Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
- FoxxFur has updated her quest for coffee at Walt Disney World over at our sister blog.
- Rob at Cels and Setups details the process he uses for restoring some of the cels he has been fortunate enough to purchase. He even talks a little about the Art Corner at Disneyland.
- Don at Magical Hotel has posted some early Disneyland monorail material. You do need to scroll past the blog entry to see the scans and pictures.
- Richard from Photos From the Parks details some great billboards for us!
- Daveland has some nice POTC Disneyland details at his Pirates blog.
- Matterhorn at Stuff From the Parks spends another day at the Ink And Paint Department.
- Jim at Tulgey Wood shares a scan from the Disneyland AP newsletter about the new Pixar Play Parade.
- Disneyana World finishes the tour of the pop culture museum--and shares a strange Castle Coaster game.
- Daveland has posted scans of the Devlin Family collection. He starts us out with Tomorrowland construction shots from 1959. Dave also has a great post about the Frontierland Railroad station and its connection for Grizzly Flats.
- Michael Sporn talks about one of his favorite animation books, The Art of Animation.
- Jedblau at Vintage Disneyland Goodies shares a 1958 map to help you find your way home!
- Jeff Pepper from 2719 Hyperion details the Official Toontown Seal (cracks me up everytime I type that!).
- Carrie and Sam from Haunted Mansion Collectibles finish up their 24 hours with Legendary Imagineers. Wow...
- Andy at the Backside of Water muscles in with another detail shot.
- Progessland from Disneyland Nomenclature has a great post with some Disneyland newspaper ads.
- The Doombuggies.com official blog points us to an older Disneyland Nomenclature post about the origins of the building for Anaheim's Haunted Mansion.
- Chris at the OC History Roundup shares more information about the Wizard of Bras--including a picture of the Wizard(ess).
- Jack Spence from The World According to Jack has another great round of early 1970 WDW pictures. Thanks, Jack!
- Ed from The Blog Wore Tennis Shoes posts some vintage Magic Kingdom shots from 1972. I love these types of photos. Ed posts another round of Cinderella Castle shots and a few others, this time!
- Alain at Disney and More has a post with concept art and models of Disney's America.
- John Frost from the Disney Blog links to a great 1967 home video of Disneyland. John also shares a page from a gift catalog that will be on everyone's Christmas/Birthday list this year!
- Kevin Kidney has some great scans of a few pencil sketches of the Chemitron.
- Lou Mongello blogs live from WDW over at Louminations! (Where did he get that idea?)
- Ryan at the Main St. Gazette talks about Disney's Animal Kingdom's top 10 animal program achievements.
- Michael Barrier digs a little deeper into Walt's Kansas City days with a post about Rudy Ising.
- Major Pepperidge shares some photos from the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair.
- Rob at Animation Backgrounds shares two images from the Three Caballeros. I love the that you can still see the book pages in the first shot.
- Are you a Disney Code Monkey? Head Grump, Ray over at Grumpy's Hollow talks about two podcasts that help him through his daily code.
- Cory from Boing Boing points us to a Flickr set featuring United Steel concept art for future living. Don't forget that they constructed the Contemporary and the Polynesian.
- Greg from the Disney Obsession Complex shares about Disney Legend Carl Barks. If you know anything about comics, you know Carl Barks!
Neener, neener, neener....
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The one we couldn't figure out was the red "K" inside of the hexagon.
I flipped though my Walt Disney's EPCOT Center book and it didn't lead me anywhere. There are a few corporations that have sponsored attractions that aren't displayed in the photo: General Electric, Exxon, General Motors, Kraft and Sperry. Kraft makes sense except that they used the traditional Kraft logo (spelled out) in the early 1980's. We even wondered if it was a logo for one of the private companies that helped to sponsor pavilions in World Showcase? Any thoughts? (And it isn't Circle K!)
Brian runs WDW in Postcards--a truly amazing site that details the history of Walt Disney World through postcards. He also produces the Mousin' It Up podcast and writes for Allears.
