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Disney Days of Past: Mickey Mouse Rides In Style

posted on September 3rd, 2015 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort


In this photo from 1989, Mickey is riding in style in a plush limousine. He is likely on his way to pick up Minnie for a glamorous event.

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship

posted on August 28th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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A unique Peter Pan-themed restaurant opened at Disneyland park on August 29, 1955. The Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship and Restaurant was a Fantasyland icon that once stood where Dumbo the Flying Elephant is today.

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Part of the elaborately themed restaurant location included Skull Rock Cove where you could sit and enjoy your meal.

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In 1969 the location changed its name to Captain Hook’s Galley, and in 1982 it was removed during the creation of New Fantasyland at Disneyland park.

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The legacy of this popular Disneyland park location lives on today. At Disneyland Paris, guests can enjoy Pirate Galleon, a recreation of the Disneyland park original, and at Disneyland park itself, some say the watery rockwork adjacent to the Dumbo Flying Elephant queue and Storybook Land Canal Boats is actually part of the original Skull Rock Cove.

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Tour The ‘Walt Disney Archives Presents-Disneyland: The Exhibit’ At The D23 EXPO

posted on August 20th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


A highlight of this year’s D23 EXPO for Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller and I was visiting our old blog friend, Nate Rasmussen, at the Disney Archives Exhibit at the EXPO. In case you aren’t familiar, the Disney Archives was officially established in 1970 to collect and preserve artifacts important to the history of The Walt Disney Company and even Walt Disney himself. We were excited to see what the Disney Archives exhibit would feature this time.

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In honor of the the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration , this year’s theme for the exhibit was “Walt Disney Archives Presents—Disneyland: The Exhibit.” The display, measuring 12,000 square feet and offering up more than 300 historical items, was the largest exhibit the Archives has ever hosted. It was chock full of amazing pieces of Disney Parks history, such as the Abominable Snowman and Matterhorn Bobsleds vehicle.

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Fantasyland ride vehicles were also a popular sight. One display included a prototype of a ride vehicle from the Alice in Wonderland dark attraction, while another featured a pirate ship from Peter Pan’s Flight.

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Aside from vintage ride vehicles, the original Maleficent dragon head from “Fantasmic!” at Disneyland park was available for up-close viewing, as was an illuminated bug from “Main Street Electrical Parade.” Props from The Country Bear Jamboree Vacation Hoedown included a tire swing, summer-themed guitars and other instruments.

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Some artifacts gave guests a behind-the-scenes look at the making of what are now considered to be classic Disney Parks attractions, such as models, maquettes, sketches, artist renderings, prototypes and more.

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We were also excited to see some of the vintage Disneyland park merchandise included in the display, including mini-tombstones that could be personalized with guest names, Adventureland boardgames, tin Matterhorn coin banks, and much more.

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Disney Days of Past: It’s the Dog Days of Summer

posted on August 6th, 2015 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort


Hello Disney Parks Blog friends! My name is Rose Monahan and I have worked as a librarian at Walt Disney World Resort for 12 years. I am excited to start sharing some posts with you from our from our photography collection here in the Marketing Resource Center.

Here we are in the full swing of summer. The kids are out of school, the sun is shining and we are all looking for ways to cool off, including Goofy! In this snap from 2000, Goofy is keeping cool by playing in the splash pads at Epcot. Ahhhh, that does look refreshing!

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Disney Days of Past: Transition

posted on August 5th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Over four years ago, I was asked to start writing for the Disney Parks Blog. It all started with a photograph of my favorite Walt Disney World Resort theme park, Epcot, still under construction. In honor of that first post, here’s a look back at Epcot under construction from October 1981.

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After over 200 posts, two all-nighters and getting paid to eat delicious theme park snacks way too often, today’s post is my last. Not to worry, Disney Days of Past will continue on with my friend and colleague, Rose Monahan. Check us out from when she joined me during my first all-nighter in 2012. (Who doesn’t love to dance to Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!)

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I know you’ll welcome her with open arms as she starts to share photographs from the Marketing Resource Center. I can’t thank the Disney Parks Blog team and our readers enough for all the fun. It’s been a pleasure.

See ya real soon!

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Casey Jr. Circus Train

posted on July 31st, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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Shortly after Disneyland park opened its gates, Casey Jr. Circus Train “came down the track” for the first time on July 31, 1955.

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The Fantasyland attraction, based on the classic Disney animated film “Dumbo,” features animal cages and ornate sleighs which take guests full steam ahead on fanciful train ride.

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As you can see, a simple scenery surrounded the attraction until the miniature scenes of Storybook Land were added with the opening of the Storybook Land Canal Boats in 1956.

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Casey Jr. Circus Train continues to delight guests (monkeys and wild animals too!) from around the world. “All aboard! Let’s go!”

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Disney Days of Past: Disney Magic’s Maiden Voyage

posted on July 30th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


The Disney Magic took her maiden voyage today. The Disney Magic is the first ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet to sail the seas. Here’s a look at the ship still under construction in Italy.

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Disney Cruise Line has the only cruise ships in the world where you might catch a famous mouse sunbathing next to you.

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The Disney Magic weighs in at 84,000 gross tons, is 984 feet in length, and filled with 100% pure Disney magic. (See what I did there?)

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Disney Days of Past: Hot Dogs From Casey’s Corner at Magic Kingdom Park

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


Today is National Hot Dog Day. Which can only mean one thing – a trip is in order to Casey’s Corner at Magic Kingdom Park! Here’s a photograph of the Casey’s Corner sign back in 1996.

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Did you know that Casey’s Corner was named Coca-Cola Refreshment Corner when the parked opened in 1971? The name was later changed to Casey’s Corner in 1995. Here’s the Refreshment Corner as seen in 1977.

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Are you a fan of hot dogs? What are you toppings of choice? Tell us in the comments section below!

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VIDEO: Antique Disneyland Souvenirs from the Walt Disney Archives

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last week, we marked the 60th anniversary of Disneyland opening day, and the festivities continue with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. In the video below, Justin from the Walt Disney Archives shares a look at some rare antique Disneyland souvenirs from their collection, including items from July 17, 1955. Take a look!

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Rocket to the Moon and the Moonliner

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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Less than a week after Disneyland opened, a first-of-its-kind attraction, Rocket to the Moon, made its debut on July 22, 1955.

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Rocket to the Moon was the perfect attraction for Tomorrowland, a land described, in part, by Walt in his dedication a few days earlier as “A vista into a world of wondrous places, signifying man’s achievements . . . a step into the future, with predictions of constructive things to come.”

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This innovative attraction allowed Disneyland park guests the chance to travel around the far side of moon and back in just 10 minutes – all without leaving Disneyland! It’s important to remember that space flight was still years away.

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At the entrance, the 76 foot-tall Moonliner welcomed guests to their space flight. The Moonliner only stood for 11 years, but its status as a Disneyland icon remains to this day.

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Fifteen years later, almost to the date, only a few steps away from the attraction (then called Flight to the Moon) Disneyland park guests watched in amazement as man stepped foot on the moon.

Flight to the Moon eventually became Mission to Mars, and today, Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port occupies the same “space” in Tomorrowland – complete with a tribute to the original Moonliner right out in front.

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