will begin to be printed again.
The U. S. bills will reportedly be circulated currency with Walt’s likeness printed on them. Below is an image of the front of the bill.
At this time, there are no photos of the backside of the bill; however, it will reportedly have a look reminiscent of Disney Dollars, which were once sold in Disney Parks.
The Walt Disney $100 bill will be legal tender and can reportedly be used anywhere that accepts United States currency. The question is, will there be enough of the anniversary currency to go around? And how long will it be before the bills find their way to eBay, selling for far more than $100? (And how long will it be before the counterfeiters begin to do their work?)
So far, we haven’t been able to officially confirm the United States government’s plan to print “Disneys” in place of “Benjamins,” so we’re taking the news report lightly at this time…. but did this satire piece fool you? We agree that the incomparable genius Walt Disney is certainly due such a place of prominence. And why not the $100 bill? We’re pretty sure Disney’s done more for the United States economy (one way or the other) than Benjamin Franklin.
No offense, Mr. Franklin.