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SILive.com talks to former Disneyland president Jack Lindquist about his early Disney career and his book, In Service to The Mouse.
Only one day after her longtime co-star Wally Boag passed away, Betty Taylor of the Golden Horseshoe Revue died. Via the Official Disney Parks Blog Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis remembers Betty Taylor.
The Official Disney Parks Blog remembers Disney Legend Wally Boag, the Clown Prince of Disneyland who starred in the Golden Horseshoe Revue at Disneyland. The article includes a tribute from actor Steve Martin who knew Wally when he worked at Disneyland. Boag passed away on Friday.
Jim writes about Wally Boag and Betty Taylor who both passed away this past weekend. He also looks back on their classic show at Disneyland, The Golden Horseshoe Revue.
The legendary pair that made the Golden Horseshoe at Disneyland famous passed away within one day of each other as Wally Boag died at the age of 90 on Friday and his co-star Betty Taylor passed away Saturday at 91. D23 remembers them both.
The Official Disney Parks blog has a flashback to the 80s as Walt Disney Imagineering's Tom Fitzgerald recalls how the original Star Tours began.
Chuck Schmidt at SILive.com reports on a recent "conversation and dinner" event in Orlando with Disney Legend Imagineer Marty Sklar. Among the tidbits he learned were how close Disney came to getting Harry Potter and an interesting story regarding pitching Space Mountain to RCA.
AOL Travel has culled the depths of YouTube to come up with 5 great Disneyland commercials going all the way back to the 60s (actually a Pepsi commercial but it's completely set in Disneyland). Also included are a 1977 commercial for Space Mountain, 1979 for Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain in the 80s and California Sun - also in the 80s. Here's my favorite of the five:
It may look peacful and fun. But the only way up .... is a long way down!
The Official Disney Parks Blog reports former Disneyland President and Disney Legend Jack Lindquist will be signing his book "In Service to the Mouse: My Unexpected Journey to Becoming Disneyland's First President" on Sunday, May 1st at the Disney Gallery.
The following was posted on our Discussion Boards by Dr Hans Reinhardt...
I found an exceptional phtostream of old Disneyland photos on Flickr today that show rare views of the park in its early years. Be sure to check out the pic of the Mickey Mouse Club Circus and the Viewliner brid
The photos go all the way back to the 50s and really are awesome. They show how some things haven't changed hardly at all and somethings are completely unrecognizable. Below is one of my favorites. It was taken sometime in the 50s but the same picture could be taken today and not be all that different.
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The Orange County Register's Around Disney blog tells the store of Sam Towler who has construcuted a model of the Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland - an attraction that closed well before his birth. The article includes a video of the model in action.
Noted Disney Historian Paul F. Anderson presents another peice of the puzzle in his Dixieland at Disneyland essays, a 1960 newspaper clipping advertising the first ever jazz music extravaganza at Disneyland.
AOL Travel takes a look at five Disneyland rides of Yesterland and presents a YouTube video of each to trigger those memories. If it were up to you, which of the five would you like to see returned to Disneyland?
On the occassion of National Pancake Day today at IHOP Jim Hill looks back on one of Disneyland's stranger promotions in its history - Aunt Jemima's Pancake Races.
Disney historian Jim Korkis talks answers the question "What's Walt pointing at?" by talking to the sculptor of he partners statue Blaine Gibson.
Jim Hill reviews "In Service to the Mouse", a new book by former Disneyland President Jack Lindquist which Jim says gives you "Disneyland's real history".
Recently posted on the Disney Parks You Tube channel...
The footage you are about to see is bittersweet. It shows one of the last times Walt was on film enjoying his park. The day was 44 years ago, July 24, 1966 (Walt died later that year). Walt and New Orleans Mayor Victor Schiro officially opened New Orleans Square. It was the first time since opening day in 1955 that a new land had opened. It was also the only area at the park named after a real city. Guests enjoyed shopping, dining and music, and Pirates of the Caribbean opened the following year.
This September 18th 2010, Ape Pen Publishing and the 1313 Club will host an evening celebrating the incredible mechanical history of theme park animatronics and other mechanical magic. The event will spotlight attractions, characters and memorable devices created by WED Imagineering and later used at theme parks around the world. Using rare images, video, authentic props and animatronics, we’ll journey through the story of this fascinating technology that changed the world of themed entertainment.
Disneyland celebrates its 55th birthday Saturday, July 17th. Here's a look back at some of our coverage of Disneyland's last 2 milestones birthdays:
- 05-05-05 50th Kickoff
- July 17, 2005 50th Birthday
- 45th Birthday Kickoff
- July 17, 2000 45th Birthday
- Magical Memories - Disney personalities and LP Readers share their favorite Disneyland memories.
Filmmaker Ryan Ritchey is working on a on a documentary on the 1964-65 World's Fair in New York City. As many Disney fans know, Disney played a large role in the fair, so they've been getting some great stories from imagineers for the movie. Luckily for us they've started posting some excerpts on their website. The first two are from legendary imagineers Rolly Crump and Bob Gurr (of course LP readers know Bob Gurr from his Designer Times columns on our site). Expect more soon from these and future interviews.
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