With Disney Parks Closed, It’s Time to Remember the Magic

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It’s rare when any of Disney’s 12 theme parks around the world have been closed to guests. Up until this year, weather events [hurricanes in Florida or typhoons in Asia], natural disasters [earthquakes in California], national days of mourning [John F. Kennedy’s assassination] or terror attacks [on Sept. 11, 2001 in the United States and 2015 in Paris] were reasons for shutting down any of Disney’s parks and resorts worldwide.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Fulfills a Years-Long Promise

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More than five years ago, Walt Disney Imagineering’s creative director Kevin Rafferty made a promise to Marty Sklar, his former Imagineering boss, mentor and long-time friend. “I promised Marty years ago that I was going to come up with an original attraction with an original song that was centered around Mickey Mouse,” Rafferty said. “And every time I saw Marty after that, he’d always ask me, ‘How’s that new attraction coming?’” On March 4, 2020, Rafferty made good on that promise.
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In Search of Epcot’s Mission: Getting the Ball Rolling in the Mid-1970s

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In May of 1974, less than three years after the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World had opened to resoundingly positive response, then-Disney president Card Walker announced plans for the second phase of the Florida Project. He took the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, or Epcot, off the back burner, where it had resided since Walt’s death in 1966, and made it the company’s top priority.
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