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A Date With Disney
Source:MickeyMousePark.com
Author:Cal Jones
Editor:David Filing
Dateline:March 15, 2015
Posted:March 15, 2015

The date had not been going at all well. Normally, Katie loved Disneyland. But, with Josh, her date, complaining the whole time, she felt herself going bonkers. While he was great when they were about ten yards away from getting on the rides, the rest was just a spout of anti-Disney prattle. More often than not, she found herself spacing out, typically remembering the times she had gone there while ...

A Diamond Celebration In Sardineland
Source:MickeyMousePark.com
Author:Cal Jones
Editor:David Filing
Dateline:July 12, 2015
Posted:July 13, 2015

It had been three or four years since I had last been to Disneyland. But, on May 22, my mother and I went, just the two of us. That day was the opening day, for lack of a better term, of the park's Diamond celebration. As a part of that, the parks were open for 24 hours, closing at 6 A.M. on May 23 for a few hours. Rather inadvertently, we ended up parking in the "Toy Story" parking lot instead of ...

A Sprinkle Of Pixie Dust
Source:MickeyMousePark.com
Author:Cal Jones
Editor:David Filing
Dateline:July 14, 2017
Posted:July 14, 2017

"Fantasyland" is said to be Walt Disney's favorite Land. And it's tough to blame him. "Sleeping Beauty Castle" welcomes you, as both the main entrance and park icon. "King Arthur Carrousel" was built in 1875 and operated in Ontario, Canada from 1922 until 1955 when it was relocated to Disneyland. Until 1975, only one horse was white, and now all of them are. Merlin hosted a ceremony that determined which ...

Adventure Awaits
Source:MickeyMousePark.com
Author:Cal Jones
Editor:David Filing
Dateline:February 11, 2017
Posted:February 11, 2017

When "Adventureland" was first conceived, it was to be based on Walt's award winning documentaries on Africa and Asia. "Jungle Cruise" was the star attraction until "Swiss Family Treehouse" opened in 1962. The inspiration for the "Jungle Cruise" includes the True-Life Adventure documentary, "The African Lion" and the film, "The African Queen" (the name for the Land was to be "True-Life Adventureland" for ...

Back To The Old West
Source:MickeyMousePark.com
Author:Cal Jones
Editor:David Filing
Dateline:November 19, 2016
Posted:November 19, 2016

If it was in the West, it's here. The Mark Twain Riverboat docks at the aptly named Mark Twain Landing in Frontierland. The first train ride, apart from the Disneyland Railroad, was the Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland, opening in 1960; the Mine Train closed in 1977, and Big Thunder Mountain opened two years later. The two rides could not be more different. The Mine Train was a slow, relaxing ride ...

Beignets Pirates And Ghosts Oh My
Source:MickeyMousePark.com
Author:Cal Jones
Editor:David Filing
Dateline:October 15, 2016
Posted:October 15, 2016

When New Orleans Square opened in July of 1966, the mayor of New Orleans, Victor Schiro, participated in the dedication. Schiro announced that Disney was an honorary citizen of the real city and joked that adding the Square cost as much as the original Louisiana Purchase. The dedication was Walt's last public appearance before his death that December. There are two actual rides in the New Orleans ...

Classic Disneyland
Source:MickeyMousePark.com
Author:Cal Jones
Editor:David Filing
Dateline:July 10, 2014
Posted:July 10, 2014

There is a site called Yesterland and it details all attractions that have closed, from the PeopleMover to the House of the Future, Main Street Electrical Parade to Carnation Ice Cream Parlor, as well as the seasonal Explorer's Canoes. Of the aforementioned attractions, House of the Future closed twenty years before I was born and that's the main one I've wanted to see. The pictures posted ...

Dangerous Disneyland Mental Fatigue Part 1
Source:MickeyMousePark.com
Author:Cal Jones
Editor:David Filing
Dateline:January 6, 2016
Posted:January 25, 2016

Disneyland gets sued for injuries and deaths all of the time. Believe me, I get that accidents happen, but most of these tourists are simply victims of their own stupidity. Mild disclaimer: a few of these I've read about on only one site, so I'm not entirely sure they happened. Now, let's get down to business. Matterhorn, Space, and Thunder Mountains are not most dangerous in that respect, ...

Dangerous Disneyland Mental Fatigue Part 2
Source:MickeyMousePark.com
Author:Cal Jones
Editor:David Filing
Dateline:February 14, 2016
Posted:February 14, 2016

It wasn't until I was almost finished with the human stupidity portion of this "Dangerous Disney" article that I realized that this should be a two-parter, so that (in addition to keeping it from being too long) some might hopefully regain some faith in humanity. Here is that second part. Again, some of these I've only read about on one site. I start with the PeopleMover, again. In 1968 a rainstorm ...

