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Give Em Hill Huffing The Fairy Dust At Disneyland

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Source: Oakland Tribune

Dateline: May 8, 2011

Posted: May 10, 2011

The morning after President Barack Obama interrupted "The Simpsons" to inform the country about the death of Osama bin Laden, my husband and I drove down to Disneyland. Now this was not a spur-of-the-moment, Munchkin-style "the wicked old witch at last is dead" kind of celebration. That would just be wrong. Instead, we'd had this excursion planned for a couple of months, and not just for the sake of ...

Annual Canoe Races Play Out On Rivers Of America

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Source: Orange County Register

Dateline: August 10, 2011

Posted: August 11, 2011

The annual Cast Canoe Races at Disneyland began in 1963 when employees, who Disney calls cast members, challenged one another to a race. Nearly 50 years later, the event has evolved into a gathering with more than 600 Disney employees on 72 teams rowing around the Rivers of America in canoes from Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes. At dawn on Wednesday, before the park opened, 12 teams in three ...

Tips For Dealing With Holiday Crowds At Disney Parks

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Source: Orange County Register

Dateline: December 21, 2011

Posted: December 29, 2011

Disneyland Resort parks can get jam packed, even filling to capacity, during the weeks around Christmas. It especially gets busy after Christmas Day when tourists flock to town. Read a story about Disney holiday crowds. Here are some ways to deal with the crowds: 1. Get there early: Disneyland opens at 8 a.m. and Disney California Adventure opens at 10 a.m. in the coming weeks. But lines ...

California vs. Paris: Adventureland

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Source: MickeyMousePark.com

Dateline: March 29, 2012

Posted: May 1, 2012

This month, I shall be comparing the Adventurelands found in the two Disneyland parks closest to my heart (California and Paris). Standing in front of the castle, with your back to Main Street, U.S.A./World Bazaar, the first land you encounter clockwise in four of the five Magic Kingdoms is Adventureland. Internet rumors abound that in Shanghai, Adventureland will take up the ...

12 Unique And Magical Memories To Be Made At Disneyland

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Source: Babble.com

Dateline: August 8, 2012

Posted: August 14, 2012

When visiting Disney, many families head straight for the E-ticket rides, from Space Mountain to the Matterhorn to Dumbo. But in doing so they not only spend a whole lot of time in long lines, but they miss out on so many magical moments and memories that can be made at the "happiest place on earth.' Though these attractions are less popular, they are just as special and endure in family memories far ...

Fantasmic Fun At Anaheim Disneyland

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Source: Examiner

Dateline: August 19, 2012

Posted: August 28, 2012

As summer winds down, be sure not to miss the musical extravaganza Fantasmic! at Disneyland in Anaheim. The show depicts Mickey's rousing dream of good versus evil. This colorful phantasmagoria pits famous Disney characters heroes and villains in sweeping battles rendered with symphonic majesty. Disney characters perform in digital movie form on enormous screens of water and live. Dazzling ...

Disneyland For Dads

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Source: Metro World

Dateline: April 29, 2013

Posted: May 3, 2013

In the land of Disney, princess always reigned supreme. However, though Sleeping Beauty's Castle, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and those ever-popular princesses may get a lot of the attention, Disneyland and California Adventure offer a pixie dust-less world for the guys in your life too - all in time for Father's Day in June. Cars Land Route 66 comes to life for plain-old cars and animated ...

Captain Takes You Inside The Wheelhouse Of The Mark Twain Riverboat At Disneyland

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Source: Desert Sun

Dateline: July 28, 2013

Posted: August 17, 2013

Ever wonder what it's like to steer the Mark Twain Riverboat through the Rivers of America at Disneyland? Or how the Radiator Springs Raceway cars get their power? "Every Role a Starring Role" is one of my favorite Disneyland blogs that takes you behind the scenes with various cast members who describe their jobs. Jen Holst, a Mark Twain Riverboat captain, describes herself as "the eyes and ears" ...

Oldest Disneyland Rides From 1955 To Today

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Source: stacker.com

Dateline: May 22, 2021

Posted: July 14, 2024

July 17, 1955: Peter Pan's Flight As one of the oldest rides in Disneyland, it's also one of the most popular, with lines regularly settling in at an hour or more even on less crowded days. Passengers board individual flying ships and lift up into the air to view different scenes from London and Neverland as the vessel hangs from a track above and navigates gentle dips and ...

Disneyland Turns 60 Ranking Its Attractions by Land

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Source: Eonline.com

Dateline: May 22, 2015

Posted: May 30, 2015

Oh, boy! The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration begins today! Disneyland Park opened in Anaheim, Calif., on July 17, 1955, and ever since, it has entertained millions of guests from all over the world. That's no small feat! "It's amazing to contemplate all that Disneyland has come to mean to so many people around the world," Tom Staggs, COO of the Walt Disney Company, recently told the ...

