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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: May 2011

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

From nostalgic looks back to whimsical peeks at Disney Parks, we had lots of fun on the Disney Parks Blog back in May 2011.

Construction on the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot, April 1982

Vintage Walt Disney World: Epcot 1982
Disney Archivist Nate Rasmussen joined the Disney Parks Blog in May 2011, with this look at Epcot from 1982.

Gertie the Dinosaur at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Have You Seen Gertie at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?
In May 2011, we learned the story behind Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Nurses
For National Nurses Week, we learned what it takes to be a Disneyland Resort nurse.

Disney Parks Blog Readers Among First to Experience Star Tours at Disneyland Park
On May 20, 2011, Disney Parks Blog readers were among the first guests to experience the newly refurbished Star Tours at Disneyland park. Were you one of them?

Was This a ‘Duckspiracy?’

Getting in the Photo at Disneyland Resort
Disneyland park regulars know that ducks are just as much part of the experience as Space Mountain and corn dogs. This photo from Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer is one of my favorites.

Disney Cast Members Create Magic Every Day
Jennifer Fickley-Baker shared a special memory of a Walt Disney World Resort cast member who created a magical moment for her, prompting Disney Parks Blog readers to share experiences of their own.


  • My family had a few days in Disneyworld after our first ever Disney cruise that month and happened to go to Hollywood Studios when they were doing ‘test flights’ for Star Tours. We got to ride twice 4 days before it was open to the public. My dad was practially giddy with excitement!

  • Fair point. 🙂

  • Hi Erin!

    I was wondering, now that Ariel’s Undersea Adventure has reopened in California Adventure, will there be a blog post about all of the enhancements that the ride received? I rode it on Saturday and it’s now better than ever! 🙂

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it! I think there are some surprises on this one that we’ll let our guests find for themselves. 🙂

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