Rest in Peace: Diane Disney Miller (December 18, 1933-November 19, 2013)
Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger reflects on the legacy of Walt’s eldest daughter:
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Diane Disney Miller. She is remembered by Disney fans around the world as the beloved daughter of Walt Disney, and one who graciously shared her family history and personal memories of her father.
Diane was a fierce guardian of her father’s legacy who never hesitated to set the record straight, opening The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco to bring her father’s fascinating story to life. In our many conversations over the years, Diane’s unique and special perspective about her father only deepened my considerable appreciation for him. Diane was incredibly generous in that regard, freely sharing her personal insights and providing details that deepened our knowledge, and we remain grateful for her many valuable contributions to our efforts to preserve Disney history. She and her sister, Sharon, have long been recognized as Walt’s inspiration for Disneyland, a place he created for families to have fun together. For that reason and many others, Diane will always have a special place in our company’s legacy and in the hearts of fans.
She was also known for her philanthropic efforts, including playing an integral role in the development of the renowned Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to ensure the creation of a unique venue bearing her father’s name that she believed would be “a wonderful thing for the city, for the spirit, for the soul.”
Diane was the wife of former Disney CEO Ron Miller, as well as mother to their seven children, Christopher, Joanna, Tamara, Jennifer, Walter, Ronald and Patrick. She also had 13 grandchildren and had the great joy of recently welcoming her first great-grandchild into the world. We send our sincere condolences to the entire family and our thoughts remain with them during this difficult time. (x)
Hi! D'you know what happened to Disney's River Country? Y'know, the abandoned water park. I found out about it from Google and it's such a sad thing to see a whole water park goes to waste. Like, why didn't they just bulldoze everything down why did they keep it abandoned. Do they have like other plans for it or are they just letting it rot there?
On September 1, 2001, River Country closed for the end of the season as it normally did. With the terrorist attacks that occurred 10 days later, WDW took a major financial hit. In addition to the closing of many restaurants and sections of hotels, River Country did not open for the next season.
In an April 11, 2002 article, the Orlando Sentinel reported, “Disney World spokesman Bill Warren said that River Country could be reopened if ‘there’s enough guest demand.’” However, on January 20, 2005, The Walt Disney Company announced that River Country would remain closed permanently. Apparently the company had taken a long, hard look at how River Country compared to Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, and it was decided that the third, awkwardly located, not as exciting water park was not needed.
As to why it has been left abandoned, we don’t really know.
I’ll post some facts about River Country and Discovery Island, which are the only two Disney parks in history to close permanently, and were both left abandoned rather than being demolished.
Walt Disney World has more tours than Disneyland, obviously because there are more parks to explore. We’ll break it down by park.
The Magic Kingdom has four ‘behind the scenes’ type tours: Keys to the Kingdom, Family Magic, Magic Behind our Steam Trains, and Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom.
Keys to the Kingdom: At 5 hours, this is the most in-depth of the Magic Kingdom tours. The tour “explores the creation and remarkable growth of one of the most beloved parks at Walt Disney World Resort.” In addition to learning trivia about the park’s rides, hidden Mickeys, and Walt Disney himself, you’ll get to walk through the Utilidors, which have become somewhat of a WDW urban legend.
Family Magic: Similar to Disneyland’s “Discover the Magic” tour, it is set up as a scavenger hunt through the park. The site states that “Children and the young at heart will enjoy this fanciful adventure, though it is best suited for Guests 4 to 10 years of age.”
Magic Behind our Steam Trains: This tour takes place before the park opens for the day, so you get an uninterrupted look at the amazing fully restored turn-of-the-century trains and what it takes to keep them in service for a busy day at the park. You’ll also hear about Walt and his lifelong passion for steam trains.
Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom: Described as a “lighter alternative to the more in-depth Keys to the Kingdom tour,” where you’ll learn little known facts about Walt Disney, and how his boyhood home of Marceline, Missouri inspired the iconic glimpse of Americana known as Main Street, U.S.A. The tour starts before the park opens, which means awesome photo-ops along Main Street.
Great to know
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Look left of the rusty sculpture, near the dog poop bin. There is a small tree to the left of the bin, step behind the tree a bit, and look about eye level to find a birdhouse and log. Do not remove house from tree. Do not remove bison tube from house (just unscrew the cap)