The Strange Neighborhood on WDW Property

By Keith Mahne

You see that marker on the map above? I’m going to zoom in on it in a moment, but isn’t that strange? It’s a tiny neighborhood on WDW property! But who lives there? Who are these lucky people and why has Disney allowed them to stay there so long? Let’s get our detective hats on and try to find out what exactly is going on at this tiny piece of paradise after the page break…

Let’s start by zooming in on the location and taking a real close look over the property…

What in the world could this be? How in the world are there 9 houses tucked away on Disney World property? Well let’s see what it looks like at street level just by using Google Maps…

We see Disney manufactured street signs marking the road to this secret location, but what’s going on in the next picture…

Can you see all those signs telling you to stay out?!? No wonder there isn’t a Google Maps street view of the neighborhood. That first sign…can you make it out? It reads “Service & Authorized Vehicles ONLY”. But this is a neighborhood, why do we have to stay out?

In order to fully understand what I believe this neighborhood is we have to take a look back to the beginning of the Walt Disney World Resort and a little thing called the Reedy Creek Improvement District.

The Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID) is the immediate governing jurisdiction for the land of the Walt Disney World Resort. As of the late 1990s, it comprised an area of 38.6 sq mi (100 km2) within the outer limits of Orange and Osceola counties in Florida. The RCID includes the cities of Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, and unincorporated RCID land.

After the success of Disneyland in California, Walt Disney began planning a second park on the East Coast. He also disliked the businesses that had sprung up around Disneyland, and therefore wanted control of a much larger area of land for the new project. As a result, Disney used multiple shell companies to buy up land at very low prices from unknowing landowners in the area that would eventually become the district. These company names are listed on the upper story windows of what is now the Main Street USA section of Walt Disney World, including Compass East Corporation, Latin-American Development and Management Corporation, Ayefour Corporation (named because of nearby I-4, or Interstate 4), Tomahawk Properties, Incorporated, Reedy Creek Ranch, Incorporated and Bay Lake Properties, Incorporated.

On March 11, 1966, these landowners, all fully owned subsidiaries of what is now The Walt Disney Company, petitioned the Circuit Court of the Ninth Judicial Circuit, which served Orange County, Florida, for the creation of the Reedy Creek Drainage District under Chapter 298 of the Florida Statutes. After a period during which some minor landowners within the boundaries opted out, the Drainage District was incorporated on May 13, 1966, as a public corporation. Among the powers of a Drainage District were the power to condemn and acquire property outside its boundaries “for the public use”.

Original EPCOT Model

However, Walt Disney knew that his plans for the land would be easier to carry out with more independence. Among his ideas for his Florida project was his proposed EPCOT, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, which was to be a futuristic planned city (and which was also known as Progress City). He envisioned a real working city with both commercial and residential areas, but one that also continued to showcase and test new ideas and concepts for urban living.

Therefore, the Disney Company petitioned the Florida State Legislature for the creation of the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which would have almost total autonomy within its borders. The planned EPCOT city was also emphasized in this lobbying effort. Chapter 67-764[1] of the Laws of Florida was eventually signed into law by Governor Claude R. Kirk, Jr. on May 12, 1967, creating the District. On the same day, Governor Kirk also signed the incorporation acts for two cities inside the District: Bay Lake (Chapter 67-1104) and Reedy Creek (Chapter 67-1965). (The City of Reedy Creek was renamed the City of Lake Buena Vista around 1970.)

Map showing RCID cities of Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista. The arrow points to the location of our strange neighborhood.

So what does all of this have to do with our original question of what in the heck that little neighborhood is doing on Disney World property? Well this is what I believe it is…

You see, a five-member Board of Supervisors governs the District, elected by the “landowners of the District. These members, senior employees of The Walt Disney Company, each own undeveloped land within the District, the only land in the District not technically controlled by Disney or used for public road purposes. The only residents of the District, also Disney employees or their immediate family members, live in two small communities, one in each city. In the 2000 census, Bay Lake had 23 residents, all in the community on the north shore of Bay Lake, and Lake Buena Vista had 16 residents, all in the community about a mile north of Downtown Disney. These residents elect the officials of the cities, but since they don’t actually own any land, they don’t have any power in electing the District Board of Supervisors.

