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Cars Land Secrets. This video shows how Cars Land was designed. Audio quality is not the greatest but great information. Video was taken in 2016 and is 5 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:
Sailing Ship Columbia
Rafts To Tom Sawyer Island


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Disneyland And Imagineering Part 8

Author: K
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 are and it is

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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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Whats Up At Disneyland Tall Walls Hide Work On Star Wars Land And 400 Disney Emojis Released

Posted: July 27, 2016

Tall walls were going up in the area under construction for "Star Wars" land at Disneyland during the week leading up to the park's 61st anniversary on July 17. While Bothan spies were attempting to find out what the walls are all about, they were able to secure a copy of an artist's concept painting of what the new land will look like and put a copy of it on a fence near the exit to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The spies spotted work on Tom Sawyer Island. There were rumors that the
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Mechanical Issue Strands Passengers On Disneyland Monorail

Posted: July 27, 2016

A Disneyland Monorail train encountered mechanical problems Tuesday, causing passengers to be stuck on one of the trains for about 50 minutes, a park official said. A train, with no passengers aboard, broke down around at 5 p.m. at the Tomorrowland Station, according to a Suzi Brown, a Disneyland spokeswoman. As a result, passengers aboard another train couldn't make it into Tomorrowland and had to be towed back by a vehicle on the tracks to Downtown Disney, Brown said.
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This Day In History Disneyland Opened 61 Years Ago Today

Posted: July 25, 2016

Disneyland, the only theme park designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney, opened on Sunday, July 17, 1955. Construction lasted for exactly one year, and cost only $17 million to complete. The opening was only intended for about 11,000 invited guests and press, though a total of 28,000 attended due to a rush of counterfeit tickets. The event was telecast by ABC, anchored by actors Art Linkletter, Bob Cummings, and Ronald Reagan, whom were all friends of Walt Disney.
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For A Decade Disney Will Give Every 6th Grader In Anaheim A Disneyland Ticket For Community Service

Posted: July 25, 2016

For the next 10 years, every sixth grader at an Anaheim public or private school could receive a free ticket to Disneyland for doing something to benefit their community, Disney announced Friday. "Sixth grade is a great year to help inspire students to give back to their community through service," said Jill Bolton, director of corporate citizenship at Disneyland. The "Happiest Class on Earth" program is the company's way of ending Disneyland's 60th anniversary and kicking off the
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This Is How Disneyland Changed In The 2000s

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 parking cars in 2000. Inside the park, a change was underway to the Tomorrowland
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This Is How Disneyland Changed In The 1990s

Posted: July 24, 2016

It was a "Fantasmic!" start for Disneyland in the 1990s, and the decade ended with a new Tomorrowland and the disappearance of the parking lot. 1990-92 Not much happened for the first two years in terms of changes or additions of new attractions until 1992. Mission to Mars had its last flight and was grounded. In New Orleans Square, something new was coming to the waterfront of the Rivers of America. An innovative live show that would combine film projections on screens made of water,
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This Is How Disneyland Changed In The 1980s

Posted: July 24, 2016

Changes at Disneyland in the 1980s started slow, then ended in a splash down a mountain. During the first couple years of the decade, Disney Imagineers were busy with the design and building of Epcot Center (as it was called then) at Walt Disney World. But they were also planning a project for Disneyland - rebuilding Fantasyland. 1980-83 In early 1982, most of Fantasyland was behind a construction fence as plans were turning into reality. By the time things were done, the old
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This Is How Disneyland Looked In The 1970s

Posted: July 24, 2016

The seventies at Disneyland started with an invasion, then went into space, and ended with a wild ride in the frontier. Unfortunately for Disneyland, the riots that had been happening in cities across America during the latter half of the sixties and some of the protesters turned their attention to Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom. On Aug. 6, 1970, the Yippies (an offshoot of the hippies of the sixties) decided to invade Disneyland. The Yippies were members of the "Youth International
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This Is How Disneyland Looked And Changed In The 1960s

Posted: July 24, 2016

It was the '60s, a decade of change. And just like society, Disneyland would change too - in dramatic fashion. 1960 Just like previous years, Walt Disney was constantly tinkering with Disneyland as the decade started. The first year of the decade, he added more scenes to the Rainbow Ridge Mine Train, and changed its name to the Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland. The mules got a new name, too, the fairly obvious Pack Mules Through Nature's Wonderland - both were in Frontierland.
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This Is How Disneyland Changed From 1956 To 1959

Posted: July 24, 2016

The day after Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955, many newspapers had a field day with the myriad of problems the park had, such as gas leaks, failing plumbing and a lack of drinking fountains. Some called it Walt's Folly and more. But that didn't seem to matter to the public because when the park opened its gates the next day, there was a long line of people waiting to get in - and the lines never got shorter. By October, the park had entertained one million visitors, putting it on a
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This Is How Disneyland Looked In 1955

Posted: July 24, 2016

When Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955, there were sections of it that were not done. A reporter noticed all the construction still ongoing and asked Walt Disney if Disneyland would ever be finished. Disney replied in what has become an oft quoted quote: "Disneyland will never be completed, as long as there is imagination left in the world." Disney was true to his word - Disneyland has never been completed and has been changing ever since, even within a few weeks of opening. Opening
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Disney Magic A Strong Magnet At Mouse Meet In Lynnwood

Posted: July 24, 2016

For eight years, the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet has sprinkled a little Disney magic on Snohomish County. The annual event brings together Disney fans at the Lynnwood Convention Center for a day of presentations, photos, autographs, sweet treats, activities and displays. This year's event was Saturday. It sold out, with 450 tickets purchased by people in 11 states along with Canada and Japan. The Mouse Meet has gotten a lot bigger since it started, founder and event organizer
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All Short Term Rentals Banned In Anaheim By City Council

Posted: July 6, 2016

After a five-and-half hour special meeting Wednesday, the Anaheim City Council voted to ban the operation of short-term rentals. The owners of the 363 permitted short-term rentals will have 18 months to stop operating. Mayor Tom Tait and Councilmen James Vanderbilt and Jordan Brandman voted for the ban, with the 18-month phase out period. Councilwomen Kris Murray and Lucille Kring supported the ban, but wanted a longer period for operators to shut down. "The sharing economy is
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