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EPCOT Leviathan Space Shuttle Bus 1978

EPCOT Leviathan Space Shuttle Bus 1978

In celebration of our 700th member on our Facebook Disney History Institute site, I thought I’d share this wonderful (and screamingly rare) concept piece from a 1978 Epcot Prospectus–for the never-realized Space Pavilion, this evocative art suggests a...

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Disneyland: Year One – pt. 2

Disneyland: Year One – pt. 2

Disneyland Castle – July 1955 Castle Gardens – Adventures in Landscaping by Todd James Pierce In 1955, landscape designer Bill Evans had two overall goals for the themed areas of Disneyland: highly manicured gardens and streets (such as Town Square) and...

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Golden Horseshoe – Girlie Club Edition

Golden Horseshoe – Girlie Club Edition

Golden Horseshoe Saloon – July 1955  Golden Horseshoe – Girlie Club Edition by Todd James Pierce –> In 1955, when Disneyland opened to the public, some park guests recognized the Golden Horseshoe Saloon as an exact copy of the Golden Garter...

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY To Walt’s Burbank Studio

HAPPY BIRTHDAY To Walt’s Burbank Studio

I am not aware that the Disney Company has an official birthday for the Burbank Studio. If they were, my guess is that it would occupy the year 1940. This is reinforced by Disney’s twenty-three which listed 2010 as the 70th anniversary in their Spring...

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Disneyland: Year One – pt. 1

Disneyland: Year One – pt. 1

Mark Twain – July 19, 1955  Disneyland: Day Three by Todd James Pierce There are a number of odd things about the banner photo today. First of all, Tom Sawyer Island is still just a muddy rise–a heap of dirt leftover from river excavation, as well as...

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