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This month we present a video of the 4th of July Fireworks show. The video was recorded in 2017. The video is 5 minutes long.
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We are creating videos for each Disneyland Attraction (excerpts from our Disneyland History USB Drive) and posting them on YouTube. We will do one per week. Here are the ones we have uploaded so far this month:
Mission To Mars
Space Mountain
Tomorrowland 1970s Wrapup (Coming July 21)

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Disneyland And Imagineering Part 13

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Author: K
Posted: July 14, 2017

Disneyland, the idea, came from the mind of Walt Disney, but Disneyland, the theme park, was a collaborative effort. It took a great many men and women to create it. Since all men are created equal, everyone who contributed should be credited. I've known about C.V. Wood for many years, and although he was not an Imagineer, he was a land developer who made significant contributions in terms of sales and management for the park during construction. His position was technically above Joe

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A Sprinkle Of Pixie Dust

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Author: Cal Jones
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 guest could pull the sword from the stone and become king for the day while King Arthur was

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Disneyland And Imagineering Part 13

Posted: July 14, 2017

Disneyland, the idea, came from the mind of Walt Disney, but Disneyland, the theme park, was a collaborative effort. It took a great many men and women to create it. Since all men are created equal, everyone who contributed should be credited. I've known about C.V. Wood for many years, and although he was not an Imagineer, he was a land developer who made significant contributions in terms of sales and management for the park during construction. His position was technically above Joe
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A Sprinkle Of Pixie Dust

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 guest could pull the sword from the stone and become king for the day while King Arthur was
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Fantasmic Dining Reservations Open

Posted: July 14, 2017

Perhaps you've visited a certain theme park located at 1313 Disneyland Drive in Anaheim over the last few months with a specific, sparkly-eyed goal in mind: Be dazzled, once again, by the Main Street Electrical Parade. The limited-time experience, which has wended its way through Disneyland Park since January 2017, at least on this particular go-around, came with something a bit tantalizing to those hoping to A) do dinner at the theme park and B) score a solid viewing area for the parade:
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Disneyland Resort Eliminates Use Of Hand Stamp For Re-Entry Into Its Theme Parks

Posted: July 14, 2017

The longtime act of getting a hand stamp when exiting Disneyland has disappeared into yesterland. Disneyland Resort eliminated the stamps Sunday, July 9, now taking a photo of everyone who enters the theme park with an admission ticket. For several years, those with annual passes have not needed hand stamps, as their photo was on file. The requirement for photos was added to multi-day tickets, and now it will be the same policy for all admission tickets, according to park officials.
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Disneyland Will Remove Bride Auction Scene From Pirates Of The Caribbean Ride

Posted: July 5, 2017

Disneyland has plans to make changes to their classic "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride by removing the bride auction scene. The ride, which first opened in 1967, features a redheaded woman standing on what appears to be an auction block with a banner in the background that reads: "AUCTION: Take a Wench for a Bride" while pirates shout, "We wants the redhead!" Kathy Mangum, SVP, Atlantic Region Executive of Walt Disney Imagineering said the bride auction scene will come to an end by
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Disneyland To Halt Wench Sale On Pirates Of The Caribbean Ride

Posted: July 5, 2017

Disney will remove the infamous "bride auction" scene from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland next year, the company announced on Thursday. During the planned ride refurbishment, Disney will alter the roles of the auctioneer, the redhead woman and other characters participating in the "Auction: Take a Wench for a Bride" scene. In the current scene, the redhead character is the prize of the auction. According to Disney, the redhead is holding a
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Disneyland Railroad Starts Testing Trains On Its New Route

Posted: July 5, 2017

The rails were singing again with the sounds of whistles and bells as engineers and conductors started testing trains on the new route for the Disneyland Railroad. The route for the opening day attraction underwent a major modification in the Frontierland area to make room for the 14-acre "Star Wars" land project. Now the route skirts the edge of the shortened Rivers of America, along the Big Thunder Trail, and then makes a sharp left-hand turn to head for Mickey's Toontown Station in
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Weird World Of Disneyland

