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The Daily Mail writes about a new book "Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State". The book alleges Disney worked with former CIA agents and lawyers to engineer statutory grounds which still allow Disney World avoid taxation and environmental regulation. The special legal situation is not only unconstitutional, it is claimed, but allows the company to avoid any inconvenient decisions democratically taken at the local level.
The always informative Disney and More blog has published several rare pictures of the 1965 press conference announcing Walt Disney World to the world with Walt Disney, Roy Disney and Florida governer Haydon Burns. Also included is a complete 18+ minute video of the press conference.
Jim Hill takes a fun look back at the old Central Florida attraction Circus World and how its promises pushed Walt Disney World too expand very quickly.
ImagineeringDisney.com goes on a detective mission to uncover everything they can about an unbuilt attraction in Epcot's Germany Pavilion - The Rhine River Cruise.
The Official Disney Parks Blog takes a fun look at some of the past (and unique) Christmas trees of Walt Disney World's past.
Jim Hill takes an interesting look back at Walt Disney World's first Thanksgiving weekend in 1971 when the success of the six-week-old resort was not a given.
Jim Hills tells the very interesting story of the wave machine installed in the Seven Seas Lagoon when Disney World opened. Did it work and for how long? Why was it removed? The answers may surprise you.
StudiosCentral.com digs up five classic commercials for Disney-MGM Studios. A fun look back.
Disney Parks presents via YouTube some early Magic Kingdom construction videos. Very fun stuff!
The Tampa Bay Times talks to Charles Ridgway, legendary Walt Disney World publicist, about the early days developing Walt Disney World.
David Brady at the Official Disney Parks Blog presents an interesting look back at the development of the original Walt Disney World hotels, the Polynesian and the Contemporary.
Via their Disney Parks YouTube page Disney presents a look back at press conference in 1965 announcing Walt Disney World would be coming to Florida. At more than 5 minutes long it's a very interesting look back.
(posted by Doobie) The Official Disney Parks blog looks back to Walt Disney World's 25th anniversary. My first trip to Walt Disney World was in May 1997 and this was the castle I saw:
As the Blog puts it ... " the transformation of Cinderella Castle is one memory no one is soon to forget."
The D23 website continues their series interviewing celebrities who appear in Disney World attractions. Today it's Kathy Naijimy who played Dr. Femus in ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter.
Jim Hill at JimHillMedia.com discusses the Buena Vista Land Company and, in the process, traces the history of Disney's efforts to actually build residences on Walt Disney World property.
With the immenent opening of Disney Aulani resort in Hawaii, DisneyByMark.com has decided to re-visit Disney's first Hawaiian destination, the Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World, with photos of the 20 page welcome booklet from 1994.
SILive.com has an extensive look at some of the Walt Disney World attractions designed (to some extent) but never built including
The Official Disney Parks Blog continues their series showing vintage Disney park construction shots. The latest features Disney's Hollywood Studios (then Disney-MGM Studios). Here's a close-up of Tower of Terror construction.
The Official Disney Parks Blog put up a great post featuring a couple of aerial pitures of Typhoon of Typhoon Lagoon under construction.
Oh, to have access to the Disney Parks photo archives. Happily, the Disney Parks Blog does and today, with the Indy 500 coming up this weekend, they have Chip and Dale each riding their own Herbie car at the Magic Kingdom in 1971.
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