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Riding The Rails

Engine 275, a Baldwin 4-6-0, en route from the Yucatan to Tampa, where it was refit and restored to become the Walt Disney World Railroad’s “Roger E. Broggie”

When Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom was being designed, Imagineers had to seek out steam locomotives to power the park’s new Railroad. In early 1969, two [...]

I Want To Go To There

Occasionally you come across a bit of old video that you don’t even remember directly but it stirs some primeval memory deep within and you just know you’ve seen it – probably a million times – long, long ago. This is one of those videos.

I’m not sure, but I believe this appeared on some [...]

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 [...]

The Circus Comes To Town

If you looked closely, you'd see tiny, angular carnies

The official Disney blog has released new artwork for Florida’s Fantasyland remodel, and it shows a new and revised perspective on the Storybook Circus area which will be based on the film Dumbo.

This “mini-land”, which occupies the space formerly belonging to Mickey’s Toontown Fair, [...]

Sponsors From The Past – The auto-train

From the very beginning, Disney theme parks have been closely tied to their corporate sponsors. This was born of necessity; Walt had to rely on those sponsorships to get Disneyland built in 1955, and it’s a tactic that the company has used ever since to differing levels of success or taste. The effect of this [...]