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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Happy Birthday, Alice Davis!

Today we’re wishing the happiest of birthdays to Alice Davis! Ms. Davis contributed her considerable talents to many of DISNEYLAND’s most beloved attractions, including it’s a small world, which has entertained hundreds of millions of children of all ages.

Her hard work, in conjunction with artist Mary Blair and Harriet Burns, brought to life the beloved attraction in record time- an attraction that continues to be loved by children who might never know her name. If that had been the only attraction she worked on, her legacy would be assured. Ms. Davis also worked on the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Happy 91st birthday, Alice- and thank you for creating countless magical memories- for me and the world.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Mickey Mouse Goes Home

Where is Mickey Mouse standing? He’s gone home to the birthplace of his father- 1249 Tripp Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. This is the house where Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901.

Friday, March 13, 2020

DISNEYLAND is 65: The Beginning

While the idea that would eventually become DISNEYLAND had been bouncing around in Walt Disney’s mind for several years, the company that would eventually build and operate the park wouldn’t officially come to life until 1951.

DISNEYLAND, Inc. would be incorporated in 1951and wasn’t part of Walt Disney Productions. Roy Disney and the Walt Disney Productions board of directors were against what they determined to be a wreckless endeavor that would doubtless take the company down. While Walt’s earlier idea of a “Mickey Mouse Park” was deemed to be palatable to those involved, when it grew into a massive full scale theme park unlike any ever seen, it became a non-starter at Walt Disney Productions.

Undeterred, Walt Disney pushed forward and setup DISNEYLAND, Inc as a separate company to continue pursuing his idea of building a theme park. This angered the board of directors at Walt Disney Productions who insisted that they owned the Walt Disney name and insisted that Roy send his brother a cease and desist letter about this so-called ‘DISNEYLAND’. When Roy pursued this possible roadblock for the future Magic Kingdom, he stumbled upon a surprising bit of news. Walt Disney Productions, the company, had never actually signed an agreement with Walt Disney, the man, to use his name. So the company had no legal recourse to stop Mr. Disney. But Mr. Disney had legal recourse to stop the company from using his name.

So Roy Disney had to figure out a way to lock down his brother’s name for the company and the way he did it was to give his brother what he wanted most of all- a Magic Kingdom.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Guest Star Day: Candleshoe

In the 1970’s, Walt Disney Productions received the reputation of being the studio where stars who were on the way up or on the way down could find employment. In the case of Candleshoe, stars in both stages were featured.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Fun With Music: Carousel of Progress

There's a great, big, beautiful tomorrow
Shining at the end of every day
There's a great, big, beautiful tomorrow
And tomorrow's just a dream away

Man has a dream and that's the start
He follows his dream with mind and heart
And when it becomes a reality
It's a dream come true for you and me

So there's a great, big, beautiful tomorrow
Shining at the end of every day
There's a great, big, beautiful tomorrow
Just a dream away!