Friday, December 23, 2011

Spaceship Earth

Epcot's iconic Spaceship Earth weighs 16 million pounds!

One of the most recognizable structures at Disney World, it is not only the centerpiece and main focal point of Epcot, but also the name of the attraction housed within the 18-story geodesic sphere.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Staying in every Disney's Guestroom

If you wanted to stay in every guestroom in all of the hotels & resorts currently open on Walt Disney World property (at a rate of one per night) it would take you about 75 years!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Pianist Richard Carpenter and guitarist John Bettis performed music at Coke Corner on Disneyland’s Main Street U.S.A. during the summer of 1967

Pianist Richard Carpenter and guitarist John Bettis performed music at Coke Corner on Disneyland’s Main Street U.S.A. during the summer of 1967. Because they routinely deviated from the selections of turn- of-the-century tunes they were asked to perform ... the pair were sacked after four months. Richard went on to have great success with his sister Karen - as The Carpenters. Many of their biggest hits were written by Richard and John Bettis.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs nearly bankrupt the company

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs cost Disney over $1.5 million and nearly bankrupt the company!

Yet, the film grossed over eight million dollars internationally when originally released.

Monday, December 19, 2011

First Audio-Animatronics featuring an Human Figure

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln was the first Disney-created attraction to feature an Audio-Animatronics human figure.

The attraction made its debut at the 1964 World's Fair.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The only People to ever live at Disneyland

Disneyland's only residents were Owen and Dolly Pope. They were hired in 1951 to put together some livestock for Walt's future park. They first lived in a trailer at the Disney Studio where they raised and trained horses. Three days before Disneyland opened, they moved into the park to run the Disneyland Pony Farm

 Located on the side of the Car Barn

"In 1951, Walt hired Harper Goff to begin drawing up plans for the little park he was visualizing being built on the Studio grounds in Burbank. Walt also hired horse trainer Owen Pope and his wife Dolly. He wanted the couple to begin training horses for the western section of his new park. Being close to the livestock was necessary for the amount of training that was to ensue so the Pope’s moved into a trailer on the Studio lot. Besides teaching horses and mules how to behave, they also helped build wagons and coaches for the new park. 

As plans for Walt’s dream changed and grew, the location of his park moved from the Studio to Anaheim. Eventually the Popes needed to move to Anaheim as well to be near the horses. 

Before construction began on Disneyland, something had to be done with the houses that belonged to the former owners of the land. Walt told the Popes they could choose any one of them to live in. Their selection was soon moved to a ten acre area behind what would eventually become Fantasyland. This area was known as the Pony Farm and at one time, the Pope’s cared for as many as 220 animals. The Popes are also the only people to actually ever live at Disneyland. Walt may have had an apartment above the Fire Station, but he never lived there. This honor belongs to the Popes alone. 

The Popes continued working and living at Disneyland until 1971. It was at this time that they moved to Florida to help open the Magic Kingdom. They created the Tri Circle D Ranch at Fort Wilderness where it still stands today. They retired in 1975 and it’s due to their efforts here in Florida that they earned a window at the Magic Kingdom – and it is appropriately located on the Car Barn."


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Friday, December 16, 2011

Disney's Buena Vista

Buena Vista means "pleasant view" in Spanish. It has been frequently used as a name for divisions of The Walt Disney Company.

Lake Buena Vista is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. It is mostly known for being home to the Walt Disney World Resort. It is one of two Florida municipalities controlled by The Walt Disney Company.

Lake Buena Vista is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Click Here to read about the city history!

Buena Vista is also a brand name frequently used for divisions of The Walt Disney Company, whose primary studios and offices are located on Buena Vista Street in Burbank, California.

It was originally created by Walt Disney in 1953 after the release of Peter Pan to distribute his film and television productions, thus ending a 20-year affiliation with RKO Pictures. Disney semi-retired the name in May 2007, although this name is, to the present day, used for most home video and DVD distribution.

Click here to read about the re-organization of the Company name!