Posted: July 2, 2017

Disney theme parks really are Mickey Mouse at times, a new thread for employees of the entertainment giant reveals. Reddit user voxangelikus asked: "Disneyworld/land employees, what is the most bizarre thing you've seen at work?" Some of the employees confessions are downright shocking. Alice in Wonderland and Minnie Mouse as chainsmokers? Snow White engaged in a torrid love triangle? But it isn't just the fabled Disney roster of frogs, princesses, dwarves and demons that
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New Maxpass Is Designed To Save You Time But Not Necessarily Money

Posted: July 2, 2017

Times are certainly changing in Disneyland. The park is testing out a new process for its Fastpass system, which requires park-goers to scan their annual pass or park ticket to gain access to the Fastpass line instead of using a separate ticket stub as their actual Fastpass. And soon, Disney will be launching Maxpass, another time-saving initiative for park-goers. Disneyland already has the well-known Fastpass system in place, which allows guests to reserve a return time for a certain
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Man Visits Disneyland For 2000th Straight Day

Posted: July 2, 2017

He just may be the happiest man at the Happiest Place on Earth. Huntington Beach resident Jeff Reitz visited Disneyland Thursday-- for the 2000th day straight! Fox 11 was there as Reitz walked through the turnstiles Thursday morning marking the feat that's an unofficial record at the Anaheim park. The Air Force veteran says the feat will probably land him a Guinness World Record, something that wasn't originally the plan. Reitz got an annual pass as a gift when he was
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Disneyland Changing Its Fastpass To Electronic System To Skip The Long Lines

Posted: July 2, 2017

Fastpasses are changing fast at the Disneyland Resort. The resort started testing its new Fastpass system this week. No longer will visitors receive a printed Fastpass that they then give to cast members at an attraction. Instead, the new system requires visitors to have their admission ticket or annual pass scanned at the attraction at their appointed Fastpass time. The paper Fastpass tickets visitors received for the various attractions are being phased out and replaced.
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Pirates Lair On Tom Sawyer Island Reopens

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. With work complete, Disneyland opened it Friday, June 16, including a visit by Captain
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Goodyears Peoplemover Whisked Disney Guests To Tomorrowland

Posted: June 24, 2017

The future of transportation arrived 50 years ago on a revolving platform where gleaming tram cars whisked passengers away on a fantastic voyage. The cars didn't have motors, but the roads did. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. of Akron ushered in a new mode of travel June 28, 1967, when it unveiled the PeopleĀ­Mover at Disneyland's newly rebuilt Tomorrowland in Anaheim, Calif. The transit system featured 62 four-car trains that traveled up to 7 mph on elevated tracks known as glideways
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Disneyland Railroad And Fantasmic Return Dates

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, tick-tockery weaves throughout the Disney-style wonder. But when a number of beloved and
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Disneyland In The Beginning A Look Back

Posted: June 24, 2017

The youngest grandchildren made their first trip to Disney World over the Christmas holidays. They loved it. My fairest daughter, who hadn't been there since she was small, came back raving about the quality of the entertainers in Magic Kingdom, impressed at how they managed to be so consistently nice to children day after day. She took the occasion to tell the kids that their grandfather, the author of this piece, once worked at Disneyland-the original theme park in California. "Dad," she
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If You Are A Cotton Candy Fan Then Glowing In The Dark Candy Is For You

Posted: June 17, 2017

Forget about unicorn sandwiches and noodles trending on the Instagram. The new trend is here, Disneyland's glowing in the dark cotton candy is for all the cotton candy lovers. This insanely colorful lit-up cotton candy is taking over the internet and is becoming everyone's favorite. This sugary cloud filled with filled with bright neon lights is super-duper spectacular in every sense. This glowing cotton candy is getting plenty of attention for the unexpected way it lights up the night.
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Disneyland Opens New Circle D Ranch For Its Horses In Norco

Posted: June 17, 2017

Disneyland's horses have a new place to roam as stables for the theme park's equine population officially opened in Norco. Called the Circle D Ranch, it takes the place of the previous Circle D Ranch that was located backstage at Disneyland. That old site is now under construction as part of the "Star Wars" land project scheduled to open up at the theme park in 2019. "We looked for two years to find a place for our horses, and this location was the perfect fit," said Mikey Trujillo, a
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Could Slightly Lower Attendance Be A Good Thing

