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"Building Tall" reveals the challenges that Tishman Realty & Construction faced while building EPCOT Center
Since sinkholes are back in the news again in Central Florida , Hungry Howie was inspired to drop me a line earlier today to ask about the sinkhole that almost swallowed EPCOT Center back during the construction of that theme park: For years now, I've been hearing stories about EPCOT's sinkhole...
5 Jun 2013
Flowers & gardens & booze, oh my!
I'm really excited about this year's Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival . Normally it's just nice to get out and experience Spring as the frigid Central Florida weather starts to warm up and it is once again becomes possible to go outside after the horrifically cold 50 and 60...
13 Mar 2013
Theme Park University website now offering insights about how the themed entertainment industry actually works
The Internet is really a wondrous place. Especially if you're a young person who's considering a career in animation. If you've ever considered becoming a character designer someday, you can always swing by Tom Bancroft 's Character Mentor Studio or Stephen Silver's blog and then...
3 Mar 2013
From A(ttractions Expo) to Z(ebras on display at DAK), what's new in O-town this week?
It's been a very interesting week to be in Orlando. What with IAAPA 's Attractions Expo currently being loaded into the Orange County Convention Center . Photo by Jim Hill Out in the parking lot, all manner of sample amusement park rides are still being assembled. Photo by Jim Hill While inside...
12 Nov 2012
Magic Kingdom presents an abbreviated "Dream," Blue Man Group regroups
January used to be the start of the slow season at the stateside Disney Parks. How so? So slow that - immediately after New Year's Day -- Disneyland Park wouldn't even open on Mondays & Tuesdays. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Which -- as far as the maintenance crew...
23 Jan 2012
Updated edition of "Building a Dream" covers even more of Disney's world
Wow. Has it really been 15+ years since Beth Dunlop wrote " Building a Dream: The Art of Disney Architecture " ? Obviously Disney's world has gotten a whole lot bigger since 1996. Which is why I think it's terrific that Disney Editions recently decided to revisit Dunlop's book....
10 Jan 2012
Why WDW Cast Members aren't expecting to have a very Merry XPass in 2012
It's the joke that senior members of Mouse House management have never found to be all that funny. That it now costs so much to vacation at the WDW Resort they should probably change the name of the place to Wallet Disney World. (L to R) Larry Silverstein, president and CEO of Silverstein Properties;...
11 Dec 2011
"Walt and the Promise of Progress City" covers an awful lot of Disney-related real estate
"You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen ..." Well, if you're a Disney history buff, then you must already know about Walt's land searches of the early 1950s. As Disney tried to find just the right spot in Southern California for his family fun park . Likewise if you're...
30 Nov 2011
How the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights made its way from Arkansas to Walt Disney World
Picture this: It's late June of 1995. And the folks in charge of Disney-MGM Studios are racking their brains, trying to come up with some sort of signature holiday event for that theme park. "The Magic Kingdom had Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and Epcot had its Candlelight Processional...
27 Nov 2011
Ready to go rabbit hunting? Then let's begin the Disney World Bunny Hop
Let me guess. You're slightly bummed that you didn't get to see the Easter Bunny (as well as the lovely Mrs. Bunny) when they made their short, seasonal visit to the Magic Kingdom this past weekend. Photo by Todd Anderson. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Not to worry, though...
26 Apr 2011
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