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  • Blog Post: Wednesday with Wade: More "Making Fun of the Mouse"

    Last week, Jim Hill did a three part article on animated cartoons that made fun of Disney.And thorough as Mr. Hill tried to be with his “Making Fun of the Mouse” series, Jim still managed to miss a few great stories, which I’d like to share with you now. Let’s start where Jim...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays With Wade: Remembering Disney's "True-Life Adventure" series

    Last week, even though it was National Wildlife Week , I got a little sidetracked. So I hope you won’t mind if I continue the spirit of that week with this week’s column. Especially since Roy E. Disney has just finished recording some introductions for a future DVD release of a long anticipated Disney...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: Further thoughts on "Song of the South"

    “It wasn’t yesterday nor the day before. But it was a long time ago. Back when the critters, they were closer to the folks and the folks, they was closer to the critters. And -- if you’ll excuse me for saying so -- it was better all around.” -- Uncle Remus, “Song of the South” National Wildlife Week...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: Disney goes postal

    To celebrate "Disney Romance," the United States Post Office is releasing a set of four thirty-nine cent stamps featuring Disney couples Mickey & Minnie, Beauty & the Beast, Cinderella & Prince Charming and Lady & the Tramp. It is the third in the "Art of Disney" series...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: Funny Little Bunnies

    If Disney really knew what to do with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit , they would have planned this Easter to have all the Disney rabbits from Thumper to the White Rabbit to Roger Rabbit to all the others welcoming Oswald back to the Disney rabbit family. They might even have had Oswald reveal all the "easter...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: A not-so-beautiful tomorrow for the Carousel of Progress

    I was recently solicited by two charming young college girls. No, it's not want you think. These two lovely young ladies had contacted me -- along with several other prominent Disney historians like Dave Smith , Jim Korkis and Paul Anderson -- with the hope that we'd then sign their save the...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: A fond look back at Disney Studios circa 1938

    When one looks at how slickly the Walt Disney Company now promotes its motion pictures and TV shows ... Well, it really makes me miss the 1930s. Back when Disney Studios was still such a mom-and-pop operation that there was no publicity person there to carefully sculpt Walt's words for him. Mind you...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: Do Disneyland's roots really lie in the Chicago Railroad Fair?

    The Chicago Railroad Fair was an event organized to celebrate and commemorate a hundred years of railroad history west of Chicago. It was held in Chicago, Illinois (the birthplace of Walt Disney) in 1948 and 1949 with Lake Michigan as a backdrop for all the activities. It is often referred to as "the...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: Disneyland Fun Facts circa 1957

    Anyone who has seen a Disney press event kit from the last two decades or so knows that one of the things usually slipped into the packet is a "fun facts" sheet. So that journalists can grab an interesting but quick information bite to include in their article or broadcast. These "fun facts" even pop...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: Lillian Disney, the woman behind the man

    Since March is " Women's History Month ," I thought I would use this column to spotlight the woman behind the legend, Lillian Disney . Lillian Disney, the widow of legendary animator and filmmaker Walt Disney, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday December 16th 1997. Lillian passed away at her home...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: Save Oswald

    Like many other Disney fans, I am excited that the Walt Disney Company has reacquired the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit . However, my joy is dampened somewhat by the fact that the Disney Company will probably never release a DVD with all the Disney Oswald cartoons. Starting a petition won't help...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: Oswald Comes Home

    "When Bob (Disney president and CEO Robert Iger) was named CEO, he told me he wanted to bring Oswald back to Disney, and I appreciate that he is a man of his word," Walt Disney's daughter Diane Disney Miller said in a statement March 9th . "Having Oswald around again is going to be a lot of fun." Disney...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: Comic art auction no laughing matter

    It always amazes me how many key Disney historical artifacts are in the hands of private collectors. Perhaps it is for the best because Disney doesn't always treasure its history. I know of too many horror stories of Disney history being shredded or tossed in the dumpster simply because storage space...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: Finding Epcot

    "One of Epcot Center 's most ambitious projects is The Living Seas , the pavilion dedicated to man's relationship with the sea. The building itself, which conveys the organic feel of a huge shell, a monstrous wave, a palisade, sets the tone for the spectacle inside." Richard Beard, "Walt Disney's Epcot...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: Farewell to Body Wars

    With the closing of the "Wonders of Life" Pavilion, it is also means farewell to an attraction entitled "Body Wars." While I still dearly miss many of the attractions that have closed over the years from the "Submarine Voyage" to "Horizons," I won't miss "Body Wars." I haven't ridden it for years and...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: Another Walt-based urban myth

    This year will mark forty years since Walt Disney passed away. Walt was very, very human. He never graduated high school, chain smoked, had a terrible temper, constantly struggled with his finances and had many other qualities that would be considered typical human flaws. Yet, as the decades have slipped...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: Ward Kimball -- The First Escapader?

    What kind of man reads "Playboy"? Obviously a much different fellow than the one in the Fifties and Sixties where that was a catch phrase for Hugh Hefner's magazine. The answer, of course, was someone who lived the "Playboy Philosophy" as parodied in a fairly recent episode of "The Simpsons" where Bart...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: Walt's People, Volume II

    Christmas has come and gone and I am thankful that Santa didn't leave me a lump of coal. He did leave me some extra pounds thanks to the season of eggnog, fruitcake and other holiday treats. Actually, I thought I had been pretty good this year and it would have been nice to find a real-life, full sized...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: Christmas at Disneyland

    I don't know if the Christmas season seemed to have come too quickly this year or if having Christmas on Sunday seems a little out of the ordinary but I am not quite ready to let the Christmas season pass before the New Year without at least one more column devoted to Disneyland and Christmas. Back when...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: Walt's Christmas Story

    During the holiday season, there are many wonderful Disney related Christmas stories. I thought about writing about my favorite Disney Christmas cartoons or live-action movies or the history of the Candlelight Processional or the Osborne Festival of Lights. Then it occured to me that one of my favorite...
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