Thursday, March 31, 2016

48 RARE Scans of the 'Walt Disney' Quotations Cast Member Booklet YOU HAVE TO SEE

By Keith Mahne

If you have ever wanted to get into the mind of Walt Disney and learn his thoughts and opinions on a wide range of topics then you are going to do cartwheels when you read this article. Back in the 70s and 80s, the Walt Disney Company created a very special booklet for cast members to learn about the company's founder, Walt Disney. Today friends, you are going to see and read this very same rare and highly informative pamphlet on Walt for yourself. You will read his thoughts on things like art, audio-animatronics, baseball, confidence, the environment, EPCOT, faith, freedom, money, patriotism, success, Walt Disney World and Disneyland, women, WED Enterprises and so much more. You will definitely come away with a better understanding of who Walt Disney was as a person and why he was able to make his dreams come true. Join us in today's new article and enjoy this very special cast member booklet all about Walt...

Sunday, March 27, 2016

23 VINTAGE Photos of Easter at the Disney Parks

By Keith Mahne

Easter and the Disney Parks go hand in hand. The beautiful pastel colors and spring flowers that accompany Easter time fits perfectly with Main Street. Over the years, Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always made Easter at the Parks extra special. Today, as we celebrate Easter, let's take a look back and revisit some of our favorite memories from years past with these 23 vintage photos, and a special bonus video, that you are going to love...

Friday, March 25, 2016

95 MUST SEE Photos of WDW in the 90s

By Keith Mahne

The 90s were a marvelous time to be a Disney fan. Known as The Disney Decade, Disney's growth became truly phenomenal. It all started in January 1990 when Disney Chairman Michael Eisner unveiled an ambitious ten-year building plan and by mid-decade attendance passed 500 million guests. The Disney Decade brought with it some major accomplishments for the Walt Disney World Resort with things like Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the high-speed Test Track, Splash Mountain, Jim Henson’s Muppet*Vision 3-D, Fantasmic!, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, ten incredible resorts, and so much more. Join us today as we pay tribute to the 90s at Walt Disney World with 95 MUST SEE photos you won't want to miss...

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Take a Up Close and Personal Look at Disneyland's Steam Trains

By Daisy Sparks

In preparation for the new Star Wars Land construction, various Disneyland attractions and areas have had to be temporarily closed. One attraction that will be affected the longest is the beloved Disneyland Railroad as its tracks have to be removed to accommodate the new Star Wars area. While the railroad is down, Disneyland has come up with an amazing way for guests to still enjoy the Disneyland trains with a special exhibit along Main Street called Disney's Steam Trains, along with a couple of other opportunities to see the trains like never before. Let's head to Disneyland and see for ourselves these wonderful exhibits as we get an up close and personal look at the Disneyland Steam Trains in today's new article...

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Construction and Naming of Disney’s Contemporary Resort

By Brittany Bell

In 1969, when construction for the Walt Disney World Resort was well underway, Disney announced that it was going to build five “theme resorts”. As part of the “Phase One” of the new Florida Project, each of the hotels was to be themed as an extension of the Magic Kingdom park—once a guest steps out of the park and into their hotel, their immersive, fantasy experience continues. One of these planned hotels, inspired by Walt’s idea for his “Progress City”, became one of the most well-known Disney landmarks when it opened along with the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971: The Contemporary Resort. The timeless, retro-futuristic design of the resort still makes guests feel as if they are staying within the boundaries of Tomorrowland itself, with its unique A-frame design and monorail station running right through the center. Join us in today's new article as we discuss the construction and naming of The Contemporary, one of Disney’s classic resorts…

Friday, March 18, 2016

Remembering Epcot's Tapestry of Nations Parade

By Keith Mahne

The sounds of beating drums, the sight of igniting torches and the art of dancing puppets all came together in harmony as part of the Walt Disney World Millennium Celebration in a parade called Tapestry of Nations. The parade was truly mesmerizing as the artistry and excitement that emanated from this production was extremely impressive. Let's travel back to the turn of the century and revisit one of the best Disney parades ever created as we remember Epcot's Tapestry of Nations in today's new article...

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Travel with Walt to Disneyland of 1961

By Keith Mahne

Imagine for a moment that the year is 1961 and you are a young child. You're sprawled out on your living room floor and watching your TV set as Walt Disney takes you to a magical place called Disneyland. Your imagination runs wild as you picture the things you could do at a place like this. If only Walt could take us and the children of today around all the kingdoms he has created. Although it's bittersweet to think of the possibilities Walt would have with today's technology, it is still great fun to travel back to the days of black and white television sets and Sunday nights with Uncle Walt. Let's travel back today and revisit Walt as he takes us on our own personal tour of Disneyland in 1961...

Friday, March 11, 2016

60 BEAUTIFUL Photos of Epcot's 2016 International Flower and Garden Festival

By Keith Mahne

It's time once again folks for that wonderful event that helps to bring the spirit of Spring to Disney fans lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World this time of year. Of course, I'm referring to the 2016 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. I recently had the pleasure of walking the park and wanted to try and capture the beauty of it all for the readers of Disney Avenue. So friends, with the festival now in "full bloom", join us in today's new article and see how Epcot has become a true "wonderful world of color"...

Thursday, March 10, 2016

A Historiography of Disneyland and its Place in American Culture

By Epcot Explorer

When Disneyland opened its gates, 60 years ago, its foremost purpose was to be an economic boon to Walt Disney and his studio in Southern California. In spite of that singular economic focus, there is much more nuance to what Disneyland was to American society when it opened and what it has become in the six decades to follow. Join us today as Disney Avenue contributing writer Epcot Explorer takes us on a amazing journey to examine Disneyland and its place in American Culture...

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

13 RARE and AMAZING Magic Kingdom Construction Photos You HAVE TO SEE

By Keith Mahne

Every blue moon a treasure trove of vintage Disney World photos will surface. That, my friends, is exactly what happened when a friend of Disney Avenue recently came across a small box of pictures belonging to her grandfather who had the pleasure of working as a craftsman during the creation of the Magic Kingdom. Learn all the details and see these rare and incredible photos for yourself in today's new article...

Monday, March 7, 2016

Kraft Salutes Walt Disney World’s 10th Anniversary

By Keith Mahne

Kraft Salutes Walt Disney World's 10th Anniversary is a 1982 television special that celebrated Walt Disney World's "Tencennial" anniversary in 1981. Join us today as we travel back to 1982 and celebrate Walt Disney World's 10th anniversary all over again...

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Bon Voyage to the “Dream Along with Mickey” Castle Show

By Rebekah Coley

As Walt once said, “As long as there is imagination left in the world, Disneyland will never be completed.” Although Walt didn’t know that his dream would become the worldwide phenomenon that it is, he understood that the show must always be kept fresh. This school of thought has guided the direction of every Disney Park, giving fans countless reasons to make return visits. As a result, we get to experience new touches of magic on every Disney journey. On the downside… we are forced to part ways with attractions and shows that have held a special place in our hearts for years. On April 2nd, the curtain will be dropping on WDW’s long-running Magic Kingdom castle show, “Dream Along with Mickey”. Before we part with this magical production, let’s remember what made this show a “must-see” during its impressive ten-year run in today's new article...