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Meet the Man Who Built Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdoms

We recently discovered this lost interview deep within our home library. This rare discussion with one of Walt Disney's right-hand men was conducted at Walt Disney World in 1988 in front of a live audience. Join Admiral Joe Fowler (1894-1993) as he tells his story of building Disneyland, working alongside Walt right up until the night before Walt's death, and carrying out Walt's plans for Disney World*.

• Hear how Walt Disney hired Admiral Joe Fowler without him knowing it.

• Join Joe as he shares unique Disneyland construction challenges you’ve never heard before.

• What was Walt’s opinion about roller coasters?

• What’s the real story behind the water on the Matterhorn?

• Hear about some of Walt’s wackier ideas, including freezing Disneyland’s Rivers of America during the winter.

• What was the real relationship between Walt and Roy?

• What was Joe’s involvement with Audio Animatronics?

• What’s the real reason the Stage Coaches closed at Disneyland?

• Hear about escaped circus animals running through Disneyland.

• Joe tells us why he thinks Walt could have beaten any candidate for President in the late 1950s if he wanted to.

• Learn how almost every country in Europe tried to persuade Walt to build a Disneyland on their continent and why Walt refused.

• Hear the reason Walt backed out of his plans for an indoor Disneyland in St. Louis just hours before the papers were to be signed. (The park was to be called Walt Disney’s Riverfront Square).

• What was the “best-kept secret ever known in this country”?

• What was Walt’s travel alias when he was searching for property in Florida?

• Hear the touching story of Walt and Joe spending two of Walt's last 24 hours talking about Walt's plans for Disney World.



Running time: 1hr 10min.
Format: MP3 Audio File - Joe Fowler speaking

All proceeds go to further theme park research. 

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*At this time Walt Disney World was referred to as simply "Disney World"


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Walt Disney World in 1971 [Part 1]
Walt Disney World in 1971 [Part 2]
Carolwood Pacific and Other Backyard Railroads
THEN AND NOW: Walt at Disneyland


THEN AND NOW: Aerial Park Photos

Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, EPCOT Center, Disney-MGM Studios, Animal Kingdom, California Adventure.


Magic Kingdom and surrounding land.

EPCOT Center

Disney-MGM Studios

Animal Kingdom

California Adventure


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THEN AND NOW: Epcot Future World [Part 1]
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THEN AND NOW: MK Fantasyland [Part 1]
THEN AND NOW: MK Tomorrowland [Part 1]
THEN AND NOW: Walt at Disneyland
EPCOT Construction from the Air 



Working Splash Mountain Model

This AMAZING working 1/87th scale model of Disneyland's Splash Mountain was built by one of our readers. Matt Camisa began building it two years ago and it’s approximately 64% complete today.

There are 300+ hand painted guests. Matt expects to need 500 more by the time the model is completed.

The model is complete with 16 hand-sculpted and cast boats.

It’s even wired with lights for a nighttime atmosphere.

Let’s go go back in time to the early stages of the model-building process.

Check out that superb craftsmanship. Look at all those individual shingles.

And finally, watch the model in action. Look at the moving logs!


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Mechanizing a Miniature Main Street Electrical Parade
Swiss Family Treehouse 
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Big Thunder Mountain Model
EPCOT City Model [Part 1]

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