Andreas Deja, Richard Sherman, and Eric Goldberg

Fans and Luminaries Pay Tribute to Walt Disney

By Jeffrey Epstein

Yesterday, December 15, to honor the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s passing, “Memory Boards” were set up on the Walt Disney Studios lot and at Disney parks around the world for fans to pay tribute to the man and his enduring legacy.

The event was the culmination of “Walt Week,” during which D23 celebrated Walt’s boundless…

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Richard Sherman Performs Classics in Walt Disney’s Office Suite

(From left to right: Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, Disney Legend Richard Sherman and wife Elizabeth Sherman, Disney Legend Karen Dotrice,Disney and Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation President Ed Catmull, Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke and wife Arlene Van Dyke, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production President Sean Bailey, Walt…

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The Disney/Dahl Connection

By Greg Ehrbar

More than a decade before Walt Disney welcomed guests into his land of fantasy and two decades before author Roald Dahl penned his excursion into The BFG’s cave and Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, these two creative legends crossed paths in 1942 when The Walt Disney Studios optioned Dahl’s first book, The Gremlins, for an animated feature. With…

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Walt Disney’s Office Suite Restored As Permanent Exhibit Space

(Left to right) Walt Disney’s granddaughters, Michelle Lund, Jennifer Goff and Joanna Miller with Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger at the dedication of Walt Disney’s newly restored office suite on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank.
Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger joined Disney Legends, members of the Disney family, and other Disney luminaries to dedicate…

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Walt Disney Looks Dapper as Ever in These Disneyland Photos

On many of Walt Disney’s trips to Disneyland, whether it was for work or pleasure, he always arrived in style. We combed through the Walt Disney Archives to bring you a look at a few of those visits for inspiration, so you can look as dapper as Walt.

As you’ll see, dressing up for a day at Disneyland is a tradition that dates to the opening of the park.

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Walt on the Ford Magic Skyway

Take a Time-Traveling Road Trip With Walt Disney on the Magic Skyway

Walt Disney’s Magic Skyway at the Ford Wonder Rotunda was the 4th most-attended attraction at the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair, hosting almost 15,000,000 guests. At the close of the fair, Walt hoped to bring the Skyway back to Disneyland, but it was not to be.

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And so the largest Disney ride ever built…

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photo of Walt and Lillian Disney cutting dedication ribbon at Disneyland

Disney’s Unforgettable Ribbon Cuttings

For nearly 60 years, Disney has welcomed visitors from around the world by throwing open the gates to worlds of fantasy and adventure. Beginning in 1955 with Disneyland, an array of Disney theme parks, resorts, and other attractions have marked their grand openings with festive unveilings. A common sight at such events is the ceremonial ribbon cutting; over the years,…

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Walt with Mickey doll

How Walt Disney Made Sure Every Child Could Afford a Mickey Mouse Doll

By Jim Fanning

When actress Betty White was honored as a Disney Legend in 2009, the beloved star recounted how, as a child of the Great Depression, she asked her parents for only one toy: a Mickey Mouse doll, and she keeps that cherished Mickey on her desk to this day. One of the most sought-after examples of Disneyana ever, the huggable plaything, was at first…

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To See or Not to See?

By Jim Fanning

The animal-loving host of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color introduced “Atta Girl, Kelly,” a three-part episode from March 1967, with the help of a special “leading lady.”

Kelly, Walt noted of his canine co-star, was a Seeing Eye Dog from the Seeing Eye School in Morristown, New Jersey, where many of the “Atta Girl, Kelly” exterior scenes…

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Walt on Time Magazine cover

Two Projects That Earned Walt a Time Magazine Cover

He may never have been named Time magazine’s Man of the Year, but Walt Disney was spotlighted on the cover of the venerable news journal twice.

Walt first graced the cover for the December 27, 1937 issue. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs had just premiered, and the article incorporated a glowing review of the film that was about to become a phenomenon into a…

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