Tag Archives: Disney History

Ub Iwerks: From Mickey Mouse to the Magic Kingdom

Ub Iwerks: From Mickey Mouse to the Magic Kingdom 1 From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Jeff Kurtti “Anyone with even a passing knowledge of animation history knows the name Ub Iwerks,” Leonard Maltin says, “He is the man who almost single-handedly animated Walt Disney’s pioneering sound cartoons ‘Steamboat Willie’ and ‘The Skeleton Dance.’ His granddaughter Leslie titled her documentary feature ‘The Hand Behind the Mouse’ with good reaso Continue Reading

Boulevards of Movie Dreams Part Two: Imagineering Hollywood

Boulevards of Movie Dreams Part Two: Imagineering Hollywood 2 From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Jeff Kurtti In a recent Disney Parks Blog post, the inspirations for the architectural glamour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios were highlighted. Twenty-five years ago, five years after opening day, as the park expanded with the addition of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, a new avenue of Southern California history, Sunset Boulevard, was created to address the growth. I Continue Reading

Walking in Walt’s Footsteps

Walking in Walt's Footsteps 6 Happy Thursday and Welcome Back Main Streeters. Have you ever wondered where the inspiration for Main Street U.S.A. came from? I had always thought it came from Walt’s beautiful imagination, but this week I learned something new and boy do I have a very special blog to share with you as I am writing this on Mountain Time direct from Colorado. Why am I in Colorado? Well, my husband (Chef Charming) planned this Continue Reading

Tapestry of Dreams/Nations, gone but not forgotten.

Tapestry of Dreams/Nations, gone but not forgotten. 10 Do you remember? “The gateway of time has opened and the spirit of humanity has brought us together. Let us reach out and touch. Peace and goodwill to all who gather here for this earthly celebration. May the spirit of humanity bring us together…may the promise of the new millennium light the child within your heart. And now…as the millennium drums unite and become one heartbeat, let us fly toget Continue Reading

Ten Things Throwback Thursday – Magic Kingdom Edition #tbt

Ten Things Throwback Thursday – Magic Kingdom Edition #tbt 11 Ten Things Throwback Thursday – Magic Kingdom Edition With all the new and exciting changes coming to Walt Disney World, I could bet that some of us die hard Disney fans are feeling a little bit nostalgic for the “good old days” at the Happiest Place on Earth. I’ve rounded up a list of loved but lost attractions and experiences on this Throwback Thursday edition of Ten Things. The Skyway When Magic Kingd Continue Reading

A bit of “spooky” Disney…. River Country & Discovery Island, now vs then!

A bit of "spooky" Disney.... River Country & Discovery Island, now vs then! 14 Did you know about the history here? Read on! You know that creepy old abandoned house at the top of the hill that no one will go to?……  Well at Walt Disney World there is a whole island *dramatic pause* and a water park, Discovery Island and River Country, which have that same effect. These are the only two parks Disney opened that closed and never reopened. I will not give the exact location because recentl Continue Reading

Haunted Mansion History Part One

Haunted Mansion History Part One 15 Welcome Foolish Mortals….. We’ve all heard about Grim Grinning Ghosts coming out to socialize but have you ever heard of Globetrotting Ghosts haunting mansions and manors worldwide? Well, TMSM friends, let me be your host and take you on a hauntingly delightful journey through the history of one of the most beloved rides at Disney parks around the world; you guessed it – The Haunted Mansion. In the spir Continue Reading

The June issue of The Main Street Monthly is here! #visitpandora

The June issue of The Main Street Monthly is here! #visitpandora 16 Happy June everyone! It’s the first of the month, and that means that our latest issue of our magical magazine, The Main Street Monthly, is here! This month, we have a TON of information geared toward the all new Pandora; the World of Avatar now open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. In addition to that, we have articles on food, movies, Disney “Imagineer for a Day” part 3, Disney in the City, Ha Continue Reading

Remembering Davy Jones, an Epcot Favorite.

Remembering Davy Jones, an Epcot Favorite. 18 Re-posting for leap day history! Most of us remember Davy Jones as the front man for the group The Monkees, a teenage heartthrob, from the Brady Bunch, etc. For true Disney Fans, we remember Davy as one of the most beloved performers during the Flower Power Concert Series at Epcot’s yearly Flower and Garden Festival. He was a fan favorite, and a staple for the concerts each year. The fans loved him, and Continue Reading

Happy Birthday/Anniversary Pinocchio!

Happy Birthday/Anniversary Pinocchio! 19 On today’s date, back in 1940, Disney’s animated feature film, Pinocchio (based on the 19th century book by Carlo Collodi) premiered at the Central Theatre in New York City. A living puppet (voiced by Dickie Jones), with the help of a cricket named Jiminy (Cliff Edwards) as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy. Pinocchio was the second full animated film from Walt Disney, the Continue Reading

The Main Street Mouse ~ A Look Back

The Main Street Mouse ~ A Look Back 20 Lately, I’ve been getting the same question a lot from people that I meet….. “How did you get to where you are with TMSM?” Some think it’s an overnight success, but it’s truly not. It’s been years of hard work, lots of hours put in, many ups and downs, etc. I thought it would be fun to give our readers a little bit of TMSM history, and answer some of those questions abo Continue Reading
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