• R.I.P. Keel Boats

    I miss the Keel Boats. They were fun. I always sat on top away from the adults below (even after I grew up). The guy who drove us around the Rivers of America did a spiel just like the Jungle Cruise except there were wild Indians instead of Hippos!  Then there was the burning Settlers […]

  • I’m in Florida

    For those who don’t know, I am in Florida for a talk to University of Florida students tonight and then five days at WDW. I flew in from Hawai’i Friday morning and have been recuperating from the jet lag at my family’s home in Tampa Bay. I am excited to be here and will be […]

  • The “Buckets”

    I think the thing I miss most about riding the Skyway was the cast members loading and unloading you. Above is Tomorrowland’s unload station and below is Fantasyland’s unload station. You would come in swinging in your bucket when a cast member would grab and bring you to a halt. The door would be opened […]

  • Submarine Voyage 1966 SOP

    Back in 2006 this 1966 Submarine Voyage Standard Operating Procedure was posted on the website “Stuff from the Park” a.k.a. Matterhorn. With the original posters permission I have made an Adobe PDF file of the complete document and offer it to my web guests HERE (filesize 3.6mb). Dive… Dive… Dive…. Tweet

  • California Adventure
    DCA at Night

    Here is a most pleasant interlude. This video was produced by Adam a “Fan of DbM”. It captures the romance of the lights at night set to the music from Disney’s classic movie, Lady and the Tramp’s “Bella Notte.” Tweet

  • DisneybyMark in German

    Look at what I found. A german blog called Dieselpunk.de did a story on a post I did back on in June about the 1955 Guidebook! Some Bing translation quotes: “quite the Zeitgeist of the 1950s and 1960s” & “Especially the images of “Tomorrowland «a Freudenträne (tears of joy) in the eye are likely to drive […]

  • Disneyland Panoramas – Frontierland

    In 1956 Disneyland had 13 panorama post cards produced for sale in the park. They measured 3 1/2″ by 11″.  I like the composition of the Indian Village photo showing Fort Wilderness in the distance. It makes it feel really real. The bottom picture clearly shows Tom and Huck’s Treehouse before the trees grew around it. […]

  • Disney Related News
    Editorial: Lands are Ideas not Films

    DbM Editorial: So yesterday they announced that Animal Kingdom will have a new “Avatar Land.” Years ago when Disney announced the deal on Indiana Jones we at WDI wondered if a non-Disney property would work in the park or not. It turned out to be a great idea for an attraction in Adventureland. Now we are […]

  • News: Avatar at Animal Kingdom

    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide has sealed a deal with filmmaker James Cameron and producer Jon Landau, Fox and Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment to create themed attractions at Disney parks based on the 2009 movie. The first themed “land” will be built at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, with construction expected to start by 2013. […]