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Walt Wednesday | Happiness is a state of mind

21 Oct

“Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things.” —Walt Disney 

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Our Disney Land

21 May

Last month I wrote a post about Walt Disney’s dream of creating a place where parents and their children could have fun together. In my quest to learn as much as I can about Uncle Walt, I have become obsessed with Disney history and vintage Disneyland. I know there are many Disney fan pages and blogs out there, but too often they have inaccurate information. So, I decided to start my own special community Facebook page for the man so many of us love dearly.

Like Uncle Walt’s dream, Our Disney Land has been created for Disney fans to come together and have fun sharing memories and stories. If you love Walt Disney and enjoy vintage Disney Parks, this “land” is for you. Our Disney Land is meant to be a place that portrays Uncle Walt and his amazing contributions to the world in a fun and educational way. Feel free to join us!

Our Disney Land is on Facebook

Here age relives fond memories of the past—and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Our Disney Land is dedicated to the fans, the memories and the magic that Uncle Walt created—with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.

Walt Wednesdays | Dreaming Up Disneyland

16 Apr

Hello, friends!

It has been too long since I wrote a Walt Wednesdays post, and that must be corrected. Today I have been inspired by Uncle Walt’s dream of creating a place where parents and their children could have fun together. Walt Disney dreamed up the idea of Disneyland on a park bench while watching his daughters ride the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round.

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“Well, it came about when my daughters were very young and Saturday was always daddy’s day with the two daughters. So we’d start out and try to go someplace, you know, different things, and I’d take them to the merry-go-round and I took them different places and as I’d sit while they rode the merry-go-round and did all these things—sit on a bench, you know, eating peanuts—I felt that there should be something built, some kind of amusement enterprise built, where the parents and the children could have fun together. So that’s how Disneyland started. Well, it took many years … it was a period of maybe 15 years developing. I started with many ideas, threw them away, started all over again. And eventually it evolved into what you see today at Disneyland. But it all started from a daddy with two daughters wondering where he could take them where he could have a little fun with them, too.”

 

This short video from the Walt Disney Family Museum is a wonderful insight into Walt’s dreams of Disneyland. Knowing that he wanted a place where parents could have fun with their children is what makes my love of Disney Parks so strong. Walt was a family man.

When my wife and I take our children to Walt Disney World we are instantly thrown into a magical land where we’re as young and full of wonder as our kids. Each visit creates new memories for our family and we are grateful for the special time together. Walt knew a place like Disneyland would allow these special moments to take place, and they do year after year for millions of families worldwide. Thanks again, Uncle Walt. You’ve given us so much over the years.

Have a magical day everyone!

Happiness is a State of Mind

5 Mar

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If you constantly complain about everything and only see the negative in life, I honestly feel bad for you. Lighten up and live a little.

Do I complain? Yes. Can I be a negative person sometimes? Yes.

I do not let these things define me, however, and I do my best to provide a positive outlook on life. I often fail at this, but I carry on.

I cannot afford to waste my time being downtrodden and irritable.

Don’t take life so seriously, folks.

Laugh.

Listen to music.

Get up and dance.

Go out of your way to make someone else happy and see how much life gives you back.

Thanks for listening. Now go make it a great day!

Walt Wednesdays | Walt and the Disney Characters

14 Aug

It’s time for another vintage look back at Disneyland park in my Walt Wednesdays series.

The Disney Parks Blog has been sharing rare photos of Walt Disney with the Disney characters lately. The following photos come directly from the Disney Parks Blog and offer us a special view of Walt and the characters he knew oh so well.

Walt Disney Takes a Photo with Disney Characters in Front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park in 1965

Walt Disney Takes a Photo with Disney Characters in Front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park in 1965

Walt Disney at Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park in 1965

Walt Disney at Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park in 1965

 

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