Saturday, December 20, 2014

P.L. Travers Recorded Discussing "Feed the Birds"

By Keith Mahne

Almost from the day the Mary Poppins character appeared on the cover of a book in 1934, she was destined to gain additional fame through some form of the entertainment medium. Walt Disney first became aware of Mary Poppins around 1949, when one of his daughters introduced him to the magical nanny. Diane's and Sharon's (Walt's daughters) enthusiasm for the books prompted his reading them and he, too, saw their potential as material for a motion picture. Upon learning that film rights were unobtainable, he temporarily abandoned the idea. When Disney tried to acquire the movie rights, he learned they were not for sale. In the meantime, other producers, in turn, considered the Poppins stories perfect material for a Broadway musical, a television special and a motion picture, but their offers too were rejected. Around 1961, the paths of Disney and Miss Travers happened to cross in London. Walt told her of his interest in Mary Poppins and inquired again about the movies rights. They discussed the possibility of his bringing Mary Poppins to the screen and Travers agreed to relinquish the film rights if his approach to the stories met with her approval. Continue after the page break as we listen to a wonderful recording of P.L. Travers discussing "Feed the Birds" with the Sherman brothers...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Walk in the Park: Disneyland Edition - A Rainy Day at Disneyland

By Daisy Sparks

This week's A Walk in the Park article takes a look at a rare event that happened at Disneyland rained!!! It doesn't rain much in Southern California and when it does, it's kind of a big deal. The news channels become excited with top stories from "Storm Watch 2014!" The rain is most welcome in drought ridden California and it really does clean the air. We've had on and off rain over the last week. It sure makes for some pretty pictures and sights throughout the Disneyland Parks. Continue after the page break as we walk Disneyland during a rare, rainy day...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Disney Avenue Podcast - Show #9 - Christmas Special with Jim Korkis

The Disney Avenue Podcast returns with a wonderful Christmas Special that is sure to get you in the Holiday spirit. Disney historian and author Jim Korkis joins host Keith Michael Mahne for a wonderful interview on Walt Disney featuring some amazing and rarely heard Christmas stories from his life. Jim is the ultimate "go-to guy" on Walt Disney and we couldn't think of a better person to have on this Christmas Special. Jim tells us about Walt's love of the Holiday Season, what Christmas was like for Walt as a child, about a special gift to Lillian that inspired a classic animated movie, and so much more. So get cozy by the fire, grab a warm cup of hot chocolate and enjoy this Disney Avenue Podcast Christmas Special...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Motion Mondays: Turning On the Lights at Disneyland

By Keith Mahne

This week's Motion Mondays article is all about turning on the lights at Disneyland. I especially love the Main Street lights! From the Disneyland Tenth Anniversary Show (1965). Continue after the page break as Disneyland hits the lights...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Christmas Adventure in Disneyland

By Keith Mahne

 Are you ready for the tale of “A Christmas Adventure in Disneyland”? I hope so because we are about to have a listen to the story from a 1958 Disneyland Records LP. It's about two children, named John and Jane, on an adventure at Disneyland during Christmas Eve. This grand LP even included a full size booklet with some beautiful art that you'll see in a moment and covers eleven pages and has poems and song lyrics accompanying it. Join us after the page break for “A Christmas Adventure in Disneyland”...

Friday, December 12, 2014

EPCOT’s Journeys In Space

By EPCOT Explorer

As early as 1975, the EPCOT Theme Center (Future World) boasted a Space Pavilion that would have featured a massive omnimover detailing the perils and positives of man’s history in space. Today, let’s take a look back at EPCOT’s long, and frankly, painful history of the Space pavilion concepts designed for the park...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Walk in the Park: WDW Edition - Magic Kingdom Holidays

By Krista Joy

Welcome back to another A Walk in the Park: WDW Edition article. This week we travel to the Magic Kingdom during the holiday season 2014! Today we'll have a walk down Main Street to check out the new decorations, seasonal cupcakes inside Starbucks, Hildegard Olivia Harding signing autographs inside The Plaza Restaurant, Mickey Mouse in the new ‘Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!’ Street Party and stroll through the Emporium to check out some of the wonderful Christmas gifts and ornaments for sale! Finally, we will head to the Train Station for a look at the Christmas tree upstairs, the view of the crowds below, and of course, the old train pulling in for a stop! Join us after the page break...