Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Walt at the Castle
It was the centerpiece of the park, and Walt Disney sure was proud of it! Of course I am referring to Sleeping Beauty Castle. For this post, I have assembled a few shots from my collection showing Walt at various stages of construction of the castle, starting off with two of Walt posing by the model for the castle.
I really love this shot; Walt looks so carefree in his Western hat, stepping out from the castle surveying his dream becoming a reality. He must have had one of his happiest days when this May 1955 photo was snapped.
A few more 1955 construction shots showing a more serious Walt as deadlines draw nearer for opening.
This famous shot of Walt doing an early-morning walk-through is a little bittersweet. It is only a few years before his passing, and his gait is not quite as spritely as the May 1955 construction shots. It is almost as if he is taking a final walk around the park before bidding it farewell.
Meanwhile, in DVD/Blu-ray land, I just watched the movie “When In Rome” (coming out on home video on June 15); have some tweens, teens, or young 20-somethings at home? This flick would make a good one to watch together. It’s harmless fun with a STELLAR cast: Danny DeVito, Anjelica Huston, Don Johnson, Peggy Lipton (yup, from “The Mod Squad"), and of course the leads, Kristen Bell & Josh Duhamel. Don’t expect “Citizen Kane” and you’ll be fine. Available at Amazon.com.
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