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  • Blog Post: Ride the rails and hear some great Disney-related tales on Walt's Sierra Adventures

    Since JHM seems to be on a run of Christmas movie and holiday-related stories lately, I thought that I'd ask how many of you are fans of the 1954 version of " White Christmas ." And you may recall from a December 2002 story that ran on this website, Nancy and her sister Kathy are huge fans...
  • Blog Post: Disney's California Zephyr departs Anaheim, but not for oblivion

    Fans of the Disney California Adventure (yes, they do exist) have known for some time that the impending Buena Vista Street project would bring changes to the entrance to the theme park. As the Golden Gate Bridge makeover is well underway, the next phase of this project starts to take shape on Monday...
  • Blog Post: Original Disneyland train cars reunite at Carolwood Foundation's Combine event

    I am not nearly old enough to have attended Disneyland in the 1950s. The first time I went to the park, I was five years old. This was the 1970s. But I have long been interested in the park as it existed in those early years: how art directors and set designers used their cinematic skills to recreate...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney Family Museum celebrates Disneyland's 55th anniversary - Part I

    Wow, July 16-18 was quite a weekend for Disney fans marking the 55th anniversary of Disneyland 's opening. In addition to all of the events at the parks in Anaheim and elsewhere, there were special talks Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Walt Disney Family Museum in The Presidio of San Francisco...
  • Blog Post: Tech Thursday: Greater Moments with Mr. Lincoln

    In a world buffeted by gargantuan amounts of electronic information delivered in bits of three to 30 seconds, what could be more retro than sitting in a theater for 15 minutes and watching what is essentially a gussied up slide show and listening to a robot talk? Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer. Copyright Disney...
  • Blog Post: Disney Legend Harriet Burns: A model (maker) of a mother

    If you ask Pam Burns-Clair to describe her mother, she’ll tell you that Disney Legend Harriet Burns was not your typical 1950s housewife. “When I was a girl, the shows on TV were Ozzie & Harriet , Leave It to Beaver and I Love Lucy . These women were very much stay-at-home moms with the chocolate...
  • Blog Post: Blaine Gibson remembers Harriet Burns, the First Lady of Imagineering

    Last year, after Disney Legend Harriet Burns passed away, Pam Burns-Clair decided to put together a book about her mother. Mind you, what Ms. Burns-Clair had in mind wasn't a traditional biography. But -- rather -- a gathering of memories. Which is why -- in partnership with noted Disney historian Don...
  • Blog Post: Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant celebrates 75 years of great service

    Long before Walt Disney dreamed of turning an Anaheim orange grove into the Happiest Place on Earth , there was this berry stand in Buena Park . Courtesy of the Orange County Historical Society During the depths of the Great Depression, Walter & Cordelia Knott kept their 20-acre farm afloat by selling...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday : A tribute to Ollie Johnston

    Last Tuesday night, I traveled down to one of the cities I most dislike in all of Southern California: I went to Hollywood . Good ol’ Tinsel Town, with its sidewalk hucksters wearing eBay costumes of Bugs Bunny and SpongeBob , with its endless food courts and faux-trendy boutiques. Hollywood, that theme...
  • Blog Post: Remembering Harriet Burns (1928 - 2008)

    This past Friday, the Disney community lost one of its celebrities. Harriet Burns passed on at the age of 79. She was the first woman hired by WED as an artist. She was born in San Antonio and remained in Texas for most of her young life, venturing only to Dallas to pursue a college degree in art in...
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