Saturday, July 25, 2009
Disneyland Year 5: August 1960, Pt. 4
Howdy, Pardners—thanks for joining me in Frontierland today! On the left-hand side of photo #1, you can see the banner proudly proclaiming the newly updated Mine Train attraction known as Nature’s Wonderland, just above the Davy Crockett Frontier Arcade.
Over on the Rivers of America, Cascade Peak is thundering its majestic waterfalls, adding to the beauty of your Mark Twain Riverboat journey.
I know I’ve said it a million times before, but it sure is good to see the keelboats in action! Here’s one passing by Fowler’s Harbor.
Back at the Disney Family Museum, more great material has been released just to get the anticipation building for the opening. Here is the corresponding written material from the archive:
Gallery 2 - Hollywood (1923-1928): Walt arrived in California in 1923 hoping to find work as a director. But when he received a contract for his own work, he launched Disney Bros. Studio with his brother Roy. By the end of 1924, Walt was focusing on story development and directing and was no longer working as an animator. After several business setbacks, Disney created Mickey Mouse, which established Disney Bros. Studio as the leading animation studio in the country. With the third Mickey Mouse film, Steamboat Willie, Walt joined the vanguard of the talking-picture revolution by creating an animated film with synchronized sound. Both Walt and Roy Disney married during this period, Walt to Lillian Bounds, a studio inker.
Original artwork, including the earliest known drawings of Mickey Mouse, will illustrate Disney’s sensational success with his character. Other exhibit highlights include business correspondence between Walt and Roy, the move to the new Hyperion Studios, where Disney created four of its great animation features, and Walt’s meeting with and marriage to Lillian Bounds.
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