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From Mickey to Magic Kingdom: Discover ‘How Disney Built America’

How Disney Built America - History Channel

The upcoming series “How Disney Built America” delves deep into the legacy of Walt Disney, revealing how this iconic brand has become a pivotal part of American culture and a global sensation. Through the creation of universally loved characters, timeless family movies, exhilarating theme parks, cutting-edge technology, and more, Disney continues to influence generations and shape the cultural landscape.

This enthralling nonfiction series offers a nostalgic journey into the heart of the Disney empire, showcasing the historic milestones and revolutionary achievements that have marked its journey. Each episode of the hour-long series highlights a groundbreaking moment in Disney’s history. From the birth of the world’s most beloved characters to pioneering the animated feature film industry, from transforming merchandising strategies to engineering marvels that brought Disneyland and Walt Disney World to life, “How Disney Built America” covers it all.

Audiences will be treated to exclusive insights from Disney Legends like Bob Gurr, an Imagineer personally hired by Walt Disney, who played a key role in designing over 100 attractions. Gurr’s experiences offer a rare glimpse into the innovative spirit and challenges faced in turning Disney’s vision into reality.

Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, dramatic reenactments, and interviews with experts like Don Wildman, Margaret Kerrison, Douglas Brinkley, and Mindy Johnson, the series enriches our understanding of Disney’s indelible impact on American society.

Mark your calendars for the premiere of “How Disney Built America” on the History Channel, set for April 28, 2024. Get ready to explore “The Birth of Mickey” in the first episode and witness the “Dawn of the Animated Blockbuster” in the second. This series is a must-watch for Disney fans, history enthusiasts, and anyone intrigued by the lasting legacy of Walt Disney’s empire.

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