Disney’s Forgotten Treasure: Walt’s First Studio

Disney studio

Located super close to my house in Garden Grove, CA is the Stanley Ranch Museum. The museum is home to several of the original buildings and homes built in Garden Grove, the oldest dating back to the mid-1860s. Garden Grove is next-door to Anaheim, the home of Disneyland.The "studio" is actually a garage that had been owned by Walt's uncle, Robert Disney. His uncle allowed Walt to use the garage when he came to North Hollywood in 1923.The museum acquired the tiny studio in 1984 after The … [Read more...]

Would Walt Disney Approve of Modern Disney?


I don’t really know how many times I’ve heard a Disney employee say: “I think Walt would have liked this (or that)!” But I think it’s safe to say that it happens often. A new Promotion comes along, and it’s just what Walt would have thought up. A new Attraction is built, and it’s just what Walt would have designed. A new balloon color is chosen, and all of a sudden, it’s Walt’s favorite color!Top Executives and Imagineers alike are apt to claim that they are certain that they have Walt’s … [Read more...]

Bambi Two-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Coming March 2011


Coming to Disney Diamond Edition Bluray the beloved Disney Classic "Bambi." This title will be released on March 1, 2011 in both Bluray Packaging and DVD Packaging. (See the picture below)Here are some of the special Bluray features:• Features Disney Enhanced High Definition Picture and Sound • Disney's Second Screen - Content comes alive on your laptop, iPad, or smartphone as you watch the movie. • Disney View - 16x9 Full frame viewing experience • Intro by Diane Disney Miller • … [Read more...]

Walt’s Unsung Star: Remembering James MacArthur

Light with JM HH and WD

One of Walt Disney’s many talents was a flair for casting, and a genius for recognizing unusual talent. Although the application of this gift within the Animation trade is well-known, as is the roster of live-action stars who came to be associated with Walt, both professionally and culturally—Annette Funicello, Hayley Mills, Fess Parker, Fred Mac Murray, and Dean Jones to name a few—there is one actor whose relationship with Walt Disney is frequently forgotten: James MacArthur.Upon … [Read more...]

Best Things I Love About Disney – Walt Disney One Man’s Dream


I think I've mentioned the three things it takes for an attraction to make my "favorites" list, they are the back story, the quality of the theme, and the ride itself. This attraction made the list without really having any of these things. The back story is not needed because the attraction is the story. A theme is not needed because reality and history is the theme. There is no ride at this attraction. How did it make the list?This attraction is the story of Walt Disney and his dreams and … [Read more...]