So there you have it folks! These lucky residents of a quant little community on Walt Disney World property are the reason we see this neighborhood hidden away. Time to figure out two more things…the first, where is the other community hidden, and the second….how in the hell do I become a resident?!? Keep your eyes open until we meet again with the answers to the remainder of the puzzle and let us know what you think about all of this in the comments below. That was fun!!

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Motion Mondays: Pirates of the Caribbean 1967

By Keith Mahne

This week’s Motion Monday article is a real treat! We are about to take a ride on Pirates of the Caribbean shortly after it opened in 1967. The original “Lust” sequence is still in place. Continue after the page break for a quick look at the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction…

Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

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Evacuating the Caribbean

By EPCOT Explorer

What you are about to see are truly amazing pictures of Walt Disney World’s Pirates of the Caribbean in the throes of an evacuation and not under regular show lighting. Recently, WDW Pirates of the Caribbean has been suffering from some operational problems and thus, has been evacuated more frequently than usual. A friend graciously shared these pictures from his experience from several weeks ago. With this in mind, it is currently rumored that Pirates will close from May to September of this year so as to facilitate a refurbishment of the attraction and get it back up to operational standards. While this 5 month period might not involve any large aesthetic or thematic changes, it’s hopefully long enough to correct some major problems with the Audio Animatronics and set lighting and effects. In 2007, The Haunted Mansion underwent a refurbishment of the same length, and to be frank, that refurbishment totally revitalized that attraction, bringing it up to the level of quality and care that these classic rides deserve. Let’s take a look at these rare photos after the page break…

The back of the set.

Look at all that detail! Yes, the pirates themselves are cartoony caricatures of buccaneers, but the set pieces are rife with texture. Some of that texture, I might add, is an illusion and lots of wood-grain and stone work is painted on and is actually flat. But considering the illusion and artistry at hand is exactly why Pirates of the Caribbean remains a classic and in need of preservation and attention.

EPCOT Explorer has been visiting the Walt Disney World Resort since he was 2 years old and has recently just made his first visit to Disneyland. EPCOT Explorer’s first ‘Disney’ interest is the history of EPCOT Center of his youth and the brand of optimism, futurism, and culture that was originally found in the park. Other interests include the thematic interplay of design elements in Disneyland and the Magic Kingdoms that make these theme parks repositories of culture and Americana. EPCOT Explorer is also interested in the World’s Fairs for their connections to EPCOT and tiki culture, since the return of the Enchanted Tiki Room to Walt Disney World in 2011. EE’s writings often focus on the minutia of Disney’s enterprises and attempt to uncover how and why the parks function in the manner that they do. EPCOT Explorer is currently a graduate student and Teaching Assistant in History at Florida International University. EPCOTEXPLORER.TUMBLR.COM

You can find all of EPCOT Explorer’s articles here.

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Andre the Giant visits Disneyland – 1975

By Keith Mahne

As the picture states, “Disneyland has many astonishing wonders. Another wonder was added, if only for a day, as it was treated to a rare visit by Andre The Giant. It was a visit neither Disneyland nor Andre will ever forget.” Today, we’ll travel back to 1975 and visit Disneyland the day this wrestling wonder had the time of his life at the Happiest Place On Earth. We will even see a photo of Andre posing with the rarely seen Main Street Cinema ‘phantom’ somewhere in Fantasyland…a rare sight indeed! Continue after the page break and have a look as Andre The Giant has a little fun at Disneyland in 1975…

WHOA!!! Can you believe this used to be a character on Main Street?!?!

Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

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Disney Documentary Hour: Disneyland’s 25th Anniversary

By Keith Mahne

Welcome back to Disney Avenue’s Disney Documentary Hour segment! This time we’ll travel back to 1980 and celebrate Disneyland’s 25th Anniversary. Filmed throughout the Park, this made-for-TV special hosted by Danny Kaye follows the story of a young boy (Adam Rich) on his first ever trip to The Happiest Place on Earth. While there, he encounters many interesting characters (all played by Danny Kaye) who tell him various tidbits on the park’s history. We’ll see musical numbers by Donny Osmond and Michael Jackson, as well as group sing alongs that include many actual Disneyland cast members and guests! Continue after the page break as we watch Kraft Salutes Disneyland’s 25th Anniversary…

Since the 60th anniversary of Disneyland is around the corner, I thought it would be fun and entertaining to look back on this past television special for Disneyland’s birthday. Kraft Salutes Disneyland’s 25th Anniversary is a television special commemorating the 25th anniversary of Disneyland. It originally aired on CBS on March 6, 1980. We’ll head back to the original Magic Kingdom for this one, as Danny Kaye hosts the show (and is many of the characters you’ll see) celebrating the silver anniversary of Disneyland. While Kaye is the most present celebrity, he’s far from the only one.

