November 2, 1998
The family of Walt Disney opens its archives and shares recollections of the entertainment legend in a recent release from Disney Interactive, "Walt Disney: An Intimate History of the Man and His Magic."Hours of home movies and multimedia presentations take you into the private life of the Disney family. Interactive activities are fun and educational, and there's a vast collection of photos, animation art, drawings, and letters for the curious to peruse.The journey begins in the Main Hall, where visitors meet Disney's daughter, Diane Disney Miller, and her family.
October 27, 1996
It's no fairy tale. Your coach -- or monorail or boat or bus -- will whisk you to the ball -- or theme park -- and it won't turn into a pumpkin at midnight. The ride is convenient, clean and friendly. Talk about a magic kingdom.This transit utopia, of course, is Walt Disney World, where, for 25 years, more than 100 million people have come to find the extraordinary is routine and the fantastic is to be expected."I love this job," says John, the monorail driver. "Everywhere I look I see a picture postcard scene."
December 24, 2006
This month marks the 40th anniversary of Walt Disney's death from lung cancer, a long time by most measures and an eternity for figures in the popular culture, who usually evaporate quickly from our memories. To a surprising degree, however, he has managed to survive in the national consciousness, not just as a corporate logo but as a kind of cultural barometer. Ask just about anyone how he or she feels about Disney, and you are likely to get either a beaming tribute from those who recall him fondly and enjoy his animations and theme parks, or a scowling denunciation from those who see him as the great Satan of modern mass culture.
January 2, 2000
"Fantasia 2000" is what Walt Disney had in mind all along. In the late 1930s, when he and maestro Leopold Stokowski began formulating plans for what would become the original "Fantasia," Disney's thought was to create a marriage of animation and music that would be updated annually, with new pieces replacing old. If nothing else, he thought, such an effort would introduce more and more of the public to more and more of the music Disney so loved....
July 9, 2001
THANKS TO the Kids Wish Network, 17-year-old Phillip Gray of Ellicott City got to meet Mickey Mouse as part of a six-day trip to Orlando, Fla. Phillip was born with a rare blood disorder that causes mental retardation and skeletal disorders. About two years ago, his spine was damaged during surgery to correct a curvature, said his mother, Maria. Since then, he has used a wheelchair. Phillip's elder brother, 18-year-old Sean, has mild cerebral palsy. Mrs. Gray said she is asked repeatedly how she takes care of two disabled children.
March 3, 2004
The way some Walt Disney Co. shareholders see it, if Michael D. Eisner were given an executive evaluation he would likely get a D minus. Hundreds were expressing their negative opinions of him in no uncertain terms yesterday in Philadelphia near the site of the company's annual meeting today. "The current way the company is run, they have lost touch," said Cheryl Lowe, a 54-year-old naval architect from Maple Shade, N.J. "I am looking for the board of directors to wake up and realize they have to throw Eisner out."