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- An episode of Kirby: Right Back at Ya! has King Dedede start his own animation company, hiring a famous animator named "Owalt Desney" (or "Dis Walney" in the dub) who turns out to be a monster in disguise to help him.
- Mi-chan and Fancy Yankeeland in the Papuwa anime. The author skates a lot closer visually in the manga but censors any actual names in dialog bubbles.
- A truly heartbreaking version of this appears in Ergo Proxy. He just wants to be left alone, and not killed like all the other Proxies.
- The fake Chuck Culkin in Billy Bat, who took over the titular comic and gave him some major Bad Ass Decay after original author/artist Kevin Yamagata disappears. He rapidly built such a large empire around the character that he easily gets away with pretending he started it.
- William Borise in the second volume of Genkaku Picasso.
- Wade Dazzle, a billionaire cartoon and amusement park mogul who sought the secret of Amazon immortality in the Wonder Woman comics.
- Mitch Wacky in The DCU.
- Yet another DCU version; Winston Keever Sr., creator of Winky Blink And Friends and founder of the Winkyworld theme park chain in Chuck Dixon's Batman and Green Arrow comics. He briefly appears in Green Arrow as a dying old man, horrified by how ruthlessly his son runs the company.
- And one more; the Elseworld Batman: Dark Allegiances reinvents the Dark Knight's villains as parodies of real people from the 1930s suspected of Nazi sympathies. So Oswald Cobblepot becomes Milt Biggsley, the creator of Peter Penguin, and founder of the Biggstown amusement park (allowing a Mythology Gag with a giant prop typewriter).
- Elias McFadden in the middle story of the comic anthology The Eternal Smile.
- One story in the Fantastic Four had a crazy Disney-alike try to use the Human Torch's powers to 'reignite the Earth's core'. The reason his employees went along with such a blatantly insane plan (Lampshaded as such, even by comic-book science standards,) was that they were all Ridiculously Human Robots he'd built.
- Fission Chicken once had to beat the cryogenically-preserved brain of "Walt Ditsey".
- In the black-and-white Howard the Duck magazine, Wally Sidney was a failed animator turned wealthy haberdasher. He imposed a new code of decency on the title character, forcing him to wear pants. This was because Disney had sued Marvel over the character, claiming similarity to Donald Duck. Marvel's lawyers instantly caved and as a part of the settlement Disney was allowed to redesign Howard's look any way they saw fit, which included making him wear pants. And now Disney owns Marvel.
- The Doctor Who Magazine comic strip "Welcome To Tickle Town" featured eccentric animator Tobias Tickle, who artificially prolonged his life into the 24th century and then built Tickle Town theme park, and trapped its visitors to protect them from the horrors of the After the End world outside which existed entirely in his head.
- An unpublished Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi story had the girls trying to take a vacation at Dizzyland ("the sickest place on earth") but are chased persistently by their fans.
- The Golden Age MAD parody "Mickey Rodent!" had Walt Dizzy, an Unknown Character whose rules everyone had to live by, including wearing White Gloves at all times. His Disney-like signature appeared on every page until a conspicuous Art Shift (all of this being pointed out by the characters). His name was always printed like his signature when it appeared in dialogue bubbles.
- X-Men villain Bolivar Trask, creator of the Sentinals, was visually based on Walt Disney, and inhereted his interest in futuristic technology and his purported bigotry.
Films — Animated
- Bigweld from Robots, according to the filmmakers. Even though he's in a completely different industry — his company sells robotic gadgets as well as spare parts for the robotic inhabitants of his world — he has the friendly demeanor, the big-dreamer mentality, and his own TV show. By the time the protagonist arrives at Bigweld HQ, where he'd dreamed of working someday, the company has been taken over by a sleazy executive who's only interested in making money and has no interest in offering jobs to small-timers like him. (As this was an animated film made by a studio that is not Disney, it's probably a bit autobiographical as well.)
Films — Live-Action
- Abel Edwards from the sci-fi movie Able Edwards, with the twist that Abel is cloned in the future to help to bring the joy from his old cartoons.
- Roy Walleynote on National Lampoon's Vacation, with Marty Moose and Walley World.