You can see the original photo on Big Brian's Flickr page.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
It is obvious from Mickey's shelves, that he is an avid reader.
- Five Cheesy Pieces
- Ben Fur
- Little Mouse on the Prairie
- Of Men and Mice
- Portrait of the Artist as a Young Mouse
- See You Next Squeak
- Happy Poems
- A Tree Grows in Toontown
- Color My Mouse by Ginni Barr-Ruscio
- Mouse of Cards
- Pluto's Better Bones in Gardens
- A Trip to the Toon by H. Cheese Wells
- Gadgets 'N' Gizmos by J. Shull
- 2001: A Mouse Odyssey
- The Great Goofby
- Cheese and Peace
- Mice Station Zebra
- Random Mouse Dictionary Edited by A. Verity
- Moby Duck
- The Toon Almanac 1954
- Toons Along the Mohawk
- The Whole Mouse Catalogue
- Minniean's Rainbow
- Waiting For Pluto
- Mouse of Wax
- Directions in Tooning
- The Information Cheese Almanac
- Oh No, Chrono! by E. Kicken
- Great Stories, Amazing Facts
- The Mouse That Roared, A Novel by C. Bothi
- The Great Mouse Detective
- Mousetrap: Friend or Foe: 101 Ways Around a Mousetrap, A Guide by J. Crouch
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
One of the ideas proffered by the Imagineering team for the Indiana Jones attraction was inspired by the runaway mine car from the 1984 motion picture Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom...but Disneyland already had its own mine car ride with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. As stated in Disneyland: the Nickel Tour: "In fact, some of the mine car effects heard in the film are actual recordings of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in action!" (Gordon, p. 340)
In The Art of Disneyland, there is some amazing concept artwork and the following image is one of my favorites.
This was one of the major blue sky ideas for a revamp of Adventureland that would have merged the Jungle Cruise, the Disneyland Railroad, the Indiana Jones Adventure and a mine car coaster (with a loop!) into one massive attraction.
- Disneyland the Nickel Tour: A Postcard Journey Through a Half Century of the Happiest Place on Earth by Bruce Gordon
- The Art of Disneyland by Jeff Kurtti
- Halyx: For Those About to Rock...at Disneyland! (imaginerding.com)
- Book Review: The Mouse Machine: Disney and Technology (imaginerding.com)
Sunday, March 23, 2008
The Island was one of the spots that caught Walt's eyes when they were looking for property near Orlando. He would fly over Central Florida in the company jet and this island caused him to set aside the surrounding property as the first to be developed.
Jeff Kurtti's Since the World Beganhas an excellent section on the island that details the history. It was called Raz Island from 1900 to 1937 from the family that lived and farmed there. Delmar Nicholson, Florida's first disc jockey, purchased the area in the late 1930's. He lived on the island with his wife and a pet sand crane. When he fell ill, Nick sold the island to some local businessmen who used it as a hunting retreat. Disney purchased the land in 1965. (Kurtti, p. 53)
The island was named Blackbeard's Island when Walt Disney World opened. It appeared on guide maps but development of the island didn't start until 1974. At that time, 55,000 cubic yards of soil were used to build up the island's acreage. It was renamed Treasure Island and opened on April 7, 1974. It was closed from January to March 1976 for a renovation that included a snack bar and an aviary. When it re-opened on April 1976, it was finally named Discovery Island. The Island was accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association in 1978 and functioned as a breeding facility for rare birds. Discovery Island became renowned for its bird, plant and tortoise populations. (Kurtti, p. 53) The island was officially closed on April 8, 1999 after many of the conservation and breeding efforts were moved to the Animal Kingdom.
For more information, visit the Treasure Island page at Widen Your World.
I ran across an old guide map for Treasure Island at Tim Gerdes' Better Living Through Imagineering Flickr site. He was kind enough to let me use it for the article.
Sail the Seven Seas of Walt Disney World to an island filled with tropic beauty, colorful birds, and the mystery of Ben Gunn's buried treasure!