Others seen include the Osmonds, whose segment features a flashback of their original appearance the four oldest brothers made on the “Disneyland After Dark” special from 1962, as well as Michael Jackson, Patrick Wayne, the son of the legendary John Wayne, Ruth Buzzi, John Schneider from the “Dukes of Hazzard”, and many other Disney favorites, such as Annette Funicello, Fess Parker, and several others.

During most of the program, you’ll see a young boy (Adam Rich) being bored and wanting to go home, but after dreaming about a fantastic world opened to him by an “F” ticket (Disneyland attractions had tickets going from “A”-“E” in those days that you had to purchase separately), after which he wanted to stay, but is convinced to go home. It’s a real Disney classic and a fun way to look forward to Disneyland’s 60th! Enjoy the show:

Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

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A Walk in the Park: Disneyland Edition – Visiting the new Smokejumpers Grill

By Daisy Sparks

Over the weekend, the former Taste Pilot’s Grill opened as Smokejumpers Grill. It is the first location to reopen in the now renamed area, Grizzly Peak Airfield (formerly known as Condor Flats). The transformation of this area from a barren airstrip that hosted test pilots, to a California High Sierras theme, will help with a seamless transition into the Grizzly River Run and Grand California Hotel area. Let’s take a visit to the new Smokejumpers Grill in this week’s Walk in the Park article…

Here is the concept art that was released earlier this year.

Here is the exterior today. There are lots of outdoor seating to enjoy the California weather.

This quick-service restaurant location received both an exterior and interior make-over. The menu still offers burgers and fries. The new décor and theme pay tribute to California firefighters who go into remote wildfires. These highly trained firefighters are known as “smokejumpers” (Knowing this information helps you to appreciate all the little details that you can find both outside and inside SMOKEJUMPERS GRILL.) The display cases outside the entrance contain these interesting flyers and informational pieces.

Here is the interior concept art.

Here is what it looks like now. It is worth the time to walk around to look at all the details and smokejumper paraphernalia that is on every wall and corner of the newly remodeled location. 

The menu consist of theme park basics of burgers, fries and even alcoholic drinks. There is a kids menu that available, too.

There is this condiment bar that has some fancy sliced pickles you can enjoy. Here were some samples of the food offerings. They tasted pretty good, especially if you are hungry.

Smokejumpers Grill is a great place to get a quick bite or the perfect late night snack. The portions are easy to share. Lots of seating, too. Finally, here are some of my favorite themed items inside the quick-service location. 

Outside of this location, you can get a peek at some of the rock work being done for the Grizzly Peak Area. It is interesting to see the work in progress.

One final update in regards to the former Luigi’s Flying Tires attraction that opened in 2012 with Carsland. It’s final day of operation was February 16, 2015. This Disney/Pixar concept art was released earlier this year.

Luigi’s Festival of the Dance” will open in this location sometime in 2016. The name is tentative. The exterior entrance and interior queue is just like the movie so it looks like that will remain as there are no walls around those areas. Imagineers are always creative with their construction signs so I appreciated these on the existing wall that cover up the ride area.

I always appreciate all the Disney details in the final work and even in the constant refurbishments that have to happen during Park operating hours.

Daisy Sparks grew up in Southern California and Disneyland was a regular part of her life. While in college, she started working at Disneyland as a Main Street Merchandise Host. Her “college job” led to 12 adventurous years working with Mickey Mouse. She was a trained Magic Demonstrator, Hat Writer and was even signed off as a Disneyland Monorail Ride Operator. Daisy loved every minute of it while she held various management positions in Merchandise, Business Operations and Attractions. 
Daisy is married to her college sweetheart, David (a former Jungle Cruise Skipper). David solicited Daisy’s Duck’s help in memorable engagement proposal that took place at Disneyland’s Club 33. Daisy left Disneyland in May 2001 to raise her two daughters. She continues to visit the Disneyland Resort multiple times a week as a Guest. Daisy particularly loves the Disneyland heritage because of all of the little details and stories that make it “the happiest place on earth.”
You can read more about Daisy’s Disneyland adventures over on her personal blog at DisneyDaze .

