1960 - Reader's Digest article "Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom" hits newsstands. Thanks to DLD History you can read the entire article. Here's a small snippet from the article
"Now Walt has created his own park, to satisfy - in parents as in children - the profound human hunger to wonder, be amazed and make believe. With that incomparable Disney sorcery he has combined fantasy and history, adventure and learning in a way that sets every tendril of the imagination to tingling."1995 - Blizzard Beach opens. You don't expect to find a Ski Lodge in Central Florida, do you? Here's how it all came to be according to the Disney website.
(Disney Map of Blizzard Beach)
"After a freak snow storm blanketed Florida in white, a ski resort sprang up with slalom courses, toboggan slides and iceberg walkways. When the weather shifted back to hot, the whole resort started to melt. What to do?
An enterprising alligator saw an opportunity. Clad in a scarf and hat, the gator slid down the ski jump, shouting "Yahoooo!" all the way. With a big splash he landed in a pool of melted snow below the mountain, and the slushy, slippery slopes became an exhilarating water park like no other in the world."
- Yeti - Monsters Inc.
- Hamm - Toy Story I, II, III
- Underminer - The Incredibles
- Mack - Cars
- Mustafa - Ratatouille
- John - Wall-e
- Construction Foreman Tom - UP
2006 - Walt Disney World's only Railroad Foreman - George Britton - works his last day. He was hired in 1969 to refurbish the turn-of-the-century steam engines, he had them in pristine condition when the park opened in 1971. He was honored with a window to be put up on Main Street.
(This photo is part of a great article about the WDW Railroad on Mouse Planet.)
1939 - The Academy Award winning Ugly Duckling is released. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story, it is a color remake of a 1931 black and white Disney cartoon short.
1995 - Walt & Roy's younger sister Ruth passed away.
2006 - Expedition Everest officially opens in Animal Kingdom. The roller coaster set inside a snowy mountain is Florida's highest peak, and is made of 1,800 tons of steel and covering more than 6 acres.
Hope you enjoyed this week's Disney history.