Saturday, December 11, 2021

Disney Annual Reports 1965 - 1975


As a Disney parks fan, it can be easy to feel like I missed all the good stuff. Adventure Thru Inner Space! Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland! America Sings! Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour!

This, of course, is nonsense. Simply having experienced every one of the original EPCOT Center attractions puts me in fairly elect company, and as always, such things are always a matter of timing, dumb luck, and opportunity.

One of those timing opportunities that actually landed me in the plus category was moving to Florida when I did, which gave me access to opportunities to look at and acquire paper goods, magazines, and primary source documents at a time when being into Walt Disney World history was a pretty niche pursuit.  The prices that certain things I paid a few dollars for can fetch online can be pretty eye-watering, and while the COVID pandemic has seemingly slowed down some of the worst excesses, I feel lucky to have a library of several thousand paper items that are absolutely the bedrock of the research for site. I feel lucky to have them and I'm worried about younger Disney history buffs who probably won't have access to these things in the future. Until such a time that a fan-organized library can be created that's open to the public, too much of Disney history is dependent on being able to buy your way in through pricey editions or secondhand collectibles. I don't like that.


So I'm going to do something about it. I've determined to start dumping some of these less-accessible treasures online in properly scanned versions. I'm not going to be a weenie about it and cover them in watermarks. I want these to be available to everyone. My only request is that if you are a historian or author and you use any of these please credit the "Passport Free Library" and this site in your citations. 

I'm going to start with the WDP Annual Reports, all scanned by me (some from copies at the Orlando Public Library, which is where this project began). These fascinating and colorful little books are where so many of my research efforts have begun, it seems right to launch this project with them.

Even if you don't care about financial statistics, you absolutely should download and enjoy these, as they're absolutely bursting with construction shots, concept art, descriptions of doomed plans, and general vintage Disney weirdness.

Download, share, and enjoy them at your leisure..!

Walt Disney Productions Annual Report 1965

Walt Disney Productions Annual Report 1966

Walt Disney Productions Annual Report 1967

Walt Disney Productions Annual Report 1968

Walt Disney Productions Annual Report 1969

Walt Disney Productions Annual Report 1970

Walt Disney Productions Annual Report 1971

Walt Disney Productions Annual Report 1972

Walt Disney Productions Annual Report 1973

Walt Disney Productions Annual Report 1974

Walt Disney Productions Annual Report 1975

More content coming as I can get things scanned...!

5 comments:

**kent said...

Thanks, I think these will be fun to look through and they are certainly a valuable resource for historians.

Melissa said...

This is an amazing public service.

Dreemfinder said...

Bravo! There was a time... Back in the 70s, in fact, when I had wheedled and cajoled the Disney Company and actually (and at no cost!) obtained these very reports. Hitting hard times in the 90s, I sold quite a lot (and eventually all) of my collection. What a delight to see this material again and to know that there's someone with a good heart who is willing to share this valued heritage with today's disadvantaged fans! A Thousand Thanks!!

Michaeland said...

Thank You! Thank you. My own research history begins with Card Walker personally sending me the 1977 Annual Report.
I read the thing ragged…and would every year they were published. Taught myself a bit about business, and a lot about Walt Disney’s productions in doing so (while of-course also perfectly preserving and archiving each edition).

Receiving the report was a real highlight of the year for me! I checked the mail all through Dec. awaiting the latest (as the fiscal year always ends on Sept. 30; it took some time to compile the reports), then everything else would have to wait until I digested all the latest tid-bits I could glean about the latest activities at The Walt Disney Company. It was a more mature and in-depth ‘Disney Magazine’, and free (naturally, you’d buy some stock so they would come without needing to ask)!

Until eventually the glossy photos and insightful stories faded away into thin just-the-facts-accounting tissue sheets, before they stopped printing or sending anything out at all (but sure, I saved those versions too).

Your writing is a true JOY; you sharing these are a real Gift.��
Sincerest appreciations all around. ��

Michaeland said...

Thank You! Thank you. My own research history begins with Card Walker personally sending me the 1977 Annual Report.
I read the thing ragged…and would every year they were published. Taught myself a bit about business, and a lot about Walt Disney’s productions in doing so (while of-course also perfectly preserving and archiving each edition).

Receiving the report was a real highlight of the year for me! I checked the mail all through Dec. awaiting the latest (as the fiscal year always ends on Sept. 30; it took some time to compile the reports), then everything else would have to wait until I digested all the latest tid-bits I could glean about the latest activities at The Walt Disney Company. It was a more mature and in-depth ‘Disney Magazine’, and free (naturally, you’d buy some stock so they would come without needing to ask)!

Until eventually the glossy photos and insightful stories faded away into thin just-the-facts-accounting tissue sheets, before they stopped printing or sending anything out at all (but sure, I saved those versions too).

Your writing is a true JOY; you sharing these are a real Gift.🎄
Sincerest appreciations all around. 💞