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OLD TOMORROWLAND MONTH~TWA Addendum

OLD TOMORROWLAND MONTH~TWA Addendum

BREAKING NEWS:EDGAR BERGEN & FAMILY SURVIVE TRIP TO MOONIn keeping with all the love DHI has given the Moonliner for this Summer of Old Tomorrowland, we continue with this piece from the March 10, 1956 Disneyland News. Here, Edgar Bergen, Wife, and daughter...

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MEMORY OF WALT—The Gnome-Mobile (& More!)

MEMORY OF WALT—The Gnome-Mobile (& More!)

Walt Disney's involvement with The Gnome-Mobile, starring Walter Brennan, dated back to 1937 when he was first approached with the story by author Upton Sinclair. During production, Walt came to greatly identify with the picture. A grandfather himself, Walt felt close...

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House of the Future Under Construction

House of the Future Under Construction

House of the Future Construction - March 1957   House of the Future Under ConstructionDetail of Construction - March 1957by Todd James PierceWhile the park was under construction, Walt repeatedly struggled with how to design Tomorrowland.  Early...

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OLD TOMORROWLAND MONTH~TWA Moonliner Redux

OLD TOMORROWLAND MONTH~TWA Moonliner Redux

THE TWA ROCKET TO THE MOONMOONLINER CELEBRATIONby Paul F. AndersonFantastic slide of the Moonliner from 1958. I wonder what the sign at thebase of the TWA Rocket has to say?We truly try to give you Disney History here at DHI that you won't find anywhere else--such as...

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The Original Windows of Main Street

The Original Windows of Main Street

 The Original Windows of Main Streetby Todd James Pierce So here’s the big question for today’s blog post—which windows were at the park on opening day in 1955?  And what might this tell us about how Walt understood the purpose of the name windows?Main...

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OLD TOMORROWLAND MONTH-TWA Rocket To The Moon

OLD TOMORROWLAND MONTH-TWA Rocket To The Moon

Old Tomorrowland MonthPresents A TributeHAPPY BIRTHDAYTWA ROCKET TO THE MOONby Paul F. AndersonDATELINE DHI: July 22, 1955, Disneyland's TWA Rocket to the Moon opens.TWA Rocket To The Moon Original Attraction Poster, 1955.The Disneyland News March 10, 1956TWA Rocket...

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HAPPY TRUE BIRTHDAY DISNEYLAND~July 18th

HAPPY TRUE BIRTHDAY DISNEYLAND~July 18th

Here at the Institute we wanted to wish Disneyland a proper Happy Birthday, and to do so would require a birthday cake. We thought this cake from Disneyland's 25th Birthday would be appropriate (especially when Todd and I discovered we were both in attendance at the...

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Disneyland Year One – pt 3

Disneyland Year One – pt 3

Disneyland Year OneWindows on Main Street by Todd James Pierce As today is July 17th--exactly 57 years after Walt first opened his park for Press Preview Day--I thought I should return to my “Disneyland Year One" series, with two very rare photos I've saved for just...

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AMERICA SINGS Love-A-Thon at DHI

These are some of the earliest images ever to be added to the Institute's collection. Back in 1977 (at the tender age of 14) I published a fanzine devoted to the works of Walt Disney (and Carl Barks). I thought it was a big thing, as I had a whopping 20 or so...

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AMERICA SINGS OPENS AGAIN June 29, 1974

AMERICA SINGS OPENS AGAIN June 29, 1974

Opening Day at America Sings, Tomorrowland, June 29, 1974Such an uproar of interest in America Sings when I posted the opening day photo last Friday, that I thought I'd try it again. A different photo this time. Since my fellow fellow Todd was scanning the crowd for...

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