Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse and a Miniature Train

From the very outset of the creation of Disneyland, Walt Disney instructed artist Herb Ryman to create a concept of Disneyland to show to the bankers, his instructions were clear: “Herbie,” Walt said, “I just want it to look like nothing else in the world. And it should be surrounded by a train.” Disney’s love for trains began in Marceline, Missouri as a youngster and stayed with him his entire lifetime. Walt arrived nearly broke in...

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A Walt Disney Ride that Never Was

From the files of Disney “Did-You-Know?’ here is something else you can add to the list of “things you never knew you never knew!” It is always fascinating to discover ideas, dreams, and concepts that are part of the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. This one is a concept that never came into existence, but who knows? Someday it just might. The United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot is a great place to visit. During the 1980’s,...

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A Walt Disney Christmas Carol

Here is a Disney “Did-You-Know?’ that you can file under “things you never knew you never knew!”  As you can imagine there are many things that are planned in blue-sky meetings as Imagineers toss about ideas and concepts that possibly would fit into the worlds of Walt Disney theme parks. Sometimes those ideas take flight and are explored, others disappear quickly, but all have merit…because they might be the very idea that sparks...

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A New World within a World – Disney Springs

 Any fan of Walt Disney World will remember the names – Disney Village, Disney Marketplace, Pleasure Island, The Landing, West Side… and Downtown Disney. One of the most recent and extensive changes at WDW has been the reimaging and redevelopment of the three separate sections into a single story, venue, and entertainment center called… Disney Springs.  The Imagineers started from scratch and drew from the history of Florida and dreamed...

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The Walt Disney Space Mountain Movie(s)

Like many of you, I love discovering some unknown tid-bits about the world of Disney. I especially love the discoveries that connect back to the theme parks and resorts. In January 2012, Variety reported that screenwriter Max Landis had sold a pitch to Walt Disney Pictures for an “untitled space adventure” pitch with the potential to be a film franchise that could “benefit all of the company’s divisions.” The truth is that these were...

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