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Small Wonder: Disneyland’s 1977 Christmas Parade

All lined up: float models for Disneyland's Very Merry Christmas Parade 1977. In the late 1980s, I was a designer at the off-site Disney art facility on Olive Street in Anaheim. In our building there was a warehouse aisle of stacked crates containing some of the most beautiful miniature models you've ever seen, some harkening

By |2015-12-29T02:15:00-05:00December 29th, 2015|Categories: Walt Disney World Resort|Comments Off on Small Wonder: Disneyland’s 1977 Christmas Parade

Now In Print: The Progress City Primer

By Michael - November 5th, 2015 I’m thrilled to announce that after more than a year of work, The Progress City Primer is now available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook from a variety of booksellers. At 340 pages, the book contains 33 stories covering the full span of Disney history from Walt’s time until today.

By |2015-11-05T00:32:27-05:00November 5th, 2015|Categories: Around the Web, Books, Disney History, The Progress City Primer|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Now In Print: The Progress City Primer

Wally

"I've made quite a name for myself doing this act... And I don't like it." -Wally Boag (Paint doodle by Jody Daily) Disney ImagineerDisney Star Wars Resort Tampa Web Design Disney World Resorts Info

By |2015-10-13T20:17:00-04:00October 13th, 2015|Categories: Walt Disney World Resort|Comments Off on Wally

Disneyland’s Unknown Muppet Parade

"Here Come The Muppets" Parade models, 1990. With the Muppets' recent comeback for a new generation, I was reminded of my brief brush with Muppetdom in early 1990. "Here Come The Muppets" was the title for a proposed Disneyland parade that would have featured giant inflatable characters rolling down Main Street on floats, similar to

By |2015-09-29T16:04:00-04:00September 29th, 2015|Categories: Walt Disney World Resort|Comments Off on Disneyland’s Unknown Muppet Parade

The Ghastly Hatter

"The room they were in was an unfinished attic, and as they turned to run out the door, another ghostly manifestation appeared and blocked their way. He was a cloaked figure with an evil, grinning face. A hat box hung from his hand…" In 2009, Jody and I fabricated a reincarnation of the original Disneyland 1969

By |2015-05-04T23:57:00-04:00May 4th, 2015|Categories: Walt Disney World Resort|Comments Off on The Ghastly Hatter

To the Moon with Frank Soltesz

Hey Kids!   Write your name here!Impress your earthbound friends with a souvenir of your round-trip flight to the moon aboard Disneyland's TWA Rocket!  This exciting illustration of the Moonliner exiting the Earth's atmosphere with its tripod gear retracted, was created by artist Frank Soltesz.   Artist Frank Soltesz in his studio, circa 1947 I've

By |2015-04-07T13:52:00-04:00April 7th, 2015|Categories: Walt Disney World Resort|Comments Off on To the Moon with Frank Soltesz

“Hawaiian Eye” Tiki

Way back in 2006, as the collectible tiki mug craze was reaching its height, I made a special mug just for myself based on a (then) fifty-year-old television program that I was completely obsessed with.  Hawaiian Eye, produced by Warner Brothers in Burbank and originally broadcast on ABC-TV from 1959 to 1963, was a "private

By |2015-03-30T06:43:00-04:00March 30th, 2015|Categories: Walt Disney World Resort|Comments Off on “Hawaiian Eye” Tiki

Steaks and Chops

Let's journey back to "grandmother's day" with some wonderful artwork—part of an original pencil layout—created in 1955 for a rare full-color newspaper section presenting some of the "many delights and wonders that are yours to enjoy at Disneyland."The text written to accompany this page:"The Red Wagon Inn is one of several charming eating places in

By |2015-01-25T14:42:00-05:00January 25th, 2015|Categories: Walt Disney World Resort|Comments Off on Steaks and Chops