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PHOTO GALLERY: Pocahontas Marks 20 Years

posted on June 23rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today in Disney History, Pocahontas made her debut.

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In the film, Pocahontas meets explorer John Smith and teaches him the wonders of earth and true value of its many riches. Despite an agreement to marry Kocoum, Pocahontas falls in love with John Smith, which leads to Chief Powhatan declaring war on the team of explorers. Pocahontas later saves John Smith from execution. When the gold-obsessed Governor Ratcliffe attempts to shoot Chief Powhatan, John Smith dives in front of the bullet, saving Pocahontas’s father.

Thanks to Photographer Ryan Wender for these great shots.

For more from our Princess Photo series, visit the post below:

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Disney Days of Past: ‘Pocahontas’ Marks 20 Years

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


Walt Disney Pictures “Pocahontas” celebrates its 20th anniversary this June. Pocahontas and her friends have had a presence in Disney Parks throughout the years.

Today, guests can still enjoy the magic of Pocahontas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios nightly at “Fantastmic!” Here’s a great action shot of John Smith swinging into the action.

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Pocahontas’ sense of adventure around any river bend still endures twenty years later.

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Today in Disney History: ‘Lady and the Tramp’ Hit Theaters

posted on June 22nd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


He’s a tramp, but we love him. Of course, Lady grew to love him as well. Today in 1955, Walt Disney Pictures released “Lady and the Tramp“. This Disney classic love story between two dogs from different sides of town continues to warm the hearts of Disney fans.

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, a favorite of mine, at Magic Kingdom Park pays homage to this Disney classic film. Here you can enjoy Italian cuisine while surrounded by sketches, lithographs and animation cells from the movie. There’s even a fountain in the center with a statue of Lady & the Tramp.

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It’s the perfect place to recreate the spaghetti scene where Lady and Tramp romantically slurp up the same noodle. You can also spot Lady and Tramp at Disney’s Pop Century Resort in the 1950s section and at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Fun fact, “Lady and the Tramp” was the first Disney animated feature filmed in CinemaScope.

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Today in Disney History: ‘Mulan’ Debuts

posted on June 19th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today in 1998, Walt Disney Pictures “Mulan” was released in theaters. Based on an old Chinese folktale, Mulan tells the story of the spirited-young girl who secretly joins the Chinese army in her father’s place and helps defeat the Huns, while saving the Emperor.

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Fans of Disney Parks know that Mulan can be found greeting guests at Epcot at the China Pavilion where she greets guests regularly.

“Mulan” can also be seen in Mickey and the Magical Map at Disneyland park in California. Singing “Reflection,” Mulan is joined on stage by both Pocahontas and Rapunzel each singing songs from their respective films.

“Mulan” was the first feature-animated movie primarily produced at Disney Feature Animation at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disney Days of Past: Mickey’s Birthdayland at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 18th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


In May 1988, Mickey was moving into his house at Magic Kingdom Park prepping for upcoming visitors to Mickey’s Birthdayland. This seventh land of Magic Kingdom Park opened on June 18th, 1988 to guests at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Chip and Dale even joined in the fun by baking Mickey a giant birthday cake to celebrate.

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Opening in honor of Mickey’s 60th Birthday, Mickey’s Birthdayland welcomed guests until 1990 when it became Mickey’s Starland.

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Caption This: Mickey & Goofy Blast Off On Star Jets at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 16th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Looks like best buddies Mickey Mouse and Goofy were sure having a blast back in this 1970s photo.

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Here they are aboard Star Jets, one of the first attractions built in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park. This photo deserves a great caption. Go ahead and “Caption This” image in the comments section below.

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Sleeping Beauty Castle – Part Two

posted on June 12th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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In my last post, Sleeping Beauty Castle was well under construction in the spring of 1955. Today, we’re even closer to opening day as construction enters the final phase in these rare images.

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These photos were taken only two months before opening.

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In this final construction image of Sleeping Beauty Castle, it appears to be very nearly complete. Look closely on the drawbridge and you’ll see the portcullis, set upside down, presumably awaiting installation.

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Six decades after these photos were taken, Sleeping Beauty Castle debuted special diamond enhancements for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, including more than 100,000 glass crystals that shimmer on the rooftops.

Previously in the “Building the Dream” series:

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Disney Days of Past: A Summer Job at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 11th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Remember your first summer job? I remember mine. It might have been a lot more fun with these guys.

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Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful and Dopey head to work at Magic Kingdom Park in 1978 getting ready to dig, dig, dig, dig, dig, dig, dig in the mine the whole day through.

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Today in Disney History: ‘World of Color’ and Silly Symphony Swings Open at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 11th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Five years ago today, “World of Color” opened for Disney California Adventure park guests, after dazzling media at a special premiere the night before. Take a look back at the star-studded event:

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Also on June 11, 2010, Silly Symphony Swings opened – take a look back at the construction of this attraction in the video below.

Have you seen the new “World of Color: Celebrate!” yet? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Disney Days of Past: Main Street Electrical Parade Debuts at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 11th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today in Disney history, the “Main Street Electrical Parade” stepped off for the very first time at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Which float in the procession is your favorite? Vote below:

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