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Disney Days of Past: ‘Pocahontas’ Marks 20 Years

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


Walt Disney Pictures “Pocahontas” celebrates its 20th anniversary this June. Pocahontas and her friends have had a presence in Disney Parks throughout the years.

Today, guests can still enjoy the magic of Pocahontas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios nightly at “Fantastmic!” Here’s a great action shot of John Smith swinging into the action.

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Pocahontas’ sense of adventure around any river bend still endures twenty years later.

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Today in Disney History: ‘Lady and the Tramp’ Hit Theaters

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


He’s a tramp, but we love him. Of course, Lady grew to love him as well. Today in 1955, Walt Disney Pictures released “Lady and the Tramp“. This Disney classic love story between two dogs from different sides of town continues to warm the hearts of Disney fans.

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, a favorite of mine, at Magic Kingdom Park pays homage to this Disney classic film. Here you can enjoy Italian cuisine while surrounded by sketches, lithographs and animation cells from the movie. There’s even a fountain in the center with a statue of Lady & the Tramp.

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It’s the perfect place to recreate the spaghetti scene where Lady and Tramp romantically slurp up the same noodle. You can also spot Lady and Tramp at Disney’s Pop Century Resort in the 1950s section and at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Fun fact, “Lady and the Tramp” was the first Disney animated feature filmed in CinemaScope.

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Today in Disney History: ‘Mulan’ Debuts

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


Today in 1998, Walt Disney Pictures “Mulan” was released in theaters. Based on an old Chinese folktale, Mulan tells the story of the spirited-young girl who secretly joins the Chinese army in her father’s place and helps defeat the Huns, while saving the Emperor.

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Fans of Disney Parks know that Mulan can be found greeting guests at Epcot at the China Pavilion where she greets guests regularly.

“Mulan” can also be seen in Mickey and the Magical Map at Disneyland park in California. Singing “Reflection,” Mulan is joined on stage by both Pocahontas and Rapunzel each singing songs from their respective films.

“Mulan” was the first feature-animated movie primarily produced at Disney Feature Animation at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disney Days of Past: Mickey’s Birthdayland at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 18th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


In May 1988, Mickey was moving into his house at Magic Kingdom Park prepping for upcoming visitors to Mickey’s Birthdayland. This seventh land of Magic Kingdom Park opened on June 18th, 1988 to guests at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Chip and Dale even joined in the fun by baking Mickey a giant birthday cake to celebrate.

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Opening in honor of Mickey’s 60th Birthday, Mickey’s Birthdayland welcomed guests until 1990 when it became Mickey’s Starland.

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QUIZ: Are You a Jungle Cruise Expert?

posted on June 16th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


The Jungle Cruise is a fan-favorite attraction at Disney Parks around the world. How well do you know the attraction here at Walt Disney World Resort? Test your knowledge below!

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Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom Park

What is the title of your host on the Jungle Cruise?
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What animal is chasing this explorer up a pole in this memorable scene?
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What is the name of the transformation the Jungle Cruise undergoes during the holiday season?
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Which river will you NOT visit on the Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom Park?
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Which animal will you NOT see on the Jungle Cruise?
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Disney Days of Past: A Summer Job at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 11th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Remember your first summer job? I remember mine. It might have been a lot more fun with these guys.

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Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful and Dopey head to work at Magic Kingdom Park in 1978 getting ready to dig, dig, dig, dig, dig, dig, dig in the mine the whole day through.

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Disney Days of Past: Main Street Electrical Parade Debuts at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 11th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today in Disney history, the “Main Street Electrical Parade” stepped off for the very first time at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Which float in the procession is your favorite? Vote below:

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Disney Days Of Past: Remember ‘Oliver & Company’?

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


Are you a cat owner? Did you hug your cat today? If not, there’s still time as it’s National Hug Your Cat Day. (I can’t make this stuff up.) There are quite a few Disney cats you could hug, but today we’ll celebrate Oliver from Walt Disney Pictures’ “Oliver & Company.” Here is Oliver with Jenny, Dodger, Tito and Georgette at Magic Kingdom Park in 1988.

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Who’s your favorite Disney cat? Let us know in the comments section below.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park?

posted on June 3rd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


As Jenn Fickley-Baker shared earlier, this week is the anniversary of the opening of Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park here at Walt Disney World Resort. How well do you know this park? Test your knowledge below!

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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

How long is Castaway Creek at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park?
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Which of the following is NOT the name of a “fruit chute” at Crush ‘n’ Gusher?
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What is the name of the group raft ride at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park?
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How many stories do you slide down on Humunga Kowabunga?
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How many gallons of salt water fill the Shark Reef at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park?
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Disney Days of Past: Mickey’s Birthdayland Becomes Mickey’s Starland at Magic Kingdom Park

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


Mickey’s Birthdayland became Mickey’s Starland at Magic Kingdom Park this week in 1990. A few of the local residents gathered by the town sign to commemorate the name change.

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Mickey’s Starland eventually became Mickey’s Toontown Fair in 1996. Now, of course, it’s home to Storybook Circus, where you can fly on an elephant, feel the thrill of The Barnstormer or visit some familiar friends at Pete’s Silly Sideshow.

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