Monday, May 2, 2016

World Showcase Bazaar: EPCOT's Japan Influence

By EPCOT Explorer

Early in the planning stages for Tokyo Disneyland, WED was a flurry of creativity, simultaneously guiding Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom though its first few years and attempting to broaden the Vacation Kingdom with EPCOT-inspired initiatives. Most notable of the EPCOT projects was the Walt Disney World Showcase, an international exhibition. Learn how an EPCOT inspired World Showcase almost made it to Tokyo Disneyland’s entrance corridor in today's new article by EPCOT Explorer...

Saturday, April 30, 2016

24 MUST SEE Vintage Disney Commercials (VIDEO)

By Keith Mahne

There is nothing quite as nostalgic as a vintage Disney commercial from the good old days. Are you in the mood for a blast from the past? If so, today's article is for you! You are about to watch 24 of the best retro Disney commercials from the 1950s to the 1990s. This includes advertisements for Disneyland in 1957, the opening of Disneyland's Space Mountain in 1977, the opening of Walt Disney World in 1971, Peter Pan peanut butter from the 1950s, Pepsi in the 60s and 70s, and so much more. Basically, if you would like to be wrapped up in a warm blanket of Disney nostalgia, these commercials are exactly what you need. See for yourself...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Interview with Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway - Show #20 - Disney Avenue Podcast

Welcome back to another exciting episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast. On today's show, host Keith Mahne is joined by MiceChat CEO Dusty Sage for an amazing interview with Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway. Before Charlie was hired as a cast member under Walt, he promoted Disneyland as a news reporter. During 1954-55, while the Park was still under construction, he authored some of the very first articles about Disneyland to appear in any of the major metropolitan newspapers. He also covered Disneyland’s grand opening celebration on July 17, 1955. Eight years later, he joined the Park’s publicity staff in 1963. Charlie helped launch the opening of Walt Disney World in 1971, Epcot Center in 1982, Disneyland Paris in 1992, as well as other special projects for celebrations such as Donald Duck’s 50th birthday and so much more. Charlie shared some truly amazing stories with us on the show so be sure not to miss this one...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Making of Disneyland's Indiana Jones Adventure (Video)

By Keith Mahne

There is only one place in the United States where guests can join Indiana Jones for an adventure of a lifetime. That place is Disneyland. Wouldn't you love to to see how this beloved attraction was made? Well here is your chance! Back in 1995, the Disney Company released a special television program all about the creation of the ride. Hosted by Michael Eisner and starring familiar faces like John Rhys-Davies and Karen Allen, this special allowed us to hear directly from Imagineers like Tony Baxter about how the attraction came to life. They sure don't make TV specials like this anymore. So friends, if you'd like to see how the magic was made, join us for this special presentation of The Making of Disneyland's Indiana Jones Adventure...

Sunday, April 24, 2016

22 Photos of the Old Disneyland Heliport

By Keith Mahne

Prior to Disneyland's opening day, Walt Disney made a decision to grant his guests the option of arriving to his Park by helicopter. Naturally, Walt took the initial test flight back in July of 1954. As he departed from the studio lawn in Burbank out to the Disneyland construction site in Anaheim, Walt realized the air commute was significantly shorter than the land commute, "a mere 20 minutes by helicopter" as Walt told viewers during one of his Disneyland TV specials. Walt immediately signed off on plans to open a heliport on undeveloped land just outside the park and a helicopter shuttle service to Disneyland was born. Join us today as we take a look back at the old Disneyland Heliport with these 22 MUST SEE photos...

Friday, April 22, 2016

27 MUST SEE Scans of the Disneyland Summer of '67 Guide Book

By Keith Mahne

The Disneyland Summer of 67' guide book is a wonderful way to travel back in time and visit the Park all those years ago. Jammed packed with beautiful color photos, this souvenir guide will show us the many exhibits, adventures and attractions that originally made Disneyland "the Happiest place on Earth." We'll see a brand new Pirates of the Caribbean in its original state, see the unveiling of a brand new Tomorrowland, learn about that summer's entertainment extravaganzas, see the many things planned for the Park that year, and so much more! Join us in today's new article and travel back to Disneyland of 1967 with this amazing, must see Disneyland Summer of '67 guide book you won't want to miss...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Stories Behind Walt Disney's Last Photos at Disneyland

By Keith Mahne

In the fall of 1966, a couple months before the world mourned the loss of one of its greatest visionaries and most beloved figures, Walt Disney had publicity photos taken of himself at Disneyland. Joined by Mickey Mouse and a large group of other popular Disney characters, Walt posed in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle for the last time. Although we now know that these are the final publicity photos ever taken of Walt, which can be a bit somber, the stories behind them offer some comfort for the loss of the man who was never afraid to dream. Join us in today's new article as we hear the stories behind Walt Disney's last photos taken at Disneyland...