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January 21, 2010

Magic Kingdom -- Imagineering the Magic DVD

A new two-disk DVD set has started appearing on the store shelves at Walt Disney World. Titled "Magic Kingdom -- Imagineering the Magic" these disks tell the story of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and how many of the attractions came into being.

Magic Kingdom -- Imagineering the Magic

Disk One features legendary Imagineers such as Marty Sklar, Bob Gurr, and Tony Baxer (and many others) discussing how this magical place came into existence. On a personal note, a friend of mine from my Club 33 days, Kevin Rafferty, now an Imagineer, also appears in this DVD.

Marty Sklar

The story begins by discussing "Project X" and how the Florida property was secretly purchased. Then, each land of the Magic Kingdom is discussed and we're given insight on how the various attractions were selected and designed.

Disk Two is more of a hodge-podge of information. Chapter One tours the Cinderella Castle Suite.

Cinderella Castle Suite

Chapter Two contains the original news conference where Walt, Roy, and Florida Governor Burns announced Walt Disney World.

Florida News Conference

In Chapter Three we see a portion of the film Walt made shortly before his death as he describes his plans for the Florida property. In addition, leaders from U.S. Steel and RCA speak to the media, discussing the part they'll play in the building of Walt Disney World.

Walt Discussing Walt Disney World

Next we see a film of Roy Disney's Dedication Speech given on October 23, 1971.

Roy Disney's Dedication Speech

Chapter Six is titled "Mickey's Trivia Tour." In reality, it's a quiz to see if you've been paying attention to the information presented on the two disks. All of the answers are covered before reaching this selection.

The final chapter contains over forty artist renderings of the various lands and attractions of the Magic Kingdom.

This DVD set is intended for the general Disney tourist. It gives just enough detail to educate, without boring. My blogs and much of the website give much more detailed information. But I wouldn't let this stop a hard-core Disney fanatic (like me) from purchasing these disks. Wonderful archival footage is presented and it's great listening to the actual Imagineers, those men and women who designed the Magic Kingdom, discuss their work.

I purchased my disks at the Animation Gallery shop at Disney's Hollywood Studios. However, it will be available at all of the parks and Downtown Disney. The cost is $24.95.

Also available is a similar two-disk set titled, "Disneyland Resort -- Imagineering the Magic." I would really suggest you buy the park you're most familiar with first, then decide if you want the other. But any true Disney fan will want both.

Disneyland Resort -- Imagineering the Magic

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