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Good morning and TGIF! This day in Disney history, July 26th, 1955: LOOK magazine features Walt Disney and actor Fess Parker, dressed as Davy Crockett, on the cover.
The cover promises stories about Walt, Davy and Disneyland. Oh, and the truth about the Salk polio vaccine, and a new diet, as if the subjects seemed to go together?
I particularly enjoyed reading the eight page article about Walt, which starts on page 29 written by Arthur Gordon. He talks about Walts passion for Disneyland; his endless optimism, family life, stories from his upbringing, the development of Oswald, Mortimer, Mickey & even how he met Lillian….
"When Walt's position in Kansas City became desperate, he borrowed a camera, went around taking pictures of babies until he had a little cash. Then he bought a ticket to Los Angeles to join Roy, who was trying to make a living selling vacuum cleaners. With $500 of borrowed capital, the brothers rented the back end of a real-estate office for $5 a month and started turning out a series of shorts for a distributor in New York.
They hired two girls to help them, at $15 a week. one of the girls, Lillian Bounds, found this pittance so small that sometimes she did not even bother to cash her paycheck. This endeared her greatly to Roy, who was handling such finances as there were. He kept urging Walt to use his charm to persuade the lady to cash even fewer checks. Walt was willing-and in the process fell in love with Lilly and married her."
How cute is THAT?!
Another favorite excerpt? Sure, twist my arm….This was after Walt and Roy had just shown Steam Boat Willie to it's first audience (Their wives), while they blew whistles, horns and banged tin cans behind them.
"How was that? "How was what?" said the wives, who, knowing their husbands were crazy anyway, had thought it best to disregard the noise. Despite callous reception, Walt got a mortgage on his house, talked Roy into mortgaging his house too and raised enjoy money for synchronization. All told, Steamboat Willie cost the terrifying sum of $1,200; even Walt's cherished Moon roadster had to be converted to cash. But this was the turning point. Almost overnight, the man-made mouse became an international celebrity. From then on, Disney was a mouse-made man. Even today, out of all his creations, Mickey is closest to Walt's heart. When he wants to hour someone signally, he sends them a "mouse car", a statuette of Mickey the is Disney's equivalent of an Academy Award."
Page 36 is where you'll read about Davy Crockett. Fess Parker really seemed like a neat man. In my opinion, a real American Icon!
Davy Crockett captivated millions of young viewers. His portrayal of the character had them hooked on frontier adventure, coonskin caps and Indian wars. There was somewhat of a "Davy-mania" happening this year which translated into Davy merchandise such as; clothes, books games and toys flying off the shelves. 5,000 coonskin caps sold daily!
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TOP 5 THINGS to do this week at the Disneyland Resort:
1. Watch the new "Paint the Night" parade 8:50 and 11pm nightly.
2. Watch the new "Disneyland Forever" Fireworks show at 9:30pm nightly.
3. See the new "World of Color" 9pm and 10:15pm nightly.
4. Try to find a "Made with Magic" wand or paintbrush which allow you to interact with select Disney experiences and merchandise.
5. Look for the Word of the Day displayed outside of the theme park entrances (or in the MouseWait Lounge) and text the word between 7am and 10:59am Pacific to the shortcode listed on the sign. You must be at the Disneyland Resort to enter. If you win, you will be notified around 11am via text or phone. For more info go here.
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unFORECAST for the week of July 27, 2015 Crowd levels have been rising since Disneyland's official birthday on July 17th. Looking back at MouseWait's Historical Crowd Index (available in our new MagicPlan iOS Calendar), this week last year averaged in the high 70s, which is light for summer crowds. When temperatures rise, the crowd does thin out a bit (especially Annual Passholders)--and this week should be a hot one with forecasts in the 90s through Sunday. We feel that the crowd level will be similar to last year (high 70s on the Crowd Index) and the heat will keep some away. To get a real-time look at crowd levels, check the MouseWait app for Crowd Index averages and wait times. - Admin Jul 28, 2015 9:36AM
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