Rare Walt Disney Interviews

By Keith Mahne

Disney Avenue has a real treat for you today. We have put together a list of videos and sound clips of Walt Disney being interviewed. These types of segments give us a wonderful look at the man Walt Disney truly was along side the Disneyland series he hosted. Continue after the page break for a closer look at Walt Disney…

(Please be sure to pause the Disney Avenue Music Player in the top left-hand corner of this page if you are on a desktop computer before listening to the interviews below.)

The first interview is a sound clip of Walt from 1937:

Here is one of Walt Disney promoting Snow White on CBS radio from 1937 as well. Walt Disney and Cecil B. DeMille talk about Snow White the night before its release:

In 1939, Lux Radio Theater performed a radio adaption of Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” During the program, again Cecil B. DeMilne interviewed Walt Disney:

This next interview features Walt, his wife Lillian and his two daughters Sharron and Diane on a cruise:

Next up is a radio interview of Walt Disney for the New York World’s Fair in 1964. In the spring of 1964 Walt was working on publicity for his exhibits and here is one of his radio interviews:

Here is an eight minute interview Walt did with well respected movie historian Tony Thomas in 1959 for Thomas’ radio show “Voices of Hollywood Past” where he talked with celebrities and discussed Hollywood history. This interview took place when Thomas was working for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. writing and producing programs about Hollywood:

Next, we have one of Walt Disney’s last radio interviews from September 1966. It’s from a South African radio program recorded at the Burbank Disney Studio and Disneyland between Lesley Steyn and Walt Disney. It’s an interesting mixture of music and interviews that also include the Sherman Brothers and Disneyland Ambassador, Connie Swanson. Have a listen:

For the grand finale we have a interview of Walt by Fletcher Markle.  Many audio and video biographies of Walt Disney have pulled clips or sound bytes from this 1963 interview conducted by Fletcher Markle, an actor-announcer-writer-producer-director who had just finished directing Disney’s The Incredible Journey. There are few cutaways to Markle during the single-camera interview; the focus stays on Disney in long takes, making the conversation a rare and illuminating glimpse of Disney in his 60’s. Below are a few segments from the Markle interview:

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Here now is the full Fletcher Markle interview of Walt Disney which seems to be pretty hard to find. Enjoy my friends…

(The video below can only be viewed from a desktop computer. Unfortunately, it is not compatible from a mobile device.)



Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four.

Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.


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