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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Mar. 20, 2010

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Fess Parker, as Davy Crockett, receives a tribute window

This week, the Disney Parks family mourned the loss of a legend — Fess Parker. In his role as Davy Crockett, Fess Parker not only helped promote and open Disneyland Park but he also became a hero to many of us, including Walt Disney Company President and CEO, Robert Iger. Blog author and Walt Disney World photographer Gene Duncan also shared a unique photo and touching story.

We also visited the office of artist Don “Ducky” Williams and watched as he created an exceptional Disney character in minutes. For Don, the characters are more than drawings, they’re living, breathing personalities and creating the art “is a way of life.”

Here are a few more of the week’s most popular posts.

Rush HourGarth Vaughan showed us what rush hour looks like at the Magic Kingdom.

Pin Trading Outside the Parks — Did you know you don’t have to go into the parks to trade pins?

Main Street Electrical Parade – 1999 — We found this one-of-a-kind video of the Main Street Electrical Parade road test from 1999.

First Kid to Run Through Sleeping Beauty Castle Now Guards the ResortDisneyland Security Officer Robb Fischle shared his memories of watching Disneyland as it was built and being one of the first children to run through Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Balloon with a View — Paul Hiffmeyer showed a new perspective on Mickey Mouse balloons.