Take audio trip though Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride & other Fantasyland recordings

Fantasyland at Walt Disney World stayed fairly untouched though the mid-1990s, with attractions receiving modest upgrades for capacity but being otherwise left in their original state. Of course, this all changed with the closure of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and eventually Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. But while it existed, it was a wonderful place full of passing aerial trams, flying elephants, and dolls singing about world understanding.Read More...

29 Easter Eggs in the Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Disneyland Commercial

Disneyland has released a commercial promoting the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade with a nostalgic flair and it contains an astounding number of references to attractions from Disneyland's past. The spot is exceedingly well done and I think will genuinely create positive buzz on the west coast for what may or may not be the parade's final run at the place it originated.Read More...

The Indiana Jones Adventure Audio Press Kit

Back in the 1990s, inviting local radio stations to cover the opening of a new attraction was a standard part of the promotional playbook for Disney. During media week you'd find folding tables strewn around the parks covered by tablecloths with signs displaying each stations' number and call letters, often with 2 or 3 people furiously preparing or delivering their entire morning show. As part of the promotional package, Disney's publicity department would prepare audio press…Read More...

WDIdolatry: Monkeying Around With The Jungle Cruise

This article is part of ongoing series posts of random things that I did back in the early 1990s (I was barely in my 20s) when I wanted to pursue a career at Walt Disney Imagineering. Some of it is OK(?), some of it is terrible. My hope is that others who want to go into the themed entertainment industry can learn from my mistakes. Even through I didn't ultimately get a job at WDI, I…Read More...

WDIdolatry: A Carousel of Progress 4th Act set in the 1980s

This is the first of what will be an ongoing series posts of random things that I did back in the early 1990s (I was barely in my 20s) when I wanted to pursue a career at Walt Disney Imagineering. Some of it is OK(?), some of it is terrible. My hope is that others who want to go into the themed entertainment industry can learn from my mistakes. Even through I didn't ultimately get a…Read More...

The layout of EPCOT Center’s lost Israel pavilion

For years there has been much speculation about the design of the proposed Israel pavilion, which was featured prominently along with Spain and Equatorial Africa for EPCOT Center's phase 2. A little artwork has trickled out, mostly Herb Ryman renderings. I am unsure if this art had been previously published, but I discovered this layout drawing for what appears to be a complete plan for the Israel pavilion. Would this have been the final design? It's…Read More...

Relive EPCOT Center’s World of Motion in 3D sound

Test Track may be thrilling, but the attraction which preceded it, World of Motion, was the unadulterated spirit of Disney through and through. Although solely attributed to Ward Kimball, the attraction contains many humorous scenes designed by Marc Davis using his trademark style of show scenes punctuated by audioanimatronic figures making subtle movements. It's the robotic equivalent of today's Cinemagraph photography.Read More...

Ward Kimball and the mystery of Mickey’s Studio Tour

Rumors are staring to spread about the replacement of The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios with something named, "The Great Mickey Ride," purportedly a trackless ride through Mickey Mouse's film career. This rumor reminded me of an item that went up for auction last year on eBay, a set of drawings purchased from famed animator Ward Kimball's estate of sketches for a never-realized attraction for the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland that gives a whimsical…Read More...