Category Archives: Photography

Walt Disney Elementary in Marceline, MO

Below is a 1959 newspaper clipping of Walt Disney in front of a rendering of the Walt Disney Elementary School in his boyhood hometown of Marceline, Missouri, and below that is a photo I took of the still-operating school as it appears today.

Walt Disney points to elementary school named in his honor in Marceline, MO
Walt Disney points to elementary school named in his honor in Marceline, MO
Walt Disney Elementary School in Marceline, Missouri
Walt Disney Elementary School in Marceline, Missouri

A peek inside Walt Disney Elementary, Marceline, MO

Walt Disney Elementary School, Marceline, MO
Walt Disney Elementary School, Marceline, MO

Here’s a special peek inside the Walt Disney Elementary School in Marceline, Missouri, the city where Walt Disney began his childhood education.

When the city decided to name their elementary school Walt Disney Elementary, Walt was so touched, he attended the dedication, and brought gifts. He presented the school with a 55 foot flagpole from the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics for which he was “Chairman of Pageantry.” He also gave them an entire set of encyclopedias, and a specially designed playground.

Walt also had artist Bob Moore decorate the school with special artwork. The paintings you see here are in the school’s gymnasium.

What a treat it was to have the opportunity to visit inside this historic Disney location! Thanks, to Kaye and the city of Marceline!

Christmas in the Carousel of Progress at Disney World

Carousel of Progress - Christmas scene in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World
Carousel of Progress – Christmas scene in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

I took this photo of the Christmas scene in the #CarouselOfProgress attraction at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Although it’s in the show year-round, I thought it was appropriate to post for this time of year. I’ve loved the Carousel of Progress since I used to see it in Disneyland back in the 1970s! I vividly remember the sad day that I went to see it and was told the attraction was closed forever. While the show was moved to Florida and is quite a bit different than the one I used to see, I still can’t believe I am able to bring my own boys to see it, with the rotating theater and the classic Sherman Brothers song, “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.” I posted this picture and lots more on my Instagram, come join me there  https://www.instagram.com/mouse_clubhouse/

World of Motion picture for Epcot anniversary

World of Motion attraction at EPCOT Center
World of Motion attraction at EPCOT Center

For the 35th anniversary of Epcot today, which also happens to be the 46th anniversary of Walt Disney World, here’s a photo I took of one of the original opening day Epcot (or as it was then called EPCOT Center) attractions. This photo is from World of Motion and depicts the scene when sore-footed cave people decide it’s time to invent the wheel. Also, here’s some photos of Disney World under construction http://blog.mouseclubhouse.com/more-1960s-walt-disney-world-construction-pics/

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dream Lights

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dream Lights "it's a small world" finale
Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dream Lights “it’s a small world” finale

I’v’e waited many years to see the Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Dream Lights parade, and I finally got the chance to experience it last night. It not only lived up to my expectations, it far exceeded it!

With an updated version of the popular Electrical Parade them, “Baroque Hoedown,” the floats were grand and beautiful, and had so many effects! The “it’s a small world” finale was completely color as in the photo and then went to all white. The Genie from “Aladdin” was his traditional blue and then suddenly wearing a Donald Duck Suit, and then a Mr. Incredible outfit and he kept changing. This isn’t video but crafted out of the “millions of sparkling lights.”

I will post more photos of this extraordinary parade in the future along with other photos from Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, and other Japanese Disney experiences.