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Walt And Chicago… Did You Know??

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September 15, 2012
Walt And Chicago… Did You Know??

Hello my friends!! It’s the middle of September, school is back in session, so I figured I would share with you another fun connection between Walt Disney & Chicago ( & me!) Walt’s father, Elias Disney, worked as a carpenter for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago! The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition was held in...
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Did you know…the connection between Sue the T-Rex, Chicago, and Walt Disney World?

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July 15, 2012
Did you know…the connection between Sue the T-Rex, Chicago, and Walt Disney World?

As you all know, I live in the south suburbs of Chicago, home to some of the most amazing museums in the world! One of my favorites, even from when I was a little kid, is the Field Museum! I always loved wandering around, looking at all the artifacts from Egypt, American Indians, and...
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The Windows of Main Street U.S.A.

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June 26, 2012
The Windows of Main Street U.S.A.

Main Street U.S.A., its home for all of us who are truly Disney Fans.  As you walk down and smell the fabulous baked goods and see the wonderful storefronts you just feel like “I am finally home!”  But, have you actually taken the time to explore Main Street? I am not talking about the...
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John Hench’s Final Tale

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May 3, 2012
John Hench’s Final Tale

When arriving at a Disney Park, we often check our notion of truth at the ticket gate.  Fanciful stories consume us and we are able to leave behind the sorrows and troubles of our everyday lives.  It is an enchantment.  It is a place where Imagineers direct our thoughts and allow us the chance to “suspend our beliefs” by immersing us in atmosphere...
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Citizens of Hollywood

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May 3, 2012
Citizens of Hollywood

“Welcome to the Hollywood that never was—and always will be,” said Michael Eisner, then-chairman of the Walt Disney World Company, when the third of the four Walt Disney World Parks opened on May 1, 1989. In partnership with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the Park was originally named Disney-MGM Studios. The name changed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios (DHS)...
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Walt & Chicago…did you know?

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April 14, 2012
Walt & Chicago…did you know?

Hello WDW Fan Zone readers! I wanted to share a fun fact I learned a few years ago while working at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. I found out that Walt had visited Chicago in 1948 to attend the Chicago Railroad Fair and to study the Museum’s exhibits in preparation for the construction of Disneyland.  Ward Kimball also...
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Disneyland Paris- A Fairy Tale Finally Come True?

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March 24, 2012
Disneyland Paris- A Fairy Tale Finally Come True?

In a land far, far away, in a place were fairy tales were born, stands a Disney castle that trumps all her local rivals.  Next month,  Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant turns 20, but planning for this international expansion began in 1975, (just 9 years after Walt’s passing).  Research for a...
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The Cornerstones of Legends Plaza

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March 23, 2012
The Cornerstones of Legends Plaza

  Legends Plaza at The Walt Disney Studios reminds me that not often in one’s life can you be surrounded by such greatness in one location.  The many notable men and women that have shaped The Walt Disney Company have been immortalized in this special spot in Burbank, California.  Last we met, we looked...
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A Lack of (90’s) Character

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March 10, 2012
A Lack of (90’s) Character

by Lindsay Diamond Last week, my father and I strolled the streets of Downtown Disney, taking in the busy sights and sounds. While shopping in and around the stores, I noticed a playlist playing music from Hercules, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Mulan. (I, personally, would’ve also added Tarzan to that mix,...
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The Walt Disney World Utilidors

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March 8, 2012
The Walt Disney World Utilidors

The Utilidor system at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is top secret, like a James Bond I-could-tell-you-but-I’d-have-to-kill-you kind of thing. Photographs of their interior are strictly forbidden, but I was able to find an excellent website, Hidden Mickeys of Disney, that not only displays a photo but also offers tunnel details and maps of their...
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