A Window on Main Street
Among the greatest tributes to a person's contribution to Disneyland is the receiving of a window on Main Street USA dedicated to your honor. On March 30, 2007, original Imagineer Roger Broggie received his window in honor of his work with the Disneyland Railroad, Audio-Animatronics and other mechanical design at the Happiest Place on Earth. Come along with Matthew Walker for a behind-the-scenes look at Roger's window dedication ceremony featuring a re-cap of the event, a full transcript of the happenings and more than 35 pictures of the unveiling.
Previous Archives articles by Matt include remembrances of Frank Thomas and John Hench, a look back at the former ABC Soap Opera Bistro in Disney's California Adventure, an essay on the Origins of the Mouse, and presentations from Ryman-Carroll events featuring former Imagineers Rolly Crump and Maggie Irvine Elliott.
Actors and Supermodels
Unlike her husband Matthew, Kathy Walker didn't start her Disney career as a teenager, but her youthful appearance helped her become the face of the Disney Store. Tag along with the Walkers as they go on photo and video shoots as part of the more unique job responsibilities of a Disney Store employee in our latest "I Was A Teen-Age Cast Member" column.
In the series' inaugural column, Matthew tells the tale of how he mustered the courage to ask a personal hero for an autograph and got more than he expected; Column Two took a look at the "special" guests who would come in to the Disney Store regularly; his third article details his Grad Nite experiences, which culminated with an invitation to interview for a cast member position at the Disney Store; the fourth article discusses his participation in Disneyland's Summer Utilization Study; the fifth article shares a favorite memory of visiting with Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor, voices of Mickey and Minnie; the sixth article recounts Matthew's memories of the Northridge Earthquake and how it changed his employment; and the previous article finds Matthew sharing some of magical happenings behind the scenes.
Steve Burns was a teen-age cast member too, sort of ... for a few hours anyway. Check out Steve's story of being a member of Disney's Magic Music Days as a senior with the Memphis Harding Academy Senior Concert Band.
As part of Disneyland's 50th Anniversary celebrations, StartedByAMouse.com will take an occasional look at some of the past birthday events held at the Happiest Place on Earth. This edition takes a look back at Disneyland's 40th Anniversary and the burying of a special "Time Castle" in the Sleeping Beauty courtyard.
For more of theme park anniversaries past, Steve Burns takes a look at special Walt Disney World Celebrations, Walt Disney World's Anniversaries and Walt Disney World's 30th Birthday.
Memories of a Wonderful World
StartedByAMouse.com essayist Bill Griffiths remembers his favorites -- and not-so-favorite -- episodes from the long-running Wonderful World of Disney TV program. Check out Bill's memories of "Fire on Kelly Mountain," "Three on the Run" and "Welcome to the 'World'" - three shows from 50 magical years of Disney's anthology series on TV.
Also still available is Bill's original Wonderful World of Disney essay, The Grand Opening of Walt Disney World, the televised opening of Disneyland, Walt Disney's appearance on The Charlie McCarthy Show radio program, Walt's appearance on the game show What's My Line, Special Guest Star: Walt Disney examining Uncle Walt's participation on Lux Radio Theater, an examination of Prayer In Walt Disney's Life and Bill's look at StartedByAMouse.com readers' Magical Disney Memories.
15 Years of Movie Magic
May 1 is the 15th anniversary of the Disney-MGM Studios, a representation of Hollywood as it never was and always will be. To celebrate the occasion, Steve Burns shares with us his first visit to the new theme park -- a few days before it officially opened -- to participate in the filming of a TV show featuring Betty White.
Other Archives articles by Steve include a review of 2003 Disney movies released to theaters and home video, a look back at the Swamp Fox television show and a remembrance of three Disney Legends who passed away in 2002.
Also, be sure to check out Steve's original Remember This?, his follow up Remember This - Take 2, as well as Matthew Walker's Remember This? at Disneyland.