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Walt Disney World’s 40th: We Built this City on Cold Coors Beer

Walt Disney World’s 40th: We Built this City on Cold Coors Beer

| October 11, 2011 | Reply

At this summer’s Disney D23 Expo, Marty Sklar, retired Executive Vice President and Ambassador for Walt Disney Imagineering, hosted a panel titled “Legends of Walt Disney Imagineering.”  The panel included Bob Gurr, Don Iwerks, Alice Davis, Orlando Ferrante, and current Imagineer Kim Irvine (daughter of Disney Legend Leota Toombs).  They reflected on the 40th anniversary [...]

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Walt Disney World’s Wine, Dine, Flower, Garden and Golf Festival

Walt Disney World’s Wine, Dine, Flower, Garden and Golf Festival

| October 4, 2011 | 4 Replies

Are you one of those families that are only able to come to Walt Disney World once a year, or once every few years?  Have you been forced to choose between Epcot’s popular Flower and Garden Festival in the spring and the Food and Wine Festival in the Fall?  Do you have a husband or [...]

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Video: Construction of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Video: Construction of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

| October 3, 2011 | 1 Reply

In this video, released by Disney, we get a glimpse of the hustle and bustle as Roy Disney oversees construction of Florida’s Magic Kingdom prior to 1971.  Watch a timelapse of Cinderella’s Castle built around its steel skeleton.  The Liberty Tree is brought in and finds a home in Liberty Square.  Monorail cars and steam engines are [...]

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Video: 1971 Grand Opening of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Video: 1971 Grand Opening of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

| October 1, 2011 | 1 Reply

In this video, released by Disney, Mickey Mouse leads a parade of characters down Main Street, U.S.A. to officially open Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971.  Parking lots are jammed and traffic was backed up for miles as folks headed to the new theme park.  Also included in the video is a [...]

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Video: Walt Disney Announces the “Florida Project” in 1965

Video: Walt Disney Announces the “Florida Project” in 1965

| October 1, 2011 | Reply

As Walt Disney World celebrates the Magic Kingdom’s 40th anniversary of the grand opening on October 1, 1971, Disney released this archival footage of Walt Disney announcing his future plans to the world.  Included in the video is a clip from the press conference held on November 15, 1965 in Orlando, FL with Walt Disney, Florida [...]

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Celebrity HGTV Designer Vern Yip: a Disney Dad Who “Gets It”

Celebrity HGTV Designer Vern Yip: a Disney Dad Who “Gets It”

| September 27, 2011 | 3 Replies

In 2011, Disney entered into a partnership with the cable television network HGTV.  As part of this deal, HGTV was the presenting host for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, and held a number of appearances by celebrity designers throughout the event.  The HGTV talent returns for this Fall’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival with weekend [...]

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Photos: Grand Opening Celebration for Disney’s Aulani Resort

Photos: Grand Opening Celebration for Disney’s Aulani Resort

| September 23, 2011 | Reply

Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa first opened to guests on Monday, August 29th.  However, this past week Disney invited in 100′s of reporters and media outlets to the resort for their first look.  On Thursday, September 22, Disney held a Grand Opening Spectacular Celebration for the new Hawaiian resort.  Continue after the break for Disney’s official photos. Update [...]

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