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Riding in the Cab with Walt: Michael Broggie remembers
June 18, 2005 was a Disneyland milestone. It was the 50th anniversary of the "steam-up" of the first Disneyland train. To commemorate the occasion, Disneyland invited miniaturist Robert Olszewski for a signing of his newest sculpture, "The Main Street Train Station." The event packed the Main Street...
20 Jun 2005
Mouse FACTory 5.0
June 6th June 6, 1959 -- Disneyland's "Submarine Voyage" Attraction opens in Tomorrowland: On July 23, 1958, the USS. Nautilus (SSN-571) left sunny Pearl Harbor. She was embarking on the completely misnamed "Operation Sunshine." Misnamed because Nautilus was going to be the first ship to reach the geographic...
5 Jun 2005
Mouse FACTory 4.0
May 30th May 30, 2003 -- "Finding Nemo" is released to theaters : If you're wondering why Bob Iger has been knocking on Pixar's door with flowers & candy, then take another look at "Finding Nemo" 's grosses. "Finding Nemo" made $70 million in its first weekend. This Andrew Stanton film then went...
29 May 2005
The three keys to appreciating Disney's "Three Little Pigs"
It's been called the most popular cartoon in history. But -- to be honest -- when Disney's "Three Little Pigs" premiered at Radio City Music Hall on May 27, 1933, in New York, the initial reponse to this animated short was somewhat underwhelming. I'm told that the 36th "Silly Symphony" really didn't...
25 May 2005
Introducing ... Dale Ward's Mouse FACTory
Hello and welcome to what I hope will be the first of many "Mouse FACTory" reports. The following is a look back at this week in Disney history. It's not surprising that spring is a busy time for a major entertainment corporation like the Walt Disney Company. After a long, hard winter, the country is...
20 Apr 2005
Travel Mascots: Part Deux
Why would anyone want to take a travel mascot on vacation? The answers are as varied as the mascots themselves. Here's a few stories: A small group of friends traveling in Europe found a plastic spaceman in some prepackaged food they bought; the spaceman was included in the photos for the rest of the...
11 Apr 2005
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