Category Archives: Magic Kingdom

Disney World Main Street construction photo

Construction of Main Street in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, photo taken by Disney Imagineer Don Gardner
Construction of Main Street in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, photo taken by Disney Imagineer Don Gardner

I’m excited to share with you the first of a number of photos I will be posting of Walt Disney World under construction! These NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN photos are by Donald M. Gardner,  who was the chief electrical engineer at MAPO, the manufacturing department at Walt Disney Imagineering.  An electrical and mechanical engineer, Don worked not only on the opening  of Walt Disney World,  but also worked on Disneyland projects and attractions such as the Walt Disney World monorail.

Interview: Orlando Ferrante (Coordinating Disney parks and classic attractions)

Disney Legend and Imagineer, Orlando Ferrante
Disney Legend and Imagineer, Orlando Ferrante

I just posted my interview with Disney Legend and Imagineer, Orlando Ferrante, who talks about his time coordinating everything from attractions to complete Disney parks, as well as Disney’s participation in the 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair, and the Disney Cruise Line. CLICK HERE for the interview

Interview: Ron Logan (His journey to head of Disney Live Entertainment)

Ron Logan at the Disney Legends ceremony
Ron Logan at the Disney Legends ceremony

I just posted my interview with Ron Logan on my Mouse Clubhouse website. In this conversation, Ron talks about his beginnings playing trumpet in the 1958 Christmas parade at Disneyland, and climbing the ladder to become the executive vice president, executive producer of Walt Disney Entertainment, responsible for all the live entertainment in the entire company.  CLICK HERE for the interview and more photos.

Interview: Gary Krueger (Disney photographer)

Classic Disneyland postcard photographed by Gary Krueger
Classic Disneyland postcard
photographed by Gary Krueger

I just posted my interview with Gary Krueger on my Mouse Clubhouse website. In this conversation, Gary talks about his times photographing Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney movie premieres and much more – and you’ll see lots of postcards of Gary’s photography!  CLICK HERE for the interview and postcards

Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

 


Ooh la la, be sure to visit the Be Our Guest restaurant in the Walt Disney World Resort for a delicious quick-service breakfast or lunch—or an unforgettable sit-down dinner.

Just step inside the Beast’s enchanted castle inside Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom for a lavish dining experience in the elegant ballroom, delicate Rose Gallery, or mysterious “West Wing.”  The magnificent space offers “great food fast” lunch service by day and full-service table dining at night. Both experiences — themed to the story of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” — feature French-inspired cuisine.

Reservations are strongly recommended, and I can help!. For your added convenience, Be Our Guest Restaurant now offers Order-Ahead Dining. Guests with breakfast or lunch reservations can pre-order their meals online—up to 30 days in advance! Please note that advance ordering is not available for Guests with dinner reservations.

Please contact me if you have any questions about this storybook experience!

Au Revoir!

The Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World
The Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

 

 

 

Rare Pirates of the Caribbean concept art

Rare Pirates of the Caribbean concept art by Disney Legend Marc Davis
Rare Pirates of the Caribbean concept art by Disney Legend Marc Davis

Yo ho everybody! I thought you’d enjoy this rare concept art by Marc Davis for the Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland. Marc was my favorite artist and responsible for creating so many of the classic scenes you see in attractions such as Pirates, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise and so much more. Marc started working for Disney as an animator and the first thing he animated was a scene in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” While he created characters such as Tinker Bell and Cruella De Ville, some of my favorite pieces were Marc’s characters that seemed to leap off the page – such as the various bears for the Country Bear Jamboree attraction. This Pirates artwork is a rough sketch for a scene that didn’t make it in the final attraction. I love it because it’s so rough, and different than a lot of Marc’s typically seen works, but still tells a story with humor. I’m grateful to Marc’s wife, Alice, another Disney Legend, for allowing me to scan it.

Walt Disney World opening in 1971

It was on this day in 1971 that Walt Disney World opened to the public. Learning from all the troubles they had at Disneyland’s opening day, it was decided to hold the grand opening festivities until later in the month. When WDW began, the Magic Kingdom was the sole park. There was no Epcot, no Disney’s Hollywood Studios, nor Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As for Resorts, there were no All-Star Resorts, no Grand Floridian, it was the Contemporary Resort and the Polynesian Village. Enjoy this map to explore the World as it was in 1971.  (CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW)

1971 Walt Disney World map
1971 Walt Disney World map

Holiday Season Family Time Offer at Walt Disney World Resort

wdw-2016-fall-familytime

 

I’ve got another deal for you, where you can stay 4 nights at a select Disney’s All-Star Resort with one park per day Magic Your Way base tickets for just $1,980. The All-Star Resorts are a lot of fun! I can get you this special deal if you book your vacation before October 8, 2016 for stays most nights from November 6 through December 21, 2016.

Great rates are available for other lengths of stay and party sizes, too! Contact me for details on any of these deals!

 

* Price based on 2 adults, 1 junior (10-17) and 1 child (3-9) in a standard room and a 4-day Magic Your Way Base Ticket. The number of packages available at this rate is limited. Tickets are valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions. Advance reservation required.

Interview: Don Dorsey (Electrical Parade history and more!)

Disneyland's beloved Electrical Parade
Disneyland’s beloved Electrical Parade

With the official announcement of the beloved Electrical Parade returning to Disneyland, I thought I’d post some fascinating history about it! How was a football game responsible for the parade’s closing fanfare? Whose idea was it to have the park lights dim in perfect synchronization with the parade’s musical introduction?

All this and lots more Disney entertainment history is in my interview with Don Dorsey! CLICK HERE for the interview and more photos