Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin opened in Disneyland’s Toontown on January 26, 1994, a year after the area opened, and the Tokyo Disneyland version opened on April 15, 1996. Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin was the first dark ride built at Disneyland in over a decade and the first Disney attraction where the rider can [...]
Author Archive: Michael Bowling
Michael lives in the Sacramento Valley of California with his wife, Carol. They have two adult children and one granddaughter who shares her grandfather's love of all things Disney.
Michael's passion for all things Disney began during his first visit to Disneyland as a one-year old when some Pixie Dust got into his bloodstream during Tinker Bell's flight over Sleeping Beauty Castle. Since that time he has learned all he could about the Disney magic and shared it freely with his students, family, neighbors, co-workers and pretty much anyone who will listen.
Michael and Carol, who are Disneyland annual passholders, D23 members and DVC owners, enjoy spending time at Disneyland and Walt Disney World and have also traveled with Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise Line. When Michael is not at the parks or spending time with his family or in his garden, which is filled with Disney topiaries and statues, you can find him at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. Michael enjoys reading about Disney history and learning all he can about Walt Disney and those who make the magic happen for all of us.
Michael is a Correspondent on the Disneyland Edition of The DIS Unplugged Podcast and is a contributor to the DIS Blog.
Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt debuted on October 26, 1973, as a three-night event in the Ghost Town section. Now celebrating its 41st year, the month-long Haunt is the largest Halloween event of any theme park and has expanded throughout the entire park. Mary Jo Mellado Willey and I attended the Knott’s Haunt 2013 on [...]
The name Hyperion is well-known to Disney fans. It is the book-publishing division of the Walt Disney Company and the monorail in Disney California Adventure Park travels across the Hyperion Bridge as it speeds past the Buena Vista Street entrance. However, Disney fans may not know the significance of the name Hyperion in Disney history. On a [...]
Harriet Burns, the first lady of Imagineering, was the first woman hired at WED Enterprises in a creative position rather than an office position and is considered to be one of three original Imagineers. On a recent segment of The DIS Unplugged Podcast: Disneyland Edition, I spoke with Pam Burns-Clair, daughter of Harriet Burns, about [...]
Walt Disney and those who originally built Disneyland had their roots in film making. Walt enlisted employees from studio art and set design departments throughout Hollywood to ensure his vision for his family theme park was realized. Entering Disneyland is similar to entering a theatre. The attraction posters provide a sneak preview as to what is inside. [...]
During the construction of the Storybook Land Canal Boat attraction at Disneyland, Walt Disney insisted leaded glass be used in the windows of the cottages. The model builder, who was looking for ways to cut costs, wanted to use regular glass and asked Walt, ”Who’ll know the difference?” Walt sternly replied, “I’ll know the difference.” In his book, Seen, Unseen [...]
“We are eager to build a better Mouse sanctuary, not a better mousetrap. We want to keep Mickey around for a very long time.” – Theo Gluck, Director, Walt Disney Studio Library Restoration & Preservation The Walt Disney Family Museum and The Walt Disney Studios are both dedicated to preserving the art of Walt Disney [...]