Disney USA — Adventure is Out There!

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Several days ago, AllEars.Net’s Picture This! photoblogger Scott Thomas wrote on how he found Disney in non-Disney places while traveling this summer. I guess it’s true that “Great Minds Think Alike,” because our Guest Blogger Norris Anderson has also written on this same theme. Take their advice — you can find Disney wherever … Continue reading "Disney USA — Adventure is Out There!"
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San Diego Comic-Con 2018: D23 Takes a Trip to SDCC, Part 1

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As its first big foray into the madness that is Comic-Con, D23 put on two panels and a member mixer. Starting off its first-ever SDCC panel, "Celebrating 90 Years of Mickey Mouse with D23: the Official Disney Fan Club," Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline, Official Voice of Mickey Mouse Bret Iwan, and Master Disney Animator Mark Henn took the audience members through a whirlwind tour of the iconic mouse's long and famed history.
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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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Happy 63rd Birthday, Disneyland!

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Disneyland opened 63 years ago today, on July 17, 1955. While a lot has changed in those 63 years, it's still true that as you pass under the train station: "Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy." In honor of Disneyland's birthday, we thought it would be fun to see how much you all know about the early days of Disneyland with this little quiz.
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Disneyland Resort to Celebrate 63 Years on July 17 with a Tribute to Opening Day

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When Walt Disney opened Disneyland Park on July 17, 1955, it had 18 attractions, no Disney hotels and little but orange groves surrounding it. Now, as Disneyland Resort marks its 63rd anniversary, the original theme park has expanded to become a world-class family resort destination. With more than six decades of inspiration and innovation, the resort includes two renowned Disney theme parks, nearly 100 exciting attractions, three hotels and the shopping, dining and entertainment district known as Downtown Disney. Disneyland will commemorate its role as the original Disney theme park Tuesday, July 17, with festivities that include the "Happiest March on Earth" down Main Street, U.S.A.
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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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Observing the Extraordinary at Walt Disney World

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To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. — Photographer Elliott Erwitt While we can all agree Walt Disney World is not an “ordinary … Continue reading "Observing the Extraordinary at Walt Disney World"
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Former Imagineer Eddie Sotto reflects on his contributions to Disneyland Paris

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Eddie Sotto poses for a photo in front of Main Street Motors right after Disneyland Paris opened in 1992. [Courtesy of Eddie Sotto] Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland was Walt Disney’s pride and joy … a window into his life as a young boy growing up in Marceline, Missouri, in the early 1900s. According to … Continue reading "Former Imagineer Eddie Sotto reflects on his contributions to Disneyland Paris"
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Until Shanghai, railroads have been chugging through Disney parks since 1955

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Walt Disney, left, proudly surveys Disneyland as the E.P. Ripley pulls into the station on opening day, July 17, 1955. With him are then-California Gov. Goodwin Knight, center, and Fred Gurley, president of the Santa Fe Railroad. When Shanghai Disneyland opened to the public on June 17, there was one classic Disney attraction conspicuous in … Continue reading "Until Shanghai, railroads have been chugging through Disney parks since 1955"
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