The strange relationship between Walt Disney and a small English village –

Even if you’re based in the UK, you’ve probably never heard of Norton Disney’s Little Village in Lincolnshire. With a population of 242 people, it was not as noticeable in 1949 as it is today. Well, with one major exception, which is…

While on location in England filming Treasure Island, Walt Disney’s daughters wished the family would take a trip to Scotland. Walt agreed, but on one condition. He wanted to stop at Norton Disney and learn the story behind it.

While in the village, he spoke to a local preacher, who told Walt his family history, how they were originally known as the De Isignys and had come to England after William the Conqueror took power.

He asked Walt Disney if his family had a coat of arms, and discovered that they did. Since then, you may have seen three lions adorning flags in old Disney movies, the Disneyland Castle, or the flag that appears before the start of a modern Disney movie. This is a tribute to the family history and a way to highlight a very small village that has seen some of the world’s biggest films.

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The strange relationship between Walt Disney and a small English village

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