Yo Ho Yo Ho — 50 Years of Piracy

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Today is a special day in Disney history! It was 50 years ago today that one of Disney’s most popular attractions opened! On March 18, 1967 guests at Disneyland were able to take their first ride on Pirates of the Caribbean. ♫ ♪ Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me! ♫ ♪ At … Continue reading "Yo Ho Yo Ho — 50 Years of Piracy"
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Chess Men at the Haunted Mansion

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Here’s another little tidbit of Disney lore that Carol and I were told by a cast member during a behind the scenes tour . . . it explains those odd objects on the roof of the Haunted Mansion in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The story the guide told us began in California back in … Continue reading "Chess Men at the Haunted Mansion"
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Windows on Main Street

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Do you ever stop to look at the windows on Main Street USA? Each of those windows pays tribute to someone who has a significant place in Disney history . . . and each window tells a story. When Walt first imagined Disneyland he wanted Main Street to resemble the commercial hub in a turn-of-the-20th-century … Continue reading "Windows on Main Street"
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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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LEADING LADIES AND FEMMES FATALES: THE ART OF MARC DAVIS

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Marc Davis, visual development for Sleeping Beauty, ca. 1959; Collection Mike Glad; © Disney THE WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM PRESENTS LEADING LADIES AND FEMMES FATALES: THE ART OF MARC DAVIS April 30 – November 3, 2014 Exhibition Celebrates Award-Winning Work by one of Walt’s infamous Nine Old Men San Francisco, CA, March 25, 2014 – … Continue reading "LEADING LADIES AND FEMMES FATALES: THE ART OF MARC DAVIS"
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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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Disney Imagineer Alice Davis to Receive a Main Street Window at Disneyland

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Disney Legend Alice Davis will finally be getting her own special window on Main Street in Disneyland. At a special Club 33 event on March 19th, Imagineer Kim Irvine officially announced the news! You can just see Alice’s delight in the photo! Alice Davis began work in the Walt Disney Studios, but is best known … Continue reading "Disney Imagineer Alice Davis to Receive a Main Street Window at Disneyland"
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