Monday, September 29, 2014

Motion Mondays: Disneyland Contruction

By Keith Mahne

A new segment here on Disney Avenue will be called Motion Mondays where we will post animated GIFs or pictures from Disney history. I personally love looking at old pictures of Disneyland history and having them move makes it all the better. So we hope you will join us every Monday and enjoy Disney Avenue's Motion Mondays segments. Continue after the page break for our first Motion Monday as we take a look back at some Disneyland construction...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Major Disney Avenue Update: Disney's Hollywood Studios

By Keith Mahne

Big news is coming out of Disney's Hollywood Studios today. It seems some HIGH profile Disney executives were seen walking around the park. Continue after the page break for more on this developing story...

A Disneyland Fan Who is Interested in Walt Disney World

By Mark Landucci

”Disneyland is way too small….” “Disney World doesn’t even have the Matterhorn…” “I’d never go to Disney World, it’s way too hot and humid….” “Disneyland doesn’t even have the PeopleMover anymore….”

I’ve never quite understood this division of fans between the parks. I’ve read articles and listened to podcasts where people say something that discredits the other park. I’d like to think that comments like these are good hearted, but I get the impression that hardcore fans of either park are speaking from the heart. If there are sides, then I’m on the Disneyland side. No question. But I don’t think there needs to be sides. I think both parks are important and both have wonderful things to offer. I’m going to discuss a few things about Disney World that intrigue me. Continue after the page break for more…..shall you??

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Rare Look at EPCOT Center’s First Nighttime Spectacular

By Keith Mahne

Carnival de Lumiere was the very first nighttime spectacular at Epcot. It was a presentation using rear projection screens on barges floating on the World Showcase Lagoon. Between the projection barges were fireworks barges controlled by Apple Computers. The show could be viewed only from points between Mexico and Canada. It lasted just a few months before being replaced by A New World Fantasy. Continue after the page break for some rare 1982 press shots that gives us a look at one of EPCOT Center’s shortest lived shows: Carnival de Lumière...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Disney Avenue Podcast - Show #4 - Jim Korkis Interview

On this episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast, host Keith Michael Mahne has a wonderful conversation with famous author, Disney historian and the "go to" guy on Walt and all things Disney for that matter, Mr. Jim Korkis. Jim has one of the best personalities around and is full of fantastic stories and insights on Walt and the company. Be sure not to pass this one up...

Friday, September 12, 2014

Walt Disney Goes To War

By Keith Mahne

Between 1942 and 1945, during World War II, everyone was behind the war effort. Walt Disney and the Studios was no exception. To help the Allied cause, Disney Studios produced a variety of wartime shorts... both education and entertainment in nature. Some taught you how to aim an anti-tank rifle... and others were a little more fun to watch. Continue after the page break as we learn how Walt Disney went to war...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Unofficial WDW Attractions: Transportation

By Ryan Reed

We all go to Disney World with so much excitement for Tower of Terror, Pirates, Test Track and the countless other Disney attractions. But what about the other “attractions” found in Disney World? The ones that were never meant to be something we all look forward to experiencing. I want to take a quick look at some guest favorites that were meant to serve a purpose rather than something special we miss when we aren’t vacationing in the happiest place on earth. Continue after the page break for more...

Monday, September 8, 2014

From Art to the Disney Parks

By Keith Mahne

Have you ever compared the Disney animated movies to the attractions they produced? Doing so is a good way to appreciate the hard work Imagineers put into making a show building or castle match the movie. Today we'll compare some popular places in the Disney Parks that transpired from the animated movies...

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Structured vs. Unstructured Disneyland Trips

By Mark Landucci

Oh brother…what to see? What to do? What to eat? Where to rest? What to miss? What not to miss? What to buy? Where am I going to park? What time do I arrive? What if I miss the rope drop? When and where should I wait for a parade? There is a lot to consider when venturing into to the Happiest Place on Earth. It’s quite easy to get overwhelmed with it all. There are many books and companies that give you touring plans, guides and ideas. This is all fine and good. I mean I love Disneyland, but it definitely can be a bit overwhelming. Even for me. I have my thoughts and ideas about all of this structured touring and planning. Continue after the page break for more…shall you???

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Halloween Time at the Magic Kingdom

By Keith Mahne

Halloween time is definitely rite around the bend as the Magic Kingdom prepares for the holiday season in September. Today we'll have a look at some beautifully festive pictures from the happiest place on earth...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

WARNING: Graphic Photos of Figment Ahead

By Keith Mahne

What I'm about to show you is extremely graphic (not really unless you consider mishandled auto-animatronics graphic). Continue after the page break for some horrifying decayed remains of the Figment auto-animatronics used in the original Journey into Imagination attraction...