Wednesday with Walt: The Gift of Mentorship

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"A lot of young people think the future is closed to them, that everything has been done. This is not so. There are still plenty of avenues to be explored." - Walt DisneyNext week, my baby boy will graduate from high school. This is a bitter-sweet time for me as I realize that the long chapter in my life of raising three children is coming to an end. Still, I look forward to what he will become and how he has his whole future ahead of him to make of it what he will. Feeling so nostalgic of … [Read more...]



I love this site – The Monorail Society

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Picture a world where every major city had a rapid transit system of the future. Walt Disney did just that as he envisioned the technology of the Monorail being utilized in place of light rail or car or bus transportation.He even campaigned for this in political circles, but his untimely death ended this dream, and the monorail's future. At least, for the most part, in North America. But in other parts of the world, the monorail is alive and well, and flurishing! With commercially viable … [Read more...]



Keys to the Kingdom: Liberty Square

GUIDED TOUR

During my Keys to the Kingdom tour this past November, I learned so many awesome details about the Magic Kingdom. This is another installment of the memories from that wonderful tour. Spoiler alert!Walt Disney was a genius in many areas. One such area was his attention to detail. He always wanted everything to be perfectly represented in the park as design integrity was very important to him. If Walt didn’t know exactly how something should be represented he would gather a research team to … [Read more...]



Wednesday with Walt: Just Daddy!

Walt and Lillian Disney tried very hard to keep their daughters unaware of their daddy’s fame. Few studio people were invited to the house and they never talked about the studio in front of the girls. They wanted a normal life for them. One day, after an afternoon party, little Diane came home, threw herself into her father’s arms, embraced him and asked “Father, are you THE Walt Disney?”I can imagine that being the daughter of someone so well-known must have been such a feeling of pride. I … [Read more...]



Wednesday with Walt: Sunny-Side Up

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“Everybody in the world was once a child. So in planning a new picture, we don’t think of grownups, and we don’t think of children, but just of that fine, clean, unspoiled spot down deep in every one of us, that maybe the world has made us forget, and that maybe our pictures can help us recall.”  – Walt DisneyI remember watching Walt Disney’s Pollyanna when I was a young girl. Being a fun-loving child who was always trying to look on the bright side of things, I really related to Pollyanna. … [Read more...]