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A Model Kingdom, 1968

One hallmark of Walt Disney World since its very earliest inception is the ambitious master plan; the sweeping, grand vision which is slowly whittled away and watered down once the practicalities of construction and the vagaries of history take their toll. While the construction of the resort in the late 1960s involved a massive amount [...]

I Want To Go To There.

Artist’s rendering of Thunder Mesa, circa 1969

No, this isn’t a big article about Western River Expedition. I’m not yet ready to make that rite of passage that every Disney blog eventually must face. It’s been something I’ve wanted to do since day one, but I just haven’t had that breakthrough of research yet to [...]

Some Weekend Viewing…

Much to my excitement, I’ve just discovered that Martin Smith has set up his own site to present his now-famous park tribute videos. His latest magnum opus is an 85-minute tribute to Walt Disney World’s Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and their unrealized sister project Thunder Mesa. Check it out!

UPDATE: Foxx [...]

The Cookiecutter Effect

As stated by Tangaroa so eloquently in his previous blog, Disney has gone overboard in promoting their parks as one identity, and we could really give two cents. In fact, it strikes me as uncreative and cheap (although I like the pictures). When Walt Disney World opened, Disney realized that a bulk of their guests [...]