Category Archives: History


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A Trek Through the History of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Part One

Introduction From Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the rest of the Fab Five to Disney’s True Life Adventures, animals have always been a part of The Walt Disney Company. Walt […]


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Exclusive: Dan Cockerell’s Exit Interview and Life After Disney – Part Two

In part one, of a two part interview, former Walt Disney World Vice President Dan Cockerell talked about his early years working at Walt Disney World and at Disneyland Paris, […]


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Main Street Memories: A Mouseketeer’s Reminiscences of Walt and Disneyland

On Disneyland’s opening day of July 17th, 1955, one of the hosts of the live television broadcast on ABC — Bob Cummings — introduced the Mouseketeers of The Mickey Mouse Club. 13-Year-Old […]


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Exclusive: Dan Cockerell’s Exit Interview and Life After Disney – Part One

After walking countless miles around three of Walt Disney World Resort’s Theme Parks, as well as Disneyland Paris, Dan Cockerell put on his Cast Member name tag for the last […]


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Three Years Before Disneyland Opened: What You Didn’t Know

THREE YEARS IN WONDERLAND The Disney Brothers, C.V. Wood, and the Making of the Great American Theme Park By Todd James Pierce 287 pp. University Press of Mississippi. $30.00 Walt […]


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How Does Cars Land Stand Up to the Real Route 66?

Disney California Adventures strives to show its guests the very best of California, but how accurately do the lands inside the park portray their visions of California? First up: Cars […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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Connecting with Walt: Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland

“To the youngsters of today, I say believe in the future, the world is getting better. There is still plenty of opportunity. Why, would you believe it, when I was […]


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The Struggle to Survive in Orlando Under Disney and Universal’s Shadow

Orlando, Florida — theme park capital of the world. Home of the Walt Disney World Resort, the Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld, and so many more niche attractions. Since 1971, Central […]



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