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Vintage Walt Disney World: An Ode to National Pie Day

posted on January 23rd, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today is National Pie Day. Pie is such a delectable treat and an American Classic — who doesn’t enjoy its goodness? Of course, most pies get their start in the kitchen, similar to this vintage kitchen from Mickey’s House in Mickey’s Birthdayland back in 1988.

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Figuring out what kind of pie to make and enjoy is always a big decision. Here’s a look at The Peach Boys from Food Rocks at Epcot to help with some inspiration. In my opinion, it’s hard to beat a great apple pie.

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Are your taste buds ready for a bite of pie now? Too bad it isn’t 1973, we could have visited Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom Park and enjoyed this cherry pie.

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So today when you decide to dig into some pie, don’t feel guilty. Just consider it a civic duty.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: New Years Resolutions

posted on January 2nd, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


With the start of the New Year, often resolutions are made. Always reminds me of the saying “New Year, new you!” If only the year was 1988, you could have started it out with some totally hip, new fashions (for a new you) like the cast of “Totally Minnie” at Magic Kingdom Park.

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“Totally Minnie” was a 25 minute song-and-dance revue that included such hits as the title track “Totally Minnie” and “Minnie’s Workout” from her newest LP at the time. I only, like, wish I had, like, totally, seen this show performed live, like, back in the day.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Boxing Day at the Canada Pavilion

posted on December 26th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today, many countries celebrate Boxing Day including our friends to the North, Canada. As a special Boxing Day treat, here’s a look at the Canada Pavilion still under construction from January 1982.

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If only I could figure out how to wrap up some Canadian Cheese Soup and ship it to myself for Boxing Day. It would be the perfect gift as I visit family up North (although I won’t be quite as far as Canada).

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Mickey at the Reins

posted on December 19th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


No pouting. No crying. Only pure holiday magic was allowed back in 1972 when Mickey Mouse borrowed Santa’s sleigh to bring Season’s Greetings to guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort.

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Six days until the big man arrives. Which list should Mickey be checking your name off of – naughty or nice?

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Epcot Holiday Decorations

posted on December 12th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


The holiday season is in full swing at Walt Disney World Resort. Garland is hung, lights are shining bright, choirs are singing and back in 1994 poinsettia trees were blooming at the entrance to Epcot as seen below.

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Believe it or not, over 90,000 poinsettias are introduced through the resort during the holidays, creating a festive atmosphere for all who visit. What’s your favorite part of the holidays at Walt Disney World Resort? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: One Big Birthday Cake for Walt

posted on December 5th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today, we celebrate the man who started it all, Walt Disney. Back in 2001, Walt Disney World Resort celebrated what would have been Walt’s 100th birthday during the yearlong 100 Years of Magic Celebration.

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Characters, guests and cast members all gathered at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to cut a giant 25-by-17-foot cake (made up of 100 sheet cakes) to celebrate. Happy Birthday, Walt!

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Happy Thanksgiving!

posted on November 28th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


You cannot mention Thanksgiving without mentioning turkey. All right, you can, but it just doesn’t seem right. In honor of Turkey Day, here’s a look at one giant Thanksgiving bird strutting down Main Street, U.S.A., during America on Parade in 1975. Gobble, gobble!
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Vintage Walt Disney World: Timekeeper Debuts at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 21st, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today, back in 1994, the Timekeeper opened at the Metropolis Science Center in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park
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Hosted by a wacky robotics tour director named Timekeeper, this Circle-Vision 360 movie took guests in their “time-machine” theater through dramatic moments in the past and also into the future. The show was based on the French version, “Le Visionarium,” which played at Disneyland Paris beginning in 1992.
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Although the Timekeeper is no longer making guests laugh, Mike Wazowski and friends have picked up where he left off at the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor in Tomorrowland.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Kitchen Kabaret or Food Rocks?

posted on November 14th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Tomorrow is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. I’m doing my part to give you the heads up now so that you can prepare to dig out that expired salad dressing from 2011 and put it in the trash. To inspire you, here’s a look at some vintage, musical fridge items who starred in Kitchen Kabaret and Food Rocks at the Land Pavilion in Epcot.

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As the Refrigerator Police sang during Food Rocks, “We must conclude, you depend on food. So we just repeat, you are what you eat.”

Which of these past attractions did you like best? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort Opens

posted on November 7th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


This week, back in 1990, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort opened. Below is a look at the resorts while under construction in July 1990.

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Stormalong Bay, the two-and-a-half-acre water recreation area themed after a Nantucket beach, is home to a 150-foot water slide plummeting from the shipwrecked Albatross in the middle of the two resorts.

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Located on the banks of Crescent Lake, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort is also home to one of my favorite places to get ice cream – Beaches and Cream. Who’s up for sharing a Kitchen Sink?

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