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By Paul Anderson, Todd James Pierce

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Celebrating and Preserving Walt Disney's Creative Legacy

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  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 24 Oct 2020

So, take a stroll back to 1964, to the center point of world creative activity, the legendary New York World’s Fair. Move around the Tower in real time. Examine the spinning pinwheels and carousel cutouts, all of them true to Rolly Crump’s original designs. The post Project: Fairwinds Version 2.0 has been released appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 18 Mar 2020

What better movie to choose for the month of March, then Darby O’Gill and the Little People. While we may be getting a little long in the tooth for this month, we wanted to get it out there in time for St. Patrick’s Day! The first post for our Movie of the Month typically covers the […] The post March 2020 MotM- Darby O’Gill and the Little People (Part 1) appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 12 Feb 2020

Part 1- The story of how Walt Disney’s interest in international culture shaped his films and his park. Episode Links: iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/j34rl38Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=85297&refid=stpr GooglePlay: http://tinyurl.com/jurtey3 I-Heart-Radio: http://tinyurl.com/zlnbn5a Bandcamp (subscribers): dhipodcast.bandcamp.com Part 2- The story of how Walt Disney’s interest in international culture shaped his films and his park. Episode Links:iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/j34rl38Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=85297&refid=stprGooglePlay: http://tinyurl.com/jurtey3I-Heart-Radio: http://tinyurl.com/zlnbn5aBandcamp (subscribers): dhipodcast.bandcamp.com Part 3- The story […] The post DHI Podcast 084-086: Walt and Internationalism (3 Parts) appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 11 Feb 2020

Way back in Part One of coverage of Snowball Express, we talked about the movie being released as a double-play alongside The World's Greatest Athlete. The post 2020 February MotM- Snowball Express – Part 3, The Double Play appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

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This week, we are going to look at the supporting/supplemental articles that are included with the pages of the Snowball Express Campaign Manual. The post 2020 February MotM- Snowball Express – Part 2, Supporting Articles appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

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Now that we Northern Hemisphere folks are in the middle of winter, we've decided that a movie focused on the type of weather we are experiencing would be appropriate, "Snowball Express"! The post February 2020 Movie of the Month- Snowball Express – Part 1 appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 15 Jan 2020

When promoting a movie, studios such as Disney would normally give newspapers and theaters prewritten articles to help get things going. Today we are looking at one titled, “Wall Disney’s “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier”— Perfect Blend of Historical Fact With Wonderful Entertainment”. Articles such as this are used to help build up […] The post January 2020 Movie of the Month- Part 2 appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 11 Jan 2020

This month the Disney History Institute is proud to cover one of the Pop Culture Classics, Davy Crockett- King of the Wild Frontier. As I was going through the many pages of the campaign manual for this movie, which stated out as a serial on the Disneyland TV show, I was not able to find […] The post January 2020 Movie of the Month- Part 1 appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 19 Nov 2019

With the Disney Company releasing their new Disney+ streaming service, DHI will be covering a feature film each month. With Disney+ starting out with so many productions from their vault, we have decided to start with the wonderful classic, “The Shaggy Dog”. Each month we will covering different aspects of the movie here on our […] The post DHI’s November Movie- “The Shaggy Dog”: The Campaign Manuals Synopsis appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 25 May 2018

Did a 1934 exhibition of mechanical presidents inspire Walt Disney to build his own Audio-Animatronics? The post DHI 050 – An Unusual History of Audio-Animatronics appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 25 May 2018

In 1966, Walt's team laid out plans for the Florida resort--plans for hotels very different than those built years after his death. The post DHI Podcast 049 – Walt’s Lost Hotels appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

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In 1950, Roy Disney visited Florida and had an experience that may have changed the course of the Disney empire. The post DHI 048 – Roy Disney Goest to Florida appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 02 May 2018

  “Atommobiles approaching snowflake specimen. All phases stand by to verify resolving power…” I’m excited to finally release the DHI VR experience for Adventure Thru Inner Space, Project: Snowflake! This has been in the works for quite some time, and after several hurtles, the public gets to go back to an attraction that hasn’t be in […] The post Adventure Thru Inner Space VR – Project: Snowflake appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 24 Apr 2018

Think you know the story of Mary Blair and the famous Five-Legged Goat? The popular story may be wrong. This time on the DHI Podcast. The post DHI 047 – Mystery of the Five-Legged Goat appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 24 Apr 2018

