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Have you ever heard of the Jolly Holiday Attraction? Well it was an attraction that was developed by Tony Baxter. Sadly it was never built. This month we present a video of Tony Baxter talking about the attraction: Tony Baxter Takes You on a Jolly Holiday. Video was taken in 2016 and is 4 minutes long.
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We are creating videos for each Disneyland Attraction (excerpts from our DVD Box Set) and posting them on YouTube. We will do one per week. Here are the ones we have uploaded so far this month:
Santa Fe and Disneyland Railroad
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Grand Canyon Diorama

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Rivers Of Fun

Author: Cal Jones
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 it from becoming foul like an abandoned pool. These tunnels also allow the aquatic life

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Rivers Of Fun

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 it from becoming foul like an abandoned pool. These tunnels also allow the aquatic life
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Disneyland Preps For Halloween As 60th Anniversary Fades Away

Posted: September 16, 2016

The jack-o'-lanterns started magically appearing this week at Disneyland as the Halloween season grows near. At the same time, the 60th anniversary decorations were magically disappearing into Yesterland. The large "60" button on the front of Sleeping Beauty Castle was removed, as were most of the related decorations on the lamp posts on Main Street U.S.A. Other elements of the 15-month Diamond Anniversary celebration should be gone by the end of the week, including the diamond look on the
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Waltzing With Walt Disney

Posted: September 8, 2016

In 1965 the Orlando Sentinel sniffed out a story that Walt Disney was behind significant purchases of massive tracts of Central Florida land near Kissimmee, a cow town south of Orlando. Disney was able to keep this under the radar by using three "dummy" companies, none of which had the word "Disney" anywhere near their titles. Disney had chosen the site in 1963 and announced his plans in 1965, once the story had leaked. There had been rumors that NASA or the Rockefellers or even Howard
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Take A Tour Of The Mary Poppins Disneyland Ride That Never Was

Posted: September 8, 2016

Famed Disney "Imagineer" Tony Baxter oversaw the construction of some of the most popular Disney theme park attractions, including Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain and Indiana Jones Adventure. But a ride that's particularly close to Baxter's heart is one that was never built. Baxter sat down with D23 director Kristin Rodack to talk about one of his earliest designs: a Mary Poppins-inspired ride named "Mary Poppins Jolly Holiday." And boy, is it
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One Free Thing Everyone Should Do When Visiting Disneyland For A Special Occasion

Posted: September 8, 2016

If you're heading to a Disney park for any type of celebration - birthday, anniversary, honeymoon - the first stop you make should be City Hall to pick up a free button. Many parkgoers don't know that visitors celebrating a special occasion can get free buttons to wear all day - and it makes the day way more magical. Disney parks are already designed to give visitors an elevated entertainment experience, but cast members (park staff) will go out of their way to do extra special things for
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Whats Really Inside The Castle At Disneyland

Posted: September 7, 2016

Sleeping Beauty's Castle is the centerpiece, the icon, and the symbol of Disneyland. Every Disney Park built since 1955 has a castle at the center, but only the original has a full-on storybook attraction inside those stone walls. A lot of people don't seem to notice it, so it feels kinda secret. The high style, midcentury gothic Sleeping Beauty Walkthrough is one of my favorite places in the park. When Disneyland first opened, knights on horseback gathered in front of the castle. They
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New At Disneyland Frightfully Fun Parade

Posted: September 7, 2016

Mention the word "ballroom" at Disneyland Resort and just one place waltzes into mind: The Haunted Mansion, and its shadowy spectral center space, the one filled with the not-quite-there revelers dancing the night away (and, yes, giddily swinging from the chandelier, too). Disneyland's beloved ballroom ghosts have been relegated to the "Ear-ie" attraction since its opening 47 years ago, but they'll spring out, along with a few Hitchhiking Ghosts, when the planet's best-known theme park
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Ousted By Star Wars Disney Horses May Hoof It To Norco

Posted: September 1, 2016

With Darth Vader and company claiming their old ranch, Disneyland's horses may head to a new home not so far, far away ... in Horsetown USA. The Walt Disney Co. is proposing to build a horse training facility in Norco where it can prep animals for its Anaheim-based resort. Melissa Britt, communications manager for Disneyland Resort, said employees were notified late Wednesday about plans to relocate roughly 16 draft horses from a temporary home in Anaheim to 2961 Valley View Ave. in
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Changes Coming Soon To Disneyland Park

