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  • 50 years ago Saturday, Pirates of the Caribbean opened at Disneyland

    03/18/2017 1:54:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 18, 2017 | Mark Eades
    ANAHEIM – A half-century ago today, Pirates of the Caribbean opened at Disneyland with great fanfare, and Ron Hanford was there. “It lived up to everything,” he recalled, now 71 and living in Rancho Cucamonga. This week, like so so many times over the years, he was back enjoying Disneyland – and Pirates... It was the last attraction overseen by Walt Disney, opening three months after his death. What is now a 15-minute journey in a boat that bobs past fireflies, pirates firing off cannons, drinking pirates and those trying to escape a jail cell – with that catchy tune...
  • How Disneyland has changed decade by decade

    07/17/2016 6:38:41 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 54 replies
    Orange County Register (multiple links in body of thread) | July 11-17, 2016 | Mark Eades
    Part 1: This is how Disneyland looked in 1955Part 2: This is how ​Disneyland changed from 1956 to 1959Part 3: Here's how Disneyland looked and changed in the 1960sPart 4: This is how Disneyland looked in the 1970sPart 5: Star Tours, Captain EO, Splash Mountain – see how Disneyland changed in the 1980sPart 6: From 'Fantasmic!' to Toontown, this is how Disneyland changed in the 1990sPart 7: Gold, diamonds and new lands for the new century at Disneyland
  • Sheriff: Body of boy attacked by gator found at Disney

    06/15/2016 2:31:48 PM PDT · by murron · 94 replies
    USA Today, WTSP ^ | 6-15-2016 | William Cummings
    ORLANDO — The boy of a 2-year-old boy attacked by an alligator near a beach late Tuesday has been found near the Grand Floridian Hotel at Walt Disney World.
  • ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK - THE LAST WALTS - LIVE 1967

    05/03/2016 5:52:11 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 24 replies
    youtube ^ | 5/3/16 | Engelbert Humperdinck
    ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK - THE LAST WALTS - LIVE 1967
  • Why Does the Walt Disney Co. Prefer Communists to Christians?

    03/25/2016 6:03:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/25/2016 | David French
    Let’s begin with two news items. First, in June the Walt Disney Co. will open a new, $5.5 billion theme park in Shanghai, China. China is a great place to make money, but it’s also the land of systematic human-rights abuses, forced abortions, state churches, labor camps, and brutal crackdowns. Disney — undeterred, and with its eyes firmly fixed on the financial prize — actually permits the Chinese government to co-own the park. Meanwhile, back in the United States — the land of political and religious freedom — Disney is threatening to scale back its operations in the state of...
  • Disney CEO Bob Iger Defends ABC News Over Accusations of Liberal Bias

    03/03/2016 11:53:44 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 19 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 3-3-2016 | Paul Bond
    "I assure you, if we felt George was not presenting it fairly or were bias, he would not be on our air," Iger said of George Stephanopoulos. "It's something we take very, very seriously, and we monitor closely." Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger defended ABC News and one of its anchors, former Democratic party advisor George Stephanopoulos, against charges of liberal bias when pressed to do so Thursday by a shareholder who works for a conservative advocacy group. "Are we perfect? No. But I believe the overall presentation of ABC News, the reputation of ABC News, is one that we are...
  • Film of Disney's first creation, lost in 1928, is found

    11/03/2015 2:32:11 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 3, 2015 | Will Gompertz
    A film of Walt Disney's first animated creation, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, which has been lost since 1928, has been discovered. [Video at link]
  • China's Silicon Valley power play

    09/23/2015 9:45:32 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/23/15 | Cory Bennett and Katie Bo Williams
    Chinese officials have summoned top American tech executives to Seattle for a forum on Wednesday in a show of force that could make the Obama administration’s standing in Silicon Valley appear weak by comparison. Beijing moved up the date of the annual event to coincide with President Xi Jinping’s U.S. visit and reportedly pressured major Silicon Valley players to send their chief executives to what is normally an annual summit for midlevel management, threatening regulatory scrutiny if they didn’t comply. “It’s not really voluntary,” said Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Jason Healey, a former director of cyber infrastructure protection at the...
  • ESPN's Uncomfortable, Unnerving Relationship With The NFL

    08/25/2015 12:53:45 PM PDT · by detective · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | Maury Brown
    Maybe itÂ’s all just a coincidence. Stranger things have happened. Given enough time and enough events, things just happen to align. After all, Walt Disney DIS +2.60%-owned ESPN is the biggest sports outlet, and the NFL is the most popular sport in America. Given enough news and enough stories, could ESPN simply appear to be favoring the NFL with biased stories, peddling misinformation, and making moves to protect the NFL? IÂ’m not the first to whisper these words.ď„żď„ż And, given the amount of money that ESPN pays the NFL to air games, well, every story that favors the NFL as...
  • ESPN Tightens Its Belt as Pressure on It Mounts

    07/22/2015 1:00:39 AM PDT · by iowamark · 46 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/9/2015 | Shalini Ramachandranand Joe Flint
    Sports-TV powerhouse ESPN, a profit machine that has long towered over the media landscape, is showing signs of stress as the pay-TV industry goes through an unprecedented period of upheaval. A decline in subscribers as customers trim their cable bills, coupled with rising content costs and increased competition, has ESPN in belt-tightening mode, people familiar with the situation say. The company, majority owned by Walt Disney Co., has lost 3.2 million subscribers in a little over a year, according to Nielsen data, as people have “cut the cord” by dropping their cable-TV subscriptions or downgraded to cheaper, slimmed-down TV packages...
  • VIDEO: Disneyland's first kids: These two were the first boy, girl in the gate in 1955

    07/16/2015 4:50:28 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 52 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | July 16, 2015 | Joseph Pimentel
    They were supposed to be in Mexico that day, not at the opening of some amusement park. But 7-year-old Michael Schwartner persuaded his parents to take a detour. And then his cousin Christine Vess tripped and skinned her knee. And that’s how Michael and Christine became the very first official guests in Disneyland 60 years ago this week and unexpectedly received a lifetime of privileges. That’s how they were escorted past 15,000 people, how they met Walt Disney, and how they posed with Disney for a photograph beamed around the world.
  • Walt Disney’s Little Known Obsession With Salvador Dali Comes To SF, Reveals Mysterious Side...

