The Walt Disney Family Museum Blog
Jul 11, 2017
“Next stop, Tomorrowland!” Walt Disney’s Future in 1967
As Walt would put it, “Tomorrow is a heck of thing to keep up with,” and from the beginning, Tomorrowland proved the most challenging area of the park to design and build.
Jun 23, 2017
Welcome, Foolish Mortals: Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion
It was 1959 and there was little doubt about it – Disneyland’s Grim, Grinning Ghosts would one day come out to socialize. The question was: when?
Jun 20, 2017
Ye Come Seeking Adventure: Walt’s Pirate Dream Realized
On March 18, 1967, Pirates of the Caribbean opened to the public at Disneyland. The atmosphere, music, and rich Disney history of the attraction has helped it remain one of the most loved and cherished pieces of Imagineering innovation, even 50 years on.
May 11, 2017
Walt’s Deep Sea Adventures: Tomorrowland’s Submarine Voyage
Walt Disney was very proud of his Submarine Voyage fleet, and rightly so, as it was once referred to as the eighth largest submarine fleet in the world.
May 9, 2017
Harper Goff: The “Second” Imagineer
Walt Disney assigned Harper Goff to a project known by some as “Disneylandia,” and Goff drew up the little “Mickey Mouse Park” concept art, which inspired the nickname “the Second Imagineer.”
May 8, 2017
Ron and Diane Get Married
Diane Disney met Ron Miller on a blind date while they were students at the University of Southern California. On May 9, 1954, they married, and spent nearly 60 years together, raising seven children.
Apr 24, 2017
Frank Thomas: The Key-Playing Key Animator
Frank was employed by The Walt Disney Studios on September 24, 1934—he was employee #224. Animating complex characters and sequences throughout his illustrious career, he had an essential role in nearly every animated feature produced during Walt’s lifetime.
Apr 13, 2017
From Driving to Disneyland Paris: Walt and Europe
When Walt celebrated his 17th birthday near Paris during the first World War, he had no idea what would one day stand just one hour’s drive away—Disneyland Paris.