Wednesday, October 27, 2010

An Original Walt E. Disney Check

Monday, October 18, 2010

1970 - At The Disneyland Hotel

Dining by the water's edge, watching multi-colored lights sparkle on 40-foot fountains, spending a soothing session at the Health Spa, or fishing in a pond stocked with several-thousand trout are just a few of the many assets the Disneyland Hotel offers its guests.

For this summer — and all-year-round — the Disneyland Hotel has 1,000 attractive and comfortable guest rooms, 24 conference and exhibit areas, not to mention the massive Convention Center, which includes the Exhibit Hall, meeting rooms, and the elegant Grand Ballroom.

And, for your comfort and pleasure, there are soothing saunas, an Olympic-size swimming pool, "The Cove" swimming pool with waterfall slides, "Luau" grounds for parties, Miniature Golf — even a Driving Range.

To make shopping an enjoyable and convenient experience, the Disneyland Hotel features over 20 boutiques that range from an art gallery to a gourmet shop. And the Hotel's many services for its guests include closed-circuit television to keep them informed on activities throughout the Hotel and Southern California, a Travelport, babysitters, and transportation to Disneyland via the sleek Disneyland-Alweg Monorail.

When it comes to dining, the Disneyland Hotel's eight specialty restaurants have something for every appetite whether it's a cocktail at the scenic "Sailmaker's Den," filet mignon in the quaint English atmosphere of "The Oak Room," or a sizzling steak at "El Vaquero."

Unique shops, superb restaurants, superior accommodations, plus many helpful and informative services make the Disneyland Hotel a vacationer's finest bet on where to stay when visiting Southern California. And, best of all, "the happiest place on earth" is just a monorail ride in the sunshine away.

From the Summer 1970 edition of Vacationland magazine, published by Disneyland.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Dave Smith's from Disney Archives Final Day of Work

T H E   D I S N E Y   H I S T O R Y

October 15, 2010

Disney Legend Dave Smith, the founder and head of the Disney Archives, puts in his final day of work at the Burbank studio. Smith started the archives after being approached by Walt Disney’s family, including Roy O. Disney four years after Walt’s death in 1966, to preserve the history  of the company.

The Marcio Disney Network has an entire blog  dedicated to him! It's called The Disney Archives and Mysteries:

In the video below, Dave Smith, receives the Disney Legends award, 10/10/2007:

Dave Smith (Archives)
Inducted 2007
Walt Disney Archives founder and chief archivist David R. Smith officially joined The Walt Disney Company on June 22, 1970, but his Disney roots are even deeper.

A fan of Disney films throughout his youth, Dave adds, "I grew up in Southern California, and so my appreciation of Disneyland began as a child." In 1967, he had become interested in compiling an extensive bibliography on Walt Disney. With approval from the Disney organization, he spent more than a year researching all Disney publications and productions. 

When the Disney family and Studio management decided to attempt to preserve Walt Disney's papers, awards and memorabilia, it was natural for them to contact Dave to do a study, and make a recommendation which established the guidelines and objectives of the Archives. Dave was selected as archivist, and in the years since the Archives was established, it has come to be recognized as a model among corporate archives in the country?and Dave is regarded as the final authority on matters of Disney history. 

Born on October 13, 1940, and raised in Pasadena, Dave graduated as valedictorian from both Pasadena High School and Pasadena City College. He earned his B.A. in history at the University of California at Berkeley. While in school, Dave worked part-time for six years in the Manuscript Department of the Huntington Library in San Marino. 

Upon receiving his Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of California in June 1963, he was selected as one of seven outstanding graduates of library schools throughout the country to participate in an internship program at the Library of Congress in Washington. 

He returned to California where he served for five years as a reference librarian at the UCLA Research Library. While there, Dave authored several articles and had bibliographies published on the Monitor and the Merrimac Civil War warships, and on Jack Benny. 

Of his Disney role, Dave said, "The thing I like best is the tremendous variety in our work. We never know when we come to work in the morning what we'll be doing that day. It keeps the job interesting when you're not doing the same thing day in and day out." 

Dave has written extensively on Disney history, with a regular column in The Disney Channel Magazine, Disney Magazine, Disney Newsreel, and numerous articles in such publications as Starlog, Manuscripts, Millimeter, American Archivist, and California Historical Quarterly. He is the author of the official Disney encyclopedia Disney A to Z (now in its third edition), with Kevin Neary he co-authored four volumes of The Ultimate Disney Trivia Book, with Steven Clark he co-wrote Disney: The First 100 Years, and he edited The Quotable Walt Disney. Dave has written introductions to a number of other Disney books. 

"My greatest reward has been getting to know the many people who have come to use the Archives over the years. I have been especially proud to be a guide and mentor to so many young people who have gone on to exceptional careers in the Disney organization." Dave says humbly. 

"I have had the pleasure and privilege to work with Dave Smith for nearly 35 years," author and animator John Canemaker says, "and, to me, he has always been legendary. For his steady building of the Disney Archives over the years into one of the greatest, most invaluable, world-class resources for studying American animation?and for his kindness and generosity to all researchers." 

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Magic Worlds of Walt Disney - The August 1963 issue of National Geographic

The August 1963 issue of National Geographic featured "The Magic Worlds of Walt Disney," a 49-page article by Robert De Roos. It also featured a rare photo (taken by Thomas Nebbia) of Walt, his wife and their grandchildren in the Disneyland Fire Station apartment ... a photography first!

Monday, October 04, 2010

Disneyland's Helicopter Passenger Service

From the late 1950s to 1968 Los Angeles Airways provided regularly scheduled helicopter passenger service between Disneyland and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and other cities in the area. The helicopters first operated from Anaheim/Disneyland Heliport, located behind Tomorrowland. Service later moved, in 1960, to a new heliport north of the Disneyland Hotel. Arriving guests were then transported to the Disneyland Hotel via tram.

English: Los Angeles Airways Sikorsky S-61L helicopter,
lifting off from the Disneyland Heliport, 1963.
This is the same aircraft that crashed—killing all on board
in August, 1968. Note the Matterhorn Mountain in the background.

The service ended after two fatal crashes in 1968: The crash in Paramount, California, on May 22, 1968 killed 23 (the worst helicopter accident in aviation history at that time). The second crash in Compton, California on August 14, 1968, killed 21

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