In the future, other attractions will be added to Treasure Island...inspired by the famous Robert Louis Stevenson story. Among these features will be...
- Billy Bone's Dilemma...Captain Flint's first mate falls prey to the perils of the open sea.
- The Blockhouse...Site of the battle for the treasure map. "Though fully armed...we were still out-numbered by Long John Silver's buccaneers!"
- Spy Glass Hill...A fantastic group of rocks in the heart of the island. In this primeval playground, you'll discover the secrets of this treasure isle!
- Ben Gunn's Cave...As mysterious as the strange hermit himself. Its exact location is unknown even today...but we know it's someplace on the island!
- Wreck of the Hispaniola...This seagoing vessel led by Captain Smollet, once anchored here in search of buried treasure...only to be overtaken by her mutinous crew, headed by the self-appointed captain. Long John Silver! She was later ran ashore by the brave young Jim Hawkins...never to sail again!
Friday, March 21, 2008
- Foxxfur has updated our Minute-By-Minute blog with an article about her quest for coffee. Having tasted the Disney coffee on both coasts, I'm not sure how pretty this is going to be!
- Talk about spending the day with an Imagineer! Head over to Haunted Mansion Collectibles to read about Sam and Carrie spending the day with Mr. and Mrs. X. Atencio. Part Two is here. The Amazing Part Three has been posted.
- Colin from the Disney World Blog shares his list of his top 7 Disney books...he has 4 great ones that we didn't mention on the WDW Radio Show.
- Animation Backgrounds shares some backgrounds from the Trees section of Melody Times.
- Alain from Disney and More shares concept art and Tony Baxter's presentation about Westcot. He also has a 1996 press kit featuring the Disney's California Adventure that never was.
- Over at the MouseKingdom blog, they share the new tracks for the upcoming WDW and Disneyland Official Album releases.
- Matterhorn1959 is starting a new series with vintage pictures from the Disney Studios on Hyperion. He also posts a flier from the Grizzly Flats steam up.
- Jedblau at Vintage Disneyland Goodies shares a older menu from Carnation Corner at Disneyland. He also shares an invitation from Walt to visit Disneyland.
- Jeff Pepper discusses waterfront attractions and their history in Disney animated films. Excellent article, as always!
- Major Pepperidge at Gorillas Don't Blog has a few shots of the flying saucer ride at Disneyland. When will that time machine be finished?
- Jessica from If We Can Dream It shares some hidden "Fab Fives" from the Boardwalk. She has another post documenting a detail from all of the World Showcase countries--this time it's lampposts!
- David from Vintage Disney Collectibles has a post comparing two early Disney publications. Look similar?
- DOC at the Disney Obsession Complex has been posting about the Disney Legends. You can check out the whole series he has done.
- Matt at Paleo-Future has concept artwork for SMRT-1 from wayback in the Communicore days. He also links to some of his older articles about Epcot, too!
- Cory the Raven from Voyages Extraordinaire offers an essay on the origins of the Davy Jones mythos.
- Ed from the Blog Wore Tennis Shoes points us to Geppi's Entertainment Museum. Ed has posted some shots of Disney memorabilia for us.
- Didier Ghez from Disney History has a post updating us on Jim Korkis and another post about some upcoming titles.
- Major Pepperidge from Gorillas Don't Blog has some early 1970's (?) extrior shots of the Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room. I love that place! He also has a rare picture if the Wizard of Bras!
- Daveland at his Jungle Cruise blog has some shots you don't see very often. Wade on over to see these!
- Michael Barrrier posts a photo essay about a day in the life of the Walt Disney Studios, 1930.
- Richard from Photos From the Parks has a few twilight shots of the Disney Hollywood Studios. He waxes about a few of the buildings that you'll see.
