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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Disney Builds the Clean, Green World of Tomorrow (1971)

By Keith Mahne



In 1971, shortly before Walt Disney World was about to open its gates to the world, Popular Mechanics, the classic magazine of popular science and technology, gave readers a behind-the-scenes look at the ingenious systems Disney built into the Florida Project. Join us today as we examine that very 1971 Popular Mechanics article and learn more about Disney's monorail, utilidor, trash removal system, modular construction, central energy plant and more to get a really wonderful look at the tools that keep the magic churning...

Friday, June 8, 2018

The Creation of EPCOT Center's World of Motion (Video)

By Keith Mahne




Before there was Test Track, there use to be a wonderful attraction presented by General Motors that invited you to travel the open road - to discover that when it comes to transportation, it's always fun to be free! That wondrous dark ride was called World of Motion. It was a road trip through the evolution of transportation. The attraction opened in October 1982 with the rest of EPCOT Center and closed in January 1996 to make way for Test Track. In this promotional video from General Motors from the early 1980s titled "General Motors Presents: The Reality of Dreams" we'll take a firsthand look at the creation of one of EPCOT Center's original attractions, World of Motion...

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Disneyland Magical Audio Tour - Chapter 7: New Orleans Square

By Chris Lyndon




It's time to continue our series of articles here on Disney Avenue celebrating the magical sounds of Disneyland. Join us today for our seventh stop on this nostalgic audio tour of Disneyland's yesteryear as we enter the "Paris of the American Frontier," New Orleans Square...

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Backstage Disney: The American Adventure (Video)

By Keith Mahne




Join the Imagineers on a behind the scenes look at what it took to bring to life the largest animatronic show of all time, The American Adventure. Let's peek behind the curtain as we watch this 1987 Disney Channel special hosted by Lloyd Bridges called Backstage Disney: The American Adventure and take an inside look at the creation of this classic EPCOT Center attraction...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Designing Disneyland the Marc Davis Way

By Keith Mahne




Marc Davis, one of Walt Disney’s “nine old men,” was involved creatively in most facets of the Disney story during his amazing 43 year career with the Studio. A recipient of the Disney Legend Award, he began in animation on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, continued in animated films into the early ’60s, and was a Directing Animator on most of the classic cartoon features we have all grown to love. In 1961, Walt Disney asked Marc to join his Imagineering team to lend his considerable designing experience to the expansion of a still youthful Disneyland. The "E" Ticket magazine had the privilege of spending a fascinating afternoon with both Marc and his wife Alice Davis (who is an accomplished Disney veteran in her own right) back in 1989. Let's take a look at that incredible interview where Marc shared his many personal memories and details from the golden era of Disney...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

RARE EPCOT Center WorldKey Information System Documentary (1984)

By Keith Mahne




This rare documentary from 1984 tells us all about EPCOT Center's WorldKey Information System which was one of the new and most user friendly technologies developed for the one-of-a-kind Disney theme park. In conjunction with the Bell System (later renamed AT&T), guests could walk into a large but friendly space and find several kiosks enabling them to make reservations for restaurants at the Walt Disney World property. Under the shadows of Spaceship Earth, this could be done by touching the screen and following the prompts. Should that fail or should a guest need specialized assistance, a Guest Services host would appear and provide further help. Join us today as we watch the rare 1984 documentary on EPCOT Center's WorldKey Information System...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Walt Disney World 25th Anniversary Good Morning America Special (1996)

By Keith Mahne




Celebrate Walt Disney World's 25th Anniversary all over again with this Good Morning America Special from 1996. It's filled with a ton of behind the scenes footage, Imagineering interviews, views of the Parks and Resorts in the 90s, a Michael Eisner interview, and several shots of that pink Cinderella Castle many fans would like to forget. Join us today as we travel back to Walt Disney World on October 1, 1996 and “Remember the Magic”...