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Shaun Finnie, the man who brought us “This Day In Disney History”, continues to do his masterful research on all things Disney and brings us some of the most insightful articles found on the Internet. Each of Shaun’s articles has been researched in depth to bring you the most factual information on Walt Disney and The Walt Disney Company. Shaun is from the UK and enjoys sharing his deep love of Disney with everyone around the world.

The Sounds Of Disneyland A book Review

April 27, 2008
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The Sounds Of Disneyland A book Review

 Shaun Finnie returns with the first of a series of book reviews. The subject this time is an ignored gem which is unavailable as a standalone volume. In 2005 Disney released ‘A...
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Disney’s Theme Park Movies

December 12, 2006
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Disney’s Theme Park Movies

 This time around Shaun Finnie looks at Disney’s feature length movies that have been based on theme park rides. A certain non-Disney theme park in the Orlando area advertises itself as a place where its visitors can ‘Ride...
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“Nice Of You To… Drop In” Part 2 – The Future

September 2, 2006
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“Nice Of You To… Drop In” Part 2 – The Future

 This time around Shaun Finnie looks at Disney’s future Tower of Terror rides. In an article liberally sprinkled with spoilers, he previews the new...
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“Nice Of You To… Drop In” Part 1 – The Past and the Present

August 18, 2006
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“Nice Of You To… Drop In” Part 1 – The Past and the Present

 In his latest column Shaun Finnie looks at Disney’s Tower of Terror rides. In this first part he...
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The Disneylands That Never Were

July 24, 2006
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The Disneylands That Never Were

 The Disney Diary’s Shaun Finnie hasn’t been providing many columns for this site recently. Today he’s back with an apology, an explanation and an invitation to read his biggest collection of Disney theme park information yet....
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A Chilling Encounter

June 13, 2006
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A Chilling Encounter

 The Disney Diary’s Shaun Finnie has finally had the chance to ride Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Was it worth the wait? Does it live up to the hype? Here he takes us for a trip on the latest...
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The Voyage Of The Little Mermaid And Other Cut-Backs

June 5, 2006
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The Voyage Of The Little Mermaid And Other Cut-Backs

 The Voyage of the Little Mermaid is one of my favourite attractions at Walt Disney World. I love the way that it combines film, puppetry, lasers, live action...
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The Re-Imagineering Of Pleasure Island

May 29, 2006
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The Re-Imagineering Of Pleasure Island

 For many adult visitors to Walt Disney World Pleasure Island offers a night-time alternative to the daily assault of childish delights. The mix of live music, comedy and dance clubs – combined with a few cocktails...
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Following Fantasia

November 2, 2005
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Following Fantasia

 In his second and final column on the abandoned concepts of Fantasia, Shaun Finnie examines some possible expansion pieces for the first film, the making of Fantasia 2000, and the plans for continuing the Fantasia story. Walt Disney imagined that Fantasia would...
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The Alternative Fantasias

October 26, 2005
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The Alternative Fantasias

 After his two-part article on some of the Disney animated movies that were planned but abandoned, the Disney Diary’s Shaun Finnie begins a more in depth look at some original concepts for one particular Disney movie – Fantasia Since the...
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Disney’s Abandoned Full Length Cartoons (part 2)

October 18, 2005
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Disney’s Abandoned Full Length Cartoons  (part 2)

 Shaun Finnie continues his look at the Disney animated movies that were planned but never produced, continuing with some more ideas from Walt’s time before bringing the story right up...
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Disney’s Abandoned Full Length Cartoons (Part 1)

October 13, 2005
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Disney’s Abandoned Full Length Cartoons  (Part 1)

 The Disney Diary’s Shaun Finnie returns with the first in a series of articles examining planned Disney animations that were never completed. The Walt Disney Studios have officially released 44...
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CALIFORNIA DREAMING Part 4 – Death of the Dream

May 17, 2005
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CALIFORNIA DREAMING Part 4 – Death of the Dream

 In the early 1990’s Disney announced plans to build massive theme parks in two locations in California. So why were neither Westcot nor Port Disney ever built? Shaun...
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CALIFORNIA DREAMING Part 3 – Port Disney

May 10, 2005
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CALIFORNIA DREAMING Part 3 – Port Disney

 After showing what might have been built at Disneyland had the Westcot plans gone through for Anaheim’s second park, in this column Shaun Finnie looks at another proposed California site – Port...
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CALIFORNIA DREAMING Part 2 –The Rest of WESTCOT

