The important role music has played throughout Disney history

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The record covers for Disneyland Records’ “Lady and the Tramp,” “Bambi” and “Pinocchio” soundtracks. [Chuck Schmidt] When plans for Epcot were being formulated in the 1970s, it dawned on Marty Sklar of Walt Disney Imagineering that he and his team were overlooking something important, fundamental and functional … a Disney parks staple that hadn’t seen … Continue reading "The important role music has played throughout Disney history"
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You can learn a lot by leafing through decades-old Disney magazines

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A magazine advertisement for Eastern Airlines, which was the official airline of Walt Disney World when the resort opened in 1971. [Chuck Schmidt] “You can observe a lot by watching.” So said the great American philosopher, Lawrence Peter [Yogi] Berra. Most of us have Disney books and magazines tucked away somewhere. Some are probably years, … Continue reading "You can learn a lot by leafing through decades-old Disney magazines"
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A look back at Epcot’s creation

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The cover of Epcot’s pre-opening brochure, which gave detailed descriptions of each attraction to be featured in the first-of-its-kind park, which opened on Oct. 1, 1982. [Chuck Schmidt] Epcot celebrated its 35th anniversary last fall. With that important milestone came a commitment on the part of the Walt Disney Company to add new experiences to … Continue reading "A look back at Epcot’s creation"
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Progress stood still during a torrential rain storm in the Magic Kingdom

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The exterior of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. It was a typical mid-June day in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World: Hot and humid, with ominous dark clouds lurking on the horizon. After riding on the WEDway PeopleMover in Tomorrowland, we decided to escape … Continue reading "Progress stood still during a torrential rain storm in the Magic Kingdom"
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Disney’s Interest in World’s Fairs Beyond the 1964-1965 New York Event

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Walt Disney stands with a model of the “it’s a small world” pavilion, one of the stars of the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. [The Walt Disney Company] Walt Disney never did anything half-way. He always seemed to take a damn-the-torpedoes, full-speed-ahead approach when his fertile imagination dreamed up a seemingly impossible project. And so … Continue reading "Disney’s Interest in World’s Fairs Beyond the 1964-1965 New York Event"
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The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair: A watershed moment in Disney history

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Walt Disney stands in front of two World’s Fair posters in a publicity photo taken in 1964. [The Walt Disney Company] To many long-time Disney followers, the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair was a watershed moment for the Walt Disney Company. Disney’s participation in the Fair saw the introduction of a radically new form of … Continue reading "The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair: A watershed moment in Disney history"
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During its four-year run, Holidayland gave guests a Disneyland experience right outside the fabled berm

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An aerial view shows Holidayland during its heyday, right outside the berm at Disneyland. Much has been written about the berm at Disneyland … those large mounds of dirt, cleverly placed foliage and other inconspicuous obstacles which keep Disney guests from seeing the outside world, effectively insulating them from reality. As Disney Legend John Hench … Continue reading "During its four-year run, Holidayland gave guests a Disneyland experience right outside the fabled berm"
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