With the recent release of David A. Bossert’s Claude Coats: Walt Disney’s Imagineer—The Making of Disneyland: From Toad Hall to the Haunted Mansion and Beyond [The Old Mill Press, 264 Pages, $65] the world will learn about Claude Coats – through indepth text and stunning archival photos – and his amazingly productive career with the Walt Disney Company.
It turns out that the gentle nudge at the end of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway wasn’t in the original plans for the ride. After years of meticulous planning down to the smallest detail, Kevin Rafferty admits he was winging it for that last surprise ... a trademark of the now-retired Disney Imagineer.
Remember the Mike Fink keel boats? You know, those top-heavy, low-capacity vessels that used to navigate the waters around Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and Frontierland in Disneyland Paris?
On Saturday, September 25th, we left the cozy confines of the Old Key West Resort on Walt Disney World property, bound for Port Canaveral and a four-night cruise aboard the Disney Fantasy. Once onboard, we found that safety protocols abounded.
For fans of the Disney-Pixar movie Ratatouille, the wait is nearly over. On Oct. 1 – the day Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration begins – Ratatouille: The Adventure will officially open to guests in World Showcase at EPCOT.