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Bring Back Autopia

By Nate Parrish

Marceline MO - The Midget Autopia Attraction that was once a prize to the city of Marceline MO (Walt Disney's hometown) is the subject of a new Kickstarter campaign to revitalize Walts connection to the city.  The effort was reported by the LA Times and volunteers from the Walt Disney Hometown Museum in Marceline will be on hand at the D23 Expo next week in Anaheim CA to help raise funds and awareness for the campain.

Check out the official site for the Campaign

Link to the Kickstarter

Check out the rewards and Kickstarter page


Frontierland Series Part II: WWR Season 7: Episode 4

Thanks for downloading WEDWay Radio, your show about Disney History and Disney Parks.  This is Season 7: Episode 4 - 1.0 Revisited: Frontierland Series Part II.  On this episode we revisit Frontierland 1.0 and 1.5, taking a final look at some of the attractions and shops that made up the early days of Frontierland.  


Summer Series 2015: Frontierland

This summer we are continuing our annual tradiation of celebrating a big event or theme in our Summer Series.  This year we're looking at one of our favorite areas of Disney parks: Frontierland.  Part I looks at the influences that created a Frontierland.  



NOW! #84 - Sam Gennawey and Universal vs Disney

This is episode #84 - Sam Gennawey and Universal vs Disney.


On this episode we are joined by author and urban planner, Sam Gennawey to talk about his most recent book Universal vs Disney. The story is about Universal Studios had the worlds greatest industrial tour and through one way or another became competitors with Walt Disney.  




WWR S6:E12 - Disneyland TV Companion #3: A Trip Through Adventureland

On WEDWay Radio Season 6: Episode 12, Nate and Matt discuss one of their favorite episodes of the Disneyland television show, “A Trip Through Adventureland.”

Through the Disneyland television show, Walt Disney Productions was able to finance the building of Disneyland, the theme park. Starting with the first 1950 Christmas Day special on NBC, “One Hour in Wonderland,” Walt Disney had audiences around America glued to their television sets.

After Disneyland opened in 1955, viewers of the television show were given a first-hand view inside Disneyland. “A Trip Through Adventureland” aired on February 29th, 1956 (about 7 months after Disneyland had opened to the public).

Originally when the the show aired, it was paired with a 30-minute “True Life Adventure.” For this episode, “Water Birds” were showcased. However, the highlight of the episode was definitely “A Trip Through Adventureland” segment.

Narrated by Walt Disney himself, guests were guided through Disneyland’s Adventureland. While holding a model of a Jungle Cruise boat, Walt explained the origins of Adventureland. It had come from the settings of the “True Life Adventure Series.”

In the Jungle Cruise attraction itself, duplicating nature was a huge undertaking for WED. Even then, careful attention was paid to the details. The Jungle Cruise had a serious tone then, with only a few comical references.Many of the Walt Disney Studio artists crossed over into WED projects, learning as they went. The technology for the electrical systems and infrastructure, for instance, looked very crude.

For this episode, the “True Life Adventure” photographers were brought in. For the time, the cinematography and production work was quite innovative. By lifting the photographers up on a crane to get the aerial shots, viewers were transported over the land and attraction.

Next, the technical aspects of creating the attraction were explained. From the wiring of the audio-animatronics to the adding of the water in the ravine, viewers were given a sense of the complexities of creating this natural-looking jungle.

The final step was the addition of the boats, which were lowered into the water by crane. The episode switched gears when Walt took the viewers on a first-person walking tour of Adventureland. Interestingly, there was no Swiss Family Treehouse, no Tiki Room, nor Adventureland Veranda. Certainly the Jungle Cruise was the main highlight of the land. To round out the episode, viewers were treated with a ride on the Jungle Cruise as it existed in early 1956.

As Walt said many times, it was a ride through a “true life adventure.” In future episodes of WEDWay Radio, Nate and Matt will explore more early episodes of the Disneyland television show.

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