Monday, July 6, 2015

A Dutchman in Orlando – Part 6: Merchandise (Mickey’s of Hollywood)

By Sam Vlas

Dear Disney Avenue pedestrians, it’s my honor to present the sixth installment of “A Dutchman in Orlando” to you today. This time around, we are going to delve into the exciting world of Merchandise, to be exact, we'll take a stroll down Hollywood Boulevard and stop by Mickey’s of Hollywood to meet and tell a few, fun stories. I hope you’re ready! Lights… Camera… Action...

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Keep Moving Forward Documentary

By Keith Mahne

The Disney community is unlike any other. It's filled with amazing people who love to help each other out and enjoy reveling in the magic together. Although we are all different, we all share and have experienced that feeling you get when you walk into a Disney Park. We all know that feeling of safety and escape it provides us. Someone who really appreciates that comfort is a wonderful man named Guy Spagnoli. I've had the pleasure of speaking with Guy personally and felt his genuine spirit and love of Walt Disney and the magic he has created for this world. Guy is a Vietnam veteran, and just like all of our service men and women, is a hero in my opinion. He put his life on the line when his country called. He has suffered tremendously from witnessing the horridness of war, and continues to do so to this day as he was diagnosed with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). There is one thing that keeps him going and at peace....the magic of Disney! Guy is currently the subject of a documentary in production called Keep Moving Forward about his struggles with PTSD and how he uses Disney to self medicate. I think it's an important story to be told and one we can all relate to. Please continue after the page break for more important information on this project...

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The History of Disney's America Park

By Keith Mahne
In honor of the Fourth of July, let's discuss what would have been the most patriotic Disney theme park in the history of the company, a unrealized creation called Disney's America. The project was officially announced on November 11th, 1993 and as a rare brochure for the Park states, "The Walt Disney Company will create a unique and historically detailed environment in Prince William County, Virginia, which celebrates our nation's richness of diversity, spirit and innovation - DISNEY'S AMERICA." Let's see with our own eyes this wonderful brochure detailing the plans for what would have been the ultimate tribute to America's history with a bit of Disney magic...

Friday, July 3, 2015

1987 Walt Disney World Information Channel

By Keith Mahne

One of my favorite things about staying in a Walt Disney World Resort hotel is the wonderful Information Channel. Whenever we first arrive to our room, I immediately turn the TV on and watch and listen to the station as we begin to unpack. It's one of those magic feelings that hit you and your brain goes, "Yep! I'm in Disney World!" Something that's especially fun to do is to watch old WDW Information Channel programs from the past. I'd like to share with you one of my particular favorites from 1987. Join us today as we travel back to a Walt Disney World Resort hotel in 1987, flip the TV on, and embrace the magic that is the vacation kingdom of the world...

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Rhine River Cruise

by Keith Mahne

There were once extravagant concept designs and plans for a Rhine River Cruise that was to be inside Epcot's Germany Pavilion. Unfortunately, those plans were thrown out immediately following the parks opening in 1982. There are only a few details that exist about the ride today, but one can still get a good idea what the attraction may have looked like using the blueprints and concept art available. Let's take a look at what we know about the never built Rhine River Cruise in today's new article...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Walk Down Liberty Street

By Keith Mahne

Originally scheduled to open in the fall of 1957, Liberty Street was founded on Walt Disney's belief that Americans often failed to comprehend the tremendous significance of their heritage. In Liberty Square, Walt intended to dramatize the events of the Revolutionary War period in an entertaining way, and provide Disneyland guests with a better understanding of, and sense of pride in, the American way of life. Join us after the page break as we take a stroll down Liberty Street...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Bevy of Baxter – Disneyland Expansion during the Bicentennial

By EPCOT Explorer

At WED Enterprises, the 1970s were marked with an unmistakable drive of creativity that produced some of the most well known and iconic Disney experiences that still are held dear, today. This was the decade of Walt Disney World’s opening and all of the efforts to bring the fledgling resort up to operational and thematic speed. This is also the heady decade in which Walt Disney Productions would finally act upon Walt Disney’s idea for an urban community of tomorrow and produce a theme park, EPCOT Center, out of those ideas and plans. Additionally, this is also the decade when Disney looked beyond America and saw potential in building magic kingdoms around the world. Tokyo Disneyland’s creative nexus came about during EPCOT’s formal creation as a unified theme park and would go on to be a thematic entity based in the best parts of her Floridian and Californian sisters. But what of Disneyland, the original Magic Kingdom? Disneyland, too, was also the product of the driving spirit of WED’s enterprise during the mid 1970s and although what was built was slightly less than all of the plans and ideas fostered for the park, the process is astounding and a hallmark of the breadth of WED’s vision and skill. Under closer observation, Tony Baxter was instrumental in the creation of Disneyland’s efforts to expand. Join us today as we look back at Tony Baxter's development and influence on Imagineering’s way forward in perfecting the art of the theme park experience...