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Disneyland Goes International: The Opening Day of Tokyo Disneyland

By Matt Moryc, The Walt Disney Archives

The grand opening of Disney’s first international theme park, Tokyo Disneyland, took place on April 15, 1983—the first day of official operation. The hosts for the morning’s events were Disney Legend and then-chairman of the board of Walt Disney Productions, Card Walker; and Disney Legend and then-president of Oriental…

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Discover Cool Vintage Photography From this Frequent Walt Disney World Visitor

By Matt Moryc, The Walt Disney Archives

The first of seven photograph albums belonging to Mr. Jones that were donated to the the Walt Disney Archives.
Seven photo albums, seven years, 2,206 photographs and 500 park visits tell the story of Millard C. Jones, or as Walt Disney World Cast Members preferred to call him, “Mr. Jones.” Never without his trademark…

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Ink and Paint, Walt Disney Studios

At the Helm of Ink & Paint

By Julia Vargas, Walt Disney Archives

The Ink & Paint Department at the Disney studio was an epicenter of artistry and innovation.

In 1932, Grace Bailey came to Disney for a tryout when she found out they were looking for artists. She was put in charge of Paint during production of the Silly Symphony series when the studio was moving away from…

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Tommy Walker – Celebration Specialist

By Michael Buckhoff, Walt Disney Archives

Most today would not immediately recognize the man standing with Walt Disney near the central hub of Disneyland in 1964, but if you have enjoyed a fireworks spectacular at the park you have Tommy Walker to thank. Son of Disneyland bandleader, Vesey Walker, Tommy served as band director at the University of Southern…

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Le Tournament de Disneyland Paris

By Becky Cline

Every Disney fan knows that Disneyland was built on orange groves in Anaheim, California, and that Walt Disney World Resort was constructed amidst the undeveloped everglades of central Florida. Many know that Tokyo Disneyland Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland Resorts were built on land reclaimed from the sea, and that Shanghai Disneyland was built on…

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Renié measuring a female dress form.

Renié Conley, Costumer to the Stars – Part Two

By Lynne Drake and Heather Hoffman, Walt Disney Archives

We continue our look at costumer, Renié Conley, whose Disneyland costume designs were spotlighted last week as part of her earliest wardrobe concepts. If you happened to miss part one, check it out here.

Renié is also well known for designing the female costumes for the 20th Century Fox film, Cleopatra…

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Walt Disney Studios Commissary Main Room

Dining at Disney’s – The Commissary at The Walt Disney Studios Turns 80

By Rebecca Cline, Director, Walt Disney Archives

When The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank opened in 1940, employees were struck by the admirable lawns and pedestrian thoroughfares which were ideal for walks, picnicking, or leading to the nearby studio restaurant, or “Commissary” as it is called, which featured relaxing outdoor patios or air-conditioned indoor…

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Joyce Carlson with posing with a remarkably similar “it’s a small world” doll.

From Ink and Paint to Imagineering: The Remarkable Career of Joyce Carlson

By Nicole Carroll, Walt Disney Archives

Disney Legend Joyce Carlson began her impressive career with The Walt Disney Company in 1944, in the studio traffic department, where she was responsible for delivering mail and other items like pencils, brushes, or coffee to animators and artists. “Traffic was where you could get the lay of the land. It wasn’t a place…

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Little Man of Disneyland

Archives Director Becky Cline Remembers “The Little Man of Disneyland”

By Rebecca Cline, Director, Walt Disney Archives

When I was a little girl, one of the things I really loved was poring over my Disney storybooks.  One of my favorites was a Little Golden Book entitled The Little Man of Disneyland, published in 1955. I was absolutely enchanted by the story of Patrick Begorra, a leprechaun who lived in a tiny house at the base of an…

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Fantasy Land Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Cashier costume sketch by Renié Conley

What’s in a Name? – Renié Conley, Costumer to the Stars – Part One

By Kevin Kern, Walt Disney Archives

“Walt realized that a visit to an amusement park could be like a theatrical experience—in a word, a show.”  — Disney Legend John Hench

No part of the Disneyland “show” was overlooked while preparing to open in the months leading up to July 17, 1955. When Walt and his staff set out to create their new entertainment…

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