This weekend is the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Morocco pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot. Here’s a look at the pavilion under construction in March 1984. This pavilion was the first country to be added after the park’s opening. Happy Anniversary, Morocco!
posted on September 4th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
posted on August 21st, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
Here’s the windup and the pitch! A little throwback to 1973, when Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Chip and Dale were playing baseball out on the lawn near Cinderella Castle. Hey, batter, batter!
posted on July 24th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
This time of the year always makes me think of summer vacation. In fact, I miss those dedicated three months of freedom watching TV, swimming, and traveling to see my grandparents. Here at Walt Disney World Resort, our world-class characters spend the summer seeing our guests while they’re on vacation, but they do find time to have some fun too! Here’s Pinocchio taking a break from autographs, hugs and handshakes in 1983 water skiing at the former Disney’s Village Resort while Geppetto waves from ashore. Let’s just hope Monstro isn’t in that water!
For more from the “Vintage Walt Disney World” series, check out the posts below:
posted on July 10th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
It’s summertime. It’s warm. I need to cool off. Should I hang ten at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park or hit the slopes at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park? Decisions, decisions. While I deliberate, here’s a look at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park under construction from March 1989 and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park in December 1994.
This is the toughest decision of the summer for me at Walt Disney World Resort.
posted on June 26th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
With all the exciting changes coming to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, I thought it would be fun to look at a guest room through the years. (No signage changed yet! This picture below is from 1989.)
Inside the photo gallery you can take a look at guest rooms from 1972 until 2013. (Please note this is not a comprehensive look – just select photos from our archives.)
posted on June 12th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
Sunset Boulevard, home to some favorite Disney’s Hollywood Studios attractions and shows, officially opened on this date back in 1994. Here’s an aerial view of the Boulevard still under construction from December 1993.
Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage also began performances at the new Theater of the Stars, on the same day. This ‘tale as old as time’ has been performed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios since November 1991.
A little over a month later, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror opened for business at the park. Here’s a February 1994 look at the exterior of the hotel guests like to drop … into.
Whenever I go to the Studios, I often find myself making a right turn onto Sunset Boulevard to start my day. What’s your favorite part of Sunset Boulevard? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.
posted on June 9th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
He’s been the face of orange juice, cast in bronze, and had a hot air balloon, the Zip-A-Dee-Doo Duck, fashioned after his likeness. Today, we celebrate his anniversary!
On June 9th, Donald Duck made his big debut in the Silly Symphony, “The Wise Little Hen,” and he’s made millions smile, laugh, and quack ever since.
Back in 1984, Walt Disney World Resort celebrated his birthday with Donald’s 50th Birthday parade. Below he’s celebrating in style with party hat and Grandma Duck!
Here’s to the lovable Disney duck who’s always up for a hug over the past 80 years – especially when you’re sporting a very stylish hat.
posted on May 29th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
The skies above Disney’s Hollywood Studios lit up at night when Sorcery in the Sky premiered today back in 1990.
This fireworks spectacular was directed by a 55-foot-tall inflatable Mickey Mouse who made a dramatic appearance atop the Chinese Theater and fired magical sparks from his giant index finger.
Celebrating nearly 70 years of Hollywood cinema, this 10-minute show deployed over 300 fireworks shells and used musical excerpts from famous movies.
posted on May 15th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
Today, back in 1995, the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort opened. This signature restaurant atop the 15th floor was recently reimagined and here is a look at the lobby in 1995 and today.
When Disney’s Contemporary Resort opened in 1971, the 15th floor was known as the Top of the World Restaurant and looked quite a bit different than it does today.
In June of 1981, the “Broadway at the Top” dinner show debuted at the restaurant and ran until September of 1993. Below is a look at the show and its performers in January 1985.
What’s my favorite part of the California Grill? It’s a toss up between the delicious food and the amazing view.
posted on May 1st, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
Places, everyone! Today, Disney’s Hollywood Studios celebrates 25 years of Hollywood glamour and glitz right in the heart of Florida. Here’s a look at the park’s entrance 25 year’s ago with its original moniker, Disney-MGM Studios, on its marquee.
When the park opened, there were nine attractions for guests to enjoy: Backstage Studio Tour, Catastrophe Canyon, Disney Classics Theater, The Great Movie Ride, The Magic of Disney Animation, The Monster Sound Show, Residential Street, SuperStar Television and Hollywood! Hollywood! at Theater of the Stars. Here’s a unique look at Hollywood Blvd. just prior to opening day.
Still after 25 years of showbiz, there’s always a chance you’ll have a celebrity sighting while visiting the park. (Ok, world-famous character celebrity – but it counts!)
Happy Anniversary, Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Here’s to another 25 dazzling years.