Category: Disney History

A Wild Dedication for Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Vintage Walt Disney World

Added by Nate Rasmussen 6 years ago

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On April 21, 1998, Walt Disney World Resort dedicated its fourth theme park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom in a colorful ceremony celebrating animals real, ancient and imagined. Michael Eisner, then chairman and chief ex...

DAK History Lesson: Grandmother Willow knows what you did last summer…

Added by Marshal Knight 6 years ago

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Welcome back for another Animal Kingdom History Lesson! We are counting down until April 22nd, the 15th Anniversary of Animal Kingdom! This time we will be discussing everyone’s favorite painter (using the Colors ...

Walt Disney and Riverfront Square Part 7

Added by Todd J. Pierce 6 years ago

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Lincoln at New York World's Fair - 1964 Walt Disney and Riverfront Square Part 7 - Countdown to Riverfront Square By Todd James Pierce At the start of 1964, Walt lavished the lion’s share...

It’s a Jungle Out There: The History of Jungle Cruise Horticulture

Added by Erin Glover 6 years ago

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Since the day Disneyland park opened, the Jungle Cruise has been one of its most popular attractions. As you cruise the rivers of the world, you’re surrounded by fascinating animal life and a lush jungle of exotic tre...

Remembering Annette Funicello at Disneyland Park

Added by George Savvas 6 years ago

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As you may know, Annette Funicello was discovered by Walt Disney himself while attending an amateur program at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank when she was just 13 years old. That single meeting led to one of the most e...

Walt Disney and Riverfront Square Part 6

Added by Todd J. Pierce 6 years ago

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Walt Disney and Riverfront Square Part 6 - Booze, Money and Respect By Todd James Pierce [caption id="attachment_20551" align="aligncenter" width="500"] August "Gussie" Busch - mid-1960s[/caption] One of t...

This Week in Disney History: The First Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Debuted

Added by Jennifer Fickley-Baker 6 years ago

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This week in Disney history is an important one for Disney Princess fans – in 2006, for the first time, young guests began receiving royal transformations, thanks to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and its team of Fairy Godm...

Walt Disney and Riverfront Square – Part 5

Added by Todd J. Pierce 6 years ago

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WED Design of an Early Human Animatronic - mid-1960s Walt Disney and Riverfront Square Part 5 - Slow Progress By Todd James Pierce For much of 1963, Walt’s designers focused their attenti...

A Look Back: 1958 Opening of the Grand Canyon Diorama at Disneyland

Added by George Savvas 6 years ago

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Fifty-five years ago this Sunday, a new route was discovered on the Disneyland Railroad: the Grand Canyon. The 306-foot-long diorama, which features the work of prolific scenic artist Delmer Yoakum, was described ...

Vintage Walt Disney World – Building an Animal Kingdom

Added by Nate Rasmussen 6 years ago

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In April, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will celebrate its 15th anniversary. We’re celebrating here at “Vintage Walt Disney World” by taking a look back at this one-of-a-kind theme park over the next four weeks. Sprawl...

Walt Disney and Riverfront Square – Part 4

Added by Todd J. Pierce 6 years ago

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Enchanted Tiki Room - Disneyland - 1960s Walt Disney and Riverfront Square Part 4 - Walt Goes to St. Louis by Todd James Pierce It is unclear when the idea first entered Walt’s head—that ...

JOURNAL OF A DISNEY HISTORIAN~The Arthritic Alligator Edition

Added by Paul F. Anderson 6 years ago

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JOURNAL OF A DISNEY HISTORIAN The Arthritic Alligator Edition by Paul F. Anderson COVERING DISNEY - CINDERELLA ON THE BANDWAGON Covering Disney, a regular DHI feature, is where we explore the history o...