Friday, March 16, 2012

The Only Movie for which Walt Received Story Credit

Lt. Robin Crusoe is the only movie for which Walt Disney received a story credit (as Retlaw Yensid - Walter Disney spelled backward).

Lt. Robin Crusoe USN is a 1966 comedy film released and scripted by Walt Disney. The film stars Dick Van Dyke as a U.S. Navy pilot who becomes a castaway on a tropical island.

The film was based on Daniel Defoe's classic novel Robinson Crusoe. The US Navy cooperated in the film by allowing the producers to film on the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. Walt Disney arranged the world premiere of the film to be shown on the ship to its crew.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Owners of Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are not owned by The Walt Disney Company. They are owned by The Oriental Land Company - a Japanese leisure and tourism corporation. The Oriental Land Company pays a very large sum of money each month to Disney in character and likeness licenses, and Disney in turn has leased their Imagineers to the company to build the parks.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

La Nouba Milestone

La Nouba comes from the French "faire la nouba," which means "to party" or "to live it up."

On This Day in Disney History (march 14,2003), at 6 p.m., Cirque du Soleil celebrates a milestone at Walt Disney World, as the cast of La Nouba marks its 2000th performance at the Cirque du Soleil theater at Downtown Disney West Side.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Castaway Cay & Tom Hanks

Castaway Cay, a private island in the Bahamas purchased by Disney to use as a stopover for its cruise line ships, was originally known as Gorda Cay. Gorda Cay was used for filming - the beach scene where Tom Hanks first encounters Daryl Hannah in Splash was shot on the island.

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