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Vintage Walt Disney World: Robin Hood and Friends Visit Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 8th, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today, back in 1973 Walt Disney Studios released the film “Robin Hood” across the United States.

'Robin Hood,' Released by Walt Disney Studios in 1973

Here’s a look at Little John, Prince John, Robin Hood and Friar Tuck walking near Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom Park from 1979.

Robin Hood and Friends Visit Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort

I bet Sir Hiss is bummed he missed this gathering. He would have loved slithering in the grass. He Sherwood.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Pooh’s ‘Hip, Hip, Pooh-Ray!’

posted on November 1st, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Americans head to the polls next week to cast their vote for president, but back in 1972, Pooh threw his hat into the race here at Magic Kingdom Park.
Winnie the Pooh Runs for President in 1972 at Magic Kingdom Park

Pooh’s formal nomination with the Demo-Pooh-blican Party came from 50 kids under the age of 7, and was announced at the forecourt of Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom Park. His platform? Disclosing the “Bear Facts,” and bottomless honey jars.


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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea History Is Celebrated at New Fantasyland Event

posted on October 24th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


As Imagineer Chris Beatty recently mentioned during our live chat on New Fantasyland, our Imagineers not only bring Disney magic to life in the form of wonderful attractions, but they’re also huge fans of Disney history. I don’t think anything demonstrates this more than the event Walt Disney Imagineering led yesterday in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

Many of you may recognize that the area occupied by the new Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid attraction was formerly the location of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, an attraction that closed in 1994. Here’s the surprise: Before 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was dismantled, our Imagineers saved some of the attraction’s water in carefully labeled bottles and kept them safe at their Florida headquarters for the past 18 years.

Yesterday, those bottles were opened for the first time. In this video, watch as Imagineer Chris Kelly leads a small group of bloggers in returning a piece of the past to New Fantasyland – simply amazing!

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and follow @WaltDisneyWorld on Twitter for the latest on New Fantasyland. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #NewFantasyland.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Celebrating Food at Epcot

posted on October 18th, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is in full swing over at Epcot, where the tasty delights around World Showcase can make your taste buds sing. At The Land Pavilion, there used to be a place where the food actually did the singing.
Food Rocks! in The Land Pavilion at Epcot

Food Rocks! was a mock rock concert in The Land Pavilion that delivered nutritional messages to guests and was hosted by Füd Wrapper, inspired by the rapper Ton Loc.
Food Rocks! in The Land Pavilion at Epcot

While the show included a number of outstanding acts, one has always been my favorite: Pita Gabriel, who wants to be your high fiber.
Food Rocks! in The Land Pavilion at Epcot

Even though these classic food musicians no longer perform at Epcot, you can still get your groove on during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, although I don’t think the Refrigerator Police have been booked this year. Bummer.


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Vintage Walt Disney World: The American Adventure Pavilion is Dedicated at Epcot

posted on October 11th, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


On this day in 1982, the American Adventure Pavilion was dedicated at Epcot. Below is a look at the dedication ceremony.
The American Adventure Pavilion is Dedicated at Epcot in 1982

Inside this 1,024-seat theater, home to The American Adventure show, are 12 statues known as The Spirits of America, representing American qualities.
The Spirits of America in the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot

How many can you name without any assistance from the Internet? Here’s a hint – their descriptions: seaman, doctor, mountain man, pilgrim, Native American, colonial solider, cowboy, scientist, teacher, aviator, farmer, and woman and child. I’ll be honest: I only knew three!


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Epcot Images: Then and Now

posted on October 8th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you remember, last week we began celebrating the 30th anniversary of Epcot with rare sights from the construction of one of my favorite attractions at the park – Spaceship Earth. If you enjoyed that, take a look at our latest image series we’re calling “Then and Now.” Scroll back and forth and see how much some of the attractions have changed over the years, including Spaceship Earth.


Then & Now: A view of Spaceship Earth from the Main Entrance

Then & Now: A view inside The Land Pavilion

Then & Now: Entrance to Future World

Then & Now: Epcot park entrance

Then & Now: A view inside The Seas Pavilion

Then & Now: Boat transportation at Epcot



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Today in Disney History: ‘a bug’s land’ Opens at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on October 7th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


'a bug's land' Opened at Disney California Adventure Park on October 7, 2002

Ten years ago today, Disney California Adventure park guests got their first chance to shrink to the size of a bug and see the world from a new perspective when “a bug’s land” opened on October 7, 2002.

'a bug's land' Opened at Disney California Adventure Park on October 7, 2002

Flik joined colorful butterflies, brilliant bug-ologists and park guests for the “unearthing” of “a bug’s land” – inspired by the Disney•Pixar film, “A Bug’s Life.” And those with a keen eye can spot evidence of more magic on the way just behind those bounding butterflies above, as the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror was under construction at the time, set to open a few years later in 2004.

'a bug's land' Opened at Disney California Adventure Park on October 7, 2002

To commemorate the opening, local children became honorary bugs, donning antennae and having the chance to be among the first guests to visit the new land. “a bug’s land” remains a Disney California Adventure park favorite today, still inviting guests to explore the world from a bug’s view – under giant clovers and enormous blades of grass – ten years later.



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Vintage Walt Disney World: It’s Halloween Time

posted on October 4th, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Ah, October – falling leaves, cooler nights and Not-So-Scary fun at Magic Kingdom Park. Who’s excited? Here are three oh-so-familiar ghosts scaring up a good time at the Haunted Mansion back in 1987.

Vintage Walt Disney World: Three Ghosts at Haunted Mansion in 1987

That’s one pretty boo-tacular picture if I do say so myself!

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The Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Epcot is Underway

posted on October 1st, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Happy 30th anniversary, Epcot!

“Spaceship

The second theme park built at the Walt Disney World Resort officially marks its 30th anniversary today. Guests began celebrating at the park over the weekend, with D23 members attending a special Epcot 30th Anniversary Celebration at World Showplace that featured special presentations by Disney Legends and Imagineers.

“Epcot

Guests visiting the park today will receive a commemorative button and a 30th anniversary theme park map, the latter of which our partners at the park were kind enough to give to us to share with all of you! The document looks back at how the Epcot guide map has changed as the park evolved over the years.

The fun will continue this afternoon with Epcot history presentations in World Showplace courtesy of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. These presentations are included in park admission and are limited in seating.

  • 1-2 p.m. – Designing the Future – Past and Present: A panel of Disney Imagineers remembers 30 years of building tomorrow!
  • 4:30–6 p.m. – Epcot: How it Changed the World with Marty Sklar
  • 6:30–8 p.m. – Epcot: How it Changed the World with Marty Sklar

Today there will also be an anniversary moment at the America Gardens Theatre at 3 p.m., which will feature Disney leaders and performances by Mariachi Cobre and Voices of Liberty. (Seating is limited). Tonight’s presentation of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” will also feature a special 30th anniversary tag.

If you’re at home celebrating in spirit today, be sure to check out this video, in which D23’s Steven Clark and Disney Legends Bill “Sully” Sullivan, Bob Matheison and Charlie Ridgway take a look back at the history of the park.

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Epcot Video Flashback: Watch Spaceship Earth Emerge

posted on October 1st, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Our look into Epcot history continues this week with a rare timelapse video that shows the construction of the park’s iconic attraction, Spaceship Earth.

This clip shows the construction of the attraction’s external geosphere from start to finish. Inside, the attraction told (and continues to tell) the story of human communication and the many technologies we’ve used over the years to express ourselves and connect with others.

The attraction opened 30 years ago today, on October 1, 1982. Happy anniversary!

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