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Roastie-Toasties at Disneyland Park: A Year in Review

posted on December 28th, 2012 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


It took 12 months and 10 dolls on seven carts to create this year-in-review video of the Popcorn Animation Dolls at Disneyland park.

Early photos reveal “popcorn people” existed at Disneyland as far back as 1955. The popcorn wagons were labeled “The Cretors” named after C. Cretors & Co., founded in 1855, the company that originally produced the carts and their clown dolls. Eventually the clowns were transformed to match the land in which they performed.

Trivia Question: Can you name the dolls in the video and the areas they represent? Click below the video for the answer.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Nate’s Favorite Disney Milestones

posted on December 27th, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Another year, another 52 blog posts (give or take a few). It is difficult to choose my Top 5 (they’re like children … do you really ever have a favorite?). Who am I kidding? One was my favorite; let’s count them down.

#5: A Huey, Dewey, and Louie Milestone. I love when I learn something new. Even after working here for over 12 years, I had no idea that until Ducktales starting airing, Donald’s nephews didn’t always wear the same color shirt. Cool Disney fun fact!
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#4: Filming the ‘The Mickey Mouse Club’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s always fun to reminisce about items from childhood, and just the fact that the MMC was filmed here in Florida makes it all that more cool.
Production of 'The Mickey Mouse Club' at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort

 
#3: Pooh’s Hip, Hip Pooh-Ray! This year’s presidential race seemed to last forever. If only Winnie the Pooh was running, it would have been a lot more fun. That’s one campaign trail I would have liked to follow!
Winnie the Pooh Runs for President in 1972 at Magic Kingdom Park

 
#2: Introducing Dreamfinder. I love when I write something and it resonates with fans. Dreamfinder did just that with 7,400 Facebook likes – a record for Vintage Walt Disney World. (The only post to get more comments was about Figment. Imagine that.)
Dreamfinder, from the Original Journey Into Imagination Attraction at Epcot

 
#1: Making 24 Memories in 24 Hours at Magic Kingdom Park. Magic Kingdom Park open for 24 hours? I’m in. If you haven’t seen this yet, enjoy my spin on the teacups around 5 a.m. I’m clearly in need of sleep!
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There you have it, my Top 5. Thanks for reading all year long.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: A 1970s Look at the Christmas Parade

posted on December 20th, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Magic Kingdom Park has celebrated the holidays with a Christmas Parade since opening in 1971. Here’s a look at the parade back in 1976 traveling down Main Street, U.S.A.

A 1970s Look at the Christmas Parade at Magic Kingdom Park

A 1970s Look at the Christmas Parade at Magic Kingdom Park

While the parade’s name has varied through the years, one thing has always remained the same – the holiday cheer it brings to guests every holiday season.

 
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Vintage Walt Disney World: A Look Back at Past Holiday Seasons

posted on December 13th, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


The holidays around Walt Disney World Resort in the 1980s were a lot like they are today.

Decking the halls? Check.
Holidays Around Walt Disney World Resort in the 1980s

Trimming the tree? Almost there.
Holidays Around Walt Disney World Resort in the 1980s

Powering up the holiday lights? Done.
Holidays Around Walt Disney World Resort in the 1980s

If only I had a few Disney friends on hand to help me with all my holiday chores. I’m sure Daisy would make the perfect personal shopper.


Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on the holiday season at Disney Parks, and join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #DisneyHolidays.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Celebrating Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 6th, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today, we celebrate the grand reveal of New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom Park. But one iconic elephant has been flying high above Fantasyland since the park opened in 1971. Here’s a look at Dumbo the Flying Elephant back in 1973.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Magic Kingdom Park in 1973

Now flying in Storybook Circus, Dumbo soars daily, continuing to provide amazing aerial views high above Fantasyland.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Storybook Circus in Magic Kingdom Park

 
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Celebrating Walt Disney’s Birthday

posted on December 5th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


It’s a special day here at Disney Parks – Walt Disney was born on this day in 1901. And to mark the occasion, we’re sharing a collection of rare and unique “header” images featuring Walt.

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If you’ve seen any of my social media presentations, you know I like to share early images of Walt behind the scenes working on projects and on the set of some of his TV projects. Today’s headers have all that and more. The collection is from the Walt Disney Imagineering Art Library and Walt Disney Imagineering Slide Library and you can see the entire group by clicking “refresh” or navigating to new Disney Parks Blog stories.

Let us know your favorite photo – or even favorite Walt quote – in honor of his birthday today.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Taking a Spin Through Tomorrowland

posted on November 29th, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today, back in 1974, Star Jets opened at Magic Kingdom Park in Tomorrowland. Below is a look at the attraction still under construction in June 1974.
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Scaled-down Apollo-Saturn replica rockets propelled guests up to 60 feet above Magic Kingdom Park.
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While guests can no longer hop aboard a Star Jet, the Astro Orbiter continues the legacy of space flight in Tomorrowland.

