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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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Disney Days of Past: A Snowball Fight with Donald Duck

posted on January 29th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


All that snowfall from Winter Storm Juno this week makes me want to have a snowball fight. If I were picking teams, I’d want Donald on my side. Here’s Donald perfecting his throw in Juneau, Alaska from 2009. See what I did there?

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Don’t be fooled, I don’t miss a snowball fight enough to move back up to the North.

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Disney Days of Past: Snow on Cinderella Castle at Tokyo Disneyland

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


Ah, there’s nothing like the freshly fallen snow. When you live in a place where it doesn’t snow, it is always pretty to look at. (Let’s be honest. I don’t miss the cold and snow from my hometown.) Here’s a look at a snow-covered Cinderella Castle at Tokyo Disneyland in 1984. Don’t be fooled, this isn’t Cinderella Castle in Florida!

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Disney Days of Past: Space Mountain with Goofy & Mickey Mouse

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


Today, back in 1975, Space Mountain opened in Magic Kingdom Park blasting guests off into the galaxy. But guests weren’t the only ones having fun back in 1975. Here’s Goofy and Mickey Mouse all suited up for their trip to space during the opening. Looks like they were having a blast.

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Disney Days of Past: Carousel of Progress Marks 40 Years at Magic Kingdom Park

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


Forty years ago this week, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress opened at Magic Kingdom Park and this classic attraction has entertained guests visiting the Walt Disney World Resort for generations. Here’s a look at the Carousel of Progress being built in 1974.

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Sponsored by General Electric when the attraction first opened, the Carousel of Progress theme song was changed to “The Best Time of Your Life” mirroring GE’s philosophy when opening in Florida. After going through a rehab in 1993, the song “There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” returned along with the Carousel’s family celebrating four holidays – Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, Halloween, and Christmas. Below is a look at the original final scene from 1975 version.

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The Carousel of Progress is still a “must do” on our list of attractions to visit every time my family visits Magic Kingdom Park – a true, classic Walt Disney original.

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