The Disneyland Pancake Race

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Six decades ago Disneyland was brand new! The Disney Corporation had invested heavily in its construction and they were rumored to be overextended. The senior management team was constantly trying new ways to attract guests to the park and increase revenues. That big pile of debt had to be repaid! Fortunately, Disney Studios had several … Continue reading "The Disneyland Pancake Race"
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The Orange Bird

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Back in the mid-1960s Walt Disney was busy building his latest daring venture, which he called the Florida Project. The Disney Company had acquired 57 square miles of land in central Florida where Walt envisioned a huge family entertainment complex. To keep ahead of the constant demand for cash the Disney Company entered into partnerships with a number of companies and groups who "sponsored" different aspects of the project. One of those partnerships was with the Florida Citrus Commission, which would sponsor a $3 million pavilion in Adventureland and a massive marketing campaign began using the little Orange Bird.

Disneyland Chronicles — An Updated Timeline

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By the time this blog is published on Carol and I will be enjoying our 10th visit to Disneyland and attending the D23 Expo in Anaheim. Although it seems like yesterday, it was a decade ago when we made our first trek west to visit Disneyland for the park’s Golden Anniversary. We had a … Continue reading "Disneyland Chronicles — An Updated Timeline"
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Mousecars and Ducksters

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Last October Carol and I had the good fortunate to be at Walt Disney World in October when the final D23 Fanniversary session was held there, at the Atlantic Dance Hall. Although she has been a D23 member for several years, this was our first event. Our hosts, Billy from Burbank CA and Kevin from Syracuse NY, shared plenty of pictures and "insider" information during their two-hour presentation.

It All Started With . . . Storyboards

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Recently, while I was reading The Revised Vault of Walt written by noted Disney historian (and Feature Writer) Jim Korkis, I ran across an interesting quote. Walt Disney was writing of memories from his school days and commented, “It was always my inclination to think in pictures rather than words.” My mind started to … Continue reading "It All Started With . . . Storyboards"