Sleeping Beauty Castle real vs Disney

7 Real-Life Locations that Inspired Disney Attractions

By Courtney Potter

We all have our favorite attractions and locations inside a Disney Park… whether it’s the grandeur of Sleeping Beauty Castle or the majesty (and excitement) of Expedition Everest, they often hold memories we return to again and again. And many of them are inspired by real-life locations around the globe!

Come with us on a (virtual) tour to…

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Disney parks dates

How to Have a Magical Valentine’s Day Date at a Disney Theme Park

By Jocelyn Buhlman

There’s no better way to spend Valentine’s Day than at a Disney theme park—and there are so many ways to enjoy that Disney magic. To help you plan that perfect day with your sweetheart, our love experts at D23 suggest these date ideas to take your Valentine to a whole new world!

Disney Foodie Feast
If you both have an appetite for…

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Matterhorn Bobsleds

6 One-Of-A-Kind Disney Coasters From Around the World

By Tyler Slater

Click click click… moment of silence and then… well, we all know what happens next. There are few experiences more thrilling than reaching the peak of a roller coaster. To celebrate National Roller Coaster Day, D23 is sharing fun facts and distinct details about attractions found at Disney Parks around the world. We know that Disney fans love…

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Condorman promotional artwork

The Captivating Concept Art of Condorman

By D23 Team

It’s hard to believe that more than three decades have passed since comic book artist Woody Wilkins (played by actor Michael Crawford) became his own super hero creation and journeyed across Europe and the Middle East in a series of comic and high-speed chases. Condorman, released in the United States on August 7, 1981, presented monumental challenges…

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Matterhorn, Monorail, and Subs

A Historic Trio

Not content with the initial success of Disneyland, Walt Disney strove to tell new stories and find new ways to immerse Guests in his innovative park. In 1959, he premiered these three thrilling new experiences: Matterhorn Bobsleds, the Disneyland-Alweg Monorail System, and Submarine Voyage. This rare 1967 photo showcases all three attractions (by then guest…

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Bob Gurr

23 Moving Questions With Bob Gurr

Bob Gurr remains a man on the move while his creative accomplishments as a Disney Imagineer continue to transport people around the world… literally.

Energy. That’s the first thing you sense about Bob. This is abundantly evident during a visit on the shaded patio of The Big D commissary at Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) in Glendale, California. As we speak,…

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Yes, the Archives has collected some items from retired and renovated Disneyland attractions, such as ride vehicles, signage, costumes, props, etc. Examples include Oscar, the Audio-Animatronics® small bear from the Country Bear Jamboree, a former bride figure from the Haunted Mansion attic, Slue Foot Sue’s costume and mirror from the Golden Horseshoe Revue, the…

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Chuck Abbott

Chuck Abbott

There aren’t many people whose careers include roadside service on a superhighway, bobsledding on the mighty Matterhorn, piloting a launch down mysterious jungle rivers, setting sail with bloodthirsty pirates, and preparing astronauts for their space adventures. Chuck Abbott did all those things and more, though, during his 36 years as one of Disneyland’s foremost…

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