• Imagineering
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    Frank Armitage, Veteran Disney Artist, Passes At 91

    Frank Armitage , renowned Disney layout and background artist on such classic Disney films as “Sleeping Beauty,” “Mary Poppins,” and “The Jungle Book,” and a longtime Disney Imagineer who contributed murals and designs to a wide range of theme parks all over the world, passed away on Monday (1/4/16) at his home in Paso Robles, […]

  • Disney Stories
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    In Tribute to Walt Disney 1901-1966

    By Mark Hickson: Forty nine years ago Walt Disney passed away. Below is his last official portrait that hung in my office when I was an Imagineer. I always referred to him as ‘Uncle Walt’ as he was the uncle I always wanted, but never had. He never knew it, but besides my father, he was the […]

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    D23: Shanghai Disneyland Attraction Maquettes

    Walt Disney didn’t see himself being pigeonholed in the animation world for his entire life. In fact, he had a vision to create a wonderful world beyond the painted cell. He wanted to elevate amusement parks to an art form and to create Utopian cities. Today, the Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) team is in charge […]

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    Happy 60th Birthday Disneyland!

    By Mark Hickson: Today marks Disneylands 60th anniversary of being open to the public. But it really all started back on December 21, 1952.  Originally known as WED (Walter Elias Disney) Enterprises, it was   located in a non-descript building at 1401 Flower Street in Glendale, Close enough to steal talent for the Burbank Studios but […]

  • Imagineering
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    Disney Legend Blaine Gibson Dies At 97

    According to the Walt Disney Family Museum Legendary Disney animator and sculptor Blaine Gibson, who designed some of the most iconic images in the company’s theme parks around the world, died on Sunday. He was 97. Gibson worked alongside Walt Disney during the development of Disneyland, and his sculptures were used to create the faces […]

  • Cast Members
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    New Sponsor for Disneyland Alumni Club to host Meet-Up

    The Disneyland Alumni Club is proud to announce that the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel has signed on as the key sponsor for the club’s upcoming Gala Celebration honoring Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary, to be held August 1, 2015. The charity fundraiser will take place in the Disneyland Hotel’s Grand Ballroom and honor Walt Disney’s original Magic Kingdom’s […]

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    Ships Officer Found Dead on Disney Dream

    A sad tragedy has struck the Disney Cruise Lines. According to a story in Cruise Law News, a ships officer was discovered dead on board the Disney Dream on Sunday. His body was discovered hanging in the air conditioning room on deck seven in what is being reported as an apparent suicide. Authorities have not […]

  • Animal Kingdom
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    Disney World Cast Members Win Arbitration Over Dirty Costumes

    Three Disney’s Animal Kingdom cast members, who were fired from the Festival of the Lion King show at after refusing to dirty costumes, got their jobs back with full back pay after winning in arbitration. A representative from the Teamsters Local 385 Union representative Donna-Lynne Dalton said Monday that the arbitration process was finally over, and the federal arbitrator […]

  • Backstage
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    Behind the Seeds at Epcot’s Land Pavilion

    Review by Mark Hickson: For years I would ride Living with the Land and think how cool it would be to go behind the scenes and walk through it’s magical greenhouse. Well, little did I know that they have been running just such a tour for years! “Behind the Seeds” is a special backstage tour […]

  • Imagineering
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    Leonard Nimoy Dies at 83

    Leonard Nimoy died today in his Bel Air home from final complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to his wife Susan. He was best known for his role as ‘Spock’ in the original Star Trek series (1966–69), and in multiple film, television and video game sequels. Leonard’s Disney projects included: Directed the 1987 comedy […]