Author Archives: Michael Bowling

Michael Bowling is the Disney Historian for The DIS Unplugged and host of the Connecting with Walt Podcast. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Carol. They have two adult children and one granddaughter who shares her grandfather's love of all things Disney. Michael's passion for Disney began during his first visit to Disneyland as a one-year old when some Pixie Dust got into his bloodstream during Tinker Bell's flight over Sleeping Beauty Castle. Since then he has learned all he could about the Disney magic and shared it freely with his students, family, neighbors, co-workers and pretty much anyone who will listen. Michael and Carol are Disneyland and Walt Disney World annual passholders, D23 Gold Charter Members, DVC owners and The Walt Disney Family Museum members. They enjoy spending time at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, have traveled with Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise Line, and relaxed at Aulani. When Michael is not at the parks or spending time with his family or in his garden, which is filled with Disney topiaries and statues, you can find him at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. Michael enjoys reading about Disney history and learning all he can about Walt Disney and those who make the magic happen for all of us.

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Connecting with Walt: Magic Kingdom’s Hall of Presidents

“Ever since I was a small boy in Illinois, I have had a great personal admiration for Abraham Lincoln,” said Walt Disney on the December 18, 1966, episode of his Wonderful World of Color television show. On a recent episode of Connecting with Walt, Craig and I explored how Walt’s patriotism and admiration of Abraham […]


Connecting with Walt: ‘Call Me Walt’ by Jim Korkis

To understand a person’s accomplishments, you must understand the person. In his recent book, Call Me Walt: Everything You Never Knew About Walt Disney, Disney historian and author Jim Korkis shares stories about the people and experiences that influenced Walt Disney. This book is not about the animated characters, films, technology, and theme parks Walt […]



Connecting with Walt: Disney Legend Eyvind Earle

Eyvind Earle was inducted as a Disney Legend in the category of Animation in 2015. Disney fans and film critics regard Evyind’s work on the 1959 feature film Sleeping Beauty as his most important contribution to The Walt Disney Studio and to the art of animation. To fully appreciate Eyvind Earle’s art and legacy we […]



Connecting With Walt at Disneyland

I have many friends who have frequently visited Walt Disney World, but have not had the good fortune to visit Walt Disney’s original Magic Kingdom – Disneyland. I always look forward to taking them on their first visit to Disneyland and sharing the stories of the buildings, realms, attractions and people who made Disneyland a […]


Disneyland’s Happiest Anniversaries on Earth

No one loves a party more than Disney fans, so much so, that Disney celebrations have typically continued for 18 to 24 months! As we look forward to the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland, let’s take a fun look back at how Disneyland has celebrated its past anniversaries. Walt Disney introduces Disneyland to the world. 1956 […]



Walt Disney and The Little Golden Books

Who has a Little Golden Book in their home? Do you have a favorite Little Golden Book? Does The Poky Little Puppy bring back fond childhood memories? It may surprise you to know the illustrations for The Poky Little Puppy were done by Gustaf Tenggren, a Disney artist who also rendered inspiration artwork for Walt […]