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Fundraising Efforts To Save Walt Disney's First Animation Studio

News out of the nation's heartland has it that a fundraising group is battling to save Walt Disney's first animation studio. The Kansas City based Laugh-O-Gram, where Walt Disney got his start in animation back in 1922, is the focus of a fundraising push to raise some $2 million.

Patricia Disney Dead At Age 77

Patricia A. Disney died theis past Friday, February 3, of Alzheimer's disesae. She was the ex-wife of Roy E. Disney, Walt Disney's nephew; the two were married for over 50 years.

Born in New Orleans in 1935, Patricia moved to Toluca Lake, California, at the age of 6. There, she grew up as a neighbor of Roy Disney. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and worked in New York in the advertising field before marrying Disney in 1955. The two went on to have four children and divorced in 2007.

A statement from Robert Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Co., said of Patricia:

Sources Say Disney Family Could Bid On Dodgers

The list of those who could potentially bid on the L.A. Dodgers may include the Disney family. According to sources, the family of the late Roy Disney has turned to their family investment firm manager, Stanley Gold, in an effort to bid on the major league baseball team.

Being an owner of a major sports team is not new for the Disney family; they once owned the Angels before selling the team in 2002.

Plans For Disney Hotel Near Washington, D.C., Canceled

Plans for a Disney hotel in our nation's capital have been scrapped. Disney recently announced they will not be pursuing the building of a hotel in Washington, D.C., though they spent some $11 million to acquire land for the project just three years ago.

Back in 2009, Disney bought fifteen acres of property on the outskirts of the District of Columbia in hopes of constructing a standalone, Disney-themed hotel. The move was part of a larger strategy to build such hotels and even mini theme parks at various locations throughout the country.

Disney Receives Award From Jane Goodall Institute

Last weekend, the Walt Disney Company was acknowledged by The Jane Goodall Institute at an event in Hollywood. The company received the Global Leadership Award for Corporate Social Responsibility last Saturday.

Dr. Jane Goodall handed over the award to senior vice president of corporate citizenship Beth Stevens, Ph.D. The doctor remarked on the company carrying out the legacy of Walt Disney with its commitment to global responsibility. Disney received the award because of its "long-standing efforts to make the world a better place."

Walt Disney's Home in California For Sale

The house of the man behind Mickey and friends is now on the market. Walt Disney's Los Feliz estate, aptly named Working Way Residence, has been listed for $3.65 million.

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A Walk Down Main Street USA

Main Street, U.S.A. is the first "themed land" inside the main entrance at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and other Disney Parks around the world. As you walk beneath the train station overhead, you cross through a portal to another time. You notice that there's a Victorian theme throughout Main Street, yet the architectural styles represent several distinct areas of the country.

Looking Back: Walt Disney and the Alice Comedies

October 16th, 1923 is an important date for Walt Disney fans; it's that day that Walt signed a contract with M. J. Winkler to produce a series of Alice Comedies. Looking back through history it is widely considered to be the start of Walt Disney's success in its first incarnation as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio. 89 years ago today, the Walt Disney Company was born.

Fantasyland's Be Our Guest Restaurant to Serve Alcohol with Dinner

Yesterday Disney Parks announced some of the biggest news in dining in their 40 year history. It's a groundbreaking decision to maintain the theme of a restaurant, and serve beer and wine at dinner in the Magic Kingdom. That's right.

2012 Christmas Trees from Disney's Enchanted Florist

Are you heading down to the Walt Disney World Resort for the holidays and looking to add a little extra magic to your trip? Why not deck the room with Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Tree! This fabulous tree and other holiday delights from baskets, to mouse ears, to holiday stockings are available from our friends at the Walt Disney World Florist. If you're dreaming of a Disney Christmas 2012 has more ways than ever to celebrate.

Advanced Dining Reservations to Open for Be Our Guest Restaurant

Our good friends over at the Disney Food Blog have announced that Advanced Dining Reservations for the highly anticipated Be Our Guest restaurant in Walt Disney World's New Fantasyland can be booked beginning Monday, August 20 at 7:00AM ET by calling (407) WDW-DINE. Online, guests will be able to book this fabulous new restaurant through disneyworld.com/dine on August 22.

Totem Pole in Epcot's Canada

The Canada Pavilion at Walt Disney World's Epcot is home to three native totem poles. Disney says that these totem poles are "authentic examples of Northwestern Native American "family trees." However, the two original poles located in the pavilion towering high in the air are fiberglass and were designed by Imagineers to capture the spirit of the Pacific Northwest.

VIP Tours of Walt Disney World

Since 1958 tours of the Disney Parks have been a part of the premier service that Walt wanted to offer to his guests. Today Walt Disney World offers a broad variety of specialized tours from a quick look 'Behind the Seeds' (1 hour) to a full day of 'Backstage Magic' (8 hours). Friendly plaid clad tour guides enchant and entertain guests from all over the world while pointing out spots of interest and sharing elusive details of the Parks.

Three Great High Energy Bars

We've covered a lot of Disney Bars and Lounges over the past year, but these three are my picks for the top high energy clubs on all of Walt Disney World property. So if you're looking for a place to cap off your night with music, fun, and abundant cocktails, this is the list for you! Next time you're looking for some extraordinary Disney nightlife, give one of these three places a try.

Main Street USA Flag Retreat Ceremony

Today our American friends and family all across the country are celebrating the events that set our forefathers to creating what is now an independent nation. While most will celebrate with BBQ, Beer and Fireworks (a worthy celebration if I've ever heard of one) some will recall with their families what has gone in to creating the United States of America.

A Visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum Part 1

Walt Disney may have said that it all started with a mouse, but we can't forget that it also all started with him. Located in what was once a barracks on the main post of San Francisco's Presidio, the Walt Disney Family Museum is 40,000 square feet that honors Walt Disney's life and achievements. Last month, I had the chance to visit and spend a few hours learning about the man that brought so much happiness to this world.