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Should Disney Close The Hall of Presidents Permanently?

Well, this one is surely going to ruffle some feathers. Let’s dip into the old mailbag and check out the latest question to the TPU inbox regarding the Hall of Presidents at the Magic Kingdom. Theme Park University reader Jon asks: Would love to see your thoughts on this issue. Is it time to discontinue

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Journey Into Imagination History Captured in New 90 Minute Martin Smith Video

Christmas has come early Epcot fans. If you’ve followed Theme Park University for long enough, you know that we are huge fans of Martin Smith videos. In 2017 alone he has chronicled World of Motion, Spaceship Earth, Horizons, World of Motion and now an epic look at Journey into Imagination. As with all Martin Smith

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Disney’s Haunted Mansion – Man in the Spiderweb: Real or Hoax?

For years I’ve heard this story about the Haunted Mansion staircase scene at Walt Disney World that I wanted to dig into. Like many legends regarding Disney’s mansions, you often never know fact from fiction.  In this particular yarn, the story goes that when the Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion first opened in 1971, there

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Rare Ken Anderson Haunted Mansion Concept Book up for Auction

No matter how much of a hardcore Disney Haunted Mansion fan you are, I doubt you’ve ever seen this piece of history.  Early concepts of the Haunted Mansion featured walk-through versions of the attraction, as many of you know. An auction for one of these original concepts (which I don’t think has ever been seen

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Epcot’s Spaceship Earth History Thoroughly Detailed Uncovered in New Martin Smith Videos

The treasures this guy creates just keep getting better. Martin Smith has done it again with remastered footage chronicling the history of Spaceship Earth at Epcot over the years and it’s incredible. As usual, Smith breaks down the attraction scene by scene and in the case of Spaceship Earth, layer by layer. It’s worth noting

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PeopleMover History Video by Martin Smith is Incredible

There is no finer source of Disney theme park history available on the web than Martin Smith’s videos. Many times in the past, we have trumpeted how wonderful his work is and this time is no exception. His latest video on the PeopleMover in Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland can not be missed. It clocks in

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Take Walt Disney World history lessons from Martin Smith videos!

No matter how many books you’ve read or seminars you’ve attended, even the most well-versed Disney parks aficionado can learn something from a Martin Smith video. For those unfamiliar, Smith gathers as much footage as he can (mostly shot by him), and chronicles the history of a Disney attraction from concept phase to construction and

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New Disneyland Guidebook gives equal parts history and fun

Truth be told, I don’t even pick up Disney theme park guidebooks anymore. Most of them cover the same information and can be outdated by the time they go to press considering how often Disney changes policies, attractions and prices. Another interesting flaw is that most guidebooks are designed for adults and kids Disney guidebooks are

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Martin Smith – Master Videographer and Unofficial Disney Historian

Every once in a while I will meet a Disney or theme park fan that blows my mind. Martin Smith is definitely one of those people. He creates “Ultimate Tribute” videos of attractions that contain some of the best source audio and POV’s brilliantly edited together. In addition, many of his videos contain a gold

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