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The ALWEG-Bahn

The ALWEG-Bahn

  ALWEG Test Track - Cologne, Germany - July 1957 Monorail Tales - Part 2 The ALWEG-Bahn By Todd James Pierce The origins of the original Disneyland monorail lay far from California: they extend all the way over to Germany, where the wealthy industrialist, Dr....

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Walt’s First Park – Part 6

Walt’s First Park – Part 6

Walt and Carousel Horses Purchased for Disneyland - 1955Walt's First ParkPart 6 - Conclusionsby Todd James Pierce & Paul F. Anderson The biography of Walt Disney is often divided in half: his early years, up until about 1950, when animation was the focus of his...

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Walt’s First Park – Part 5

Walt’s First Park – Part 5

Walt Disney - late 1930sWalt's First ParkPart 5 - Hope and Frustrationby Todd James Pierce & Paul F. Anderson By the second week of April, Walt Disney and the planning team understood that the zoning issues were far more serious than they had initially expected...

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Walt’s First Park – Part 4

Walt’s First Park – Part 4

Side View - Hollywood Sports Garden With Elevated Arena DomeWalt's First ParkPart 4 - Objections and Complicationsby Todd James Pierce & Paul F. Anderson  On Wednesday, March 29, Walt Disney and the Sports Garden team finalized plans for a large sales dinner...

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Walt’s First Park – Part 3

Walt’s First Park – Part 3

First Floor Layout for Private Club  Walt's First ParkPart 3 - Selling The Dreamby Todd James Pierce & Paul F. Anderson   Sales brochures for Hollywood Sports Garden were mailed early in March, 1939—a glossy publication that featured architectural...

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Walt’s First Park – Part 2

Walt’s First Park – Part 2

 Bing Crosby, Richard Bailey, Walt, Everertt Crosby - Feb 9, 1939 - photo scan from Tagtoonz Walt's First ParkPart 2 - The Project Beginsby Todd James Pierce & Paul F. Anderson In December 1938, when asked about his interest in Hollywood Sports Garden,...

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Walt’s First Park – Part 1

Walt’s First Park – Part 1

Walt's First ParkPart 1 - After Poloby Todd James Pierce & Paul F. Anderson Let’s start with a question.     What event in 1938 most changed Walt Disney?       For Walt the Filmmaker, the answer is obvious.  The...

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DHI 005 – Walt’s First Park Part 1

The never-before-told story of the first amusement complex that Walt Disney attempted to build.  In 1938 and 1939, Hollywood Sports Garden was to be a massive 34-acre entertainment complex in the center of Los Angeles.  This episode contains the first three...

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Walt’s First Park – Author’s Note

Walt’s First ParkAuthor’s NoteFirst of all, I should touch on this question: so where have I been for the past two months?  Though the DHI Blog once had a weekly rhythm—with the usual post every Monday—over the past year or so, I’ve been working on longer...

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