- Walt Disneyana World shares a pop culture museum...with a few Disney touches.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Plaza School of Art
Herb - He did the first rendering of Disneyland for Walt and he did design work for Sleeping Beauty Castle, New Orleans Square and the Indiana Jones Adventure. A Brush with Disney: An Artist's Journey, Told through the words and works of Herbert Dickens Ryman
John - He did the original concept and design for Space Mountain and largely responsible for the look of every Disney theme park. Author of Designing Disney: Imagineering and the Art of the Show.
Peter - He did the painting of Disneyland that Walt used on the television show, he was a matte painter for Mary Poppins and painter for WED. The Garden Within: The Art of Peter Ellenshaw.
Truly an inspiring window. Teaching the rest of the world what a theme park is supposed to look like.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Download the podcast (it's free and you can listen to it on your computer) and discover:
- Eric's favorite ride,
- Who got to Disneyland first,
- Where Jeff got left behind,
- What Lou stepped in and, of course,
- Our favorite eats!
As an extra, here was the view from the room:
Monday, March 17, 2008
In week one, Sklar and Hench cruised to victory on the collective shoulders of over 30% of our readers. In week two, X and Broggie had similar landslide wins, crushing some serious competition. This week, we will judge six Imagineers who are still pimpin' dreams for Disney.
Remember, the two winners from each of the three weekly polls will square off in a winner takes all bonanza. The final Imagineer standing will receive one complete back waxing from George as well as signed copy of Andrew's new book, Chicken Soup for the Nerd.
Here are the new recruits for this week's soiree:
- Jason Surrell
- John Lasseter
- Tony Baxter
- Wing Chao
- Tom Fitzgerald
- Bruce Vaughn
Yes, I know some of these Imagineers now hold executive positions. Official Imaginerding poll rules state in fine print (section 34B, line 16, article 4) that I can choose who I want and you can comment me into oblivion if you so choose. Please drop a little Geek Love on us and let us know who we missed!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
In the article, Michael Broggie (son of Richard Broggie) talks about Walt's first miniature railroad in his Holmby Hills backyard. Roger helped Walt build the 1/8 scale railroad and Walt ran it from 1950-1953.
Young Michael Broggie, whose father, Roger, was one of the studio staffers who helped build Walt's railroad, was among the few children outside of the Disney family to ride aboard the Carolwood Pacific.
"I vividly remember my first ride, straddling one of those train cars as it rocked back and forth," Michael recalled. "I remember entering a long tunnel, which was absolutely pitchblack. You could hear the chugging of the engine echoing off of this long tunnel. You could smell and taste the coal smoke. You could feel the vibration of the track. Walt had created a sensational experience that touched every one of your senses.
Decades later, with trains surrounding Disney Parks across the globe, Michael helped Imagineers assemble a detailed collection of Carolwood Pacific Railroad artifacts for the main gathering space of The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. When the resort opened in 2000, everything was perfect. Almost.
"The Iron Spike Room name fit the railroad theme, but I wanted to see the name truly represent the backyard railroad that played such an important role in Disney history', Michael said.
Remembering the "four Cs" Walt taught him during the early
Disneylandyears (Curiosity, Confidence, Courage and Constancy), Michael worked through the years with Imagineers to change the name to the Carolwood Pacific Room.
"It looks fantastic,” Michael said as he unveiled one of two brass signs bearing the new moniker. "This is the real deal."
--p. 21, Disney Files Magazine, Spring 2008, Vol. 17 No. 1
In 1950, prior to Disneyland Park, Walt Disney created a miniature one-eighth-scale live steam railroad at his family's Carolwood estate in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles. These are two of the original freight cars built in the Studio's Machine Shop by Roger Broggie for the Carolwood Pacific Railroad. Passengers rode on the cars traveling over 2,615 feet of track that ran through-out the five-acre property on Carolwood Drive.
Special thanks to Tim Gerdes. He was gracious enough to share these photos from his flicker account at Better Living Through Imagineering.
For more information about Walt Disney and the Disneyland Railroad, check out these two titles: Walt Disney's Railroad Story: The Small-Scale Fascination That Led to a Full-Scale Kingdom and Welcome Aboard the Disneyland Railroad!