- In the original magazine story it really was Walt Disney, who was (nonfatally) shot by a pushed-over-the-edge Pop.
- Howard Stark in Iron Man 2 is very much based on the futurist side of Walt, with his Stark Expo film being very similar to Disney's promotional film for EPCOT, though it's shown in Captain America: The First Avenger that in his earlier days he was more of a pre-breakdown Howard Hughes type.
- Uncle Dave from Beverly Hills Cop III is Mister Rogers as Walt Disney.
- John Hammond, the creator of Jurassic Park. In the book, he's a greedy and uncaring executive who author Michael Crichton described as "the dark version of Walt Disney". But the film makes him a more sympathetic Cool Old Guy - i.e. Disney played more straight - given Steven Spielberg identified with his like for showmanship.
- Raymond Dieterling, founder of Dream-a-Dream Land, in the James Ellroy novel L.A. Confidential. (This character doesn't appear in the film version).
- Ralph Mimsey in several novels by Dave Stone, including the Judge Dredd tie-in novel Wetworks and the Doctor Who Missing Adventures novel Burning Heart; the latter has Mimsey's cryogenically-preserved head as a minor character.
- Uncle Sam Beasley from a few of the Destroyer books tried to conquer Cuba and turn it into an amusement park. His first book features the song, "It's a Short Life After All."
- The unnamed creator of the Happy Mouse Kingdom theme park in Orlando, Florida, as featured in The True Meaning of Smekday.
- The Saruman counterpart in Bored of the Rings, Serutan. He was running an half-abandoned theme park centered around a character called Dicky Dragon. At one point in the past, Goodgulf (the Gandalf equivalent) was his business partner, but their relationship soured due to Serutan becoming more greedy (at least, according to Goodgulf).
Live Action TV
- Charles Dingo in iCarly, with its theme park, the dingo as the beloved cartoon animal and even its own version of Disney Channel. And his frozen head in the bowels of the Dingo Studios.
- Milt Appleday from Out of Jimmy's Head, creator of Golly Gopher and the Gollywood Theme Park
- The Big Finish Doctor Who audio drama Zagreus, featuring the Eighth Doctor, has several characters played by the actors who play earlier incarnations of the Doctor. Sylvester McCoy's character is a futuristic Walt Disney analogue named Uncle Winky.
- Walter Rand in the Halt Evil Doer! setting for Mutants & Masterminds. His "Rand Utopias" are parodies of Disney's "planned community" Celebration combined with the comicbook concept of the Mad Scientist having a hidden community as his own sociology experiment. (The real Disney also existed in the HED! setting, and got irritated at Rand constantly stealing his ideas. The last straw was when he started "poaching" Mouseketeers to join Sneckles the Snake's Young Pioneers.)
- Cave Johnson from Portal 2 seems to have a lot of this to his character; especially with regards to his plans to cheat death.
- Mr. Robert House in Fallout: New Vegas is this mixed with a Howard Hughes-type paranoiac. His goal is to run New Vegas as The Theme Park Version: safe, clean, secure, and under his totalitarian control, aided by an army of robots. His portrait bears more than a little resemblance to Disney, and his actual body is effectively somewhere between Human Popsicle and Brain in a Jar.
- Fallout 4 has John-Caleb Bradberton, the creator of Nuka Cola who built a theme park dedicated to his drink. Unsurprisingly, his head is found frozen and kept alive by pre-war technology underneath the park.
- Andrew Ryan from BioShock is basically a Libertarian Walt Disney bent on building a utopia. He also has a mustache that is similar to Disney's. Like Robert House he is also based on Howard Hughes.
- April 2015's Item-Of-The-Month in the Kingdom of Loathing was an airplane charter to Dinseylandfill, the world's most popular amusement park that, due to a city planning mistake, was also zoned as a landfill. Deep within the maintenance tunnels of the park, armed with the four keycards to unlock his cryo-stasis chamber, one can discover Wart Dinsey himself, complete with numerous Walt Disney quotes, slightly altered with sinister intent...
"That's the trouble with the world:" says a monotone voice, "too many people grow up. I'll make sure you don't make that mistake."
