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KEN ANDERSON AND THE HAUNTED MANSION

KEN ANDERSON AND THE HAUNTED MANSION

Many DHI readers know of my relationship with Ken Anderson, who became a second father to me. I have been thinking about Ken a lot this year and also a lot about the plans that I have for the 34-hour oral history I did with him (yes, it does involve a book). It has...

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DISNEY’S MOST “DAMNED EXPENSIVE” EMPLOYEE

DISNEY’S MOST “DAMNED EXPENSIVE” EMPLOYEE

Walt Disney enjoys dinner on Main Street, U.S.A. along with Lillian Disney, Admiral Fowler,and Emile Kuri (I believe) during the summer of 1962. A Walt sighting in Disneyland, such as this,is most definitely an "E Ticket" attraction to this author (and...

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The Golden Horseshoe’s Sister is a Diamond…

The Golden Horseshoe’s Sister is a Diamond…

With all the celebrations over the Limited Time Magic event at the Golden Horseshoe* in Disneyland, I thought I would take us over to the opposite coast and share something from it's sister restaurant: The Diamond Horseshoe.While going though the latest batch of...

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The Book of Ruth – Part 2

The Book of Ruth – Part 2

Castle with Plants - 1955The Book of RuthPart 2by Todd James Pierce[Today’s article is a continuation of a story I started last week – click here to read Part 1]By May, 1955, it was clear that construction efforts at Disneyland were behind schedule.  The castle...

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The Book of Ruth – Part 1

The Book of Ruth – Part 1

Frontierland Entrance with Trees - 1955The Book of RuthPart 1by Todd James PierceWhen Disneyland was developed in 1954 and 1955, Walt employed dozens of art directors, architects and designers, many of whom came from other studios—Twentieth Century Fox in...

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Construction Tales at Disneyland – 1955

Construction Tales at Disneyland – 1955

Castle with Oak Tree - 1955Construction Tales at Disneyland - 1955by Todd James Pierce For most of these columns, I rely on research I completed years ago—interviews, documents, etc.—but this week I’m delving into a diary that I recently transcribed.  I spent a...

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea- Day 12

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea- Day 12

"20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" SynopsisIn 1868, the heavily-travelled shipping lanes of the Pacific Ocean were suddenly menaced by a strange and awesome monster, which destroyed vessels swiftly and surely. So terrifying was this apparition that ships were afraid to...

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea- Day 11

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea- Day 11

James Mason Enjoys One of His Best Roles in Disney's "20,000 Leagues"An international star of the stage and screen, James Mason enjoyed one of his finest and most challenging roles of his illustrious career in Walt Disney's mammoth production, "20,000 Leagues Under...

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