Disneyland Ride Review Full Steam Ahead On The Mark Twain

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Source: Orange County Register

Dateline: October 16, 2015

Posted: October 20, 2015

Engine room, full speed ahead. The bell clangs and the steam whistle blows as you embark on a journey aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat, one of Disneyland's opening day attractions still around. It will take you on a journey on the Rivers of America in Frontierland, nearly identical to the one visitors to the park encountered in 1955. As the steam-powered paddle wheeler glides away from the dock, it ...

58 Ways Star Wars Land Is Changing Disneyland

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Source: Los Angeles Magazine

Dateline: November 5, 2015

Posted: November 10, 2015

The Walt Disney Company recently announced that an entirely new land based on the Star Wars universe would be coming to Disneyland, likely in 2019. The 14-acre mini universe will feature two major new rides and other attractions including a restaurant based on the Mos Eisley cantina in the films. I'm not a big Star Wars aficionado, but I hear that the designers working on it are, and genuine fans can ...

Disneyland To Close Some Attractions To Build Star Wars Land

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Source: Los Angeles Times

Dateline: December 26, 2015

Posted: December 30, 2015

To make way for "Star Wars," Disneyland is about to launch its largest expansion ever, which means shutting down a significant chunk of the Anaheim theme park. In January, 10 attractions and eateries will close - some temporarily, some permanently - only a few months after the resort hiked the price of annual passes as much as 31%. This spring, Disneyland's biggest rival, Universal Studios Hollywood, ...

Disneyland To Close Multiple Attractions In January To Build Star Wars Land

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Source: antiguaobserver.com

Dateline: December 27, 2015

Posted: January 10, 2016

Disneyland is set to close multiple attractions and eateries next month to make room for the new "Star Wars"-themed land in the Orange County theme park. The 14-acre project would be Disney's largest single themed land expansion, CEO Bob Iger said when he announced the project in August at the D23 Expo. Groundbreaking is scheduled to take place in 2016 at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios ...

Getting To Disneyland Star Wars Land Needs To Be Magical

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Source: Orange County Register

Dateline: January 9, 2016

Posted: January 28, 2016

As the final scheduled day for the Rivers of America attractions at Disneyland comes to an end, it marks the closing of Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, the Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes and "Fantasmic!" for more than a year. Also included in the closures is the Disneyland Railroad. All of this is so that Disney can reroute the Rivers of America to ...

This Is How Disneyland Changed In The 2000s

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Source: Orange County Register

Dateline: July 17, 2016

Posted: July 24, 2016

The new century started out with few changes inside Disneyland, as the company was focused on big changes outside the park, but things would liven up as the century progressed. 2000 Parking at Disneyland changed with the opening of the Mickey & Friends parking structure on the land that was a strawberry farm for decades. The more than 10,000-space structure was the largest one when it started ...

Disneyland Attractions Closed To Build Star Wars Land Will Reopen In 2017

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Source: Orange County Register

Dateline: July 28, 2016

Posted: August 11, 2016

Disney has offered no timeline for its new "Star Wars" land, but Thursday park fans learned attractions closed temporarily for its construction will reopen in 2017. Park officials, on their Disney Parks blog, announced the attractions on the Rivers of America that went offline earlier this year as crews prepared for the construction of the 14-acre "Star Wars" land, will reopen next summer - an exact ...

Main Street Electrical Parade Is Coming Back To Disneyland In 2017

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Source: Orange County Register

Dateline: August 11, 2016

Posted: August 22, 2016

The Main Street Electrical Parade, a night-time fan favorite that rolled along Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A. for years, will return in 2017 with its synthesized version of "Baroque Hoedown." A Disney official said its stay will be temporary but declined to put a time frame on the parade that features one-million-plus twinkling lights. He also declined to say if guests will be able to see the ...

Rivers Of Fun

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Source: MickeyMousePark.com

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 ...

Disneyland Railroad And Fantasmic Return Dates

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Source: NBC Los Angeles

Dateline: June 15, 2017

Posted: June 24, 2017

Much of the Disneyverse is craftily constructed around clocks and the nature of time, and a fan only need dip into a song, or story, to find references to the meaning, and passage, of hours and minutes. From the stroke of midnight in "Cinderella" to Cogsworth the clock of "Beauty and the Beast" to "Step in Time" from "Mary Poppins" to the beloved doll clock at It's a Small World at Disneyland, ...

Pirates Lair On Tom Sawyer Island Reopens

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Source: Orange County Register

Dateline: June 16, 2017

Posted: June 24, 2017

Rafts were making the journey with visitors again from the mainland at Disneyland to Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island. The island was closed in early 2016 as the park worked on shortening the route for the Rivers of America in Frontierland to make room for the 14-acre "Star Wars" land project. In May of 2017, the river was refilled with water, and final preparation began to reopen the island. ...