- Joey Drew from Bendy and the Ink Machine appears to be at least partly based on Walt Disney. His most famous character appears to be the titular Bendy (a demon reminiscent of Mickey Mouse) and he also has his own animation studio. This being a horror game, however, he also appears to be a Satanist, and his constant insistence on catering to the eponymous machine seems to have driven some of his employees to literal insanity. It's also implied he used black magic to bring his characters to the real world, with disastrous results! In short, Joey seems to be a dark, more twisted take on Disney.
- An early Schlock Mercenary arc featured Newt Sidney, owner of Sidneyland. Very obvious - they even mentioned that he started his career with a talking mouse. Interestingly enough, he's the villain of the piece, enforcing "a near-monopoly" through underhanded dealings, threats, criminal connections, and similar - all of it impossible to trace back to him, meaning that he winds up as a Karma Houdini. The arc is started when one of his competitors hires the titular mercenaries to safeguard the opening of his new 'Magic Dream-Land' (next door to Sidneyland), after Sidney threatened to prevent the opening even if he had to commandeer a Kill Sat and nuke them from orbit.
- Waldo Frizzy from 70-Seas, creator of Toby Terrier and Toby Town.
- Dr Collodi in Skin Horse, the founder of WhimsyCorp and the Little House of Wonders theme park.
- Roy Brisby from The Venture Bros., creator of Bizzy Bee and Brisbyland.
- Roger Meyers Sr. from The Simpsons, thief of Itchy and Scratchy, who spawned Itchy and Scratchy Land.
- The Fairly OddParents! provides the above image, from a "Fantastic Voyage" Plot episode. The mogul pictured above is Mr. Walt Kidney, whose theme park, Kidneyland, happens to reside within the kidney of Vicky.
"Hey, look Wanda! It's Walt Kidney! And his guide, Tinklebell!"
- Grant Walker from Batman: The Animated Series: The focus is less on him as a cartoon mogul and more on the animatronics part, and his design of an underwater utopia with no crime (wait ...). His attempt to work with Mr. Freeze to gain immortality does succeed, but ultimately results in him becoming a Human Popsicle (combined with And I Must Scream, since he's still conscious) when his city is brought down around him.
- Lemuel Stewartson on the Atom.com cartoons about The Golden Age of Animation; his creation was a raccoon called Mortimer Koon (in a universe of Animated Actors). Alas, the ill-fated theme park Koonland was ruined by Unfortunate Implications.
- Walt Fleishman in The Real Ghostbusters (the episode "Who're You Calling Two-Dimensional?") is probably an amalgam of Disney and one or two of his contemporaries.
- Uncle Wizzly of My Life as a Teenage Robot has an animatronic theme park that runs amok.
- The "Sleeping Beauty" parody on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (one of the "Fractured Fairy Tales" segments) portrayed the prince as an obvious parody of Walt Disney who, rather than wake her with a kiss, builds a theme park ("Sleeping Beauty Land") around her. Walt was reportedly not amused. (Possibly explaining a reference during one of a handful of shows where NBC experimentally had a live-action Bullwinkle puppet, also voiced by Bill Scott, hosting. At the end of one show, the puppet explains that they have to go because "Mr. Disney just came into the studio with a baseball bat.")
- At around the same time, Beany and Cecil had an episode "Beanyland", where they build a theme park on the moon - Dishonest John, mining green cheese at the time, sabotages their work and christens it "Meanyland". Standards and Practices suits raised objections to the 'unflattering caricature of Disney', apparently unaware that was Dishonest John, as he usually looked.
- Dalt Wisney in Henry's Cat.
- In an episode of Garfield and Friends, Garfield goes to an amusement park called Wonderful World and meets its founder Wilson Wonder, who lives behind a Fun House mirror. Serial con artist Al Swindler took over the park and had Wonder locked away inside one of his own attractions so he wouldn't cause trouble.
- The American Dad! episode "Familyland" has the titular theme park's evil founder Roy Family, who was cryogenically frozen. Klaus mentions Walt Disney by name, but Steve doesn't know who he is.