In the 1930s, artists saw "The Sweatbox" as the practice that pushed Disney's animation beyond work produced by rival studios. The post DHI 045 – The Secret History of The Sweatbox appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 30 Nov 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean. Haunted Mansion. Adventure Thru Inner Space. These are a few of the attractions that X Atencio helped create. The first part of his story–from animation inbetweener to Imagineer–is an hour-long podcast posted this month. Episode 044. Episode Links: iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/j34rl38 Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=85297&refid=stpr GooglePlay: http://tinyurl.com/jurtey3 I-Heart-Radio: http://tinyurl.com/zlnbn5a The post DHI 044 – X Atencio & The Path of the Imagineer – Part 1 appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 30 Nov 2017

In 1932, the Technicolor Corporation created a unique process system to present full-color presentations using images captured only on black-and-white film. Instead of looking to one of the major studios to premiere their full-color process, they looked to Walt Disney and animation. The story of Technicolor and its longtime connection with Walt Disney Productions is the subject […] The post Adventures in Color – Parts 1 and 2 appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 19 Jun 2017

Photos of Pandora, The Land of Avatar taken at night, during the grand opening weekend of the new area at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The post Pandora at Night appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 27 May 2017

Pandora in Panos by Todd James Pierce Our current series on the DHI Podcast explores how Pandora is an extension of Walt Disney’s original design approach for the theme parks. To help illustrate this discussion, I’m posting up a dozen or so panos of Pandora that I took before it opened. In these pics (below), […] The post Pandora in Panos appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 26 May 2017

The Road to Pandora – Parts 1 and 2 by Todd James Pierce The strange story of how the Walt Disney Company finally built Pandora, the World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Links to Episode 040 and 41 – The Road to Pandora – Parts 1 and 2: iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/j34rl38 Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=85297&refid=stpr GooglePlay: http://tinyurl.com/jurtey3 […] The post The Road to Pandora – Parts 1 and 2 appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 21 Apr 2017

Woman on a Wire Part 2 by Todd James Pierce On the DHI podcast this month, we continue our story of Women on a Wire, tales of aerialists who rode the wire as Tinkerbell at Disneyland. In this episode, we focus on Mimi Zerbini, the second woman to play the pixie. To illustrate the episode, […] The post DHI Podcast 038 – Women on a Wire Part 2 appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 27 Mar 2017

Jack of All Trades – Conversations with Disney Legend Ken Anderson by Paul F. Anderson For a limited time, the publisher of Jack of All Trades by our own Paul F. Anderson will be reduced to 99 cents for the Kindle edition and $9.99 for the paperback edition. Find it here. The post Jack of All Trades – Ken Anderson appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 16 Mar 2017

DHI Podcast 037 – Women on a Wire – Part 1 The surprising story of the 70-year-old woman who flew as Disneyland’s first Tinkerbell. iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/j34rl38 Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=85297&refid=stpr GooglePlay: http://tinyurl.com/jurtey3 I-Heart-Radio: http://tinyurl.com/zlnbn5a The post DHI Podcast 037 – Women on a Wire – Part 1 appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 10 Mar 2017

Disney Legend, Bill Sullivan talks about the early days of Disneyland, when the park was new and Walt could be found wandering the walkways. The post DHI 036 – Bill Sullivan and the Early Days of Disneyland appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

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DHI Podcast 035 – Project Spring In the early 1960s, Walt Disney explored building a tourist attraction in Monterey, California. The story of that never-built project on the DHI Podcast. iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/j34rl38 Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=85297&refid=stpr GooglePlay: http://tinyurl.com/jurtey3 Libsyn: http://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/5054160 The post DHI 035 – Project Spring appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 10 Mar 2017

DHI Podcast 034 – Project Satellite Five years after Disneyland opened, Walt explored building a series of micro parks across the country, parks roughly three to four acres in size and filled with Fantasyland-style attractions for kids. The story of these never-built micro parks, known inside the company as Project Satellite, on the DHI Podcast. […] The post Project Satellite appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 10 Mar 2017

