Tag Archives: Walt Disney

Dwayne Johnson Will Try To Live Up to Walt’s Legacy with the Upcoming ‘Jungle Cruise’ Film


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson recently posted a video of him signing a contract for the upcoming live-action Jungle Cruise film. Johnson mentioned that undertaking this film is nerve-racking for him. When he was first starting his acting career, around 15 years ago, he saw the trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the […]


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 Disney is largely credited – and rightfully so – with the vision and creation of Disneyland. However, as many Disney fans know, there were a […]


Disney Legend Bob Gurr Says Disney Is Working on a Contract for New Monorail Cars


On April 28, Celebration Town Hall hosted ‘Working with Walt Disney: An Evening with Disney Legend Bob Gurr.’ The event featured an open panel discussion with Bob Gurr. Gurr was the Imagineer tasked by Walt Disney in the 1950s to create Disneyland’s Monorail System and several other iconic Disney Parks attractions like Autopia and the Matterhorn […]


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 […]


Book Review: “Travels with Walt Disney” – Follows A Globe-trotting Walt Disney Through Pictures


TRAVELS WITH WALT DISNEY A Photographic Voyage Around the World By Jeff Kurtti 152 pp. Disney Editions. $29.99 On Sale: April 3, 2018 One of the things that made Walt Disney a creative genius was his sense of adventure, wonder, and curiosity. Whether it was growing up in Marceline, Missouri, traveling through South America, or […]


Hidden Gems of the Disneyland Resort Part 2 – New Orleans Square, Adventureland, Frontierland


Welcome back to the next installment of my 4-part series focusing on the “Hidden Gems of the Disneyland Resort.” Today, we are going to focus on 3 other lands of Walt Disney’s original Magic Kingdom. Those lands are New Orleans Square, Adventureland and Frontierland. Arguably, these lands contain the most popular attractions within all of […]


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: 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 a kid I thought it was already too late for me to make good at anything.” – Walt Disney Walt Disney was an optimist. He […]


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 […]


Disneyland History: A 50th Anniversary Tribute to the Last Live-Action Film Walt Produced


If you walk down Main Street U.S.A. towards Sleeping Beauty Castle, on the left hand side you’ll pass the Fortuosity Shop. It sells primarily timepieces. But where does the name come from? It comes from a song, and you just might be hearing it played on the Main Street music loop as you pass. “Fortuosity” […]