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”...

Monday, February 19, 2018

Marty Sklar on Walt Disney and EPCOT

By Keith Mahne

The late, great Marty Sklar stood as a dedicated torchbearer of Walt Disney’s philosophy since first joining the Company a month before Disneyland opened in 1955. Anyone remotely interested in the history and developments of Disney's Imagineering will thoroughly enjoy this 2004 interview Marty gave on his personal reflections on a number of interesting topics, such as Walt, Tomorrowland, and Epcot. Additionally, the interview includes a number of wonderful archive film clips of Walt, the 1964 New York World's Fair, Imagineers in action, and the Disney parks. This one you won't want to miss...

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Ray Bradbury's Heartfelt Memories of Walt Disney

By Keith Mahne

Ray Bradbury, who met and became friends with Walt Disney in the 1960s, shared a lot in common with Walt, including a strong interest in progress and in the future. Both men also made contributions to the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, with Bradbury writing an 18-minute script recounting the history of America for the U.S. pavilion, and Walt Disney creating “it’s a small world,” “Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln,” Ford’s Magic Skyway, and Progressland attractions. Years later, when The Walt Disney Company pulled together plans to build Epcot, Bradbury was hired to help develop the storyline and script for an attraction that focused on the history of communication. This attraction later became Spaceship Earth. In a 2004 interview for the Walt Disney Treasures DVD titled Walt Disney's Tomorrowland, Bradbury discusses a variety of topics, including how he met Walt, his friendship with him and Walt's fascination with the future and space. Also included throughout the interview are several video segments of vintage Disneyland footage that you will love. Join us today as we watch Ray Bradbury share his heartfelt memories of Walt...