A free Walt Disney font can be useful to inspire nostalgic feelings with words. Modeled after the signature of the creator of Mickey Mouse, the font is very decorative. But can you get it free?
In Search of a Free Walt Disney Font
First, the good news: there are lots of places where you can find a free Walt Disney font. However, these are knock offs from the original penmanship. You will need to use these with caution. Walt Disney is a trademarked name, so you can't use those letters together in any font. In addition, while these are knock offs, the Disney trademarks are vast and expansive. So using this font with any commercial product is a risk.
Here are a few of the free Walt Disney fonts that are available from various font designers online:
- Walt Disney Script Font: This is one of the most thorough fonts created, including both regular, bold, and italic versions of the letters, as well as permutations (like italic bold). Inspired by various logos, signs, and artworks Disney created himself, it "captures the spirit" of the man's writing. As an added bonus, the creator, Justin Callaghan, also created a "logo dingbat which can be accessed by holding down "alt" and typing 0172 on the numeric keypad.
- Walt Disney at UrbanFonts: Created by Robert Johnson, this font fills in many of the parts that were left out of Callaghan's version. While it doesn't have bold or italic variations, it does feature a full symbol set, along with diacritical marks like "é", as well as a few "special" symbols like a little pen-sketch of the mouse silhouette.
Problems With Disney Fonts
One of the dangers of using free font downloads: quality control. Fonts have been used in the past (especially on Windows machines) to exploit weaknesses that can turn your computer into a spam machine, wipe out data, or even lead to identity theft.
A mild example comes from Fontseek.com. While it comes up in a Google search for Disney fonts, the page is very misleading. It appears to offer a wide selection of Disney-based fonts. Fontseek is not linked, though, because all of the links go off to some kind of Japanese website instead of actually to any fonts. It is an example of someone trying to use people's desire for a nifty font as bait to send them to some useless site with no relevance to fonts at all.
There are also some fonts which simply aren't as good as the ones listed above. Fonts.com has a "Disney" font, and even includes a "preview" window so that you can take a look at your text in the font. However, compared to the other fonts, this one is less complete and somehow less polished than the other examples. While all the fonts may cost the same (i.e., free) that simply makes it all the more important to be picky about which ones you use.
Where to Use Disney Fonts
The lettering in a Walt Disney font is very clear and precise - you would probably be able to get away with using it for almost any text. However, remember that this is iconographic handwriting - and wherever you use it, people are going to think about Walt Disney. If that is not your intent, you are well advised to find an alternative, because everybody knows the Mouse when they see it.