Looking Back


Disney Legend Marty Sklar Dies at 83

The death of Legendary Disney Imagineer Martin A. "Marty" Sklar at age 83 has left the Disney community heartbroken. We here at Walt Disney World for Grown-ups mourn with out friends and colleagues as we honor one of the most beloved Imagineers. If you love the Disney Parks, you have been touched in some way by the indomitable spirit and Imagineering of Marty Sklar. He was a mentor to generations of Cast Members and Imagineers, and a icon to Disney fans around the globe.

While the kids don't care too much yet about Walt, Roy, and their hope and dreams, those of us who grew up watching their rise to fame and playing in their theme parks always want to know more about how it happened and how we got from the "Florida Project" to what we have today. The column will be dedicated to history, Disney-style.


Profile of an Imagineer: Roger Broggie

Roger Broggie was the first Walt Disney Imagineer. A mechanical genius who embodied the spirit of Disney Imagineering with his ability to blend creative imagination and technical knowledge, Broggie was a close friend of Walt Disney. He helped lay the groundwork for Disneyland and the other Disney parks that followed.

Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress [Looking Back]

Did you know that Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress at the Magic Kingdom is the longest-running stage show with the most performances in the history of American Theater? It's also the oldest attraction at Walt Disney World and the only attraction to have a direct tie to Walt himself.

Remembering Mr. Toad's Wild Ride [Looking Back]

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride was an original opening day attraction at the Magic Kingdom in October 1971. A classic Fantasyland dark ride, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride was based on the Disney adaptation of "The Wind in the Willows."

Magic Kingdom's The Timekeeper [Looking Back]

Tomorrowland's The Timekeeper was Disney's first attempt to merge a Circle-Vision 360deg movie with Audio-Animatronic characters.

Extinct Epcot: Kitchen Kabaret Revue

Continuing our tour through some of EPCOT Center's original, and now extinct, attractions, we now take a look back at Kitchen Kabaret Revue.

Extinct Epcot: World of Motion

We're continuing our look back at Epcot's extinct attractions with the World of Motion, located in Epcot Future World East - home of today's Test Track.

History of Horizons at EPCOT Center

"If we can dream it, we can do it." That's the mantra of the classic Horizons attraction at the EPCOT Center of the 1980s and 1990s.

Looking Back: Disney World's Polynesian Village Resort Hotel

What we know as Disney World's Polynesian Resort has been at WDW since the beginning in 1971. But in the beginning, it was known as Disney World's Polynesian Village.

Original Magic Kingdom attractions

Have you ever wondered about what it was like on opening day of the Magic Kingdom? How magical it would have been! What was there back then?

The Magic Kingdom today is a very different place from what it was 40 years ago when Walt Disney World first opened (can you believe it's been 40 years?!).

Walt Disney Family Museum

The Disney family and foundation have created another great getaway for adult Disney fans: The Walt Disney Family Museum!