December 31, 2011

Happy New Year from Walt Disney World

December 23, 2011

December 22, 2011

Pecos Bill Entrance

Considered by many as the meanest, toughest, roughest cowboy of them all, Pecos Bill has been credited for inventing all things Western from rodeos to cowboy dancing to spurs, hats, and lassoes. He can draw faster shoot straighter and ride a horse harder than any man alive.

Unfortunately, we don't know when and where he was born, just that he was raised by coyotes and that his name comes from the river in Texas. Over the years, Pecos Bill along with his trusty horse, Widowmaker, have made quite a name for themselves forging new trails and taming others.

Legend tells us several tall tales, like the time Pecos Bill jumped on a powerful twister and rode it like a bucking bronco. Then there was the time when Pecos Bill dug out a path to create the Rio Grande river during a severe drought that hit his beloved Texas. And then there was the day Pecos Bill was so bored that he took his handy six-shooter and shot out all of the stars in the sky except for one. That's why they call Texas the 'Lone Star State.'

In 1878, with the encouragement of his friends, Pecos Bill decided to open his own watering hole, a restaurant, whose motto very much reflects its one-of-a-kind owner, 'The Tastiest Eats and Treats This side of the Rio Grande.' Pecos Bill called it the Tall Tale Inn and Cafe and it quickly became a popular hang-out for some of his legendary friends.

As time went by, it became a tradition when each friend paid a visit they would leave something behind for Pecos Bill to remember them by. As you can see from the articles and artifacts that don the walls, many of which carry inscriptions, Pecos Bill had some mighty impressive friends.

Seems that every trail eventually led to the Tall Tale Inn and Cafe.

December 21, 2011

Mickey’s On Top of the World - The Construction of Disney's Hollywood Studios

This is Mickey Mouse walking on top of the world. You know which world I’m referring to, right? The Crossroads of the World landmark found at the entrance.

The Crossroads of the World Landmark at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Based on the original structure from Sunset Boulevard, The Crossroads of the World at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has one noticeable difference, Mickey Mouse. While Mickey looks itty bitty from the ground below, you can get a better sense of his size from the photograph below taken on Dec. 21, 1988.

The Crossroads of the World Landmark at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Mickey is 5’3” tall while the spinning globe he stands on is 6 feet in diameter. His right ear is made out of copper in order to serve as a lightning rod. Both Mickey and the globe were created by former Disney master sculptor Perry Russ.

The Crossroads of the World Landmark at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Sitting on top of the world, Mickey has been walking and waving to every guest entering the park since opening day.

December 20, 2011

December 19, 2011

Giant Christmas Ornament at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Pictures by Marcio Disney

December 18, 2011

Never Say Goodbye - Buzz Lightyear & Woody

December 16, 2011

IllumiNations in HDR - Fireworks at Epcot

This picture was not taken by me! If you own the rights for this pic, just let me know!

December 14, 2011

Ciinderella Castle View from Tomorrowland Entrance

December 13, 2011

ARTISTIC PAINTING - The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios! Everyday! Starting at dusk :-D

December 12, 2011

Haunted Mansion Holiday

December 10, 2011

Disneyland Christmas Castle


December 7, 2011

Earliest Official Candlelight Photo from 1959

This past weekend we celebrated Candlelight at Disneyland park. As we were getting ready for the event, we came across this photo from our archives.

Candlelight 1959

Candlelight started in 1958 at Disneyland park, but the first photo we have of the ceremony is from 1959. 

The colors are so vivid, and Main Street, U.S.A. looks much like it does today. It seems as if the photo was just taken yesterday. However, if you look a little more closely, you’ll notice that the members of the choir are sporting various looks from the ’50s.

Look at the people in the crowd along Main Street and see how well-dressed they are.

December 6, 2011

December 5, 2011

December 4, 2011

The Santa Mickey Crispy

December 3, 2011

December 2, 2011

December 1, 2011

Magic Kingdom Utilidor

According to modern legend, Walt Disney was bothered by the sight of a cowboy walking through Disneyland's Tomorrowland enroute to his post in Frontierland.[1] He felt that such a sight was jarring, and detracted from the guest experience. When the Florida park was being planned, engineers designed utilidors to keep park operations out of guests' sight.

