The magazine began life as Disney News in December 1965. The first issue was 16 pages long and the cover showed Walt Disney surrounded by several costumed characters in front of Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle. The magazine was initially a free benefit for members of the Magic Kingdom Club but later started charging a cover price (discounted for members).
The publication changed its name to Disney Magazine in March 1994 to better reflect the increased size and content of the magazine. When Disney ended the Magic Kingdom Club in March 2001, the magazine continued, but circulation numbers began dropping.
Publication ended with the Summer 2005 issue. Subscribers were offered subscriptions to either FamilyFun or Disney Adventures, or refunds. The magazine's website said that the end was due to an increase of people choosing to find information on the Internet, thus leading to a lack of readership.
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