the vanishing prairie

Revisiting Walt Disney’s True-Life Adventures: The Vanishing Prairie

By Dave Smith

In helping to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Walt Disney Archives, the Archives staff wanted to dig deep into their vaults to share an enlightening historical article with Disney fans. The following is an essay that Disney Legend, and Walt Disney Archives founder, Dave Smith wrote for a screening series hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture…

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Cinematic Surroundings: Walt Disney’s Love of the Natural World

By Kevin Kern, Walt Disney Archives

The wonders of nature are endless. Sometimes we can recognize ourselves in animals, that’s what makes them so interesting.” – Walt Disney

Starting in 1948 with the first of the True-Life Adventures films, Seal Island, Walt Disney set out to expand further upon his previous projects that tackled the natural…

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Just a Spoonful of Chili…

By Nicole Carroll, Walt Disney Archives

Anyone familiar with Walt Disney has probably heard that one of his favorite foods was chili. Simply put, Walt was a Midwestern boy and had a Midwestern appetite; he stuck to familiar “meat and potatoes” dishes. So, of course, Walt liked his chili. As his wife Lillian recalled, “He liked basic foods. He loved chili.”…

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6 Degrees of Walt Disney 2020

6 Degrees of Walt Disney—How The 2020 Oscar® Nominees Relate to Walt

By Courtney Potter

Walt Disney and the Academy Awards® have a long and storied past… Incredibly, he won or received 32 Oscars®—from a whopping 67 nominations—during his career, and still holds the record for most Oscars in history. So with that kind of extraordinary legacy, it’s no wonder today’s actors and actresses (both here in Hollywood and even…

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Walt Disney Books

The Life and Times of Walt Disney—Across 23 Must-have Books

By D23 Team

“There was little variety or adventure for a boy growing up in the American Midwest in the early years of the twentieth century. . . . For Walt Disney, though, the appeal of exploration was strong,” writes author and Disney historian Jeff Kurtti in his book Travels with Walt Disney. “As much as he loved (and would return to) his solid rural roots…

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Q & A with Brad Meltzer, author of I am Walt Disney

Magic is everywhere, especially for Brad Meltzer. From spontaneous trips to Walt Disney World and first Disney movie experiences to a mission to give kids more—these are just some of the many inspirations behind the 18th edition of Meltzer’s bestselling biographic series. Read all about what prompted him to write I am Walt Disney and just how important it is to…

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Read Leonard Maltin’s Tribute to Dave Smith

By D23 Team

Legendary movie historian Leonard Maltin recently wrote a touching tribute to Disney Legend Dave Smith, recounting an unforgettable article Dave wrote about Walt Disney back in 1981. Check out Leonard’s website for a full look at the article, here.

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6 Seafaring Facts about Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean

By Karina Schink

Fifty-two years ago today, Pirates of the Caribbean opened at Disneyland. Whether for its uplifting music, it’s ragtag band of characters, or the enthralling story witnessed from aboard your bateaux, this seafaring attraction has become a favorite in the hearts of Disney fans around the world.

In celebration of its anniversary, we decided to…

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6 degrees of Walt - Oscars

6 Degrees of Walt Disney—How The 2019 Oscar® Nominees Relate to Walt

By Courtney Potter

Walt Disney is truly iconic in so many different ways… but did you know he won or received an incredible 32 Academy Awards—from a whopping 67 nominations—during his career? He still holds the record for most Oscars® in history! That astonishing legacy is still felt in every corner of Hollywood; actors and actresses the world over, to this…

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