There has been quite a lot of interest lately in my vintage Walt Disney World photos (I have thousands dating back to the 70’s!), and am sharing a few today. Not everyone remembers that when Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa opened in June of 1988, it was called the Disney’s Grand Floridian Beach Resort (below). The exterior was was based on the Hotel del Coronado in California.
Continue reading Walt Disney World: Vintage Photo Memories – Disney’s Grand Floridian Beach Resort Under Construction
Today’s photo memory features a look back at all three versions of Disney’s Pirate & Princess Parties! This was a great event that was last presented back in 2008. I attended the original incarnation in the winter of 2007, followed by the summer 2007 version as well as the final incarnation in winter 2008 (renamed Mickey’s Pirate & Princess Party)! Pirate Mickey (below left) advertising the party outside the Magic Kingdom entrance. The Train Station is decorated for the party as we enter via a smoke filled magic carpet (below right)!
Continue reading Remembering Disney's Pirate & Princess Parties: 2007-2008
* Now updated with additional videos from weekend #1
Today we have photos and exclusive video from 2009’s first Star Wars Weekend at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! I also have available my Star Wars Weekends 2006 3-DVD Set featuring all of your favorite adventurers from that year (click HERE for more information)!
Continue reading Updated – Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios: Weekend #1 – Photos & Exclusive Videos
I have recently released Volume 2 in a series of Walt Disney World parade DVDs. The first volume is called Magic Kingdom Parade Classics (if you enjoyed parades like “Mickey Mania” and the “Remember the Magic Parade”, then check below for more details or to order!). This latest Volume, Magic Kingdom Parade Classics 2 features more current parades and includes the nighttime bonus “SpectroMagic”. Please check below for more details or to order.
Thanks to site partner MouseSteps, we have some great pre-opening photos from the 2009 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival!
The former Wonders of Life Pavilion (Above, left) becomes Garden Town for the festival. The Flowered Quilt display (Above, right) continues to grow in nicely.
Continue reading Part 2: Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Pre-Opening Photos and Video, Contemporary Resort Bay Lake Tower, Animal Kingdom Lodge
There has been continued interest in my vintage Main Street Electrical Parade Photos, and I’ve found more images that I will be sharing with you today! I hope you enjoy these photos taken either by myself or my father, Walter Lange – a Disney fan who shared the love of the parks with his family and got me started on all this.
Florida’s Main Street Electrical Parade opening unit (above left) announces the parade. “WDW’s 15th Float” (above right and below) was a special float to honor Walt Disney World’s 15th Anniversary. That float was only used for one season!
Note the one dimensional design of these early floats (above right).
The elusive “Pinocchio Underwater Unit” featured Monstro the whale (above left). A mystery (to me) has been resolved as many readers have identified the cars as from The Fox and the Hound – “Widow Tweed’s Car” (above right).
Continue reading Walt Disney World’s “Main Street Electrical Parade” – More Vintage Photos, Plus A Look Back At “The Hercules Electrical Parade” in NYC