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Oh, Eisner – 1986 Edition

Previously, on as the Eisner turns, we’d seen our doughty new CEO wrap up his first complete year at the helm of Disney alongside his stalwart counterpart Frank Wells. Profits were on the rise, due in no small part to Eisner’s affinity for raising prices at the popular Disney resorts while cutting costs. There had [...]

Looking Back

By now, probably every blog out there has covered the death today of singer Michael Jackson. While I won’t pretend to be much of a fan of Jackson – at least of anything he’s done in the last 25 years – it is shocking and somewhat jarring to have a figure that was such a [...]

You remember Hooter, right?

Again we travel to 1986 via the magic of Progress City Public Access TV. This time we take a look at what’s new at Walt Disney World that year – note that it’s all at EPCOT Center. The clips are framed with the device of our noble hosts picking their favorite things at Walt Disney [...]

We’re Havin’ A Party

The year was 1986.

Walt Disney World was celebrating its 15th anniversary, and Regis Philbin was there to document the history of the Vacation Kingdom. Regis was only the “man on the street” reporter for the 1986 Very Merry Christmas Parade; Joan Lunden and Ben Vereen provided the live and awkward commentary from the booth. [...]