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Disney Days of Past: Food Rocks at Epcot

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.”

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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.”

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Although Food Rocks no longer jams at The Land, that’s no excuse for poor eating habits!

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Disney Days of Past: Downtown Disney Marks a Milestone

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.

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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.

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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.

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Disney Days of Past: National Goof Off Day

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.

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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.

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Disney Days of Past: Marching on Main Street, U.S.A. at Walt Disney World Resort

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.

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Who do you look forward to seeing perform when you visit Magic Kingdom Park? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Disney Days of Past: Pirate Ships at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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.

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You have plenty of time to see this year’s topiaries. The festival runs through May 17th.

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Disney Days of Past: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 26th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


I thought it would be fun to take a look at one of my favorite attractions from a vantage point rarely seen – above. Take a gander at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad photographed in 1991 from the sky.

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No matter the vantage point, it will always be the wildest ride in the wilderness!

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Disney Days of Past: A Look Back at ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’

posted on February 19th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


According to the Chinese zodiac, goats are believed to be gentle mind-mannered, shy, sympathetic, and amicable with a strong sense of kindheartedness and justice.

Sounds a lot like Djali, Esmeralda’s faithful sidekick goat, from Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Djali made an appearance (albeit in marionette form) in “Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame-A Musical Adventure at Disney’s Hollywood Studios” from 1996 through 2002.

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So here’s to the goats in this world – fictional, animal and human. Happy Chinese New Year!

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Disney Days of Past: ‘Cinderella’ Makes History

posted on February 15th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


A girl who sports glass slippers needs to live in a spectacular castle, don’t you think? Sixty-five years ago the film “Cinderella” debuted in theaters. Twenty-one years later, Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park opened to welcome guests from all over the world.

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According to the “Disney A to Z,” designers at WED Enterprises did find some inspiration from original designs for the 1950 “Cinderella” film along with other famous European palaces and castles. Below is a look at Cinderella Castle still under construction in February 1971.

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With a home as royal as this, maybe the stepsisters should have though twice about being so cruel to “Cinderella.”

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Disney Days of Past: Donald & Daisy Celebrate Valentine’s Day

posted on February 12th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Ah, love is in the air this week with Valentine’s Day on Saturday. I don’t know two ducks who fancy each other more than Daisy and Donald. Below is a look at them in topiary form traveling through a floral tunnel of love at the 2006 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

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Sure hope Donald remembers to buy Daisy some flowers for Saturday!

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Disney Days of Past: A Peek at the Polynesian

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


Winter got you down? Here’s to dreaming of the warm summer months ahead with a little help from some Disney friends at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in 1985.

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I’m especially a big fan of Goofy’s sunglasses. Aloha from Florida!

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