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Animated Life by Floyd Norman

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Wonderland

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The Walt Disney Studios

An animated wonderland in Southern California.

Inside the Real Magic Kingdom

Let's take a trip back in time, to a time when traffic was light on the freeways, Hollywood was clean and tidy, and only the locals knew the location of film studios. Today, the Walt Disney Studios presides over Burbank like the Colossus of Rhodes, but back then the nondescript campus on Alameda Avenue gave not a hint of the activity inside.

In February 1956, nine starry-eyed youngsters reported for work at 500 South Buena Vista Avenue, eager to begin their careers in the cartoon business. Having a great job was only part of the deal, because an added bonus was finally getting inside Walt Disney's magic factory. Unlike ...

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