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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...

Friday, February 16, 2018

Walt Disney's Final Days

By Keith Mahne




Although Walt Disney's health was deteriorating rapidly in the final months of 1966, he continued to drive himself right up to the very end. Walt had so many wonderful things planned at this point in his life but his main focus was the Florida Project and especially his City of EPCOT. As you are about to see, Roy O. Disney, Walt's brother, described him staring at his Saint Joseph Hospital room ceiling and pointing out his plans for his futuristic community of tomorrow as though a detailed map had been drawn there. This wasn't the only thing that took place during Walt's last days. In this heartfelt clip featuring his closest friends, family, collaborators, and experts, we'll get a firsthand account of the final days of Walt Disney...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

An Evening at Walt Disney World (1970s)

By Keith Mahne




Everyone needs to escape from the real world and revisit the past from time to time. What better place to escape to than an evening at Walt Disney World in the 1970s? Thanks to the old souvenir film you are about to see, we will do just that. Join us today as we visit Walt Disney World by starlight in the early days of the "Vacation Kingdom of the World"...

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Mouseketeers at Walt Disney World (1977)

By Keith Mahne




Mouseketeers at Walt Disney World is a television show that originally aired on the Disney Channel on November 20, 1977. The kids from the new Mickey Mouse Club head for Florida to do a show. They set up camp at Fort Wilderness, and visit the new River Country. Because of several misadventures, their chaperone has a difficult time keeping them all friends. Cheesy songs and acting aside, this 1977 television special offers us a wonderful trip back to an early Walt Disney World in its original glory...

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Making of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (1994 TV Special)

By Keith Mahne




The Making of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is a 1994 TV Special celebrating the opening of Walt Disney World's new Tower of Terror attraction. Kirk Cameron is our guide through the making of this Imagineering marvel. With interviews by then-CEO Michael Eisner, the late Marty Sklar, and other Imagineers responsible for this classic Disney attraction, we'll get a behind-the-scenes look at how it was created, designed and built. Join us today and travel back to Disney-MGM Studios circa 1994—but watch your step because this video takes you directly to...the Twilight Zone...

Friday, January 19, 2018

Watching a Disneyland Parade in the 1960s

By Keith Mahne




If you ever felt like you just wanted to board a time machine and visit Disneyland in its early years when Walt Disney was still leading a parade down Main Street then you are going to love today's new article. Join us as we watch some vintage home video footage of Disneyland in the 1960s...

Monday, January 15, 2018

Disneyland Magical Audio Tour - Chapter 6: Adventureland

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 sixth stop on this nostalgic audio tour of Disneyland's yesteryear as we enter the exotic and mysterious regions of the world in Walt Disney's Adventureland...

Friday, January 5, 2018

12 Priceless Moments from the Walt Disney Archives Audio Collections

By Keith Mahne




You are about to hear some priceless moments from the Walt Disney Archives Audio Collection which will create the ultimate auditory stroll down memory lane. Join us today and hear things like Walt Disney speaking on a visit to his boyhood home, classic Donald Duck radio commercials from the 1950s, and rarely heard sound tracks from the openings of the Disney Parks' most popular attractions...

Monday, January 1, 2018

Historic 1967 Disneyland Audio Recording of Roy O. Disney

By Keith Mahne




You are about to hear an extremely rare and historic Disneyland audio recording — the only known master recording known to exist of the tribute dinner for Col. Vesey Walker, Disneyland's original band leader, from 1967. This historic audio features nearly 48 minutes of tributes and honors for this one-of-a-kind "Disney Legend" including from Roy O. Disney, with possibly his most extended remarks ever recorded on the significance of Disneyland. Join us today and hear this remarkable, 1967 Disneyland audio recording for yourself...