Posted: September 1, 2016

There are two nightly opportunities to view the "Paint the Night" electrical parade: once as it slowly winds its way through Disneyland Park to where it concludes shortly beyond Disneyland City Hall, and then again as it returns after "Disneyland Forever." A great way to be in a good position to see and take photos of both the parade and the fireworks show begins by making your way to Main Street, USA early enough to watch the first "Paint the Night" parade. Ideally sit on the curb across
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Your Inside Look At Disneyland Themed Suites For Super Fans

Posted: August 29, 2016

Have you ever loved a ride at Disneyland so much that you wouldn't get out of the boat? Well, now you don't have to. A group of special effects-filled rooms at the Disneyland Hotel offers the chance to completely absorb yourself in the worlds of Pirates of the Caribbean or Big Thunder Mountain 24-hours a day. The "Signature Suites" cost about ten times the amount of a regular room at the hotel, but they are ten times the fun! The Pirates of the Caribbean suite If you can't wait until
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Whats New At Disneyland

Posted: August 29, 2016

So many new attractions have recently opened at Disneyland and more are coming! Jen Dunyon, VP of Communications, says now is a great time to head to The Happiest Place on Earth. Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters in Cars Land opened in March, the NEW Frozen - Live at the Hyperion opened over Memorial Day Weekend (full Broadway style musical - get a Fastpass!), and Soarin' Around the World opened in mid-June. Jen shared some sad (but exciting!) news about Tower of Terror. 2016 is your LAST
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Q And A Disneyland's Massive Parking Project

Posted: August 29, 2016

Disneyland Resort is planning a massive expansion project that would include creating a seven-story, 6,800-space parking structure, a new transportation hub, and a pedestrian bridge over Harbor Boulevard. They are slated to be completed by the end of 2018. Q. What's going to happen to the Carousel Inn? A. It will close sometime in October and eventually be razed. A spokesman for Wincome Group, which manages the property for Disney, said the hotel is relocating the 55 employees or
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Is Disneyland Overdoing Its Nostalgia

Posted: August 29, 2016

"When can we do this again?" Like any pervasive earworm, that chorus from Disneyland's Paint the Night parade has burrowed its way into my brain over the past 15 months it has been playing at the park. Yeah, like many Disneyland fans, I bought into the parade's not-so-subliminal message and kept coming back to see it again and again - helping that theme song slip into heavy rotation in my mental soundtrack. As you might have heard, Disneyland has announced that it will close the Paint
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Star Wars Land Construction Progresses On Resort Planned Attraction

Posted: August 29, 2016

Concrete walls are shaping up at Disneyland for the "Star Wars" land project at Disneyland, as construction crews look to be preparing much of the land for building foundations. The first walls appear to be around the new channel for the Rivers of America in Frontierland and for the new route for the Disneyland Railroad. As the summer winds down, many of the annual passholders are no longer blacked out, and have returned to the Disneyland for a final chance to see the entertainment
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Retired Imagineer A Disneyland Pioneer

Posted: August 22, 2016

It's been more than 20 years since Disney "imagineer" Roland "Rolly" Crump retired, but the Carlsbad artist's indelible stamp can still be seen at the company's Disneyland theme park in Anaheim. During the '60s, Crump designed and carved the totems that stand outside The Enchanted Tiki Room, built the iconic ghostly contraptions for The Haunted Mansion and helped develop "It's a Small World." His 40-year contribution was honored with a Walt Disney Legends Award in 2004, and on Aug. 11 a
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Main Street Electrical Parade Is Coming Back To Disneyland In 2017

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 attraction each night. "Those (answers) are still under discussion," John McClintock, a
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Disney First Latin American Princess Elena Of Avalor Makes Her Park Debut

Posted: August 22, 2016

Orlando's Walt Disney World welcomes a new princess at Magic Kingdom today. Elena of Avalor, the entertainment giant's first princess "inspired by diverse Latin cultures," will be available for meet-and-greets throughout the park and appear in a live performance "The Royal Welcome of Princess Elena." The presentation, which is staged at Cinderella's Castle, features Cinderella, Prince Charming and a host of other familiar faces welcoming the new princess to their home. As part of the
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Disneyland To Build New 7 Level 6800 Space Parking Structure

