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Vintage Walt Disney World: A Look Back at Tapestry of Nations

posted on September 25th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Fifteen years ago, Tapestry of Nations had its soft opening at Epcot. I can’t let a milestone pass by without sharing a photo from my favorite parade. (I’m biased. Here is proof.) Here’s a look at Hammerman in front of a Millennium-themed Spaceship Earth in September 1999.

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Although the Sage of Time doesn’t take his great millennium walk around World Showcase Lagoon any more, I still smile every time my iPod shuffles to the parade music.


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Vintage Walt Disney World: Remember ‘Chip ’n’ Dale Rescue Rangers’?

posted on September 11th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


This month in 1989 the television cartoon “Chip ’n’ Dale Rescue Rangers” debuted in syndication. The show premiered on The Disney Channel earlier in March of that same year. Here’s a look at Chip, Dale and Gadget from Mickey’s Starland in 1990 where they made an appearance in Mickey’s Starland Show featuring stars from The Disney Afternoon.

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Committed to solving mysterious oddball crimes too small for the police to handle, other members of the Rescue Rangers included Monterey Jack and Zipper. If you watched the show growing up, like I did, I bet seeing this photo has you singing the theme song in your head!


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Vintage Walt Disney World: Happy Anniversary Morocco (Pavilion!)

posted on September 4th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


This weekend is the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Morocco pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot. Here’s a look at the pavilion under construction in March 1984. This pavilion was the first country to be added after the park’s opening. Happy Anniversary, Morocco!

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Vintage Walt Disney World: A Classic Game of Baseball

posted on August 21st, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Here’s the windup and the pitch! A little throwback to 1973, when Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Chip and Dale were playing baseball out on the lawn near Cinderella Castle. Hey, batter, batter!

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Summertime for Disney Characters

posted on July 24th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


This time of the year always makes me think of summer vacation. In fact, I miss those dedicated three months of freedom watching TV, swimming, and traveling to see my grandparents. Here at Walt Disney World Resort, our world-class characters spend the summer seeing our guests while they’re on vacation, but they do find time to have some fun too! Here’s Pinocchio taking a break from autographs, hugs and handshakes in 1983 water skiing at the former Disney’s Village Resort while Geppetto waves from ashore. Let’s just hope Monstro isn’t in that water!
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Vintage Walt Disney World: Early Days of Disney Water Parks

posted on July 10th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


It’s summertime. It’s warm. I need to cool off. Should I hang ten at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park or hit the slopes at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park? Decisions, decisions. While I deliberate, here’s a look at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park under construction from March 1989 and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park in December 1994.

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I still can’t decide. If I go to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon I can take a ride on Crush ‘n’ Gusher, while over at Disney’s Blizzard Beach I can slide down the Toboggan Racers.

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This is the toughest decision of the summer for me at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney’s Polynesian Resort Through The Years

posted on June 26th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


With all the exciting changes coming to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, I thought it would be fun to look at a guest room through the years. (No signage changed yet! This picture below is from 1989.)

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Inside the photo gallery you can take a look at guest rooms from 1972 until 2013. (Please note this is not a comprehensive look – just select photos from our archives.)

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Sunset Boulevard, Under Construction

posted on June 12th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Sunset Boulevard, home to some favorite Disney’s Hollywood Studios attractions and shows, officially opened on this date back in 1994. Here’s an aerial view of the Boulevard still under construction from December 1993.

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Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage also began performances at the new Theater of the Stars, on the same day. This ‘tale as old as time’ has been performed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios since November 1991.

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A little over a month later, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror opened for business at the park. Here’s a February 1994 look at the exterior of the hotel guests like to drop … into.

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Whenever I go to the Studios, I often find myself making a right turn onto Sunset Boulevard to start my day. What’s your favorite part of Sunset Boulevard? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Donald’s Special Day

posted on June 9th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


He’s been the face of orange juice, cast in bronze, and had a hot air balloon, the Zip-A-Dee-Doo Duck, fashioned after his likeness. Today, we celebrate his anniversary!

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On June 9th, Donald Duck made his big debut in the Silly Symphony, “The Wise Little Hen,” and he’s made millions smile, laugh, and quack ever since.

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Back in 1984, Walt Disney World Resort celebrated his birthday with Donald’s 50th Birthday parade. Below he’s celebrating in style with party hat and Grandma Duck!

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Here’s to the lovable Disney duck who’s always up for a hug over the past 80 years – especially when you’re sporting a very stylish hat.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Sorcery in the Sky Fireworks Blast Off

posted on May 29th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


The skies above Disney’s Hollywood Studios lit up at night when Sorcery in the Sky premiered today back in 1990.

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This fireworks spectacular was directed by a 55-foot-tall inflatable Mickey Mouse who made a dramatic appearance atop the Chinese Theater and fired magical sparks from his giant index finger.

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Celebrating nearly 70 years of Hollywood cinema, this 10-minute show deployed over 300 fireworks shells and used musical excerpts from famous movies.

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