EPCOT was the Walt Disney Company’s first theme park to break the Magic Kingdom mold. It combined two ideas, Future World – a world’s fair style showcase of technology and World Showcase – a display of culture and design from around the world, into a… Read More »EPCOT History Timeline updated
As the saying goes, don’t believe everything you read in the the Internet. Historical figures and celebrities are often attributed quotes and sayings that frankly they never actually said, or even implied. But how do you know what is fact and what is fiction? You… Read More »Did Walt Disney Really Say That? New Book Will Let You Know!
When the Haunted Mansion opened in 1969, the Imagineers who worked on the attraction cleverly left tributes to themselves in the form of witty, albeit morbid, tombstone epitaphs. The tombstones were located in and around the queue area of the attraction. Later, most of the… Read More »Disneyland restores tribute tombstones to Haunted Mansion
The weekly web series “Academy Originals” from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the same fine people who hand out the golden Oscars statues) is a documentary-style look at classic movie making moments. In this week’s new episode, composer Richard M. Sherman recounts… Read More »Disney History: How “I wanna be like you” from “The Jungle Book” was made
Aside from stealing my wardrobe of Disney Hawaiian shirts (or did I steal his), John Lasseter, Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Studios Chief Creative Officer, is a force in animation with ties back to the original animators who worked under Walt Disney himself. Although he… Read More »John Lasseter remembers the first 30 years of Pixar
Walt Disney World of 1973 was a very different place than what visitors encounter today. With just two resorts, the Fort Wilderness campgrounds, and a Magic Kingdom that was still growing into itself. There was no Space Mountain or Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland, no… Read More »1973 Magic Kingdom from the Skyway – Retro Tour Part 1 of 3
Take a time travel trip to the fifties and sixties with the inimitable Charles Phoenix the historian with a funny bone and comedian with a feel for retro excellence. Phoenix has scheduled two opportunities to travel into Disneyland’s past. On September 19th, as part of… Read More »Disneyland Retro History Show from Charles Phoenix
I watched the first episode of Walt Disney from American Experience on PBS last night and did a bit of live-tweeting throughout. Overall, I was impressed with the documentary and even learned a tidbit or two I had not previously known. But there did seem… Read More »Walt Disney documentary continues tonight on PBS