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December 23

December 23, 1966 – TIME Magazine Releases the Article “Walt Disney: Images of Innocence”

“Disney was dead, but not his vision of innocence, nor the dreams he made.”

On December 23, 1966, the newest issue of TIME Magazine was released, featuring an article about Walt Disney. This article was released a little over a week since Disney passed from lung cancer, and spoke to his impact on the world through his optimism and innocence that shone through his works. There is a quick summation of his successes, ranging from Mickey Mouse to the True-Life Adventures, while noting that critics had an issue with Disney being unable to “accept the end of innocence.” However, the article ends with the hope that Disney provided through his life, and how it still exists through the multitude of areas he worked, including Disneyland.

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August 17

August 17, 1992 – Annette Funicello Appears on the Cover of People Magazine

“To the first wave of kiddies raised on TV, she was simply Annette – the name emblazoned in block letters across the front of her memorable Mouseketeers turtleneck.”

On August 17, 1992, famed Mouseketeer Annette Funicello appeared on the cover of People Magazine, announcing that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Funicello had been suffering from the disease since 1987, and told the interviewer that she history of how she discovered she had the disease, how quickly the disease flared up, and how the tabloids came looking for answers, thinking she had a drinking problem or worse. This interview was Funicello’s way of bringing attention to the disease, as well as clearing up any rumors of her personal life.

August 15

August 15, 1955 – Disneyland Appears in Life Magazine

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“Uncle Walt packs his new park with the stuff children’s dreams are made on.”

On August 15, 1955, Life Magazine was released, featuring a four-page article on the opening of Disneyland, a few months after it had opened. The article featured pictures of early park attractions, and described the chaos that was opening day, with over 20,000 guests trying to mill about the park. The article covers the Golden Horseshoe (known as a “children’s saloon”), Casey Jr. as it passes by the canal, and a large image of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

July 24

July 24, 2009 – Stan Lee’s Time Jumper Motion Comic is Released

“‘Time Jumper’ is more than a typical superhero. He’s a trend-setting breakthrough across all media; a hero for today’s digital age and tomorrow’s multiplatform entertainment.” – Stan Lee

On July 24, 2009, the motion comic Stan Lee’s Time Jumper premiered online. A partnership between comic creator Stan Lee and Walt Disney Home Entertainment, the series follows secret agent Terry Dixon, who works for the government organization HUNT, while using a cell phone/time machine created by his father to search for his missing brother Sam. Each section of the comic was a five-minute episode, complete with music, voice acting, and fast-paced storyboarding.

July 9

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July 9, 1955 – The New York Times Publishes Article on Disneyland

“Fantastic Amusement Park, at Cost of $16,500,000, to Open July 18.”

On July 9, 1955, an article ran in the New York Times about the soon-to-open Disneyland theme park. Entitled “Disneyland Gets its Last Touches,” the article focused on Walt Disney’s vision for a brand new type of amusement park, to which the article wrote “For its appellation ‘amusement park’ is inadequate, for it has no banalities as roller coasters, Ferris wheels, and dodge-‘ems in a milieu of honky-tonk.” This was one of many articles used to promote this new type of park, which was seen as very different from the amusement parks of its time.

July 4

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July 4, 1977 – New West Magazine Publishes Article on Space Mountain

“…Space Mountain puts you in a drama you can believe viscerally. People stagger off looking as if they had been to outer space…”

On July 4, 1977, an edition of New West magazine was published; it was founded by Clay Felker in 1976 to cover all aspects of life in California. In this issue, writer Charlie Haas takes a look at Disneyland’s newest attraction, Space Mountain. He notes that the ride, after opening in May, is still immensely popular, with people waiting up to four hours to ride the attraction. After noting the costs for the attraction, and the complexities in creating it, Haas notes that “Space Mountain is perhaps the world’s best amusement park ride…because its many devices are combined so effectively.” He then describes the attraction in detail, and how the attraction was built.

June 24

June 24, 1938 – Walt Disney Appears on Cover of Family Circle

“Walt Disney talks, mostly of his animals, and the author learns new facts about them.”

On June 24, 1938, Walt Disney graced the cover of The Family Circle magazine. Following the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt is interviewed about the success of the film and the characters he’s created, ranging from Mickey Mouse to characters from the successful Silly Symphonies series of short films. The cover of the magazine featured a smiling Walt surrounded by images of Donald Duck.