The utilidors are beneath the Magic Kingdom, but they are not a basement. Because Florida has such an elevated water table, most of these tunnels were actually built at ground level. That means the Magic Kingdom was built above that. All the guests of the park are one storey high. Parts of Fantasyland, including Cinderella's Castle, are at third-story-level (this is why the castle seems to loom so large as guests approach it via Main Street, USA). The ground's incline is so gradual that guests do not realize they are ascending to the second and third stories. The Magic Kingdom is built upon soil which was removed from what is now the Seven Seas Lagoon.

The utilidors are built on 9 acres (36,000 m2), and the floor plan is a circle with a path down the middle. The tunnel walls are color-coded to make it simple for users to determine their location. The utilidors can be accessed from a main tunnel entrance located behind Fantasyland, or through unmarked doors throughout the Magic Kingdom. Magic Kingdom cast members park about one mile (1.6 km) away and are transported via a Disney bus to the tunnel. Some shops, restaurants and attractions have direct access to the utilidors.

Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle

November 30, 2011

Happy 176th Birthday to Mark Twain

 Born November 30, 1835

Writer & humorist Mark Twain is born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in the small town of Florida, Missouri. (He will be raised in Hannibal, Missouri.) Walt Disney admired Twain's writing and so the famous author's name and image can be found scattered throughout Disney theme parks all over the world.

Tom Sawyer Island - based on Twain's classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - is the only Disneyland attraction that Walt personally designed!

Disneyland also features the Mark Twain Riverboat, which takes guests on a 12-minute journey around the Rivers of America.

Both Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland have versions of the Mark Twain Riverboat as well.

In Florida, Mr. Twain appears in Epcot's Audio-Animatronic stage show The American Adventure, and the Magic Kingdom features a version of Tom Sawyer Island (located in Frontierland).

Disney's 1990 animated The Prince and the Pauper is loosely based on Twain's classic novel The Prince and the Pauper, first published in 1881.

In 1991 The Disney Channel aired the Disney Channel Premiere Film Mark Twain and Me, about a young girl who befriends the famous writer.

November 28, 2011

November 27, 2011

Cinderella Castle Balloon

November 25, 2011

Enjoy the Original Coca-Cola Taste at the Magic Kingdom

Delicious, Refreshing and Uplifting!

Coca-Cola sponsored the first Disney television show, One Hour in Wonderland, which aired as a special on December 25, 1950. When Disneyland opened in 1955, Coke became a participant with the Refreshment Corner on Main Street, U.S.A., and remains a participant there today. Coca-Cola is now the global beverage provider for all of Disney's 11 parks in the U.S., Hong Kong, France and Japan.

November 23, 2011

Walt Disney Dances The Night Away at Disneyland

1958 Photo: Walt Disney Dances The Night Away at Disneyland Park

In this 1958 photo, Walt is having so much fun dancing at Carnation Plaza Gardens.

November 22, 2011

Mickey Pretzel

"You can only find them one place: in Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom at Frontierland Pretzel Wagon between the Diamond Horseshoe and Pecos Bill Cafe (next to the turkey leg cart). Pair the twist with cheese and chocolate dipping sauces. Insiders tell us it’s still in “testing phase” at Walt Disney World Resort, but we bet it’s here to stay.

You also can find it at Disneyland park at Refreshment Corner, Bengal Barbecue, Frontierland Pretzel, Small World Pretzel and Tomorrowland Pretzel. At Disney California Adventure Park, they are sold at Bayside Brews, the Beer Truck and Hollywood Pretzel."

- Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

November 18, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!

Mickey Mouse was created in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. He was voiced by Walt Disney from 1928–1946 theatrically, and again from 1955–1959 for the original ABC TV The Mickey Mouse Club television series. The Walt Disney Company celebrates his birth as November 18, 1928, upon the release of Steamboat Willie which was released at the Colony Theater in New York on Nov. 18, 1928, although Mickey had already appeared six months earlier in an unfinished test screening of Plane Crazy (Steamboat Willie being the first Mickey Mouse Cartoon to be released).

November 11, 2011

Mickey in Vintage Guest Room at Disney's Contemporary Resort in 1972

This photo was taken in 1972 in one of the resort rooms at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World Resort.

November 5, 2011

Partners - Disneyland

November 1, 2011

A Haunted Mansion is Built [Vintage Picture]

Here is a look at The Haunted Mansion while it was still under construction on February 24, 1971.

October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween 2011

From Disney Parks all over the world!

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