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  • 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.

  • Jun 16, 2017

    Beyond the Magic Skyway

    The 1964/65 New York World Fair debuted four original attractions from WED Enterprises, one of them being Ford's Magic Skyway.

  • 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.

  • Apr 4, 2017

    Teen Squad: A Squad Member’s Experience

    The Walt Disney Family Museum’s Teen Studio Squad is a yearlong creative experience for teens in the Bay Area.