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...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Meeting Walt Disney

By Keith Mahne

This is one of my absolute favorite Walt Disney videos... and he is only in it for 14 seconds. The music in the video as well as seeing Walt in his park just pulls at the heart-strings. The video was shot in 1956, just one year after Disneyland opened. Walt's appearance in the film is short and sweet but powerful; at least in my opinion. Continue after the page break and have a look...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Club 33: The Pinnacle of VIP

By Lindsey Allmon

Tucked away in New Orleans Square in Disneyland is a simple door. It blends in well, barely noticeable, except for the large plaque brandishing the number 33 marking its address, 33 Royal Street. Yet behind that simple door lies the most exclusive club in America, housing priceless Disney artifacts and an experience that does have a price…and it is hefty. Continue after the page break for a look inside the elite Club 33...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Marty Sklar and Disneyland's Opening Day

By Keith Mahne

During the opening day ceremonies at Disneyland, Marty Sklar was a member of what was called the Public Relations department. His main job was to write, edit and produce The Disneyland News, which was a tabloid newspaper in 1890 font and style that Walt had requested as part of the 1955 "streetmosphere" at Disneyland. Continue after the page break as we step into the shoes of Marty Sklar during Disneyland's opening day...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Making of: Peter Pan's Flight

When Disneyland opened in 1955, Walt Disney made the decision to have Fantasyland as its main themed land. Walt dedicated this land “… to the young and the young at heart” and “to those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.” He also said “Come with me to King Arthur’s Carousel, to see an elephant fly, to dig for diamonds in the Dwarfs mine, and to ride a pirate ship through the sky…” Guest did ride pirate ships through the sky and still do today on the wonderfully classic ride called Peter Pan’s Flight. Continue after the page break and let's see how Walt made his statement become a reality...