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Happy 114th Birthday Walt Disney
DisneyDan  Saturday, December 5, 2015 8:15:00 AM
Today is 5th December, which would have been Walt Disney's 114th birthday.

Born in Chicago on 5th December 1901 to Canadian father Elias and American mother Flora, Walt found himself growing up in a rapidly changing world. The automobile, electricity and telephones were amongst the new technologies that were gradually altering the way people went about their everyday lives.

Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

Soon came World War I, and Walt found himself too young to enlist - but he did anyway!
While away he discovered his talent for drawing, and became known for decorating the helmets his comrades had found, with illustrations.

Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

From there Walt developed his talents further, and found himself creating characters and shorts such as the Alice comedies and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

Meeting Oswald

Sadly Oswald wasn't too lucky for Walt, but it did spur him onwards to develop a new character in 1928 - Mickey Mouse.
Mickey was Walt, and Walt was Mickey. 

Walt's - An American Restaurant

Exploring Walt Disney Studios Store

Walt Disney was a creative genius, who was far ahead of his time. Bringing a whole new definition to the world of film and television, Walt pioneered many new concepts and technologies.
Walt won more Oscars during his lifetime than any other person, a record that he still holds.

Exploring Walt Disney Studios Store

Wandering thru the Studios

With his studio now one of the best in the world, Walt turned to other things. Bigger things.
Walt's ultimate dream was of course Disneyland; a place where anyone can come and have fun, away from reality.
In July 1955 Disneyland opened and has since become probably the most famous theme park in the world. Capturing Walt's very essence, and offering a true escape from the outside world, Disneyland was, and continues to be, the Happiest Place on Earth.

Nighttime on Main Street

Disneyland Fire Dept

Of course, Walt's dream grew and grew, and so did Disneyland, to the point where Walt dreamt even bigger!
Florida was to be the home of Walt's final dream, one which sadly he did not get to see through to completion (having passed away in 1966). Walt dreamt of a huge community where people not only lived and worked, but where they played an vacationed; known as EPCOT. A complete city built from the mind of this brilliant man.
Walt Disney World opened in October 1971 by his surviving brother and business partner, Roy, and was dedicated to Walt having changed the name from simply Disney World to Walt Disney World.

WDW Sept 2008 - Heading towards the castle

Walt Disney's Window

Although Walt's vision of EPCOT never came to fruition as he saw it, it certainly has come true. Walt Disney World has given Central Florida a different identity to what it had 50 years ago. From swamps to a metropolis filled with hotels, malls, other theme parks and indeed entire communities of people who live and work there. Walt Disney World itself has thousands of Cast Members who live and work at the resort, who come from all over the world, ensuring that Walt's final vision is forever captured in an amazing and colourful reality.

Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

Over a century after his birth, we are on the brink of the 12th Disney Park opening (Shanghai, 2015/16), have a world filled with hundreds more movies, TV shows and even stores, a cruise line and much, much more.
All the parks have their own little nod to Walt and his dreams, remembering the man who started it all.

Walt's Window in World Bazaar

Wandering down Main Street USA

Wandering down Main Street

Christmas at the Partners Statue

Wandering up Main Street USA

Photos of Walt and Lilly in Lilly's Boutique

Hall of Fame

Salon Mickey

Walt Disney lived to entertain, and entertained for a living. He gave the world a slice of imagination and inspiration that is unrivalled, and that will continue for many more decades.

Happy 114th Birthday, Walt Disney. We thank you for your dedication to your dreams.

Wandering up Main Street USA

Salon Mickey

Salon Mickey

Partners Statue and Cinderella Castle

Happy 87th Birthday Mickey and Minnie Mouse!
DisneyDan  Wednesday, November 18, 2015 8:08:04 AM
Hello everyone,

Today is the 87th birthday of the two most famous mice in the world, Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

On 18th November 1928, Walt Disney's Steamboat Willie debuted to the public, and stars were born.

Without Mickey and Minnie, we wouldn't have the Disney company that we have today. For that we are eternally grateful to Walt Disney, and of course Mickey and Minnie, and look forward to many more decades of fun and laughter with them.

Happy 87th Birthday Mickey and Minnie!

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Happy 69th Anniversary Song of the South!
DisneyDan  Thursday, November 12, 2015 10:33:36 AM
Hello everyone,

Today is the 69th annviersary of the premiere of Disney's Song of the South. A film that has caused controversy over the years, Song of the South is not one that readily celebrated, however, the characters do appear at the Disney parks around the world. We love to meet the Brers, and so in my usual style, I thought I would share some of our favourite moments with them,   [ Read More... ]
Character A to Z - A is for Abby Mallard!
DisneyDan  Friday, October 30, 2015 6:48:55 AM
Hello everyone,

In a new series here on the blog I want to take a close-up look at all the characters Jon and I have personally seen over the years. I figured the easiest way to do this would be to go alphabetically through our main list, and so I decided to call the series 'Character A to Z'. My intention is not to provide too much text going forward, instead, really just showcasing some of our favourite moments with that character, in photos, from the Disney Parks around the world.