Posted: June 17, 2017

Is Disneyland's attendance falling? And if it did, would that be a bad thing? The theme park industry's annual attendance report came out last week, and it reported a nearly 2 percent attendance drop for Disneyland and nearly 1 percent decline at Disney California Adventure in 2016. That might seem hard to believe for many Disneyland fans that spent the past year crammed in pathways around Fantasy Faire or the Matterhorn on a Friday night. But remember that Disneyland was coming off
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Big Thunder Trail Reopens With New Features

Posted: June 17, 2017

It is now easier to get from Frontierland to Fantasyland at Disneyland, or vice-versa. The theme park on Thursday, June 8, reopened its Big Thunder Trail that connects the two lands to the public, after being closed since early 2016. The trail was shut down so it could be revised, with new rock work, and themed decorations related to Disneyland's construction of the "Star Wars" land expansion. Because of "Star Wars," expected to open in 2019, the park needed to also reroute the Rivers
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Space Mountain Classic Zooms Back

Posted: June 8, 2017

If you were in Disneyland Park on May 27, 1977, you A) might have been sporting culottes, tube socks, feathered bangs, or one of the other awesome looks from the time and B) you might have been talking about the opening of "Star Wars," which had only been out for 48 hours and C) you surely were imploring your pals to ride the brand-new, outta-sight Space Mountain. We won't even be trite and say something along the lines of "it's hard to believe Space Mountain is 40 years old" - same goes
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San Diego Family Has A Blast Waiting For Rescue On Broken Down Ride

Posted: June 8, 2017

A San Diego family stuck on a malfunctioning Disneyland roller coaster didn't let their bad luck stop them from having fun. In fact, the Biggart family said getting "walked off" of ride was a cause for celebration. "We go all the time," Jason Biggart said. "We kind of get excited if we're going to get walked off because it's a special thing." When Disneyland employees came to tell them they would be assisted off of the ride, the news was met with cheers. "Because we go so
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I Smoked Pot With Cinderella Ex-Employees Reveal What It Is Like To Work At Disneyland

Posted: June 8, 2017

It is often referred to as the happiest place on earth, but these Disney Resort employees might argue that isn't always the case. In a new thread on secret sharing app Whisper, people claiming to be Disneyland employees have been revealing behind-the-scenes secrets of the world's best loved theme park. Making use of the app's anonymity the employees, both past and present, spared no detail of the park's inner-workings. Many of the confessions came from characters who told how
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Run You Only Have A Few Days To Get Margarita Cupcakes

Posted: June 1, 2017

Do you have plans right now? Because after hearing that Disney World in Orlando, FL, and Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, have a limited-edition margarita cupcake with actual tequila, you might be asking for vacation days and getting on a plane. There's just no way you won't want to get your hands on these delicious cupcakes from Sprinkles featuring Casamigos Tequila. The sweet treats are described as a "key lime cake loaded with the ultra premium, small batch blanco tequila and topped with key
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Long Lines Greet Public On First Day Of Guardians Of The Galaxy

Posted: June 1, 2017

The waits were as long as five to six hours for riders wanting to be the first to "drop-in" to "Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!," the newest attraction at Disney California Adventure that opened to the public Saturday, May 27. "It was like a six-hour wait, but it was definitely worth it," said Odette Medina, who traveled from San Diego to ride it on the first day. The new ride replaced the Tower of Terror attraction, angering some fans of the original ride. But others gave
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9 Tips For Taking Toddlers To Disneyland

Posted: June 1, 2017

Going to Disneyland with small children can take a lot of energy. Parents quickly realize the importance of diaper navigation skills, managing potty-training scenarios, having adequate snack supplies and figuring out how to fit nap times in between all of the Disney magic moments. If you find yourself in this position, have no fear, because here are a few tips and tricks to help you have a wonderful, as-stress-free-as-possible time at the "Happiest Place on Earth" with your preschoolers
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