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  • Official Disney Fan Club Opens Free Membership Level, Finally
    Official Disney Fan Club Opens Free Membership Level, Finally

    In a much anticipated move, D23, the Official Disney Fan Club has relaunched their website. It now includes more member-exclusive content, but the cost to become a member has been reduced to zero. Paid membership levels with additional benefits will remain. D23: The Official Disney Fan Club relaunched their reimagined…

  • RetroLand: 1960 Tomorrowland Spaceman and Spacewoman
    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 were essentially corporate brochures realized in 3-D. Walt really didn’t…

  • Disney’s St. Louis Development That Never Was
    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 the net evolution after Disneyland. An Without the riverfront project,…

  • Disney Parks Then and Now
    Disney Parks Then and Now

    Earlier this month, I posted a marvelous photo of Walt Disney standing on the steps of the Main Street Train Station in 1955 looking out into the present. The component parts of that picture came from a amazing collection of photos that capture how Disney Parks looked early in their…

  • The Park – Innovation
    The Park – Innovation

    In addition to creating “The Happiest Place on Earth”, Disneyland was innovative in many other ways. In the 50’s, believe it or not, waiting lines at banks or airports were traditionally a straight line.  Sometimes a movie theater would bend them around a corner; the Department of Motor Vehicles would…

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