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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How Epcot Went from a Napkin Sketch to Entertainment and Educational Beacon

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Epcot, the second of four theme parks to be built on Walt Disney World property since 1971, is currently undergoing a major overhaul, with new shows and attractions in the works to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the opening of The Vacation Kingdom of the World in central Florida. But the Epcot that opened on Oct. 1, 1982, was a far cry from the Epcot envisioned by Walt Disney in the 1960s.
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Disney’s New Skyliner Has an Unlikely Height-Challenged Fan

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I’ve never been a fan of heights. Put me anywhere that’s 20 feet or more above terra firma and little beads of sweat start forming on my forehead. Unfortunately for me, fear of heights has come into play over the years on a number of popular attractions at Walt Disney World. Imagine how thrilled I was when the Disney Skyliner opened. But after one ride on the transportation system, I'm hooked.
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“The Art of Disney Costuming” Explores the Fascinating World of Wardrobing

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The Disney Editions book "The Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains and Spaces Between," by Jeff Kurtti and the Walt Disney Archives staff, takes a deep dive into the heretofore unexplored world of the costumes that permeate Disney’s expansive world. What we learn is that costumes aren’t just set pieces, but are true works of art that embellish each character's role.
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