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Going gallery-by-gallery through the Walt Disney Family Museum: Part III
Picking up where we left off with Part II of this series : The Walt Disney Family Museum opened on October 1st in San Francisco ’s historic Presidio . The $110 million museum explores the life, family, and accomplishments of Walt Disney, the man, in an attempt to restore the “Walt” to “Walt Disney.”...
28 Oct 2009
Going gallery-by-gallery through the Walt Disney Family Museum: Part I
Walt Disney acknowledged that the name “Disney” had become a thing, a genre, an entity separate from himself. By Walt’s design, he had become was a character, a front man for a grander idea. Many of you remember seeing Mr. Disney on television pitching some amazing story about Disneyland , that latest...
14 Oct 2009
Disney Interactive’s “Split/Second” wows the crowds at this year’s E3 Expo
As I looked up at the domed ceiling, explosions filled the air, buildings came crashing down and drivers frantically tried to steer around all the flaming wreckage. As my jaw dropped open from all the craziness & carnage being projected onto the roof of the Disney Interactive booth, the rep standing...
5 Jun 2009
I've got no strings -- or clothes -- on me
As an aging baby boomer, I have to admit that I sometimes miss the way that Walt Disney Studios used to handle its animated classics. When – just like clockwork -- these much beloved movies would be re-released to theaters once every seven years. Which is why I have to admit I was a little envious of...
26 Jan 2009
Memories of Mouse Club conventions past
I didn't make to that convention that the National Fantasy Fan Club held at Walt Disney World back in October. I Gary Sohmers (far right) leads a panel discussion that looks back on the life & career of the late great Disney artist, Ralph Kent . Photo by Max Schilling I know. I should have made the...
4 Dec 2008
Do you ever wonder what became of Splendid China Florida?
What with Pleasure Island closing this weekend, I've been getting nostalgic for some of the other attractions that Central Florida lost over the years. With perhaps the most bizarre being Splendid China . I don't know how many of you ever got the chance to visit this 76-acre theme park during the 10...
23 Sep 2008
September's the very best time to sea ... er .. see SeaWorld Orlando
You hear that? All over Orlando, the people who work at your favorite theme parks are now heaving a sign of relief. The summer season -- with all its heat, crush & crowds -- is finally over. Which gives us all a bit more breathing room down here. And I mean that literally, folks. When you drop by...
16 Sep 2008
"Walt & El Grupo" looks back at Disney's Latin American adventure
Leo N. Holzer
The loss of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and the birth of Mickey Mouse in 1928. The creation and release of “ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ” in 1937. The development of Disneyland and its opening in 1955. All of these were important and challenging periods for Walt Disney and his company. But there was...
24 Apr 2008
Dazzling light show inaugurates WDS's Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
April 5th saw the official press launch of Walt Disney Studios ' Twilight Zone Tower of Terror . In a park not without its troubles, this attraction is being compared to Space Mountain in the adjacent Disneyland Park as its saviour. And judging by the scale of the ride and the crowds the park is attracting...
10 Apr 2008
How does Aquatica stack up against Central Florida's other waterparks ?
You'll have to forgive any typos that you find in this month's OFT column. You see, I've been to Aquatica 2 1/2 times over the past month. And -- to be honest -- my fingers are still kind of pruney. But after a month of soft openings, SeaWorld Orlando's waterpark has its official grand opening this past...
9 Apr 2008
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