The birthplace of Walt Disney is a small and unassuming home on the corner of Tripp Avenue. It was designed and built by Elias and Flora Disney in 1893 just outside downtown Chicago, and was home to the Disney family in 1901 when Walt was… Read More »Help restore the Walt Disney Birthplace
Disney Interactive is one of the unsung heroes of a Disney household. Through their collection of websites including, Babble, Spoonful, Disney Baby, and more, they reach out to the Disney mom and family in need of some inspiration or advice. A new website has just… Read More »Disney Interactive expands “Family” of websites
A special guest star will appear on tonight’s episode of “Switched a Birth.” I think he’s special, at least, since he comes from my team, the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks and since I run this blog, I get to say so. On tonight’s show,… Read More »Special Episode of Switched at Birth Tonight
If you’re reading here, you probably like Disney a lot, but are you a Disney family? Is there a dusty tangle of Mickey Crocs on the floor of your hallway closet? Do you have a stack of old Key to the World cards on your desk? Have people just given up on asking where you’re taking the kids on vacation? If so, you’re probably part of a Disney family. For further clarification, see if you identify with the following statements:
10. You’ve put a six-year old in a stroller and no one even blinked.
9. You gauge the practicality of your children’s outfits by how easily they can climb in and out of rides while wearing it.
8. You’ve tried to use a snack credit for a Slurpee.
7. Your child quotes The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World to strangers in line at the grocery store like some sort of tiny, demented Disney evangelist.
In 1964, the newly-built Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles was opened to much fanfare. It was the city’s crowning achievement, having lacked a modern concert hall for many years. Walt and Lillian Disney donated a wad of money to the project and were to be given a personal tour of the hall prior to dedication. I was the PR person for the park’s new “ambassador”, Miss Disneyland, and as such escorted her to the pre-dedication event. There was a bevy of Music Center execs there, along with the press, to greet Walt and Lillian and the photogenic Miss Disneyland.
The music director at the time was the young, Indian conductor Zubin Mehta. He was known for his fiery passion and diva-like temperament. Only 26 years old at the time, he was already considered a musical boy genius. To complete the picture, he usually dressed all in black. That, together with his swarthy dark complexion, made quite an impressive and dramatic presentation.Read More »The Park – Walt and Lillian’s Musical Legacy
Today is the 109th Anniversary of Walt Disney’s birth. We celebrate his legacy everyday here at The Disney Blog. But today I would love to hear how Walt’s life and legacy has affected you. Please share in the comments the most special ‘Disney’ moment in… Read More »Happy Birthday Walt Disney!
There is an article that gets written every few years by someone in the Disney fan community. It bemoans how the company is moving away from Walt Disney the person. How no one asks any more ‘What would Walt do?’ We all know that train… Read More »Vanishing Walt
Slowly but surely Disney Online has become a repository for web series keeping the needs of the entire family in mind. Cat Cora and the Muppets were recently announced, but even before that DisneyFamily.com had ‘The Possibility Shop,’ which featured the talents of the Jump Henson Company. A second season of “The Possibility Shop” (www.Family.com/PossibilityShop), an original web series produced by The Jim Henson Company has just debuted.
The site, which can be accessed through DisneyFamily.com, will be updated every two to three weeks with content designed to inspire the imagination of the entire family through creative projects, activities and games. The Clorox Company returns as the exclusive sponsor for all 20 webisodes in season two of “The Possibility Shop.”