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Iwerks for Disney

Iwerks for Disney

Talent. That intangible tangible that we all look for. How is it measured? Are you born with it? Can it be taught or learned? »

Room for One More

It just seems I keep saying this, but the Haunted Mansion, HM in text speak, is another iconic attraction. Maybe I should just dub all attractions iconic. It seems each is worthy of reminiscing on history and creativity. »

What’s In a Name?

The Disney Hollywood Studios. Yes, 30 years in the making and this park has to be the most dynamic in the shortest period of time then any other park. »

Four Score and 55 Years Ago

Walt Disney was a master of creation. Roy Disney was a master of finance. Between the two, a foundation of funding and fantasy has given park visitors years of enjoyment. »

Ask Dave

Walt Disney was probably the biggest influence on my life, other then my father.   I am a child of what I personally consider Disney’s greatest generation of entertainment.   I believe it shows with all the anniversary articles I have types over the last few months.   Dave Smith approached Walt back in 1970 and asked, do you have an archivist, a librarian.   A job wa... »

D23 is Celebrating 10 Years of Magic

I am a member of D23. In fact, I am a Charter Member. Yeah baby! Look at me being all one of the first! Membership plans range from individual to family. »

Before Slug Bug…

There was the Love Bug. 50 years ago Herbie accelerated to stardom and sequels. Now how many "50 years ago" articles have I typed? Think about it, 50 years ago Herbie, PotC, Mary Poppins, et al. How many entertainment enterprises have that many half century celebrations!?!?!?! »

52 Years ago, Yo Ho, Yo Ho…

March 18th, fifty two years ago, what arguably may be the most iconic attraction, opened at Disneyland Resort. Pirates of the Caribbean was the last ride Walt worked on directly, passing away before its completion. »


When Walt was designing the park, he insisted on a castle to be the icon. Did you know, the top part of the castle is on backwards? »

Mickey’s ToonTown

Many years ago, a unique collaboration brought about another live action combined with animation movie that resonated with moviegoers everywhere. Unlike Mary Poppins, this release as based on the combination, like the old Alice shorts. The movie brought together animated stars from all walks of production. The collaboration and agreement between all the copy righted parties was unheard of, and ... »

The Lost Land

Did you ever hear the one about Holidayland? After the initial build, Walt asked around what people might be interested in. »

Critter Country

You have lands that have come (New Orleans Square) and lands that have gone (Holiday Land), but lands whose name has changed? Critter Country started as the Indian Village. The attractions were Native Americans performs dances and rituals that were culturally significant to their lives. This tied into Walt's personal love of how this country has grown over the years. Over time, people grew more in... »