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  • 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: Disneyland's First Tinker Bells

    With the announcement that Tinker Bell will be making a new flight path around Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland as part of "The Happiest Celebration on Earth," I thought I would dig through my files to find information about the three early Tinker Bells who created the tradition beginning with the...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: The story of Epcot's Innoventions Fountain

    "In a ceremony signifying international understanding and cooperation, representatives of the performing groups gathered around the Fountain of World Friendship in CommuniCore Plaza and added water from their own countries into the fountain." ---EYES AND EARS (a Walt Disney World cast newspaper) reporting...
  • Blog Post: Farewell to the Land

    "You've probably heard people talk about conservation. Well, conservation isn't just the business of a few people. It's a matter that concerns all of us. It's a science whose principles are written in the oldest code in the world, the laws of nature. The natural resources of our vast continent are not...
  • Blog Post: Memories of Disneyland birthdays past

    "A lot of people didn't believe in what we were doing...my brother had the worries of getting this money and fighting the bankers and things...but we ran out of money...a lot of people don't realize that we had some very serious problems here, keeping this going...getting it started...But at this time...
  • Blog Post: The Really Small World of Walt Disney

    In 1939, Walt Disney attended the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco and saw his first collection of miniatures. They were from the collection of Mrs. James Ward Thorne. Mrs. Thorne (who was married to the cofounder of Montgomery Wards) had no formal training in art or architecture...
  • Blog Post: Looking back on Burbank's Disney-MGM Backlot project

    Most Disneyana fans already know the history of the Disney-MGM Studios theme park, which first officially opened its gates for visitors back in May of 1989. How this project initially started off life as an Entertainment pavilion which was proposed for Epcot's Future World section. This Epcot addition...
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