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Kids Racing through Sleeping Beauty Castle

July 17, 1955: As the Sleeping Beauty Castle drawbridge lowered for the first time on Opening Day of Disneyland Park, the first group of youngsters to enter Fantasyland, mostly Sunday school and church group children from Anaheim, raced through the portals and into the realm of Disneyland dreams-come-true.

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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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D23 Expo Walt Disney Archives Stage schedule

See the Walt Disney Archives Stage Schedule

The Walt Disney Archives Stage is back for D23 Expo 2017! See the schedule of panels and presentations below, and click here for the full D23 Expo 2017 lineup.
Friday, July 14

“Out of the night, when the full moon is bright” – 60 Years of the Horseman Known as Zorro (11:30 a.m.) –– The story of Zorro was a special one for Walt Disney, but it wasn’t…

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haunted Mansion

8 Disney Myths Every Disney Fan Needs to Know

By Jocelyn Buhlman

Did Walt design the Animation building to secretly be a hospital? And WHO is that mustachioed singing bust inside the Haunted Mansion? D23 investigated the most famous Disney myths and has the surprising truths every Disney fanatic should know.

MYTH: Walt Disney personally said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

While this…

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Disney proposal stories

10 Disney Proposal Stories that Will Make You Believe in Love

By D23 Team

Whether you’ve already found your prince(ss) charming or you’re still wishing upon a star for true love’s first kiss, there’s something magical about a Disney happily ever after. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked you to share your Disney proposal stories with us:

1. On Top of the World
“I proposed to my partner at the Top of the…

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Partners statue

Get the Picture: Foolproof Tips from a Disney Photographer

We’re asking Disney photographers from around the world for their best tips and tricks in our new series, Get the Picture. From what time of day to shoot Cinderella Castle to interesting angles at Castaway Cay, learn how to create picture-perfect moments wherever you are! In this edition, we asked Walt Disney Archives Photo Editor and regular Disney twenty-three…

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artist, illustrator, and author Eyvind Earle

Eyvind Earle

In animation art circles, the work of artist, illustrator, and author Eyvind Earle is renowned, revered, and still influential today. That this remarkable and diverse talent came to call The Walt Disney Studios home for nearly a decade of his career is a testament to his talent—and to the artistic vision of Walt Disney himself.

Born on April 26, 1916, in New York…

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D23 EXPO Design Challenge Winner Announced!

We congratulate Nuri A., from Quartz Hill, California, who was recently named winner of the D23 EXPO Design Challenge. The D23 EXPO Design Challenge celebrates Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary by encouraging artists both young and young at heart to create art using the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle as inspiration.

A panel of judges—which included Marty…

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Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland

Michael, Monterey Park, California

There was no groundbreaking ceremony for Disneyland. Construction began on July 21, 1954, when the first trees were removed, and progressed right up until the opening of the park on July 17, 1955. So, a few days less than a year.

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