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Vintage Walt Disney World: Love Your Pet (Sidekick)

posted on February 20th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Mickey has Pluto. Aladdin has Abu. Lilo has Stich. It’s Love Your Pet Day so be sure to send some extra love to your pet of choice (dog, monkey, alien, etc.) today. Here’s a look at Pluto helping out his loyal owner Mickey Mouse with all of his fan mail back in 1988.

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Which Disney character would you like as a pet? Tell us in the comments section below!

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The History of the Walt Disney World Monorail: Mark IV, 1971-1989

posted on February 13th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


As we continue our popular series on the history of the monorails at Disney Parks, Erin Glover asked me to step in and tell you the stories of the Mark IV and VI monorails at the Walt Disney World Resort. When Walt Disney World Resort opened in 1971, it also brought with it a new era in monorail trains, the Mark IV. The nearly 3-mile monorail track provided a means of transportation for guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park.

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The Imagineers wanted to uphold Walt Disney’s vision of an immersive experience when developing the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, ensuring that guests left the real world behind. The Seven Seas Lagoon separated guest parking from the entrance to Magic Kingdom Park, making the monorail an integral part of transporting guests into a truly far-away land.

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Imagineer Bob Gurr based the design of the Walt Disney World Monorail System on the original monorails at Disneyland Resort while giving it an updated look.

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On opening day, there were ten trains built with five cars each on two monorail tracks (express and Disney Resort hotels) for guests to make their way to experience the magic.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: ‘The Three Caballeros’ at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 6th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


This week back in 1945, the movie “The Three Caballeros” was released in the United States. The three stars from the movie Jose Carioca, the parrot; Panchito, the Mexican charro rooster; and Donald Duck have made several appearances at Disney Parks throughout the years. The first appearance at Walt Disney World Resort was at the Mickey Mouse Revue in Magic Kingdom Park singing “The Three Caballeros” for audiences.

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Today, you can still find this fun trio at Disney Parks. Can you name the three locations below?

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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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