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Disney Days of Past: Transition

posted on August 5th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Over four years ago, I was asked to start writing for the Disney Parks Blog. It all started with a photograph of my favorite Walt Disney World Resort theme park, Epcot, still under construction. In honor of that first post, here’s a look back at Epcot under construction from October 1981.

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After over 200 posts, two all-nighters and getting paid to eat delicious theme park snacks way too often, today’s post is my last. Not to worry, Disney Days of Past will continue on with my friend and colleague, Rose Monahan. Check us out from when she joined me during my first all-nighter in 2012. (Who doesn’t love to dance to Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!)

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I know you’ll welcome her with open arms as she starts to share photographs from the Marketing Resource Center. I can’t thank the Disney Parks Blog team and our readers enough for all the fun. It’s been a pleasure.

See ya real soon!

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at Magic Kingdom Park?

posted on August 4th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Prince Charming Regal Carrousel was an opening-day attraction at Magic Kingdom Park. How familiar are you with it? Test your knowledge below.


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Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at Magic Kingdom Park

How many wood-carved ornate horses can you choose from on Prince Charming Regal Carrousel?
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How many shimmering lights light up Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at night?
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How many hand-painted vignettes telling the story of 'Cinderella' can be found on Prince Charming Regal Carrousel?
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What was the original name of Prince Charming Regal Carrousel when it was built in 1917?
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What is the diameter of the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel?
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Disney Days of Past: Disney Magic’s Maiden Voyage

posted on July 30th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


The Disney Magic took her maiden voyage today. The Disney Magic is the first ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet to sail the seas. Here’s a look at the ship still under construction in Italy.

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Disney Cruise Line has the only cruise ships in the world where you might catch a famous mouse sunbathing next to you.

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The Disney Magic weighs in at 84,000 gross tons, is 984 feet in length, and filled with 100% pure Disney magic. (See what I did there?)

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QUIZ: ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


When was your last trip to Magic Kingdom Park? Have you had a chance to see “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” and all of its amazing floats? Test your knowledge of this amazing spectacle below.

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‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ at Magic Kingdom Park

When did the 'Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade' debut at Magic Kingdom Park?
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What's the opening float in the 'Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade'?
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How long is the 'Tangled' float in the 'Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade'?
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How tall is the Steampunk-inspired Dragon in the 'Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade'?
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What do Mickey and Minnie Mouse travel in during the finale of the 'Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade'?
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Disney Days of Past: Hot Dogs From Casey’s Corner at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today is National Hot Dog Day. Which can only mean one thing – a trip is in order to Casey’s Corner at Magic Kingdom Park! Here’s a photograph of the Casey’s Corner sign back in 1996.

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Did you know that Casey’s Corner was named Coca-Cola Refreshment Corner when the parked opened in 1971? The name was later changed to Casey’s Corner in 1995. Here’s the Refreshment Corner as seen in 1977.

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Are you a fan of hot dogs? What are you toppings of choice? Tell us in the comments section below!

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on this very day back in 1994, and there’s no doubt that it’s a park favorite. How well do you know the attraction? Test your knowledge below!


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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

What year did the Hollywood Tower Hotel experience its 'mysterious incident'?
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Where in Disney's Hollywood Studios is the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror located?
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How many stories will guests plummet on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror?
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What is the young girl holding the night she disappears at the Hollywood Tower Hotel?
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How many tiles cover the roof of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror?
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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Spaceship Earth?

posted on July 14th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Spaceship Earth has been Epcot’s icon for more than 30 years now. But how well do you know this attraction? Test your knowledge below – and let us know how you did in the comments section, too!


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Spaceship Earth at Epcot

Who is the current narrator of Spaceship Earth?
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How tall is Spaceship Earth?
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Which game is NOT an option for you to play at Project Tomorrow at the end of Spaceship Earth?
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What's the diameter of Spaceship Earth?
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How many aluminum facets cover Spaceship Earth?
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Disney Days of Past: Christmas in July at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on July 9th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Season’s Greetings! We’re celebrating Christmas in July today at Disney Days of Past with a visit from Santa Goofy at Magic Kingdom Park in 1995.

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There are only 170 shopping days until Christmas. But who’s counting?

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know the Walt Disney World Railroad?

posted on July 7th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Have you taken a trip aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park? How well do you know the train’s history? Take our quiz below.


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Walt Disney World Railroad

How long is the track of the Walt Disney World Railroad around Magic Kingdom Park?
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Which is NOT a stop while on the Walt Disney World Railroad?
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Which is a real name of a train on the Walt Disney World Railroad?
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Between what years were the four Walt Disney World Resort Railroad trains built?
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How many sets of passenger cars are on each train?
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Disney Days of Past: Fourth of July

posted on July 2nd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Fireworks are a daily spectacular at Walt Disney World Resort. In July 1992, Donald and Mickey joined in the fireworks fun for an All-American Salute.

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Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

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