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Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort Opens Its Doors

posted on August 1st, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today, back in 1997, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort opened at Walt Disney World Resort. Inspired by the grand haciendas and elegant mission cities of the Spanish Colonial era in Latin America, this Disney Resort hotel has over 1,900 guest rooms and is home to one of the coolest pools on property – the Dig Site. Here’s a look at the Dig Site still under construction in an undated photograph.
The Dig Site Pool at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort During its Construction

Home to the 46-foot Mayan pyramid with water cascading down its ceremonial stone steps, this pool area represents the imaginary discovery of a lost Mayan kingdom during a present-day archaeological dig.
The Dig Site Pool at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

The Dig Site also boasts one of the largest outdoor hot tubs at Walt Disney World Resort, with enough room for 22 guests – making it a great spot to relax after spending a day in the parks.


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Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Launches

posted on July 18th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


This week back in 1995, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings officially opened Disney’s Wedding Pavilion located on the banks of the Seven Seas Lagoon. Here’s a look at an early rendering of the pavilion prior to opening and then just after its completion in 1995.

Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Launches Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Launches

Home to magical weddings year-round, Disney’s Wedding Pavilion can seat up to 300 guests and has an aisle that stretches 75 feet. The pavilion received some TLC back in 2012 that included the installation of new stained glass windows, carpet, and reupholstered pews. Below is a comparison of the inside of the pavilion in 1995 and the pavilion today.

Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Launches Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Launches

The first official wedding at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion was held in June of 1995 and appeared on “Weddings of a Lifetime,” a television special on the Lifetime network. Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings has created over 40,000 happily-ever-afters since its inception in 1991. Now that’s a lot of love.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: ‘Bearing’ The Summer Heat

posted on July 11th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Back in 1986, the Country Bears from the Country Bear Jamboree in Magic Kingdom Park invited guests to “forget your cares an’ join us bears in the great outdoors” when “The Country Bear Vacation Hoedown” version of the show debuted, temporarily replacing the original show.
Vintage Walt Disney World: 'Bearing' The Summer Heat
This summer-themed show featured Shaker going to the beach and winding up in an entanglement with his octopus friend, Delores, while Wendell’s vacation slideshow drove Max, Buff and Melvin up a wall.

Vintage Walt Disney World: 'Bearing' The Summer Heat Vintage Walt Disney World: 'Bearing' The Summer Heat

I never had the opportunity to attend Camp Grizzly, but it sure looks like it’d be a lot of fun. (Not to mention a cool vintage t-shirt idea).
Vintage Walt Disney World: 'Bearing' The Summer Heat
Although you can’t catch these bears on vacation nowadays, you can still catch them at “The Country Bear Jamboree” attraction in Frontierland. Just bear to the left right before you get to Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Fourth of July Flashback

posted on July 4th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


The Fourth of July always brings vibrant images of red, white and blue, but here at “Vintage Walt Disney World” we like to celebrate with a little black and white, too.

Vintage Walt Disney World: Fourth of July Flashback

Here’s a look at Mickey, Goofy and Donald celebrating the United States of America in the Fourth of July parade at Magic Kingdom Park back in 1980. Happy Independence Day!


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Vintage Walt Disney World: How Cool Is Mickey?

posted on June 27th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Bust our your shades, Disney Parks Blog fans, it’s National Sunglasses Day. And look who’s all ready to celebrate. Mickey is looking quite stylish back in 1988 with his yellow shades. Those shades are a perfect complement to those famous yellow shoes.
It’s National Sunglasses Day and Mickey Mouse is Ready to Celebrate

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Roger Rabbit Turns 25 Today

posted on June 22nd, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' Was Released 25 Years Ago Today

Twenty-five years ago today, one very fun-loving rabbit was introduced to the world with the release of Touchstone Pictures’ “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”
Roger Rabbit in the 20th Anniversary Surprise Celebration Parade at Magic Kingdom Park

An animated ‘toon star at Maroon Cartoon Studio, Roger Rabbit has made several appearances in Disney Parks over the years, including in the 20th Anniversary Surprise Celebration Parade and SpectroMagic at Magic Kingdom Park, and he inspired the attraction Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin at Disneyland park.
Roger Rabbit's Footprints in Front of The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Roger Rabbit also starred in three cartoon shorts – “Tummy Trouble,” “Rollercoaster Rabbit” and “Trail Mix-Up.” He even has his footprints in concrete in front of The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


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Vintage Walt Disney World: A ‘Zero to Hero’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 20th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


When the Hercules – Zero to Hero Victory Parade rolled into Disney’s Hollywood Studios today back in 1997, it once and for all answered the question, “Who put the ‘glad’ in ‘gladiator’?” – it’s Hercules.