We have a lot of places around the world with this same name:


    * Buena Vista, Bolivia, capital of the Ichilo province of the Santa Cruz Department


    * Buena Vista Road, Edmonton
    * Buena Vista, Saskatchewan
    * Buena Vista, Saskatoon, a neighborhood in the city of Saskatoon


    * Buena Vista Nature Reserve in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
    * Bay of Buena Vista

Dominican Republic

    * Buena Vista, Dominican Republic, a municipal district of the Jarabacoa municipality


    * Buena Vista, Peru, site of 4200 y.o. observatory near Lima

United States

(by state)

    * Buena Vista, Amador County, California
    * Buena Vista Oil Field in Kern County, California
    * Buena Vista, former name of Buttonwillow, California, in Kern County
    * Buena Vista, Mariposa County, California
    * Buena Vista, Nevada County, California
    * Buena Vista Park, a park in the Haight-Ashbury and Buena Vista Heights neighborhoods of San Francisco, California
    * Buena Vista, Santa Clara County, California
    * Buena Vista, former name of Visalia, California, in Tulare County
    * Buena Vista, Colorado
    * Buena Vista (St. Georges, Delaware), listed on the NRHP in Delaware
    * Buena Vista, Miami, a neighborhood within the City of Miami
    * Lake Buena Vista, Florida (owned by The Walt Disney Company; see also the Disney divisions below)
    * Buena Vista, Georgia
    * Buena Vista Township, Schuyler County, Illinois
    * Buena Vista, Indiana
    * Buena Vista County, Iowa
    * North Buena Vista, Iowa
    * Buena Vista (Stonewall, Louisiana), listed on the NRHP in Louisiana
    * Buena Vista (Leonardtown, Maryland), listed on the NRHP in Maryland
    * Buena Vista, Michigan
    * Buena Vista Charter Township, Michigan
    * Buena Vista Township, New Jersey
    * Buena Vista, Ohio (disambiguation), 4 different places are named Buena Vista in this state
    * Buena Vista, Oregon
    * Buena Vista Historic District, Nashville, TN, listed on the NRHP in Tennessee
    * Buena Vista, Virginia
    * Buena Vista (Roanoke, Virginia), listed on the NRHP in Virginia
    * Buena Vista, Portage County, Wisconsin, a town
    * Buena Vista, Richland County, Wisconsin, a town
    * Buena Vista Marsh, Wisconsin, a state wildlife refuge
    * Buena Vista Lake Bed, a watershed within the Great Basin
    * Montgomery-Janes-Whittaker House, commonly known as Buena Vista Mansion, listed on the NRHP in Autauga County, Alabama

Friday, December 9, 2011

Celebration - The Town that Disney Built

Celebration, Florida (the town that Disney built) is located on the south side of Route 192, five miles south of Walt Disney World at the intersection of I-4 and U.S. Highway 192 East.

Celebration is a master-planned community in Osceola County, Florida, United States, located near Walt Disney World Resort and originally developed by The Walt Disney Company. As part of the Orlando–Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area, Celebration's population was 7,427 at the 2010 census.

Subsequent to founding Celebration, Disney followed its plans to divest most of its control of the town. Several Disney business units continue to occupy the town's office buildings, and two utility companies, Smart City Telecom and Reedy Creek Energy Services, both operated from Walt Disney World, provide services to the town. The town itself remains directly connected to the Walt Disney World resorts via one of its primary streets, World Drive, which begins near the Magic Kingdom.

Celebration is separated into areas referred to as villages. The main village, closest to downtown, is where the first homes were constructed. North Village, closest to U.S. 192, houses the Georgetown Condos as well as Acadia Estate Homes. East Village includes Roseville Corner and Aquila Loop. Lake Evalyn, generally considered its own area of Celebration but not quite its own village, includes a small lake where one can find a multitude of ducks, alligators, and the occasional river otter. South Village houses the Spring Park Loop estate homes and Heritage Hall. Additionally, Siena Condos complete the outer edge of South Village by Celebration Blvd. Mirasol includes condos with concierge service and a day spa. Artisan Park is at the end of Celebration Ave and houses condos, town homes, single-family residences as well as a clubhouse consisting of a pool, gym, and restaurant.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Tipton Hotel from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody

The Tipton Hotel is a fictional apartment hotel set in Boston, from Disney Channel's The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.

The Tipton Building itself doesn't exist; shots of the building's exterior are pictures of the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Walt Disney World Preview Center [1970]

The Walt Disney World Preview Center (at one time located near the intersection of Interstate 4 and State Road 535) became the first building on WDW property to open to the public in 1970.

Q: Where was the Visitors Center located for Walt Disney World prior to opening? I remember visiting the center with my grandparents probably 1969-70.
Rick, Richland Center, Wisconsin

A [David Smith]: The Walt Disney World Preview Center was open from January 10, 1970, to September 30, 1971, in Lake Buena Vista, just off I-4 and Highway 535. The building is still there; it is now the national headquarters for the Amateur Athletic Union. The street on which it is located was originally named Preview Blvd., then later became Hotel Plaza Blvd.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Bart Simpson and Hannah Montana

The Simpsons make reference to Hannah Montana in a December 2007 episode. Bart writes on a blackboard - "The capital of Montana is not Hannah."

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