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Disneyland Ambassadors 2000 and Beyond: Where Are They Now?

posted on November 28th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


For the last installment in our “Disneyland Ambassadors: Where Are They Now?” series, we’re catching up Disneyland Ambassadors who have served since 2000. Read on to find out what these distinguished representatives of the Disneyland Resort are up to now!

Heri “Eddie” Garcia, 2000-2001
“My son, Herison, who was born while I was ambassador, is now 11! Along with my son, I share my time with my wife, Noelle, and my daughters Victoria and Charlotte. I have spent the last 10 years working at a credit union in Las Vegas as the training and project manager. I’m now heading home to Southern California to start another chapter of my life; my new role is vice president of operations for a credit union in San Bernardino.”

Doina Osborn, 2000-2001
“I am currently working as a portfolio planning manager with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment. I live in Anaheim with my husband of 18 years. We have two adorable dogs (JoJo and MacGyver) and I enjoy traveling, cooking healthy and ministry activities. My husband and I recently traveled to Europe as a mission trip effort with our church.”

Matt Ebeling With His Family

Matt Ebeling, 2002
“I currently reside in Malibu and serve Pepperdine University (my alma mater) as its executive director of alumni affairs. More importantly, I’m in love with my family, starting with my wife (and Disney cast member) Kim Ebeling and our 17-month-old son, Sawyer, who is already a big fan of Winnie the Pooh. When I’m not with my family or serving students and alumni, I love bodysurfing, movies and riding my motorcycle along the Malibu coastline and Santa Monica Mountains. The Ambassador Program was, and continues to be, an incredible blessing that gave far more to me than I feel I gave to it.”

Disneyland Ambassador Andrae Rivas Gill in 2005–2006 2005–2006 Disneyland Ambassador Andrae Rivas Gill With Her Family

Andrae Rivas Gill, 2005–2006
“I currently work on the marketing for Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, and Adventures by Disney. I live in Orange with my husband and our dog, Jack Jack. The way the program changed my life, and probably the most important one, was that I met my husband (and former ambassador), [and Disney Parks Blog and Disney Post author] David, through the Ambassador Program. Who knows if we would have ever met if we both didn’t become ambassadors?”

Becky Phelps, 2005-2006
“I am very fortunate that I get to stay at home with our beautiful 1-year-old son while working part-time as a freelance event planner. We are expecting our second baby at the end of December!”

Lindsay Garnett Rabicoff With Her Family

Lindsay Garnett Rabicoff (formerly Schoonover), 2007
“I currently live in Scottsdale, Ariz., with my husband and new son. This year I will be graduating from law school at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and will be practicing with a large law firm in Phoenix as an attorney. Between law school and the little one, there is not much time for hobbies, but I do dabble a bit in photography, working out and video gaming.”

Adonis Reeves, 2007
“I am currently living in Pompano Beach, Fla., and working at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale. I specifically work with a discipleship school called Patmos, where young adults come to grow in their Christian faith. I have been in Florida for almost three years and my Disney experience and ambassador training has played a beautiful role in my current position.”

Disneyland Ambassador Danielle Berry in 2009-2010 2009-2010 Disneyland Ambassador Danielle Berry With Her Family

Danielle Berry (formerly DuBois), 2009–2010
“Currently, I’m a stay-at-home mom in Mission Viejo. I got married during my ambassador term, and was pregnant soon after. Nowadays, I spend my days at play dates with my 17-month-old daughter and preparing for a new baby due in January 2013! Being ambassador was such an amazing experience for me and a perfect way to spend two of my five years with the resort.”

Disney Parks Blog Author Steven Miller

And of course, I would be remiss if I did not give a shout-out to my fellow Disney Parks Blog author, and former Walt Disney World Resort Ambassador, Steven Miller. Steven served on the 2001/2002 Ambassador team, and I think we all know what he’s been up to since.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Mickey and the Mammoth Pumpkin

posted on November 22nd, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Ah, Thanksgiving – turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and of course pumpkin pie. Here’s a photo from 1994 in The Land Pavilion at Epcot of Mickey Mouse with this mammoth pumpkin.
Mickey Mouse at The Land Pavilion in 1990

While the above pumpkin weighs in at 510 pounds, 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkin are produced every year in the United States. That’s a lot of pie crust and whipped cream needed to make this a very happy Thanksgiving!

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Today in Disney History: Swiss Family Tree House Opens in Disneyland Park

posted on November 18th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


The Swiss Family Tree house in Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort

Fifty years ago today, on November 18, 1962, the Swiss Family Tree House opened in Adventureland at Disneyland park, taking guests into the world of the 1960 Disney film “Swiss Family Robinson.” The tale of a shipwrecked family who built themselves an island home was brought to life in this Disneyland attraction where guests walked – or rather, climbed – through a treehouse filled with European furniture, ship parts saved from the wreck and items found around the island.

The Swiss Family Tree house in Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyodendron semperflorens grandis (large ever-blooming Disney tree) was man-made, with concrete roots, steel limbs and 300,000 plastic leaves.

A new family moved into the treehouse on March 8, 1999, when it became Tarzan’s Treehouse but the familiar “Swisskapolka” still plays from the phonograph.



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