You can find all of Daisy’s articles here.


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Remakes…Remakes Everywhere

By Lindsey Allmon

There is something about remakes that simultaneously sends hope and excitement bubbling through our veins and a ball of dread sinking to the pit of our stomachs. On one hand, we love seeing our favorite stories come to life on the big screen once again, fresh and reimagined. Yet with that reimagining comes the fear that films that have been beloved for years may be slaughtered in their new production. While I understand the apprehension when it comes to these “new” films, perhaps there are some things that we can learn to love about remakes. Continue after the page break for six reasons why we shouldn’t hate the remake. (Warning: Spoiler alerts for films such as Cinderella(2015) and Maleficent(2014) ahead)…

Explanations We’ve Been Craving

There’s a popular concept on the internet known as “shower thoughts,” as in the random thoughts one has whilst standing in the shower. For example, how do Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsisters not recognize her when she shows up at the ball? It legitimately makes zero sense and has made zero sense since 1950. Thanks to this year’s remake, we now have an answer! In the most recent adaptation, her Fairy Godmother places a spell on her to be sure her family doesn’t recognize her. It may seem simple and not worth mentioning, but it fills in a gap that has been open for years. While we fully understand that these are worlds of fantasy, there are some things that simply don’t make sense. Remakes give us answers to questions we’ve been asking for years.

Live Action is just…Magical

I won’t deny the incredible magic that fills my heart when Disney’s classic animation graces my television screen. It’s beautiful and nostalgic and perfect, and I want it to stay the way it is for all eternity. And yet, amid that wonderful world, it is made abundantly clear that it is indeed an entirely different universe from the one we live in. As nice as it is to escape, seeing real life people in these iconic roles…well, for a minute we all believe we really could be Cinderella. Combine that with the leaps and bounds the film industry has made with CGI, remakes are now just as magical as the original, if only in a different way.

Classic Songs Made New

Remember when Maleficent came out back in 2014? The trailers played and in the background was a melody, one that we’ve been listening to for years. Lana Del Rey did a cover of Once Upon a Dream that was hauntingly beautiful, perfect for the new take on the film. It wasn’t what we were used to, but it was incredible in its own right. This year’s Cinderella gave us new versions as well, both a sweet and lovely version of A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes sung by Lily James and a fun, whimsical rendition of Bibbidi Boppidi Boo by Helena Bonham Carter. While the originals still capture our heart, updated versions are still nice to hear, proving some melodies are just timeless. (Have a listen to these classic songs made new again below:)

Backstories are Awesome

If you’ve read my bio on this site, you know that Maleficent is my favorite character of all time. So when I discovered they were making a film about her, my claws came out. Nobody messes with the best villain ever (personal opinion, though I swear I’m right). But Disney didn’t destroy her. They made her vulnerable, relatable, vicious and loving. They transformed her from just a villain to something much more. Now, the story was altered in the end. Maleficent ends up waking Aurora rather than the prince. If I was six and saw this movie, I’d be annoyed. As an adult, fully knowing how awesome my own mother is and how much love parental figures have, it was a way better ending than the original. Still, even with the change, I felt nothing taken away from the original villain I fell in love with all those years ago. Backstories add to character development, and as a writer I will always think that is amazing.

We Never Forget the Original

Sometimes we fear that the new directors and screenwriters and producers will tear apart everything we love about old stories. What we tend forget is these people grew up with these movies, too. They saw the pumpkin turn into a carriage and Maleficent turn into a dragon. They marveled over it, just as we did, and these films live in their hearts as much as ours. So when it comes time to remake the film, they never really forget the old, often incorporating the original into the new. The new Cinderella incorporates subtle touches of similar clothing from the original. Anastasia wears pink often while Drizzella wears yellow, Cinderella’s mother’s dress and the dress she wears to the ball are the same colors as the original film and look very similar, and Cinderella wraps her hair in a white rag, just as the original Cinderella did. Though the new version of Cinderella has none of the original songs explicitly sung during the film, Cinderella does softly sing Sweet, Sweet Nightingale while she is doing her chores, just as the original Cinderella did. Maleficent has its share of parallels as well. For example, the dialogue from the christening seen is practically identical to the original film, including Angelina Jolie’s wicked laugh (well done). The three fairies also bake the lopsided cake for Aurora’s 16th birthday, even fighting over the color, pink vs. blue.