Walt Disneys First Ever Map Of Disneyland Revealed

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Source: Readers Digest

Dateline: March 23, 2018

Posted: March 27, 2018

Back when Disney products were to be watched, not experienced, Walt Disney had a vision: a theme park that felt like stepping into a magical new place. Now, we can finally witness Walt's first dream. Before construction could start, Walt needed funding. He and his friend Herb Ryman put their heads together and mapped out their dream for the Disneyland that was still just a figment of their ...

10 Tips For Visiting With Toddlers And Preschoolers

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Source: thepantheronline.com

Dateline: January 11, 2019

Posted: January 19, 2019

Toddlers and preschoolers can be challenging travel companions, but travel destinations like Disneyland are made for them. I've never been a parent to wait until a certain age to travel with my kids anywhere, and there was no way I was going to miss out on the magic of Disney when my kids believed in it the most (and kids are free until they turn 3 at Disney). Consequently, I've been to Disneyland ...

20 Best Places To Rest With Kids

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Source: travelpulse.com

Dateline: January 27, 2019

Posted: February 6, 2019

Disneyland is a magical place filled with excitement and a ton of things to do. After walking around all day, your feet and your kids' feet will most likely start to hurt, and everyone is going to need a little break from the warm California weather. But where to go? There are plenty of places across Disneyland and Disney California Adventure for a break-places like slow-moving dark attractions and quick ...

All 9 Lands At Ranked

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Source: screenrant.com

Dateline: April 25, 2024

Posted: May 4, 2024

Fantasyland offers the most rides and is ideally located in Disneyland. Mickey's Toontown has mediocre rides and limited shopping and dining options. New Orleans Square has the best dining options and underrated classic rides. Disneyland in Anaheim is divided into nine distinct ''lands,'' and some of these certainly offer better experiences than others. ...

Live The Pirates Fantasy At Disneyland

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Source: pasadenastarnews.com

Dateline: May 18, 2007

Posted: November 20, 2007

First came the ride. Then came the movie. Then the movie found its way into the ride. Now pirates will be taking over another part of Disneyland when Pirate's Lair at Tom Sawyer Island opens Friday. All those pirates - including Jack Sparrow, ladies - who have been milling around New Orleans Square singing sea chanties, posing for pictures and insulting tourists as only pirates can will now be ...

Lessons Learned In Disneyland

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Source: azcentral.com

Dateline: May 29, 2007

Posted: December 6, 2007

We're Disneyland freaks. We love the Matterhorn; Mickey-shaped, chocolate-covered ice cream; and mouse ears with our names embroidered on the back. At least twice a year, we make the trek to the Happiest Place on Earth. As veteran visitors, we think we know just about everything there is to know about Disneyland. Still, every trip we take note of new lessons. From our Memorial Day weekend trip: ...

New Pirates Themed Island At Disneyland

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Source: UPI

Dateline: May 26, 2007

Posted: December 6, 2007

Disneyland's Tom Sawyer Island in California has been overrun by pirates. The family oriented tourist park opened the renovated attraction with a "Pirates of the Caribbean" theme to coincide with the release of the newest installment in the film series. Thousands of visitors had already hunted for treasure on the old Tom Sawyer Island after it re-opened Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported. ...

Today's Tom Sawyer

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Source: Orange County Register

Dateline: May 24, 2007

Posted: December 7, 2007

Let the lads and lasses loot, plunder and pillage to their hearts' content at Disneyland - if they can get past some scurvy scallywags ready to defend their precious spoils. Now that facets of old Tom Sawyer Island have gotten the heave-ho, the attraction reopens today with a redesigned "Pirates of the Caribbean" theme meant to boost the aging interactive playground and capitalize on the success of ...

Pirates Steal The Show At Disneyland

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Source: travelcounsellors.co.uk

Dateline: June 6, 2007

Posted: December 7, 2007

Just as Disney is celebrating the second Pirates of the Caribbean film picking up the award for best film at the MTV awards, Disneyland has opened an all-new pirate-themed attraction at Disneyland. Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island is a refurbished version of the old pirate fort and provides a whole host of new features based on the Pirates of the Caribbean adventures, including a stage show and ...

From Disneyland To The Movies And Back Again

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Source: PR NewsWire

Dateline: May 22, 2007

Posted: December 7, 2007

A longtime favorite Disneyland Resort attraction is reopening May 25 with new swashbuckling adventures as Captain Jack Sparrow and his gaggle of mates take over Tom Sawyer Island and turn it into their own "Pirate's Lair." The pirates will loot and carouse as they attempt to recruit island guests into their brotherhood of freedom and greed at Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island. "The phenomenal ...

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