• The Walt Disney Studios
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    Disney History: The Mickey Mouse Gas Mask

    During World War II Walt Disney was enlisted to help the American war effort by designing a Mickey Mouse gas mask. Fearing a chemical attack from the Germans, the United States government distributed over 40 million gas masks to men, women, and children. However, since adult masks were too heavy and frightening for children to wear, Disney […]

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    The Walt Disney Archives Presents – Disneyland: The Exhibit

    “The Walt Disney Archives Presents – Disneyland: The Exhibit” was the largest display the Disney Archives has ever showcased at D23 EXPO and was the largest exhibit on the show floor. The 12,000-square-foot exhibit was themed to honor the park’s history, attractions, parades, and entertainment over the past six decades, including the construction of Disneyland, […]

  • Disneyland
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    Columbia Dedication 1958

    Story by Mark Hickson: My old friend Ray Wallace (naval architect) was commissioned in 1957 by former Admiral Joe Fowler to design the Columbia. The ship was constructed at Todd Shipyards in San Pedro, California, where the Mark Twain and the submarines were built. I also worked at Todd back in the late 70’s-early 80’s. The ship […]

  • Disneyland
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    This Month in Disneyland History – June

    Every month Disney by Mark re-visits important events that happened in Disneyland’s past. Here is your look back for the month of June. This list was developed from The Walt Disney Archives, Disneyland Resort Public Relations, and other sources. If you think of anything we might have missed please let us know so we can […]

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    This Month in Disneyland History – May

    Every month Disney by Mark re-visits important events that happened in Disneyland’s past. Here is your look back for the month of May. This list was developed from The Walt Disney Archives, Disneyland Resort Public Relations, and other sources. If you think of anything we might have missed please let us know so it can […]

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    This Month in Disneyland History – April

    We thought it would be fun every month to re-visit important events that happened in Disneyland’s past. Here is your look back for the month of April. This list was developed from The Walt Disney Archives, Disneyland Resort Public Relations, and other sources. If you think of anything we might have missed please let us […]

  • Disneyland
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    This Month in Disneyland History – March

    Time to re-visit important events that happened in Disneyland’s past. Here is your look back for the month of March. This list was developed from The Walt Disney Archives, Disneyland Resort Public Relations, and other sources. If you think of anything I might have missed please let us know so I can include it! 3-1956: Our Future […]

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    This Month in Disneyland History

    By Mark Hickson: I thought it would be fun every month to re-visit important events that happened in Disneyland’s past. Here is your look back for the month of February. If you think of anything I might have missed, please let me know so I can include it! 2-1-1956: The Pack Mule attraction in Frontierland […]

  • Attractions
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    Mark I Monorail’s Final Assembly

    It’s late afternoon on June 13th, 1959 and the new Mark I Monorail Red (Monorail Blue was about two weeks behind schedule) is in final assembly. In this rare photo you can see the workmen making final connections and check-outs of the newly erected and attached train. You can also see that the flexible boot that […]

  • Disneyland
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    Retro Disneyland 7-65

    A few snaps from an unnamed family on a hot summer day in the parking lot and Tomorrowland, 1965. Parking was 25 cents, even for a tiny Volkswagen! The Harbor Blvd parking entrance. There were six lanes feeding the toll plaza. This photo was taken in the afternoon from the Monorail on its way to […]

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    Retro Disneyland: Tahitian Terrace Menu

    Notice all the “Tropical” selections? Before they developed the Tahitian dinner show in 1962 the Tahitian Terrace shared the cafeteria kitchen menu with the Plaza Pavilion. This menu is from the 50’s.  I wonder if they accept the Disney Dining Plan? Tweet

  • Tokyo Disney Resort
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    A Chronology of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea

    Tokyo Disneyland 1974 Feb. Keisei Electric Railway Co., Ltd.; Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.; and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. jointly invite the top executives of Walt Disney Productions (currently The Walt Disney Company) to Japan. Jul. Research report is completed on land suitable for an amusement facility site in the Urayasu area. Dec. The top executives of […]