Category Archives: History

Retro Video: US Steel Builds The Contemporary

Disney’s Contemporary Resort was one of two hotels to open with the Magic Kingdom back in 1971. Disney partnered with US Steel to come up with what was seen as an innovative way of building the Contemporary with the goal … Continue reading

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Orlando – The Action Center of Florida, Vintage Film Highlights “Before Disney”

Here’s a great vintage film that captures Orlando, Florida as it was just before Walt Disney World changed it forever. Walt’s vision for an experimental prototype city of tomorrow is discussed starting at 4:45 and there’s actually some excellent vintage … Continue reading

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RetroLand: 1960 Tomorrowland Spaceman and Spacewoman

Construction for Disneyland’s original Tomorrowland didn’t even start until December 1955, that left them just 6 months to pull it all together. If you visited the early incarnation of Disneyland’s Tomorrowland you would have encountered a number of exhibits that … Continue reading

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Disney’s St. Louis Development That Never Was

Todd Pierce at the Disney History Institute has wrapped up his 10-part series on the Saint Louis Riverfront Square development that Walt Disney has proposed building in what he considered his home state of Missouri. The project was to be … Continue reading

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Beyond the World’s Fair

The 1964 World’s Fair just had its 49th anniversary. It was very influential not just in the growth of Disneyland, but in Walt’s vision for EPCOT. After the Fair is a documentary that tracks not just what happened to some … Continue reading

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