Every Town USA
Source:MickeyMousePark.com
Author:Cal Jones
Dateline:August 14, 2017
Posted:August 14, 2017

The final stop on my lovely tour of Disneyland, at least until "Star Wars Land" is completed, is the entrance to the entire park. Said to be inspired by Walt's hometown of Marceline, Missouri, "Main Street, U.S.A" is designed to look like the idealized center of a town at around 1910. One of the designers, Harper Goff, showed Walt some pictures of his childhood home in Colorado and Walt liked the ...

Hang With Mickey And Friends
Source:MickeyMousePark.com
Author:Cal Jones
Editor:David Filing
Dateline:April 19, 2017
Posted:April 19, 2017

"Mickey's Toontown" is designed cartoonishly. Everything from "Mickey's House" to the post office looks, well, goofy. Opening in 1993, it was inspired by "ToonTown" in the 1988 movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" It was originally planned to be behind "Main Street, USA" and called "Hollywoodland." "Hollywoodland" combined the concept of "Mickey's Birthdayland," which was to be in the Florida park for the ...

Hunny In The Briar Patch
Source:MickeyMousePark.com
Author:Cal Jones
Editor:David Filing
Dateline:March 12, 2017
Posted:March 12, 2017

"Critter Country" was originally called the "Indian Village." Until 1971, that section of Frontierland contained Native American shows and attractions. The following year, it became "Bear Country," the first major expansion since the "Haunted Mansion" and cost $8 million. "Bear Country" was themed like the forest of the Pacific North-West. The centerpiece attraction was "Country Bear Jamboree" and was also ...

Merriest Place On Earth
Source:MickeyMousePark.com
Author:Cal Jones
Editor:David Filing
Dateline:December 6, 2014
Posted:December 6, 2014

"The Happiest Place on Earth" becomes all the more magical during the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Tinsel and garland cover almost every inch of the already beautiful park. In 2006 they had a machine that produced many tiny bubbles grouped to make snowflakes. My mother has a picture of me dancing in them, somewhere. When the House of the Future was still there, a large, red ribbon would be placed ...

Music is Magic
Source:MickeyMousePark.com
Author:Cal Jones
Dateline:November 1, 2013
Posted:November 8, 2013

I don't even remember my first trip to Disneyland as a child. My first trip with my high school band, on the other hand, I do remember, if a little vaguely. Hey, I've been going since I was a kid, and even with my makeshift leash, all the wonderful memories have always tended to blend together. It was when I was a freshman in high school and we were to march down Main Street, something we did every year. ...

Rivers Of Fun
Source:MickeyMousePark.com
Author:Cal Jones
Editor:David Filing
Dateline:September 17, 2016
Posted:September 18, 2016

The Rivers of America is as old as Disneyland, with the Mark Twain Riverboat as its only attraction (with the dry docks for refurbishments), though Mike Fink Keel Boats would open in December that same year. The Rivers and all green waters in the park are interconnected underground, allowing the water to naturally filter and de-stagnate the way a lake would. They act as a single body of water and prevent ...

Todays Future
Source:MickeyMousePark.com
Author:Cal Jones
Editor:David Filing
Dateline:January 9, 2017
Posted:January 9, 2017

During the rush of getting the Park constructed, "Tomorrowland" was the last land finished. Budget cuts didn't allow all of its attractions to be opened that first day. One of those cuts was to use the "Nautilus" sets from "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" as a walk-through. When it closed in 1966, the organ belonging to Captain Nemo was moved to the ballroom of the "Haunted Mansion." For the first four ...

Unfinished Magic
Source:MickeyMousePark.com
Author:Cal Jones
Editor:David Filing
Dateline:June 7, 2016
Posted:June 7, 2016

I guess it's a fact of life that not every idea for an attraction or Land can actually be built. Occasionally, the failed idea was a revamp or replacement of an older attraction that was shut down for various reasons. Other times, the idea was scrapped because of the success of another, similar, ride. There are a multitude of other reasons things can be scrapped. After Submarine Voyage closed, it was ...

When Villains Rule The Night
Source:MickeyMousePark.com
Author:Cal Jones
Editor:David Filing
Dateline:October 12, 2015
Posted:October 12, 2015

If I've ever been to Disneyland during Halloween, I was a kid, because I don't remember it. However, I do know that for Halloween, like Christmas, the decorators go all out. The equivalent of the giant tree in the Town Square and Mickey shaped wreaths are Mickey shaped jack-o-lanterns, complete with friendly smile and pumpkin ears. The entrance plaza has the "fab five," Mickey and friends, made out of ...

 
 
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