Obviously we have to start at the top of the list, and   [ Read More... ]
Happy 44th Anniversary Walt Disney World Resort!
DisneyDan  Thursday, October 1, 2015 10:16:33 AM
Today is the 44th anniversary of the grand opening of the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and the 33rd anniversary of EPCOT!

For 44 years Walt Disney World has enchanted millions of guests from all over the world with its incredible attractions, amazing entertainment and excellent service and facilities.

In our usual style, here's a cavalcade of photos of   [ Read More... ]
Happy 85th Birthday Pluto and 88th Birthday Oswald!
DisneyDan  Saturday, September 5, 2015 1:40:16 PM
Hello everyone,

Today, 5th September, is Pluto's 85th birthday! First appearing in the Mickey Mouse short "The Chain Gang" in 1930, Pluto was first seen tracking Mickey down after he escaped from prison! Since then though, Pluto has become Mickey's faithful companion and one of his best friends.

Today is also the 88th birthday of   [ Read More... ]
Happy 14th Anniversary Tokyo DisneySea!
DisneyDan  Friday, September 4, 2015 9:15:11 AM
Today, 4th September, is the 14th anniversary of the grand opening of Tokyo DisneySea at Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan.

Extravagant, incredibly detailed, beautifully themed and elaborately decorated, Tokyo DisneySea set a new bar in theme park design, becoming an instant hit with not just the Japanese, but world over.

Its seven themed ports offer an incredible array of attractions, stores, dining venues and experiences that are all amazing in their own individual ways. We have been fortunate enough to visit Tokyo DisneySea numerous times over the years, most recently in May of this year, which of course means we have taken many, many photos there!

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Happy 13th Anniversary Lilo and Stitch!
DisneyDan  Tuesday, June 16, 2015 3:21:46 PM
Today is the 13th anniversary of the premier of Disney's 42nd animated classic, Lilo & Stitch.

Stitch is one of our most favourite characters to see at the Disney Parks around the world, and we have enjoyed having many adventures with him and his friends over the past thirteen years. Let's take a look at some of our favourite moments from our photos.

Happy 13th Anniversary to Lilo, Stitch and all their friends!

Meeting Stitch

Disney On Ice - Passport to Adventure

Having fun with the Characters at Stitch's Hawaiian Paradise Party

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting


Disney On Ice - Passport to Adventure

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

DLP June 2011 - Stitch's Hawaiian Paradise Party

Meeting the cast and Characters of Discoveryland Celebrates!

Rock-It Out... Stitch's Club 626 Dance Party

Mickey's Costume Party Cavalcade

Meeting Pirate Stitch! :D

DDE 30th Anniversary Event

Happy 81st Birthday Donald Duck!
DisneyDan  Tuesday, June 9, 2015 9:17:25 AM
Starring in more roles than his best pal Mickey, Donald Duck is hot tempered but ever lovable. His very human, and often hilarious, frustration with the more irritating side of life has provided entertainment to his fans since his debut in the Silly Symphonies on 9th June 1934. Donald Duck’s ever suffering love interest is Daisy Duck, who along with her short temper, make the perfect match.
A very keen traveller, Donald is also friends with Jose and Panchito whom he met on his exploits to South America.
While something very small can make him flip, Donald's down to earth approach to life means he is adored by generations of fans world over.

Happy 81st Birthday, Donald Duck!

Donald Duck

Donald Duck

Disney On Ice - Passport to Adventure

Meeting Donald Duck

Kitchen Beat

Dinner at Chef Mickey

Easter Monday Brunch

Meeting Donald Duck

Mickey and Company

Easter Sunday Brunch

Character fun on Main Street USA

Happy 32nd Anniversary Tokyo Disneyland!
DisneyDan  Wednesday, April 15, 2015 8:21:35 AM
Today is the 32nd anniversary of the grand opening of Tokyo Disneyland at Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan.

As always, I thought I would share with you some photos from our trips to the park over the years.

Happy 32nd anniversary Tokyo Disneyland!

Exploring World Bazaar

Cinderella Castle

Exploring Tom Sawyer Island


Riding Big Thunder Mountain

The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents Aloha E Komo Mai!

"it's a small world"

Exploring Toon Town

Exploring Westernland


Exploring Adventureland

Once Upon a Time

Wandering around World Bazaar

Exploring Tomorrowland

Once Upon a Time

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