• Disney Stories
    Walt and his Praxinoscope

      The Praxinoscope was the successor to the Zoetrope. It used a strip of pictures placed around the inner surface of a spinning cylinder. It had an inner circle of mirrors, placed so that the reflections of the pictures appeared stationary in position as the wheel turned. Someone looking in the mirrors would see a rapid […]

  • Disney Stories
    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 […]

  • Walt Disney Family Museum
    Happy 114th Birthday Walt!

    By Mark Hickson: I was thinking on all the things I could share about Walt Disney on his 114th birthday, and then I discovered this great timeline of Walt’s life on the Disney Family Museum website. What better way to celebrate his life than to be able to walk through it! So, I invite you […]

  • Collectibles
    Walt Disney’s WW1 Sketchbook and Photos Up for Sale

    A scrapbook containing legendary cartoonist Walt Disney’s earliest drawings that hint at the origins of Mickey Mouse has emerged for sale for a staggering $200,000. The notebook features five pages of patriotic artwork drawn by Disney in 1918 when he was a 17-year-old amateur cartoonist visiting war-torn France. Disney drew the sketches in a scrapbook handed […]

  • D23
    Enter The Zoetrope at D23

    The Target Animation Studio @ D23 was a unique and fun experience, where gusests could learn about Animations past and future. Center stage was a large Zoetrope, one of the very first animation devices. A Zoetrope is one of several pre-film animation devices that produce the illusion of motion by displaying a sequence of drawings […]

  • Disneyland
    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 […]

  • The Walt Disney Company
    PBS and American Experience Announce “Walt Disney”

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA; July 22, 2014 — At the semi-annual Television Critics Association conference today, PBS and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE announced that “Walt Disney,” a new four-hour, two-night film that explores the life and legacy of one of America’s most enduring and influential storytellers, will premiere in fall 2015. Directed and produced by Sarah Colt (“Henry Ford,” […]

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    Walt Disney’s ‘Desert’ Retreat for Sale

    The one-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom weekend retreat that once belonged to Walt Disney in Palm Desert, above Coachella Valley, is (still) for sale. The 2.79-acre property is listed for $535,000 with stunning views. Originally listed on April 9th, its sale is now “Pending.” The 1-bedroom, 1.5-bath, 1,440-square-foot home sits high above the Coachella Valley at 56160 Las Rocas in Mountain […]

  • Walt Disney Family Museum
    In Defense of Walt Disney – Part 3

    The following is reprinted from the Walt Disney Family Museum blog. DBM felt it was important to share this with our readers. The entire WDFM post has been broken down into three subjects and will be presented in three separate posts… “In light of the recent rumors that have been spreading about Walt Disney, The […]