Jason Cochran

Stuff you never knew you never knew

Posts Tagged ‘disney’

Aug

23

2016

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What Will Become of the Home Where Walt Disney Lived When He Was a Loser?

Dreams do come true, and sometimes wilder than anyone could have imagined them, but sometimes they have to lay dormant—or get left behind, or rot, or even be given to someone else—for a long time before they can.

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Aug

11

2014

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Awesome photos of Walt Disney World from the early ’70s

A treasure trove of family snapshots from our visits to the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World in 1973 and the mid-1970s. The place has changed so much it'll blow your mind.

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Jan

7

2014

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Both of my current books are now out!

As of now, my two current Frommer's guides are officially released! One came out in November, and one is just released. For your health's sake, I do not recommend writing two entire 256-page books at once.

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Dec

17

2013

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A Walt Disney World guidebook for the rest of us

Most of the other Disney guides seemed to be crypto-valentines. The market was missing a guide to Walt Disney World written for the way most of us react to the resort.

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Mar

25

2013

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Are Disney’s Magic Kingdom Google Maps images fake?

What's the deal with these bird's-eye photos of Disney's Magic Kingdom in Orlando? They appear on Google Maps when you click "Satellite." They look fabricated. Why?

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Jan

24

2013

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Congress demands answers on privacy from Disney: the letter

Tweet Today, Edward Markey (D-Mass.) wrote The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger demanding answers about the new MyMagic+ “magic bands” RFID-based wristbands that are being implemented at the Orlando theme parks. “As a Co-Chairman of the Congressional Bi-partisan Privacy Caucus, I am deeply concerned that Disney’s proposal could potentially have a harmful impact on […]

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May

28

2012

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Disney Legend Bob Gurr on creating his Disneyland rides

"Since Walt wanted the Matterhorn Bobsleds to open in just over a year later, along with a Submarine Voyage, a larger Autopia, and a Monorail, he asked if it could be built faster. He asked me to design a bobsled and two track layouts. He asked Arrow Development, Walt’s favorite outside manufacturer, to find a way. Arrow said bent up pipe would be the quickest way, thus it turned out to be the world’s first steel pipe coaster. See, Walt

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Nov

8

2010

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The Disney Store Times Square opens. I’m without words

Tweet On Tuesday, the Disney Store makes a triumphant official grand opening in Times Square, shutting down the so-called “Crossroads of the World” with an appearance by a rodent that’s huge even by Manhattan standards. The store has been open to customers for the past few days. I went, and although I’m pleased to see […]

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Aug

23

2010

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Vulgarity or good clean fun? Disney’s new ‘soaking awesome’ tees

Tweet A new souvenir tee-shirt soon to be on sale at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will sport a frisky turn of phrase. The shirt, themed to the water flume spectacular Splash Mountain, will proclaim “It was soaking awesome.” The shirt, previewed on Disney Parks’ official blog today, is sure to be given a pass […]

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Aug

16

2010

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The Disneyland Railroad runs on old french fry oil. Want proof?

Tweet I have a soft spot in my heart for this one, and not because I’ve been eating too many french fries. I pitched this idea to Disneyland for about a year and a half before they were kind enough to acquiesce to my bringing a camera to the park during operating hours. I think […]

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