Monday, March 2, 2015

Motion Mondays: Walt and his Monorail

By Keith Mahne

This week's Motion Mondays article features Walt Disney lending a hand to build the Disneyland-Alweg Monorail beams. From the Disneyland Tenth Anniversary Show (1965). Continue after the page break and have a look...

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Disney Documentary Hour: Welcome to the "World" - 1975

By Keith Mahne

Welcome back to the popular Disney Documentary Hour here on Disney Avenue. Today's show is called Welcome to the "World" that originally aired in 1975! 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. 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 be prepared to be time warped...

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Jazzy "Part of Your World" Cover

By Keith Mahne

A friend of Disney Avenue, Andrew Berg of the Andrew Berg Quartet, reached out to me recently about a wonderful video he and his friends created featuring a bossa nova cover of "Part of Your World" from "The Little Mermaid". I really think a lot of Disney fans will certainly appreciate it. Another fun fact is that all the musicians are either Cast Members or Annual Passholders of Disneyland! I must say, I really enjoy their cover and have even added it to the Disney Avenue music player which can be accessed via our desktop site. Continue after the page break for an amazing cover of "Part of Your World"...

Friday, February 27, 2015

Tale of Two EPCOTs - Part I

By EPCOT Explorer

EPCOT has always had the rare distinction of having its conceptual core rooted in Walt Disney’s litany of personal products and projects. As one of the last ideas to come from the world’s greatest showman, The Walt Disney Company has always striven to tie EPCOT, as an entity, to their founder so as to appear respectful to his legacy and grand plans for the Walt Disney World Resort. Of course, the Florida property itself was the engine for Walt’s original idea for a grand center of urban planning and industry, so the narrative of both city and resort are highly intertwined. All of this remains inherent, even today, despite the city never materializing, and instead a theme park being built bearing the iconic and storied acronym. Continue after the page break for part 1 of a Tale of Two EPCOTs...

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Walk in the Park: Disneyland Edition - Lunar New Year 2015

By Daisy Sparks

Last weekend I had a chance to check out the Lunar New Year festivities at Disney California Adventure. They have offered this celebration the last couple of years now. The Lunar New Year events were only offered this past weekend (Thursday - Sunday) so it was pretty popular due to its very limited engagement. Join me as we take a look at the event in this week's A Walk in the Park: Disneyland Edition article...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mickey’s Birthdayland 1988-1990

By Keith Mahne

In 1988, the year of Mickey Mouse’s 60th birthday, Walt Disney World celebrated the opening of Mickey’s Birthdayland. The land was themed as Duckburg the town from the Ducktales show. Mickey’s Birthdayland attractions included: Grandma Duck’s Farm with live animals (chickens, ducks, goats, pigs, cows and miniature horses), Mickey’s house including a Birthday Party Tent in the back yard which featured Minnie’s Surprise Party, a Mickey Mouse meet and greet in the dressing room at Mickey’s Hollywood Theatre, a train station for the Walt Disney World railroad, and a live show featuring Disney characters. Join us as we take a look back to 1988 and the opening of Mickey's Birthdayland...

Monday, February 23, 2015

Motion Mondays: Walt Disney’s Home Movies

By Keith Mahne

This week's Motion Mondays article is one of my favorites so far and is pretty special. They feature some clips from Walt Disney’s home movies. Continue after the page break and have a look...