Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Disney Avenue Podcast - Show #2 - Jack Lindquist Interview

Join host Keith Michael Mahne for a wonderful conversation with Disney Legend Jack Lindquist. Jack talks about his childhood, joining the WDC, meeting Walt Disney, working with Card Walker and Michael Eisner, becoming Disneyland's very first president and so much more. Continue after the page break for more...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Where to “Park It” in the Parks

By Ryan Reed


We all say it before we leave for our Disney World vacation: “Let’s try and hit everything but I want to relax too!”  Next thing you know you’re four days in still grabbing clothes out of your suitcase right after waking up to the seven alarms you set so you don’t oversleep.  Everyone is exhausted, their legs are aching and they could even become a little bit “hangry”.  If you are unfamiliar with the expression “hangry” let me enlighten you: it’s when you become so hungry you get irritable or angry, hence, hangry; it’s one of my girlfriend’s favorite terms.  Although naps are the best remedy, who wants to nap when you’re finally at the best place in the world?  If you’re at all like me, I don’t want to spend too much time at the resort so I try to recoup in one of the Parks.  To me, although the resorts are world class, I’m not there for them.  I have a few places I love to relax when I’m beaten up from the Florida heat, road-rage-stroller-pushers, and non-stop walking.  There are a ton of great attractions to sit back and relax, but that’s a completely different conversation.  So, I’ll be sharing my favorite places to unwind and replenish while still making the most of my Disney vacation. Join me after the page break and I'll fill you in...

Monday, July 28, 2014

Disney Avenue Welcomes Ryan Reed

Disney Avenue is very excited to welcome our newest contributing writer Ryan Reed! He has several interesting articles lined up for you and we are thrilled to have Ryan be apart of the Disney Avenue community. Please continue after the page break and allow Ryan to introduce himself...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Welcome to the "World" - 1975

By Keith Mahne

Well folks, I'm not sure you will be able to stand what I'm about to show you today. If you can make it through the full 54 minutes you'll come away tap dancing and searching your old boxes of clothes you been meaning to throw out for your favorite pair of polyester paints. This campy spectacular aired as an episode of The Wonderful World of Disney from 1975. Host Lucie Arnaz is joined by Lyle Waggoner and Tommy Tune as they introduce viewers to Walt Disney World's newest attraction, Space Mountain. Continue after the page break and get prepared to be time warped...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Project Florida - Walt Disney's Greatest Dream

By Keith Mahne

I love searching the web for vintage Walt Disney World pictures and videos. It brings back a wonderful sense of nostalgia. I also enjoy seeing how the park has progressed over time. Today I'd like to share with you one of my all time favorite videos of early WDW. This film ran as part of the Sunday night Wonderful World of Disney TV show in January 1971, mere months before the park opened. Disney had been heavily promoting Walt Disney World for over two years. All of their 1971 theatrical release posters included reminders of the vacation destination along their bottom, and in early 1971 they had prepared a special promotional film called Project Florida. Continue after the page break and have a look for yourself...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jack Lindquist Will Be Next Guest On The Disney Avenue Podcast

We are very excited to announce that Disney Legend Jack Lindquist will be our next guest on the Disney Avenue Podcast. Jack Lindquist was hired by Walt Disney as Disneyland’s first advertising manager, and eventually played a key role in making the Park a world-famous tourist attraction. From marketing the original “E tickets” to lobbying for Disneyland’s millennial expansion, Jack was involved in nearly every aspect of the theme park. Continue after the page break for more...

Monday, July 21, 2014

Imagineers Remember Jim Henson

By Keith Mahne

On the mourning of Wednesday, May 16 Imagineering and the rest of the world were shocked to learn of the sudden death of Jim Henson at the age of 53. A creative genius who re-invented the art of puppetry, Jim joined the Disney team when he and Michael Eisner announced an agreement-in-principle under which Henson Associates, Inc. would prduce theatrical motion pictures, network and off-network television shows, Disney Channel specials and series, as well as special Muppet attractions and rides for the Disney theme parks. Continue after the page break as Imagineers remember a true Disney Legend, Jim Henson...