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happy birthday space mountain

On this day in 1975 Space Mountain opened in Tomorrowland at The Walt Disney World’s Resort Magic Kingdom Theme Park. The roller coaster, although conceived in the 60’s, could not be realized until the technology was available almost a decade later. Gordon...

disneyland 60 block-cut illustration

With the advent of Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary set for this year, we wanted to create some original content for the site that celebrated this milestone. Personally, I have been enjoying a resurgence in my traditional training and have been spending more time...

2014 haunted mansion holiday at disneyland

The Holidays 2014 season marks the 14th time that Jack Skellington has visited the 999 Happy Haunts who dwell in the Haunted Mansion, transforming this attraction into Haunted Mansion Holiday.  Each year, Jack dresses up as “Sandy Claws” as he and his ghost dog Zero...

2014 holidays at disneyland resort, by the numbers

Thousands of twinkling lights, miles of ribbon and garland plus ornaments galore transform the Disneyland Resort into a winter wonderland that “Just Gets Merrier” during the holiday season.  Here’s a sample of what guests will experience throughout the Merriest Place...

disney holiday shopping and black friday

With dozens of unique shops that stretch from the Marketplace to the West Side, there’s no need to hit the mall during the bustling holiday season.  Downtown Disney is a 120 acre shopper’s delight with stylish boutiques such as Cherry Tree Lane and TrenD, a shop for...

happy birthday mickey mouse!

We celebrate Mickey Mouse’s birthday on this day in commemoration of the debut of Steamboat Willie. Although it was not the first cartoon short Mickey Mouse appeared in (Plane Crazy and Gallopin’ Gaucho were both produced before but could not find...

big hero 6

Hiro Hamada and his huggable companion Baymax, from Disney’s newest animated feature “Big Hero 6,” are welcoming guests to Hiro’s garage workshop inside The Magic of Disney Animation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Fans of the movie, now in theaters can also tour the...

happy halloween, 2014

Halloween is my favorite time of year; from my early childhood, I have always loved Halloween. As an adult, I have come to appreciate it as the beginning of the holiday season and wonderful times with my family. Here’s hoping you have a safe and Happy Halloween!...

northwest coast inspired iconography

As we continue to evolve etckt.com, one of the key things we will be expanding is our original content creation. Currently we are working on a new iBook experience for Epcot and a Kickstarter plan around that development. In the interim, however, there numerous...

star wars land speculation, continued

This past Saturday September 27 marked the closing of the Studio Backlot Tour; an original attraction that provided a glimpse behind the scenes of a “working” studio. Honestly, the “working” part of that phrase was aspirational at best. Yes,...

some disneyland resort fun facts

This slideshow requires JavaScript. At the Disneyland Resort, stories grow from the ground up — literally. From carefully manicured flowers on Main Street, U.S.A., to desert plants in Cars Land, the landscape is part of the detail that tells the “story” of each land...

let the food and fun begin

A rockin’ after-hours street party and a premium food-and-beverage package for Walt Disney World Resort guests will debut during the 19th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase Sept. 19-Nov. 10, 2014. Celebrated for its inspired flavors,...