Saturday, October 31, 2015

The WEDway PeopleMover and the Community Transportation Services Division

By EPCOT Explorer

The mid 1970s were marked with a flurry of creativity and activity for Walt Disney Productions. Main efforts centered on expanding their existing two theme parks, and looking to finally act upon Walt Disney’s plans for EPCOT in some regard. Simultaneously, Disney was broaching the subject of an Asian Disneyland in Tokyo. Despite all of these far flung and grandiose ideas, concentration settled on developing a “ride” system for a public works project. Let's examine the WEDway PeopleMover and the Community Transportation Services Division in today's new article by EPCOT Explorer...

Friday, October 30, 2015

A Look Back at the History of Disney and Star Wars

By Keith Mahne

When Lucasfilm became part of the Walt Disney Company, it sparked rampant speculation about the future of Star Wars in Disney’s theme parks. At Disney’s recent D23 Expo, one presentation confirmed future projects were on their way, but offered nothing more than tantalizing hints of things to come. As we wait to learn more while we inch closer to the release of the long awaited Star Wars Episode VII, let’s travel back in time and take a look at the original collaboration between Disney and Lucasfilm, beginning more than 25 years ago, on the creation of Star Tours…

Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Walk in the Park: Disneyland Edition - Halloween "Tree-T" & Enchanted Window

By Daisy Sparks

It's Thursday and that can only mean one's time for a new Walk in the Park article, of course! Disneyland is all about the details. It’s one of things that sets it apart from other theme parks. The Halloween "Tree-T" and the new Enchanted Window are two such examples of how much work goes into creating even the smallest of attractions. In this week's Walk in the Park article, let's visit the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and see the Halloween "Tree-T" and then have a look at a new Enchanted Window along Main Street, USA. Ready to go? Let's get right to it...

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Walt Disney and the World’s Creepiest Gas Mask

By Keith Mahne

The year was 1942, Walt Disney flew to Washington and met with defense and chemical warfare officials with another one of his great ideas. You see, Walt wanted to check the progress of a gas mask he’d recently designed. The mask, featuring large glass eyes, a snout and big, round ears, was designed like his signature character, Mickey Mouse. It was meant to calm terrified children during moments of crisis, but looking back at the mask, it appears it may have done the opposite. See for yourself what Walt created and decide whether you believe this could have been the world's creepiest gas masks ever created in today's new article...

Friday, October 16, 2015

Celebrating A Dream Come True

By Keith Mahne

Dreams are funny things. They give us an objective in life to strive for, can be life-changing, massive in scope, and can seem so outrageous an unattainable at times. I don't believe there was anyone to walk on this planet that knew more about achieving their dreams than Walt Disney. Like Walt, I've had a few big dreams that, thanks to a little ambition and help from the man upstairs, have come true. Today, I'd like to tell you about a major, life-changing dream that is on the verge of becoming a reality and that will change forever...

Monday, October 12, 2015

A Return to Old Fantasyland - Part I

By Kevin Faux

Fantasyland brings the tales gathered by the Brothers Grimm to life through the gracefulness of European charm. With the embodiment of childhood fantasy, the show elements allow guests the opportunity to enter the cinematic world of the Disney classics. A more history based story line brings guests out of hometown America and into the charm and gallantry of medieval Europe. Many classic attractions have come and gone over the years, but will always remain in the hearts of Disney fans the world over. Let's return to old Fantasyland and explore those attractions in today's new article by Kevin Faux...

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Splash Mountain: Where is Your Laughing Place? - Part I

By Randy Crane

Splash Mountain is beloved by Disney fans from all around the world. It's fun music, entertaining Audio Animatronics, and that huge drop into the briar patch keep us coming back for more. And just like Br’er Rabbit, everybody’s searching for a Laughing Place, something that brings us joy, peace and happiness. Today, let's take a different perceptive on Splash Mountain and finding our one, true Laughing Place in life...

Friday, October 9, 2015

Fashion at Disneyland - Dapper Days

By Daisy Sparks

Most people make careful plans on what they wear to Disneyland. That could mean wearing your Mickey Mouse ears, your favorite Disney t-shirt, or most comfortable shoes. There is one trend that has been taking Disneyland by storm over the last couple of years called Dapper Day. Let's check out the fashion at Disneyland and explore Dapper Day at the Park in today's new article...

Thursday, October 8, 2015

A Walk in the Park: WDW Edition - Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival

By Genevieve Roberts

Editor's Note: Welcome friends to another edition of Disney Avenue's Walk in the Park. Many of you write in to say how much you enjoy this particular segment because it offers us the opportunity to visit the Parks and see what's new. We haven't done a Walt Disney World version in awhile but that is about to change. Today, please join me in welcoming Genevieve Roberts to the Disney Avenue family. Genevieve will be our new WDW contributor for our Walk in the Park articles while Daisy Sparks will continue to cover Disneyland. Be sure to join us each Thursday for a brand new Walk in the Park article. Whether you visit the Parks daily, yearly, or maybe about to take your very first trip, Disney Avenue's Walk in the Park will be your eyes and ears, allowing you to bring a little of that magic right to your front door. I'm thrilled to welcome Genevieve to our team. And now, here's Gen to fill you in on Epcot's amazing Food and Wine Festival. Enjoy friends...

- Keith Mahne


Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival is a "must do" for fans of Walt Disney World and a great time to visit the Park. Seeing how excited people get to try out new foods, see demonstrations, and experience new culinary cultures from around the world is a treat. Join me today as we travel to Epcot and see the sights and culinary delights in this edition of Disney Avenue's A Walk in the Park...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Trip Back to Walt Disney World of 1993

By Keith Mahne

Walt Disney World in the 1990s was a truly magical time for the resort. How does one describe the most magical, most spectacular vacation destination in the world during the 90s? The Walt Disney World vacation planner you're about to see does the perfect job. We are about to take a 45 minute trip back to the vacation kingdom of the world in 1993. We'll romp through the Magic Kingdom, MGM Studios, Epcot Center, Typhoon Lagoon and Pleasure Island! After that, we'll check into all the current Walt Disney World Resort hotels and see what they looked liked back then. It's going to be a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Join us as we take a trip back to Walt Disney World of 1993 in today's new article...

Monday, October 5, 2015

A History of: Disney Springs

By Brittany Bell

It’s official: Downtown Disney is now Disney Springs. Over the course of the massive expansion, Downtown Disney went from the hub of night-life and adult fun at Disney to a family friendly shopping and dining area inspired by turn-of-the-century lakeside towns in Florida. The Disney Springs revamp doubled the restaurants and shops that were at Downtown Disney and now features over 150 venues, in addition to new pedestrian bridges, a connection to the highway and two five-story parking garages. In honor of Disney Springs becoming official, let’s take a peek at the history of Walt Disney’s World’s downtown…

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Paul Frees Records Narration for the Haunted Mansion

By Keith Mahne

What better way to kick off October and the Halloween season than with an article on the Haunted Mansion and the great Paul Frees. I'm sure most of you know that name, but, if not, you certainly know his voice. Paul Frees was known as the man of multiple voices. From being the voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy to Professor Ludwig von Drake for the Wonderful World of Disney, perhaps Paul's most famous voice is as our "ghost host" in the Haunted Mansion attraction. As Fall comes upon us and Halloween draws near, let's get in the spirit of things by taking a listen to Paul's actual recording session for this classic Disney attraction in today's new article...