I know it’s hard to see beloved films redone. But sometimes remakes aren’t so terrible. I am extremely hopeful for the reboot of Beauty and the Beast coming soon and I hope you all give it a chance as well. Oh, and go check out the new Cinderella in theaters now. It’s positively magical.


Lindsey Allmon is a great lover of all things Disney and has been from the moment she was born. Lindsey is eager to share her knowledge of Disney with all of you. She is twenty one years old and hails from a suburb just southwest of Columbus, Ohio. Recently Lindsey graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from The Ohio State University with hopes of becoming a screenwriter. Her hobbies include reading, baking, singing obnoxiously loud in her car and shower, perfecting her Pinterest boards, and watching movies. In addition to that, she is planning her Tangled and Paperman themed wedding to her wonderful fiancé, Colby. As far as her Disney history goes, Lindsey’s first trip was before she was a year old and she has made a trip nearly every year since, both as a basic family vacation and as a performer during Magic Music Days and the Magic Kingdom parade prior to the fireworks spectacular Wishes. She has been through countless park changes and stayed at approximately 10 different Disney Hotels. Her favorite character of all time is Maleficent. As a general rule Lindsey tends to love villains the most as she thinks they have some of the best lines, and who can resist a diabolical laugh? Her favorite Disney movie is easily Mary Poppins. When Lindsey was little all she wanted to watch was Mary Poppins over and over again, and as she grew older she realized the perfection that is Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Lindsey’s favorite Disney Park is the World Showcase section of Epcot. She loves traveling and the World Showcase is a great way to experience so many different cultures at once. Fun Fact: Every year her parents buy her an oyster at the Japan Pavilion. The pearls from these oysters have all been saved and will be strung into a necklace that Lindsey will wear on her wedding day. Her favorite ride is Splash Mountain. Lindsey’s articles will focus on navigating Disney World as well as providing some great insider info about the history of the company and the parks.

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The Voices Behind the Disney Characters – Part II

By Keith Mahne

What would our favorite characters be without voices? Today we will continue our look at the voices behind the Disney Characters. It’s fun to see the faces behind the hand drawn animation. Seeing the person that gave the drawings spirit and a soul. Here now is Part II of The Voices Behind the Disney Characters

You can read Part I of The Voices Behind the Disney Characters here.

Barbara Luddy was a prolific silent film and radio actress before she became a Disney regular. She began by providing the smooth tones of Lady in Lady and the Tramp before going on to voice fairy Merryweather in Sleeping Beauty, Rover the dog in One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961), Kanga in Winnie the Pooh and the church mouse in Robin Hood (1973).

Mary Costa was already a successful opera singer when she auditioned for the role of Aurora for Sleeping Beauty in 1952. Hours later Walt called her personally to offer her the role. To this day she continues to do promotional appearances for Disney.

Phil Harris had an illustrious entertainment career, appearing as an actor and comedian on radio and as a singer, musician and band leader. In 1967 and 1973 he voiced two very similar-looking bears for Disney. The first was as cuddly Baloo in The Jungle Book, the second as cuddly Little John in Robin Hood.

Fellow New Orleans native and probably the bigger voice star of The Jungle Book was Louis Prima, the lively musician who had reinvented his style through the decades – beginning with a jazz band in the Twenties, then moving on to swing in the Thirties, big band in the Forties, becoming a Vegas lounge act in the Fifties and forming a pop rock band in the Sixties. His performance as orang-utan King Louie and the song I Wanna Be Like You will always be remembered as one of Disney’s finest.

Two big stars – and big personalities – came together for 1973’s Robin Hood. British acting heavyweight Peter Ustinov voiced the role of evil Prince John – the man, well, lion, occupying the throne while his brother King Richard (also voiced by Ustinov) was on a crusade. Known for playing cads and toffs, comic actor Terry-Thomas played Sir Hiss.

