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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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Today in Disney History: Pack Mules Through Nature’s Wonderland Opens at Disneyland Park

posted on June 10th, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


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Today we mark the 55th anniversary of a Disneyland attraction very close to my heart. On June 10, 1960, Pack Mules Through Nature’s Wonderland opened in Frontierland. As a child growing up in Anaheim, my family would visit Disneyland several times a year. I always asked to go on the mules first. I was excited even standing in the queue, on the wooden planks laid next to the trail, just to be close to these four-legged transports. Once in the saddle, I was transformed, dreaming my own wild west dreams, as the mules carried us over the Frontierland terrain and into the town of Rainbow Ridge. It’s not unrealistic to think that the love I have for horses was born in those moments.

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For readers not old enough to have enjoyed the Disneyland mule attraction in one of its three iterations, (Mule Pack from 1955-1959, Rainbow Ridge Pack Mules, and Pack Mules Through Nature’s Wonderland from 1960-1973) you can still share some of the nostalgia when riding on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The town of Rainbow Ridge, once home to the mules carrying would-be cowboys and cowgirls like myself, still stands in the shadow of the mountain.

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Top Five: Donald Duck at Disney Parks

posted on June 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Happy birthday to Donald Duck!

On this day in Disney history, Donald made his film debut in “The Wise Little Hen” Silly Symphony short. Over the years, he’s been a guest favorite at Disney Parks around the globe, whether it’s meeting him during a character greeting, spotting him in “Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade” or shopping for Donald gifts.

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In celebration of his big day, let’s take a look back at some of our most popular Donald blog posts of all time:

Learn to Draw: Donald Duck – Draw your own Donald with this video tutorial that offers step-by-step directions.

Donald Duck & Daisy Wallpaper – Check out our downloadable desktop/mobile wallpaper.

Step In Time: Donald Duck’s Birthday Parade Takes Flight at Magic Kingdom Park – Take a peek back at 1984, when an entire parade marked a milestone birthday for our fowl friend.

Vintage Walt Disney World: Donald’s Special Day – Take a look back at Donald’s decades spent at Disney Parks.

Disney Parks Merchandise: Celebrating 80 Years of Donald Duck – Check out some beloved Donald Duck souvenirs.

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Caption This: Goofy Plays Ball at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 8th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This early 1970s photo was snapped at Magic Kingdom Park. It sure looks like Goofy and friends are “having a ball” on the castle lawn.

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This pic is perfect for a great caption. Leave yours in the comments section below!

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Disney Days Of Past: Remember ‘Oliver & Company’?

posted on June 4th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Are you a cat owner? Did you hug your cat today? If not, there’s still time as it’s National Hug Your Cat Day. (I can’t make this stuff up.) There are quite a few Disney cats you could hug, but today we’ll celebrate Oliver from Walt Disney Pictures’ “Oliver & Company.” Here is Oliver with Jenny, Dodger, Tito and Georgette at Magic Kingdom Park in 1988.

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Who’s your favorite Disney cat? Let us know in the comments section below.

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