Posted: August 22, 2016

A new parking structure will be constructed at Disneyland as part of the $1 billion investment deal the theme park has with the city of Anaheim. On Aug. 2, the park announced the Eastern Gateway project, which will be a new seven-level, 6,800-space parking structure and a pedestrian bridge to the resort near a hotel. The new structure will be at the site of the Pumbaa parking lot and a transportation hub east of Harbor Boulevard. Along with the structure, the Carousel Inn and Suites
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Disneyland And Imagineering Part 8

Posted: August 16, 2016

Picture this You're an artistic designer; You're scheduled to attend a design meeting for a project you drew the design that "greenlighted" the project you're currently working on; Deadlines are rapidly approaching; And in walks your boss He looks concerned -- something between worried and extremely serious; He opens the meeting and begins talking about a specific part of the project; He is very articulate, he explains what his concerns
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Thousands Temporarily Without Power In Anaheim Near Disneyland

Posted: August 12, 2016

Thousands in Anaheim lost power amid an outage that affected hotels and, briefly, Disneyland Wednesday evening, Anaheim Public Utilities confirmed. During the outage, firefighters received at least five calls reporting people trapped in elevators at hotels, including the Anaheim Carriage Inn, Anaheim Desert Inn, Best Western and Hyatt. Riders also reported getting stuck on Disneyland attractions during the brief outage because park attendees had to reset the rides. "Everything
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3 Attractions Closing As Disney Anniversary Party Ends

Posted: August 12, 2016

The electrified Paint the Night parade, the Disneyland Forever fireworks show and World of Color: Celebrate! will end their runs next month when Disneyland's 60th anniversary celebration comes to a close. On the Disney Parks Blog, officials said this week that the nightly attractions will make their final performance Sept. 5. All three shows were created to celebrate the anniversary. Returning Sept. 6 will be the original World of Color featuring Wall-E and Eve and Pocahontas at
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Progress On Star Wars Land And A New Starbucks Opens At Downtown Disney

Posted: August 11, 2016

The forces of the Empire and Rebellion are still working on "Star Wars" land at Disneyland as a variety of retaining walls and other concrete foundations began appearing in the construction zone. Meanwhile, Disney announced the formal start of construction for the new parking structure that will be built east of Harbor Boulevard, near the Santa Ana Freeway. It will also occupy portions of the current Pumba parking lot. When complete, some time in 2018, the structure will hold more than
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Frozen Stage Show New Rides

Posted: August 11, 2016

Being a frequent Disneyland visitor, I never figured a day would come that the highlight of a Disney resort visit would be a live-action performance of a cartoon beloved by 8-year-olds everywhere. But, yes, perhaps hell has "Frozen" over. Of course, my main motivation in going to Disneyland and California Adventure this year was to see all the "Star Wars" upgrades in Disneyland's Tomorrowland. And yes, Hyperspace Mountain has made the former Space Mountain ride even more exciting by
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Disneyland Could Customize Your Visit By Scanning Your Feet

Posted: August 11, 2016

Disney has invented technology to recognize guests in its theme parks using their feet. At Walt Disney World, Disney has already introduced MyMagic+, a system that allows visitors wearing a "Magic Band" on their wrist to customize their in-park experience, but with a patent recently awarded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the company could use a recognition system that scans a visitor's foot. As described by the patent paperwork, guests would place their feet on an
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Disneyland Attractions Closed To Build Star Wars Land Will Reopen In 2017

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 date was not given. The Disneyland Railroad will chug around the park on a new route,
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7 Most Underrated Experiences At Disneyland

Posted: August 11, 2016

If you're any kind of Disneyland fan, then you know the glory of the Jungle Cruise ride and you've eaten more Dole Whips than you can count. But even some of the most avid park-goers skip key experiences during their visits. The following rides, secret spots and shows often go under-appreciated in favor of bigger, sparklier Disneyland attractions. Seek out these little-known gems the next time you visit, and prepare for some real magic. 1. Breakfast with the characters. The
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