Friday, December 19, 2014

Holly Jolly Holiday Fun

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Walt Disney World press photo
"Holly Jolly Holiday Fun", 1994
Here is another press photo from 1994 highlighting holiday celebrations at WDW.  This time it is the Jolly Holidays Dinner show held in the Fantasia Ballroom at Disney's Contemporary Resort that ran from 1992-1998.  The show was a "...magnificent musical extravaganza featuring a cast of more than 100."  You can read Jim Korkis' reminiscence of the show on Mouse Planet & even see an amateur video of the hour long show shot in 1994.  (The Dancing Hippos are at 26:00)
Have a Holly Jolly Holiday, everyone!


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Toy Land

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'Toy Land', 1994
You know that it is almost Christmas when the filming of the Christmas Day parade has been completed at Walt Disney World.  Here is a press photo from 1994 showing the iconic toy soldiers marching around the hub in front of Cinderella Castle.  The rocking horse is still part of the parade today but it is now ridden by a cowboy/elf. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

3rd Anniversary

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Walt Disney World 3rd Anniversary photo
October 1, 1974
3 years ago I began sharing my Walt Disney World collection here.  What better way to celebrate than by doing it in Disney Style.  For their early anniversaries, WDW recreated their opening day cast member photo.  Up until this point that was done in front of Cinderella Castle.  But with the pending opening of Space Mountain in early 1975, the new attraction was used as the backdrop for the 3rd Anniversary photo.
These photos were given to cast members.  This one belonged to Tom Henry who worked in the Planning Department at the time.  You can read more about his work and his time at WDW on his company webpage.
Thank you for celebrating with me for the past 3 years.  I look forward to many more.