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  • Happy Birthday to Walt Disney World
    Happy Birthday to Walt Disney World

    43 Years ago today, Walt Disney World opened to the public. Known early on as “The Florida Project,” it was viewed as a place for Walt to experiment with his ideas for intentional communities, technology advancement, industrial cooperation, and the latest in theme parks and resorts. After Walt’s death, the…

  • How should Disney World Celebrate 50 Years of Magic?
    How should Disney World Celebrate 50 Years of Magic?

    We are 8 years away from Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary. Disney likes to start planning these major anniversaries many years in advance. Plans for anything major, like multiple attractions, innovative parades, or theme park rebranding efforts would have to be in the early stages of conceptualization very soon, if…

  • Magic Kingdom Turns 40 and Life Goes On
    Magic Kingdom Turns 40 and Life Goes On

    (click to embiggen) The 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World and the Magic Kingdom was punctuated by big moments at the start and end of the day with long lines for everything in between. Since Disney has chosen to ignore the anniversary in favor of a more bland promotional strategy,…

  • John Beal, composed early Disney World tunes, interviewed
    John Beal, composed early Disney World tunes, interviewed

    Fans of the horror film genre know that the soundtrack is often the key component of the tension required to really put the scare on. It works the same at Disney’s parks, only it’s not tension that’s building, but atmosphere. It takes a lot of talent to compose for either…

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