April 29, 2005
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CALIFORNIA DREAMING Part 2 –The Rest of WESTCOT

 In his previous articles Shaun Finnie has guided us through the hotels and the World Showcase section of Westcot, the Epcot-style expansion to Disneyland that was planned for the mid-1990’s....
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CALIFORNIA DREAMING Part 1 – WESTCOT’S World Showcase

April 21, 2005
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CALIFORNIA DREAMING Part 1 – WESTCOT’S World Showcase

 Most Disney fans agree that they would rather have seen the spectacular Westcot theme park built at Anaheim instead of what was eventually delivered : Disney’s California Adventure. In this...
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The Hotels That Might Have Been Part 3 – WESTCOT Hotels

April 9, 2005
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The Hotels That Might Have Been Part 3 – WESTCOT Hotels

 In the first two parts of this series Shaun Finnie looked at Disney hotels that had been planned but never built. In this third...
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The Hotels That Might Have Been Part 1 – Disneyland and Walt Disney World

March 24, 2005
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The Hotels That Might Have Been Part 1 – Disneyland and Walt Disney World

 There has been much written over the years about lost Disney attractions at the theme parks; those that...
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The Hotels That Might Have Been Part 2 – Beyond Disneyland and Walt Disney World

March 21, 2005
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The Hotels That Might Have Been Part 2 – Beyond Disneyland and Walt Disney World

 When the EuroDisneyland resort in Paris was in its planning stages, Michael Eisner invited top architects...
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Disney Cruise Line Rumours

March 15, 2005
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Disney Cruise Line Rumours

 The Disney Cruise Line is now well established and ready for expansion. In his latest article, Shaun Finnie looks at the possible directions that expansion could take. There have been many rumours about a possible expansion of the...
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What Might Have Been (And May Yet Be) – Upated!

March 8, 2005
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What Might Have Been (And May Yet Be) – Upated!

 Shaun Finnie presents an updated version of his list of planned but abandoned Disney rides and attractions. Last December I wrote up a list of Disney...
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Disney On Stage – Part Two

February 22, 2005
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Disney On Stage – Part Two

 In the final part of his look at Disney’s theatrical productions, Shaun Finnie examines some of the company’s less successful efforts, and looks at their plans for the future. When Sir Elton John and...
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Disney On Stage – Part One

February 15, 2005
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Disney On Stage – Part One

 Disney Theatrical Productions have probably produced more stage shows than you think. In the first of a two-part article Shaun Finnie looks at the company’s formation and early productions. The recent debut of the...
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Disney At The 1964 / 65 World’s Fair – Part 3

February 2, 2005
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Disney At The 1964 / 65 World’s Fair – Part 3

 The Disney Diary’s Shaun Finnie concludes his series of columns detailing Disney’s involvement in the 1964 / 65 New York City World’s Fair with...
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Mary Poppins At The Prince Edward Theatre, London

January 28, 2005
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Mary Poppins At The Prince Edward Theatre, London

 The stage musical version of Mary Poppins has recently opened to rave reviews in London’s West End. Shaun Finnie went to see if it was as good as the papers...
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Disney At The 1964 / 65 World’s Fair – Part 2

January 26, 2005
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Disney At The 1964 / 65 World’s Fair – Part 2

 The Disney Diary’s Shaun Finnie continues his a series of columns looking at Disney’s involvement in the 1964 / 65 New York City World’s...
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Disney At The 1964 / 65 World’s Fair – Part 1

January 18, 2005
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Disney At The 1964 / 65 World’s Fair – Part 1

 The Disney Diary’s Shaun Finnie begins a series of columns looking at Disney’s involvement in the 1964 / 65 New York City World’s Fair,...
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The Other Side Of Main Street, USA Part 2 – Edison Square

January 11, 2005
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The Other Side Of Main Street, USA Part 2 – Edison Square

 The Disney Diary’s Shaun Finnie continues his look at the first major planned expansion of Disneyland, this time concentration on the cul-de-sac...
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The Other Side Of Main Street, USA Part 1 – Residential Street

January 4, 2005
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The Other Side Of Main Street, USA Part 1 – Residential Street

 The Disney Diary’s Shaun Finnie takes a look at the first major planned expansion of Disneyland, what it would have contained, and...
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What Might Have Been (And May Yet Be)

December 17, 2004
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What Might Have Been (And May Yet Be)

 Could your favorite Disney park have been a much different place to how you see it today? The Disney Diary’s Shaun Finnie looks at Disney’s planned theme park attractions that...
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