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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Disneyland's Spectacular New Tomorrowland of 1967

By Keith Mahne




In 1967, Disneyland had one of its most exciting summers in its history. A summer jam-packed with the Park's largest variety of entertainment, the most attractions ever and a brand new $22 million ($158 million in today's dollars) Tomorrowland. In today's exciting new article we'll explore all the wonderful things that came to Disneyland's Tomorrowland for the spectacular Summer of 67'. If you enjoy vintage Disneyland then you are going to love this one...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Walt Disney World's 1986 Resort Offerings

By Keith Mahne




If I had a Disney time machine and was looking at dates to visit the Walt Disney World Resort, one year that I would pick without a doubt would be 1986. EPCOT Center was only a few years old and featured the original Imagination Pavilion and also, the best dark ride known to man, Horizons. I could also take a dip in River Country or check out the beautiful wildlife at Discovery Island. I could even get another look at the original Polynesian Resort lobby with its sorely missed and extremely relaxing waterfalls. 1986 was definitely the good old days. Let's see all the exciting things Walt Disney World had to offer as we revisit the "vacation kingdom of the world" in 1986 in today's new article...

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Day Disney Decided To Build EPCOT Center

By Keith Mahne




On October 2, 1978, Card Walker, the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Walt Disney Productions, announced the Company's decision to move forward with the EPCOT Center project. Disney was particularly proud to be able to make the announcement before the 26th World Congress of the International Chamber of Commerce meeting at Walt Disney World. Being that the ICC is perhaps one of the most respected business organizations in the world and, until that year, had never assembled outside the capital city of a host nation, it made the announcement to the world all the more special. Even then-President Jimmy Carter, who showed great interest and enthusiasm for EPCOT Center, was in attendance. It was a day to remember and that's just what we'll do in today's new article...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The History of Disney's Rarely Talked About Independence Lake Project

By Keith Mahne




In our last article we discussed the history of Disney's well known Mineral King Project, which turned out to be a publicity nightmare for the company and tarnished its nature-friendly reputation. This time around we'll discuss a project that is not as often talked about, Disney's Independence Lake Project that was in development in the latter half of the 1970s. As you'll soon learn, Disney just wasn't meant to build a resort in the California wilderness. Join us in today's new article for this rare piece of Disney history...

Monday, July 18, 2016

Disney's War For The Wilderness: The Mineral King Story

By Keith Mahne




At the same time as Walt was secretly buying up land for a new theme park resort in Florida, his associates were scouting locations for an ambitious new Disney ski resort in California. The plans for the resort were incredible with dozens of lifts, hotels, restaurants, parking lots, and even a planned Disney attraction you may have heard of called Country Bear Jamboree. However, not everyone was as excited as Walt. The project eventually hit a wall of opposition from environmentalists causing Disney to have a huge public relations problem on their hands. Learn the story of Disney's war for the wilderness in today's new article...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review of Disneyland's Walk in Walt’s Footsteps Tour

By Daisy Sparks




Who wouldn't love the opportunity to literally walk in Walt Disney's footsteps through Disneyland and learn about Walt's life all while experiencing classic Disney attractions along the way? Disneyland's Walk in Walt's Footsteps Tour takes you on a magical journey as you learn how Walt Disney wove his personal history into the development of Disneyland. And lucky for us, Disney Avenue contributing writer Daisy Sparks recently embarked on the tour and has a wonderful review that's packed with photos. Learn all about this special tour and bring some Disneyland atmosphere to your front door while you do in today's new article...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Explaining Disney's Survey Markers

By Keith Mahne




Have you ever walked around a Disney Park and noticed those tiny, three-inch in diameter flat disks buried in the ground and wanted to know what they are? Disney does a fantastic job of separating what's considered "on-stage" and "off-stage" through the use of Utilidors, berms and tree lines. However, tiny objects called survey markers made their way "on-stage" even though they relate more to the "off-stage" world. Believe it or not, these tiny metal markers play an important role in the history of Disney. Find out exactly what those Disney survey markers are and why they are important in today's new article...

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Most Amazing Interview with Disney Legend Bob Gurr featuring Tim Delaney





Welcome to one of the most exciting shows in the history of the Disney Avenue Podcast. Today’s guest is no stranger to the Disney community and has always been a man on the move. For nearly 40 years, he has helped move countless Disney theme park guests aboard vehicles and ride conveyances of his own design. As he’s often stated, “If it moves on wheels at Disneyland, I probably designed it.” And he certainly has. He has developed more than 100 designs for attractions ranging from Autopia and Matterhorn Bobsleds to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Monorails. He is the one and only Bob Gurr. This is a show you won't want to miss...

Saturday, July 9, 2016

That Time Walt's Plane Took Snow White on a "Personal Appearance" Tour Across the US

By Keith Mahne




The year was 1967, Disney was looking at unique ways to promote the re-release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to theaters all across the United States. The idea eventually came up to take Snow White, along with the dwarfs of course, on a personal appearance tour across the country and, this is the best part, they used Walt's own personal airplane to do it. The Disney characters were scheduled to visit 18 cities on what was billed as a "coast-to-coast" publicity event. In today's new article, we'll hear from someone who played one of the dwarfs to get their first-hand account of the tour and what is was like flying on Walt's plane...

Thursday, July 7, 2016

A WDW Veteran in Disneyland

By Brittany Bell




It’s no surprise that Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort are two completely different vacation destinations. Though they both may be owned by the Disney Company, and have similar layouts, themes, and goals, they also have very particular differences. Veterans to both Parks can point out some of those differences quite easily; all which give each resort its own identity and feel while also still living up to the Disney standard. Join us today as we discover what one Walt Disney World veteran thought about the Disneyland Resort upon her first visit out West...

Monday, July 4, 2016

We Found Dory! - A Spoiler-Free Movie Review

By Rebekah Coley




Since the long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo was announced back in 2013, millions of Disney fans have been waiting with bated breath for its release. True, the movie is already proving to be a financial success, but how is it truly measuring up to the original? And to be fair, what sequel could measure up to a movie that wasn’t just a raging success, but has become an ingrained aspect of American pop culture? Check out our spoiler-free review of Finding Dory to hear what contributing writer, Rebekah Coley, has to say regarding THE anticipated film of the summer...

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Come On Everybody and Mousercise!

By Keith Mahne




If you were a kid growing up in the 80s, chances are you were a HUGE fan of Disney's Mousercise. In 1982, Disney jumped on the popular aerobics trend and released the exercise album Mousercise. The record was a mix of updated classic Disney songs along with characters giving exercise instructions. The album evolved into the the greatest exercise show known to mankind. Join us today as we remember this Disney Channel classic...