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October 4

October 4, 1982 – Epcot Appears on Fortune Magazine

“The success of Epcot is critical to Dis­ney’s future prosperity, for the fabled ­entertainment company has recently suf­fered unaccustomed reverses.”

On October 4, 1982, the issue Fortune came out, with a cover story about the upcoming EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World called “Disney Gambles of Tomorrow.” The cover featured an image of Spaceship Earth, the symbol of the park. EPCOT was a risk for the Walt Disney Company; at this time in the company’s history, the future of Disney did not look bright, and the animated features were not able to reach the same heights as they had in their heyday. EPCOT, which stood for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, was one of the final projects Walt had worked on before his passing, and the company was placing heavy expectations on its success, as seen in the Fortune article.

September 15

September 15, 1967 – LIFE Magazine Publishes Article on Pirates of the Caribbean

“The Disneyland cutthroats are a brawling band of computerized robots that look and move about like real people but lack even the spark of human decency that pirates are supposed to have had.”

On September 15, 1967, an article in the issue of LIFE Magazine covering the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction was released. Entitled “Anyone for Yo-ho-ho?,” the article featured pictures of the audio-animatronic pirates (and the jail guard dog), with an explanation of how the attraction came to be, as well as an explanation of audio-animatronics.

September 1

September 1, 1956 – The American Home Publishes Article About Disneyland

“Yes, the magic kingdom of Disneyland abounds in genuine antiques!”

On September 1, 1956, the home living magazine The American Home published a two page spread titled “Rare Antiques in Disneyland.” Featuring the antiques scattered around the park, it also provides pictures ranging from Main Street to Tomorrowland. This provides a look at how every detail in the park was carefully crafted, from the mason jars in Main Street’s Upjohn Pharmacy to the windows in the Red Wagon Inn.

August 15

August 15, 1994 – The Magazine Family PC is Published

On August 15, 1994, the magazine Family PC published its first issue. It was a collaboration project between Walt Disney Publishing and Ziff-Davis, and aimed to teach families about computers, especially covering educational software. The magazine ended publication in 2001.

July 30

July 30, 1973 – Time Magazine Posts Article “Disney After Walt is a Family Affair.”

“The financial fellows think we’re going to fall on our faces without Walt…well, we’re going to fool them.”

On July 30, 1973, Time Magazine published its latest issue, featuring an article entitled “Disney After Walt is a Family Affair.” After Walt passed away in 1966, there were serious worries about how the company could survive. The article interview Roy O. Disney and talks about how the company managed to survive and thrive in the years since Walt’s death.

July 20

July 20, 1981 – Time Magazine Features Article “The Great Era of Walt Disney”

“In these penciled instructions to guide animators as they drew Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, one can read the history of a popular art form as it attained its first – and perhaps only – golden age.”

On July 20, 1981, the issue of Time Magazine featured and article titled “The Great Era of Walt Disney.” Located in the cinema section, the article mused on the “golden age” of animation, particularly with the success of Disney animation, ranging from Mickey Mouse to full-length feature films. This was also notable as The Walt Disney Company was going through slump at the time, and it would be several years until there was a resurgence in Disney animated features, also known as the Disney Renaissance.

April 4

April 4, 1938 – Life Magazine Features Article on Snow White Model Marjorie Belcher

“Miss Belcher was the model – a real-life Snow White who enacted all the scenes of the story, so that animators could study her expressions and poses.”

On April 4, 1938, the newest issue of Life Magazine was released, and featured a special article about Marjorie Belcher, the live-action model for the character of Snow White. Belcher’s performance wasn’t seen by moviegoers, but this piece publicized her acting skills, particularly as she was seen acting several scenes. The article notes that the hardest scene to make was the “running through the forest scene,” with several pictures showing Belcher running fearfully in a field. Photos were also seen of Belcher’s co-star and model for Prince Charming, Louis Hightower.