DHI Podcast 032 – The Bible Storyland Fiasco In 1960, when two ex-Disneyland designers tried to create a religious theme park thirty miles east of Anaheim, disaster ensued. iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/j34rl38 Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=85297&refid=stpr GooglePlay: http://tinyurl.com/jurtey3   The post The Bible Storyland Fiasco appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 15 Nov 2016

JOURNAL OF A DISNEY HISTORIAN BY PAUL F ANDERSON ANOTHER DHI FIRST ~ WALT DISNEY PHOTO BOMBED!!! The Disney History Institute is well known for insightful and rare Walt Disney history! Here we are once again (tongue planted firmly in cheek). While rummaging through some long-forgotten files here at the Institute, I happened upon this […] The post JOURNAL OF A DISNEY HISTORIAN~New Tomorrowland, Steamboat Willie, Walt & Polo & Walt Photobombed appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 20 Oct 2016

The Yippie Invasion of Disneyland by Todd James Pierce The other multi-part podcast I produced over the summer was focused on the Yippie Invasion at Disneyland. The Yippies–generally politically-oriented hippies organized by Abbie Hoffman–staged a large demonstration at Disneyland during the summer of 1970, a demonstration that escalated to a point where 150 officers in […] The post The Yippie Invasion of Disneyland appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 25 Sep 2016

The History of It’s a Small World Over the summer–when my workload is lighter–I’ve worked to put up two more lengthy series on the DHI Podcast. The first of these series focuses on Walt Disney’s efforts to populate the New York World’s Fair with Disneyland-style pavilions and attractions. For the series I was able to […] The post Podcast: The History of It’s a Small World appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 31 May 2016

  After several months of development, the Disney History Institute is proud to announce the first of our downloadable digital recreations – Project: Fair Winds. Project: Fair Winds recreates a long-gone, centerpiece icon from Walt Disney’s efforts at the 1964-1965 World’s Fair in New York, the Tower of the Four Winds. Initially designed by Disney […] The post Project: Fairwinds goes live! appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 08 Mar 2016

The Disney-MGM Studio Backlot in Burbank Part Four: Then Come The Real Problems! by Todd James Pierce The real problems for Disney emerged in the final months of 1987. Though the Disney-MGM Studio Backlot had originally been budgeted at $150 million to $300 million, in September Disney received new estimates from architecture, engineering, and construction […] The post Disney-MGM Studio Backlot in Burbank – Part 4 appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 03 Mar 2016

The Disney-MGM Studio Backlot in Burbank Part Three: Behold, The Studio Backlot! by Todd James Pierce Despite the two MCA lawsuits, Disney continued to develop plans for the Disney-MGM Studio Backlot in Burbank. For the Texposition mall in Dallas, Disney had used the term “festival marketplace” to categorize the project. But as the Burbank project […] The post Disney-MGM Studio Backlot in Burbank – Part 3 appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 01 Mar 2016

Early Disney Films on Blu-Ray Just a quick note: Though the Walt Disney Company has released most of its early animated films on blu-ray, the company hasn’t put many of their early live action features into this format. Some of these films can be downloaded in HD from Amazon and iTunes. But maybe you’re like […] The post Old Movies Move Up To Blu-Ray appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 01 Mar 2016

>>The Jack Lindquist Story: Disneyland in the 1950s<< by Todd James Pierce This past week, Disney Legend Jack Lindquist passed away at the age of 88. On the podcast, the story of how Jack Lindquist, as Disneyland’s first advertising manager in 1955, transformed the amusements industry forever. [Episode 018] Link to the DHI […] The post DHI Podcast: The Jack Lindquist Story appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 26 Feb 2016

The Disney-MGM Studio Backlot in Burbank Part Two: Studio Execs Behaving Badly by Todd James Pierce In the early months of 1987, Burbank city officials worked toward an agreement with Disney to build a theme-park-slash-shopping-center in their downtown district, an agreement that would go through nine drafts. At issue was the money: Disney wanted to […] The post Disney-MGM Studio Backlot in Burbank – Part 2 appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 23 Feb 2016

The Disney-MGM Studio Backlot in Burbank PART ONE by Todd James Pierce   PROLOGUE Years before Disneyland, Walt briefly explored the idea of using trains to offer guests a brief tour of his animation studio in Burbank. Though the idea had likely been percolating for a while, the concept was brought into play in 1948. […] The post Disney-MGM Studio Backlot in Burbank – Part 1 appeared first on Disney History Institute.. . .

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