Jim’s Attic: The Birth of Walt Disney World Golfing

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Jim’s Attic: The Birth of Walt Disney World Golfing By Jim Korkis When Walt Disney World opened October 1971, the Disney company had to educate the general public that the new entertainment venue was not just like another Disneyland, but was an entire “vacation destination” featuring a wide variety of leisure activity from boating to … Continue reading "Jim’s Attic: The Birth of Walt Disney World Golfing"
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Jim’s Attic: The History Behind the Saratoga Springs DVC Resort

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Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa officially opened May 17, 2004 with a "health-history-horses" theme. The Development Manager for the project was Kevin Cummings, which was ironically appropriate. Cummings was born and raised in Saratoga Springs, New York, the city that was the inspiration for the new Disney Vacation Club resort. In fact, at the time, his twin brother still lived in that historic upstate New York town so Kevin would go back to visit several times during the year, especially to attend the races.
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Jim’s Attic: Humphrey the Bear at Wilderness Lodge

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Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort is the only Disney resort hotel to have an official mascot, the brown bear. Images and allusions can be found throughout the resort including bear tracks imbeded in the walkways. To make that potentially fearsome mascot more friendly for younger guests, some of the brown bear images are of the Disney animated character Humphrey the Bear, a lovable, overweight brown bear who lives in the fictional Brownstone National Park.
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Jim’s Attic – Snow Queen Ride

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The Snow Queen Ride By Jim Korkis The most recent Walt Disney Feature Animation film, Frozen (2013), is the highest grossing animated feature film ever produced, winning Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song. The Meet and Greet with Anna and Elsa at the Norway Pavilion at Epcot was so overwhelmingly … Continue reading "Jim’s Attic – Snow Queen Ride"
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Jim’s Attic: The Story of Beacon Joe

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The Story of Beacon Joe By Jim Korkis Which original Disney character appears in three different attractions at Walt Disney World and was originally created for Disneyland? I always hated it when teachers asked questions like that and they already knew the answer” and I was a public school teacher for several years after I … Continue reading "Jim’s Attic: The Story of Beacon Joe"
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Jim’s Attic: A Short History of Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

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A Short History of Tony’s Town Square Restaurant By Jim Korkis When Main Street U.S.A. opened at the Magic Kingdom in Florida in October 1971, right there in Town Square was the Town Square Café with an open air porch where patrons could watch the stream of guests rushing in and out of the park. … Continue reading "Jim’s Attic: A Short History of Tony’s Town Square Restaurant"
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Jim’s Attic: The Hidden Handprints of The Magic of Animation

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The Hidden Handprints of The Magic of Animation On May 1, 1989, the Disney MGM Studios officially opened with a dedication ceremony led by then CEO Michael Eisner. However, not long afterwards on that same day, there was another dedication ceremony in front of The Magic of Disney Animation building. Roy E. Disney talked at … Continue reading "Jim’s Attic: The Hidden Handprints of The Magic of Animation"
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Jim’s Attic: The Walt Disney World Time Capsule That Never Was

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The Walt Disney World Time Capsule That Never Was By Jim Korkis Disney Historian Jim Korkis goes up into his imaginary attic to rummage around his archives and often stumbles across an unusual story about Walt Disney World. Those who have met me know that I take real joy in talking about Walt Disney. One … Continue reading "Jim’s Attic: The Walt Disney World Time Capsule That Never Was"
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