Thursday, April 26, 2018

Disney History

X Marks The Spot: 1996 Magic Kingdom Park Map

Let's reach into the magical treasure chest of maps and pull out a real winner. Ah, yes, a classic, a 1996 Magic Kingdom park...

Welcome to Accountaneering Disney

It doesn't take much effort to search Micechat and find the many references to me and my former co-workers..."Accountaneers," "sharp pencil boys," "bean counters"...the...

Golden Dreams

There’s a movie theater in the Bay Area district of the Golden State with 335 comfortable seats, 70 mm projection, and state-of-the art sound....

Hyperion Wharf

On November 18, 2010, The Walt Disney Company announced that Pleasure Island would become Hyperion Wharf. It would involve more than just renaming the...

Sam Bits: Random Stories from Disneyland

When working on a new book, sometimes you find some really interesting stories that just don't quite seem to fit. However, the stories are...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.6 – 1966 Walt Disney: Curious Salesman

Bob Gurr, Disney legend and fan favorite, has set the Wheel of Years spinning once again. Wherever the red arrow points is where today's...

Hollywood Pictures Backlot Elephants

A pair of pachyderms is precariously perched atop pillars on polychromatic pedestals. Passages for pedestrians perforate those pedestals. The portal promises picture production. Read the...

Sam Visits Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives

I realize that the D23 Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit has been running at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for some time...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.5 – 1937 Grand Central Air Terminal the...

Legendary Disney Imagineer, Bob Gurr, has set the Wheel of Years spinning once again. Wherever the red arrow points is where today's story will...

Greetings from California

Welcome to the biggest store in Yester California Adventure. Ready to do some shopping? The place is here—the hip and edgy California Adventure park. And...

Rolly Crump, Imagineer of the Weird

Undoubtedly, most MiceChat readers already know about Rolly Crump’s book, It’s Kind of a Cute Story. After all, the other name on the cover...

Candy Shoppe at Sunshine Plaza

Here at Sunshine Plaza, the shop names tend to involve puns. There’s Baker’s Field Bakery, Engine-Ears Toys, and Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream. You might...

The Vacation Kingdom of the World

A major milestone in the history of Walt Disney Productions (WDP) occured on April 30, 1969, when the company announced details for “The Vacation...

The Original Corn Dog Castle

Disneyland in California has Sleeping Beauty Castle. The Magic Kingdom in Florida has Cinderella Castle. Yester California Adventure has a castle too—the original Corn...

Design Those Were The Times #4: 1951 Ward Kimball’s Fire Engine, My Fire Engine...

The Wheel of Years has been sent spinning and when the clicking stops, the red arrow will point to a year - that's where...

Retro Space Mountain

Space Mountain lets you travel through space inside a structure that futurists H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Leonardo da Vinci might have imagined. This...

Walt’s City of Tomorrow, Palm Beach Disneyland

It's a Samland double feature today. First up is the story of how Palm Beach almost became home to Disneyland East. Then we find...

Homage to the Moonliner

Two icons of Disneyland’s early Tomorrowland endure, even though the originals were destroyed in the 1960s. One is the House of the Future. The...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No. 3 – The Red Car Diaries

The Wheel of Years will be sent spinning and when the clicking stops, the red arrow will point to a year - that's where...

Stars Celebrate Peter Pan 60th Anniversary Celebration at El Capitan Theatre

The stars came out to the El Capitan Theatre to mark the 60th anniversary of Disney’s beloved animated film, Peter Pan. Kathryn Beaumont (Wendy),...