The Hercules - Zero to Hero Victory Parade at Disney's Hollywood Studios Back in 1997

This 14-minute cavalcade celebrated Walt Disney Pictures’ 35th animated movie by taking guests back to the Big Olive in Greece where the townsfolk rally around Hercules after his triumph over the Hydra.

The Hercules - Zero to Hero Victory Parade at Disney's Hollywood Studios Back in 1997

Hercules’ trainer Phil joins in the fun with a float sponsored by the Athens Athletic Union, and even that devious God of the Underworld, Hades, makes an appearance.

Hercules’ trainer Phil at the Hercules - Zero to Hero Victory Parade at Disney's Hollywood Studios Back in 1997 Hades at the Hercules - Zero to Hero Victory Parade at Disney's Hollywood Studios Back in 1997

Forever the hero, Hercules is the perfect package that “packs a pair of pretty pecs.” Reminding me to go hit the gym. Immediately.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: The Scat Cats Jam at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 13th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


It’s National Adopt-A-Cat Month, and I’ve found the perfect trio you’ll want to welcome into your home. Sure, they might make a racket, and you’d need to go back in time to adopt them, but other than that, they’d be a great addition. Here’s a look at Scat Cat’s jazz band from “The Aristocats” performing at the Plaza Pavilion at Magic Kingdom Park in the 1970s.
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Sporting colors that represent a “far-out” moment from the film, Scat Cat (left) along with English Cat (on the drums) and the Italian Cat (right), performed for guests showcasing why “Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat.”



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Vintage Walt Disney World: America Goes on Parade

posted on June 6th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today, back in 1975, America on Parade took to the streets of Magic Kingdom Park, saluting the bicentennial of the United States of America.
America on Parade Celebrates the Bicentennial of the United States of America at Magic Kingdom Park

Larger-than-life, doll-like characters measuring nearly eight feet in height, called “People of America,” were developed specifically for the parade. Floats throughout America on Parade represented historical, cultural and scientific achievements throughout the first 200 years of our nation.

America on Parade Celebrates the Bicentennial of the United States of America at Magic Kingdom Park America on Parade Celebrates the Bicentennial of the United States of America at Magic Kingdom Park

Viewed by an estimated 25 million guests on both coasts, this parade was performed 668 times at Magic Kingdom Park and 678 at Disneyland park and marked the first time the two parks worked jointly on a production that would appear simultaneously in both parks.
America on Parade Celebrates the Bicentennial of the United States of America at Magic Kingdom Park

I think the above sandwich is most likely a salute to the American appetite. Gigantic!


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Vintage Walt Disney World: Muppet*Vision 3D Rolls Out the Green Carpet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on May 30th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today, in 1991 the green carpet was rolled out at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the official opening of Muppet*Vision 3D.
The Green Carpet is Rolled Out at Disney's Hollywood Studios in 1991 for the Official Opening of Muppet*Vision 3D at Walt Disney World Resort
Created jointly with Jim Henson Productions, Muppet*Vision 3D used the most advanced 3D animation and techniques for its time while showcasing Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and friends. Coming up with every imaginable 3D gimmick, this over-the-top film brought the Muppets to star in their very own attraction at Disney Parks. Below, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy prepare to launch fireworks to celebrate the opening of the attraction.
Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy Prepare to Launch Fireworks to Celebrate the 1991 Opening of the Muppet*Vision 3D Attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Home to one of the funniest pre-shows at Walt Disney World Resort, numerous Muppets make appearances throughout including Rizzo dressed up as a one very famous Mouse and Sam Eagle telling us to “please move as far to the end of the row as possible. Stopping in the middle is distinctly unpatriotic.”

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