Kathleen Turner helped confuse sexually frustrated teenage boys the world over when she provided her sultry tones to Jessica Rabbit (talking only, Amy Irving provided the singing), possibly Disney’s most overtly sexy character. Turner was uncredited for the role in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).

Jodi Benson has voiced many Disney characters – including Thumbelina and Barbie in Toy Story – but her biggest role is as Ariel in the hugely successful 1989 film The Little Mermaid. Away from the big screen, she’s also a Tony Award-winning stage actress.

Jerry Orbach, famous for his roles as Lennie Briscoe in Law & Order and Baby’s father in Dirty Dancing, provided the voice of the enchanted candelabra, Lumiere, in Beauty and the Beast.

Angela Lansbury, so well known for appearing as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote, was the voice of charming teapot Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast.

By the Nineties, the Disney juggernaut was at full strength and casting serious Hollywood actors became commonplace. In 1994’s The Lion King, Matthew Broderick (best known for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and being married to Sarah Jessica Parker) was brought in to be the talking voice of adult Simba. (Jonathan Taylor-Thomas of the sitcom Home Improvement was the voice of young Simba.)

Gravelly voiced Jeremy Irons made a genuinely scary Uncle Scar in The Lion King. Among the other famous voices in the film were Rowan Atkinson as Zazu, Whoopi Goldberg as Shenzi, Cheech Marin as Banzai, Nathan Lane as Timon and James Earl Jones as Mufasa.

That about does it for The Voices Behind the Disney Characters. Who’s your favorite voice actor and why? Let us know in the comments below…

Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true everyday.

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Motion Mondays: Walt and the Shah of Iran

By Keith Mahne

This week’s Motion Mondays article features Walt and the Shah of Iran from April, 1962. The Shah of Iran and his wife the Empress visited Disneyland on their state visit to America. Even in 1962, demonstrators stalked the royal couple.They were everywhere, a couple of meters from us sometimes, to the point that my husband had to speak up to be heard. From morning to night they didn’t stop screaming, and they were right beneath the windows of our hotel,” the Empress Farah Pahlavi wrote in her 2003 memoirs. Walt Disney gave them a guided tour of his amusement park, where they rode the Matterhorn bobsled and Disney presented the Empress with an enormous stuffed Goofy. Continue after the page break and take a look…

Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four.

Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true everyday.

Keith Mahne and Bob Gurr

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Disney Avenue Podcast – Show #12 – Terri Hardin and Imagineering

Welcome back friends to the March 2015 edition of the Disney Avenue Podcast! Host Keith Michael Mahne and Dusty Sage of interview the queen of creativity herself, the amazingly talented Terri Hardin. If you’ve always wanted to know how to become an Imagineer or wanted to hear what being an Imagineer is all about then you are in luck as Terri is about to lay it all out for you! Terri is the definition of creativity and is just an amazing person! Continue after the page break for a truly amazing show…

Terri Hardin and Michael Jackson on set of Captain EO

Just a few quick facts about her – she has been involved with over 42 films and TV projects including Ghostbusters and Captain EO. She is a tremendous sculptor and artist and always dreamed of landing a job as an Imagineer. In 1987 the company finally came calling and after 8 interviews she got the job! Your about to hear her wonderful story and get some really amazing insight into Imagineering. We’ll also get a surprise visit by Terri’s bulldog Tillie during the interview and you’ll find out what I mean by that in a bit. It is with great pleasure to present to you the amazing Terri Hardin…

Terri is very open to helping others achieve their dreams of becoming a successful artist so if you’d like to follow Terri or even get in touch with her, make sure to visit her new website If you’d like to stay up to date with, make sure to head on over to our Facebook page and join the 28,000 current members, it’s a great community of Disney fans like yourselves and we always post our latest articles, photos and shows there. Lastly, and this is so important, if you’ve enjoyed today’s show please click on the link to iTunes and leave us a quick rating and review. This will help us spread the word to other Disney fans out there and your support is greatly appreciated. Enjoy the show…



The Disney Avenue Podcast would like to thank Geren Piltz for his contributions to this show!

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