Earlier today, Disney Legend and the founder of the Walt Disney Archives, Dave Smith, was honored with a tribute window on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland.
After a career that changed the landscape of the media and entertainment industry, as well as the literal landscapes of Disney Parks, today is Bob Iger’s last day working for the Walt Disney Company.
On this day in 1910, Disney Legend Marvin Davis was born in Clovis, New Mexico. Marvin played a key role in the early stages of Disneyland designing the layout and architecture of the park.
Few people Walt Disney tapped to help him build Disneyland had any actual amusement park experience. At some point, the Disney team knew it needed to bounce its ideas off people who owned and operated parks.
On this day in 1906, Disney Legend Bill Cottrell was born in South Bend, Indiana. Known as “Uncle Bill” on the Disney Studio lot, Bill was the first president of WED Enterprises, the predecessor to Walt Disney Imagineering.
On this day in 1931, Disney Imagineer Bob Gurr was born in Los Angeles, California. As Bob likes to say, “If it moves on wheels at Disneyland, I probably designed it.”
born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In the early years of Disneyland, if something in the park moved, then there was a good chance Roger was somehow involved.
"Dig those chips, dig that gold, dig those chips of corn." Soon after Disneyland opened in the summer of 1955, the Frito Kid welcomed park guests to the Casa de Fritos restaurant with catch phrases about Fritos corn chips.
In Disneyland’s early years its shops were operated by retailers who leased the space. One small shop on the north-east block of Main Street, U.S.A. sold a very small product - children’s shoes. The Blue Bird Shoes for Children store was an original Main Street shop when Disneyland opened in 1955.
It was during this month in 1954 that Walt Disney secured something of royal importance for his Disneyland project – a carrousel. The search for what would eventually become King Arthur Carrousel started with Walt reaching out to Ross Davis, one of the owners of Griffith Park. Ross helped Walt locate a carrousel for sale…