The Great Photo Hunt is Underway!

January 25, 2012

Over the past several months, I have grown increasingly impressed by the initiative of the Disney community to not only celebrate Walt Disney World as it exists today, but to create a comprehensive history of the Parks, from the attractions to the general layout of the lands.  No one does this better than the team at

Whether it’s side by side photo comparisons of Future World or trying to uncover the mystery of the Frito Kid, the amount of time and attention to detail they put into their blog posts is truly remarkable and appreciated.
And now, they could use your help!  Several weeks ago, ImagineeringDisney put out a request to their readers to scan and submit their early Disney photos.  They are looking for photos from Walt Disney World or Disneyland, preferably from the early years of any of the parks, or of sights and attractions that have since been removed.  Even if the picture seems like it might just feature a crowd in Tomorrowland, there are a number of details that show insight to the atmosphere of the park from that time period.

I submitted the above photo of my and Gertie the Dinosaur in MGM Studios from June 1990.  When I sent in the photo, I was not sure if there was anything in there which would be helpful, but it was all I had available.  As it turns out, there is something there!  If you notice on Gertie’s back, you can see part of the words “Ice Cream” which were placed there during the initial construction.  At some point, those letters were removed.  According to Mitch from, it was rumored they were removed within the first few months of MGM’s opening, but my photograph helps to show they were there at least a year.  It’s a minor detail, but does help to create a more comprehensive timeline for changes within the park.   With millions of Disney fans online, many of whom have been visiting Disney since their childhood, just imagine what other bits of information could be hiding out there, maybe even in one of your photographs.  These visual contributions from the Disney fan community are integral in piecing together the details of lost attractions and imagery that were the foundation of what made Walt Disney World and Disneyland so great and set the stage for a lifetime of memories.

If you would like to submit your photos to, or learn more about what they are looking for and how they will use your pictures, you can read their blog posts on the subject here and here.

Happy Photo Hunting!

Theresa is an absolute Gertie the Dinosaur fanatic and wants to warn you this will not be the last appearance she makes in a WDWFanZone article. If you want to hear more about her love of Gertie, you can follow Theresa on twitter @DisneyArb!


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4 Responses to The Great Photo Hunt is Underway!

  1. Tami on January 25, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    That’s adorable! Look how young you were in 1990! OUCH, way to date me, Theresa! ;-)

    Great post, I didn’t know about Imagineering Disney – headed to their site now to check it out! Thanks.

    • Theresa M on January 25, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      Ha! Well, by looking at my neon outfit, I’m sure you can just pretend that was sometime in the mid-80s if it makes you feel better ;-)

      Hope you enjoy their site – their newest post about the Disney balloons totally put a smile on my face when I first read it!

  2. Melanie on January 30, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Aweee… look how cute. And I think neon hung around for the first few years of the 90’s. I was in high school & remember some fluorescence in my wardrobe.

    Vintage Disney pics are really cool. Never thought about a comprehensive archive of them.

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