posted on April 20th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
posted on April 16th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
Surrounded by over 45 acres of savanna, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge continues to be one of the most spectacular hotels at Walt Disney World. Opening 14 years ago today, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge lobby soars six stories high under an incredible thatched roof. In September 2000, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge was beginning to take shape as construction continued on what is now known as Jambo House.
While seeing a giraffe outside the balcony of a guest room is quite unique, the Jambo House is also home to two distinctive restaurants celebrating the flavors of Africa – Jiko and Boma (not to mention they’re absolutely delicious).
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a great place to relax and enjoy the ambience of the Resort when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the Parks.
posted on April 9th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
posted on April 7th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
posted on April 1st, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
Blizzard Beach celebrates a refreshing 20 years this week at Walt Disney World Resort. This watery wonderland has been a favorite way for guests to cool down when it gets warm in Central Florida. This aerial view of the park from December 1994 shows the ski resort beginning to take shape.
Twenty years after its debut, I still have a little trepidation as I walk the stairs to the top of Summit Plummet. How many of you have conquered Summit Plummet?
posted on March 26th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
Today, back in 1994, Food Rocks opened at The Land Pavilion at Epcot. Hosted by Fūd Wrapper, food items sang the virtues of eating healthy. Trying to crash the healthy party were the hard rockers, The Excess, who liked to shout about the best parts of an unhealthy lifestyle in their song “Give Us Junk.”
Following The Excess performance, Fūd Wrapper reminded everyone that sugary snacks are OK to eat in moderation. The Get-The-Point Sisters sang about this during their hit “Respect.”
Although Food Rocks no longer jams at The Land, that’s no excuse for poor eating habits!
posted on March 22nd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
Downtown Disney turns 40 today. Guests visiting today have quite a different experience than the shopping experience back in 1975 when the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village opened.
Home to shops like the Pottery Chalet, Posh Pets Etc., Toys Fantastique, and Gourmet Pantry (yep, it’s 40 years old too!), the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village was made up of shops in what we know today as the Marketplace. Pleasure Island didn’t welcome guests until 1989 and the West Side didn’t open until 1997.
Even at 40, Downtown Disney continues to transform and grow at Walt Disney World Resort. Through 2016, the property will welcome over 75 new venues as it undergoes its largest ever expansion, transforming into Disney Springs.
posted on March 19th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
Public service announcement: this Sunday is National Goof Off Day. Do not let the opportunity to act silly pass you by! In its honor, I offer this photograph of Goofy from 1984 at the Tomorrowland Speedway.
But just like Goofy, no matter how silly you may be, safety first! He’s even buckling up for his race around the speedway. He’s one smart guy.
posted on March 12th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
It’s March. Feels like a great month to share a photograph of one of the best marching bands to march in Florida (see what I did there?) – The World Band! (Seen here with the Kids of the Kingdom.) Here they are marching down Main Street, U.S.A. in January 1983 with Bandleader Mickey leading the way.
Who do you look forward to seeing perform when you visit Magic Kingdom Park? Tell us in the comments section below.
posted on March 5th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
Yesterday, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival opened. One of my favorite times of the year, I love to see all the amazing topiaries created by the horticulture team at Walt Disney World Resort. Below is a look at Peter Pan aboard Captain Hook’s pirate ship from the 2007 festival.
You have plenty of time to see this year’s topiaries. The festival runs through May 17th.