    06/17/2015 7:41:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | June 16, 2015
    Walt Disney’s Little Known Obsession With Salvador Dali Comes To SF, Reveals Mysterious Side Of Disneyland’s CreatorIt turns out the man behind Mickey Mouse liked quirky cats. Besides his love of wholesome entertainment, Walt Disney also had an appreciation for the eccentric that led to a short-lived partnership and decades-long friendship with surrealistic artist Salvador Dali. Although their styles and personalities were dramatically different, Disney and Dali shared a fascination with the fantastic. They brought their vivid imaginations together shortly after World War II to work on an animated feature called “Destino,” which wasn’t completed until long after their deaths.
  • Last Task After Layoff at Disney: Train Foreign Replacements

    06/03/2015 8:32:49 AM PDT · by Theoria · 61 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03 June 2015 | Julia Preston
    The employees who kept the data systems humming in the vast Walt Disney fantasy fief did not suspect trouble when they were suddenly summoned to meetings with their boss. While families rode the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and searched for Nemo on clamobiles in the theme parks, these workers monitored computers in industrial buildings nearby, making sure millions of Walt Disney World ticket sales, store purchases and hotel reservations went through without a hitch. Some were performing so well that they thought they had been called in for bonuses. Instead, about 250 Disney employees were told in late October that...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Big Fisherman"(1959)

    04/20/2014 12:47:14 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1959 | Frank Borzage
  • Not so fast, there, Meryl Streep: Did you know that that Walt Disney was a misogynistic Jew-hater?

    02/02/2014 7:42:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/02/2014 | Bill Schanefelt
    Did you know that that Uncle Walt Disney was a misogynistic Jew-hater?   I didn't either until Meryl Streep informed me and the rest of the world of those purported facts the other day at one of those gatherings where the glitterati touch each other's, er rather, pat each other on the back and spout drivel. Former Reagan speechwriter Clark S. Judge finds such notions fatuous: ...I was dismayed...when...Disney (was called) a "gender bigot" and an anti-Semite....[since] [t]he lead animator in Bambi...was a woman....[and he] had numerous Jewish friends, business associates and employees, supported a number of Jewish charities...
  • Saving Mr. Disney

    01/20/2014 4:31:38 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 60 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 1-20-14 | John Podhoretz
    The year is 1961. A wonderful and kind and nice and glorious man named Walt Disney must convince a mean and nasty and crazy woman named P.L. Travers to allow him and his movie studio to do something really nice for his children and your children and everyone’s children. Our hero—call him Walt, everybody does, except P.L. Travers, because she’s mean and nasty and insists on “Mr. Disney”—wants to make a movie out of Travers’s book Mary Poppins, because he promised his kids he would, and a man never backs out on his promise to his kids. P.L. Travers is...
  • Critics: Facts don’t back up Meryl Streep’s Walt Disney bashing

    01/10/2014 4:28:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 10, 2014 | Hollie McKay
    LOS ANGELES – Meryl Streep’s Tuesday speech in which she labeled the late Walt Disney a “gender bigot” is being criticized by some who worked with the Hollywood legend, and others who have a much different take on the Hollywood giant’s life. Walt Disney animator Floyd Norman, who worked alongside the mogul on films including the classic “Sleeping Beauty,” told us Streep is simply misinformed. “I arrived at Disney in 1956 as a young artist. Surprisingly, there were a fair number of young women working in the art department. I too had heard that women were not allowed in animation....
  • Walt Disney, Unlike Actress Emma Thompson, Didn’t Support a Child Rapist

    01/10/2014 8:41:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 01/10/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks If you were browsing news sites yesterday, you may have come across Meryl Streep’s rant about what a racist Nazi anti-semite that Walt Disney was and what an amazing human being Emma Thompson is.It’s easy to take shots at a dead man, but Walt Disney’s character was framed by angry left-wing union members in a town where mildly conservative politics led to cries of “Fascist”.The evidence that Walt Disney ever supported the Third Reich is flimsy and hearsay. There’s far more evidence that his critics supported the USSR.And the evidence for...
  • Meryl Streep slams Walt Disney as racist, anti-Semitic

    01/08/2014 8:15:59 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 81 replies
    CBS ^ | Jan 8 2014 | CBS
    Meryl Streep had some choice words to say about Walt Disney during remarks she made Tuesday at an awards gala where she was honoring "Saving Mr. Banks" star Emma Thompson. The "August: Osage County" star called out Disney as both sexist and anti-Semitic while presenting the best actress prize to Thompson at the National Board of Review awards in New York.
  • ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Reveals the Battle Over Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’

    11/26/2013 4:56:23 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 66 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Oct 21 2013 | Nico Hines
    No wonder Mary Poppins needed a spoonful of sugar. The forthcoming Saving Mr. Banks is a dark film that tells the heart-breaking true story behind one of the great characters in children’s movie history. P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), the nanny’s formidable creator, is pitted against Walt Disney (Tom Hanks), who promised his daughters that he’d bring Poppins to the big screen. The thing is, that pledge goes against the author’s wishes. Saving Mr. Banks goes behind the scenes of the ferocious battle to make what was to become the famous 1964 musical adaptation. For 20 years, Travers refused to grant...