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Vintage Walt Disney World: A 1984 Ski Trip with the Country Bears

posted on January 24th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Wintertime is upon us at Walt Disney World Resort, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a great time to go snow skiing here in Central Florida. Just ask Liver Lips, Wendell and Terrance from the Country Bear Jamboree.
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Those casts seem to stem from a bad attempt at skiing down Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – not the brightest crayons in the box now, are they? Even Melvin the Moose looks a little confused by the situation.


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Caption This: Goofy, Pluto & Smee Enjoy a Day on the Water at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on January 21st, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Check out this photo that was taken at Walt Disney World Resort in 1973. Looks like Goofy and Pluto are enjoying a day of fishing on their houseboat, while Captain Hook’s pirate ship sinks nearby. But never you mind – look far in the background. Is that Smee catching some big air on a jetski?

Goofy, Pluto and Smee Enjoy a Day on the Water at Walt Disney World Resort

What other crazy sights might we see on the lake today? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This”!



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Continuing the Golden Horseshoe Legacy with ‘A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue’ at Disneyland Park

posted on January 18th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


You probably already know that “A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue,” now running as a part of “Limited Time Magic” at Disneyland park, is a tribute to a special piece of Disneyland history. But for some in the cast and crew, it is a continuation of personal and family legacies that began more than 57 years ago. In the video below, we’re pleased to introduce you to Deedee Bozikis, former can can dancer in the original “Golden Horseshoe Revue” and now assistant stage manager at “A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue.” You’ll also meet Tobi Longo, who was a dancer in the “Golden Horseshoe Jamboree” and whose mother was one of the original can can dancers in the classic show. Tobi is now the choreographer for “A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue.” I hope you enjoy hearing their stories as much as I do!

Don’t forget – you can still catch “A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue” part of “Limited Time Magic” at Disneyland park every Thursday-Monday through February 4. And you can experience all the magic at the Disneyland Resort for less with our special limited-time ticket offer.

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Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park: Imagineer Marty Sklar

posted on January 17th, 2013 by Jon Storbeck, Vice President, Disneyland Park


As Walt Disney Imagineering celebrates 60 years of storytelling, creativity and innovation, I can’t help but think about the extraordinary contributions of Marty Sklar. He began his Disney career in Public Relations, one month before Disneyland park opened. Marty created the Disneyland News and went on to write most of the marketing materials for Disneyland as well as the annual report and personal correspondences for Walt Disney.

In 1961, Marty moved to WED Enterprises, renamed Walt Disney Imagineering in 1986. For more than 30 years, Marty was the creative leader of Imagineering and was one of the key people responsible for the development of Disney Parks around the world. He guided the design of EPCOT Center, now known simply as Epcot, at Walt Disney World Resort. He also supervised the Imagineering teams in the creative development and design of Tokyo Disneyland, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disneyland Paris, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney California Adventure park, Tokyo DisneySea, Walt Disney Studios park in Paris and most recently, Hong Kong Disneyland.

Jim Cora, the former chairman of Disneyland International, called Marty the “keeper of the keys, the conscience, the Jiminy Cricket for the organization.” Marty learned the “Disney way” from Walt himself and mentored many cast members in those traditions.

After 54 years with the company, Marty retired on July 17, 2009, the 54th anniversary of Disneyland park. He received his window on Main Street, U.S.A., that same day. Located at City Hall, Marty’s window is a tribute to his inspirational leadership, design instincts and creative philosophies. Etched on his window is the Latin phrase, “Id Somniate. ld Facite” which means “Dream It. Do It.” and is intended to inspire the dreamers and doers of the future.

Marty has also been honored with windows on Main Street in Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland and Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney’s Vero Beach Resort Opens to Guests

posted on January 17th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today in 1996, grand opening ceremonies were held for Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. Here’s a look at an early rendering of the resort from our archives.
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With the Atlantic Ocean as its backdrop, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort was the first Disney Vacation Club Resort located outside Walt Disney World Resort property. The Resort’s design and theme reflect the Treasure Coast region where the resort is situated.
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Ground breaking took place on July 28, 1994, where Mickey, Minnie, Chip and Dale were all in attendance for the big moment.
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With 175 Villas, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is a great place to unwind, relax and enjoy the Florida sunshine.

 
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This Month in Disney History: ‘Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular’ Opens at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on January 16th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


In January 2003, Disney California Adventure park guests first journeyed to Agrabah with “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular.” Ten years later, more than 12 million guests have seen the show, and it’s still going strong! To celebrate this milestone, I’ve got some interesting numbers to share with you from this unique show.

  • There are more than 100 performers in the show’s company.
  • As many as 35 cast members perform in the show each day.
  • There are 18 scene changes during each performance.
  • More than 40 wireless microphones are used in each performance.
  • There are 48 pieces of scenery on the stage, weighing more than 60,000 pounds.
  • The Hyperion Theater, where the show is performed, houses more than 600 conventional light fixtures and 90 moving lights.

 
And of course, there’s only one magical Genie! What is your favorite part of “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular”? Let us know in the comments!


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Today in Disney History: Ground is Broken on Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on January 12th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Exactly 10 years ago today, on January 12, 2003, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts celebrated a new milestone – the groundbreaking for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
Ground Was Broken on Hong Kong Disneyland Ten Years Ago Today

The resort, which opened to guests in 2005, includes Hong Kong Disneyland and two resort hotels, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Hollywood Hotel.

Today, the park has grown to feature six themed lands: Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Toy Story Land and Grizzly Gulch.

In honor of today’s milestone, check out this photo gallery of the resort.


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Interview with Original ‘Golden Horseshoe Revue’ and Disneyland Opening Day Choreographer Miriam Nelson

posted on January 11th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


With Disneyland park guests now enjoying “A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue” as part of “Limited Time Magic,” I thought it would be a good time to take a look back with one of the people who brought the original “Golden Horseshoe Revue” to life back in 1955. Miriam Nelson was the choreographer of the original show, as well as other historic Disneyland moments like the opening day celebration on July 17, 1955. Miriam staged dances and performances throughout the park on opening day, which included an appearance by “Davy Crockett” stars Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen, and the character-filled opening of Fantasyland.

Miriam paid a visit to Disneyland last summer to attend “The True Legends of the Golden Horseshoe” – a tribute to Disney Legends Wally Boag and Betty Taylor. While she was here, she took a moment to share some of her Disneyland memories with us for the video below.

Be sure to catch a piece of Disneyland history yourself, as “A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue” continues its limited run every Thursday-Monday through February 4.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Happy Anniversary, Walt Disney World Marathon!

posted on January 10th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


This year marks the 20th Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna. The race has grown over the years from 8,200 runners to more than 55,000 participants today.
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Dubbed the most magical 26.2 miles on Earth, the race wound through all three Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks at the time.
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The route isn’t the only thing that has changed over the years. The finisher’s medal also has evolved. Below is a look at the very first Mickey medal awarded to runners as they crossed the finish line at the inaugural running of the marathon took place on January 16, 1994.
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The Walt Disney World Marathon continues to be the only marathon where you have a pretty good chance of seeing this guy rooting you on while you run; you just might recognize him.
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This Week in Disney History: Voyage of The Little Mermaid Debuts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on January 8th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


One attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is celebrating a birthday this week – Voyage of the Little Mermaid, which opened on this very week in 1992.
Voyage of The Little Mermaid at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The attraction is a 15-minute retelling of “The Little Mermaid” and features songs and appearances by all the beloved characters from the film, including Ariel, Prince Eric, Flounder, and Sebastian.

Is this show a must-do for you? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.


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