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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:
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Author: Cal Jones
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 Mouse's sixtieth birthday, and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" but instead opened behind

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Hang With Mickey And Friends

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 Mouse's sixtieth birthday, and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" but instead opened behind
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George Mcginnis Last Imagineer Hired By Walt Disney Dies

Posted: April 9, 2017

George McGinnis, the last Imagineer hired by Walt Disney, has died. He was 87. McGinnis was the show designer on a variety of projects while at Walt Disney Imagineering including Space Mountain at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. McGinnis' senior project while attending the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles was for a high-speed train that caught the eye of Disney. Upon graduating in 1966, he was invited to work at WED Enterprises (the name then of Walt Disney
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Dwayne Johnson Turning Another Disneyland Ride Into A Movie

Posted: April 9, 2017

Dwayne Johnson - aka The Rock - will try to capture the magic of Disneyland in a new film based on one of the theme park's iconic rides, Jungle Cruise. The movie has been in pre-production since 2015, and the actor is producing the live-action feature as well as starring in it, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The latest script draft has been penned by Star Trek Beyond's JD Payne and Patrick McKay, and it's slated to begin filming next spring. Jungle Cruise - which appears at
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Dwayne Johnson Jungle Cruise Is A Go At Disney

Posted: April 9, 2017

The Rock will star and also produce the adventure project with Dany Garcia, the co-CEO of the duo's Seven Bucks Productions banner. Welcome to the jungle, Dwayne Johnson. The actor has closed a deal to star in Jungle Cruise, Disney's live-action adaptation of its iconic theme park ride. Johnson has found room in his busy schedule, slotting the movie in for a spring 2018 start of
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Disneyland Electrical Parade Extended To August

Posted: April 9, 2017

he Baroque Hoedown music will be heard on Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland for a while longer. The Disneyland Resort announced that the Main Street Electrical Parade's run is being extended until August 20, 2017. The parade was originally scheduled to end its run in mid-June. It was brought back to Disneyland from Walt Disney World in January for a limited run while the Paint the Night parade was put on hiatus. According to the Disney Parks Blog post, the extension is due to
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Five Things You May Not Know About Pirates Of The Caribbean Ride

Posted: April 2, 2017

The theme-park ride, Pirates of the Caribbean, is celebrating its 50th anniversary over golden churros and beignets and a new movie to be shown in cinemas in May. In honor of Disney's most famous and longest-running ride, here are a few facts you should know. It was the last attraction Walt Disney saw when he was alive. Walt Disney was diagnosed with lung cancer in November 1966. On December, ten days after his 65th birthday, he died. The Pirates of the Caribbean opened its attraction to
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Autopia All New Look

Posted: April 2, 2017

Where did you first sit behind a steering wheel, with your foot hovering over the gas pedal, ready to finally go, go, gooooo? It might have been a quiet cul-de-sac in your neighborhood, with a parent at your side. Or you might have initially driven a car through the carless parking lot of a local stadium or ballpark. Or, if you grew up in Southern California, you could have enjoyed your first spin at the helm of a vehicle in no less than Autopia. Disneyland's iconic "car land"
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Autopia Adds Storyline With Robots On A Camping Road Trip

Posted: April 2, 2017

A new storyline has been added to Disneyland's classic attraction Autopia featuring two robotic characters on a camping road trip. They are the robotic characters of ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility), developed by Honda, and "Bird," a robotic buddy. "Autopia's never really had a storyline," said Kim Irvine, a Disney Imagineer who serves as Disneyland's art director. Irvine felt it was time to give riders something to look at as they traveled at approximately 7 mph on
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Disneyland Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs Statues Are Missing

Posted: April 2, 2017

I'm wishing the Snow White grotto at Disneyland would come back. A wooden construction fence was recently built around the beloved, if slightly off the beaten path, attraction, and now a fan site reports that the 55-year-old diorama is completely gone. The marble figures of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs were nestled in a pine forest with some animal friends in the shadow of Sleeping Beauty's Castle. Imagineer John Hench, who designed the charming little display, said "Walt unexpectedly
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Can Disneyland Eliminate Standing In Line

Posted: April 2, 2017

Theme parks such as Disneyland employ a lot of theater tricks to entertain their guests. Creative staging, lighting effects and illusions all help make a bunch of wooden cut-outs and plastic robots come to life in rides and shows. But the parks' most ambitious magic trick might be their attempt to make their lines disappear. Disney introduced its Fastpass system in 1999, opening the era of Fast Lane, Flash Pass, Quick Queue, Express Pass, and countless other line skipping systems at
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You Can Get Gold Dusted Churros For A Limited Time

Posted: March 28, 2017

It's all in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. When it comes to things that need improvement, we're pretty sure "churros" and "Disneyland" don't top the list. And if it ain't broke Right? But we have to admit: This recent upgrade gives both of them a boost - and provides some pretty stellar eye candy, too. For the 50th anniversary of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride (yup, 50!), the chefs over at Disney are doling out sweet, sparkly,
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How To Solve Disneyland Stroller Problem

Posted: March 28, 2017

If Disneyland is correct, the most popular thing in tomorrow's world will be, wait for it, strollers. That's what you see most days when you enter Disneyland's Tomorrowland from the central hub: rows upon rows of strollers, clogging the pathway between Star Tours and Buzz Lightyear. Disney's cast members seem to be trying their best to keep the strollers organized and the crowds moving past them, but the Tomorrowland entryway remains one of the worst bottlenecks in the park. But
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Disneyland To Venture Into The World Of AI

Posted: March 28, 2017

Disneyland is venturing into the world of artificial intelligence. Jon Snoddy of Walt Disney Imagineering detailed two AI projects that the Disney production team is now working on. The news was confirmed by Snoddy himself, in an interview with CNET at the SXSW Conference and Festivals in Austin. As per the report, Pascal is basically a miniature robot which can be held in one's arms. It is said that Pascal is actually the result of engineers' testing of how tiny a mechanism they can build
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Disneyland Got Her Magic Touch

Posted: March 28, 2017

Disneyland fans and garden lovers alike are in for a treat on May 13, when the Walt Disney Family Museum opens its doors for a presentation by two landscape architects - Kelly Comras and Julie Bush - who will share their insight into Disneyland's landscaping and Ruth Shellhorn, the woman who influenced its design. If you plan to go, though, buy your tickets now, as the first presentation sold out quickly. Before there was a magical kingdom in Anaheim called Disneyland, there was
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Bob Iger Says No To Virtual Reality Headsets At Disney Parks

Posted: March 28, 2017

Walt Disney Co.'s chief executive has no interest in having theme park visitors strap on virtual reality headsets that block out their view and place them inside a digital world. Smaller rivals, including Knott's Berry Farm, SeaWorld and Six Flags, have turned to such virtual reality experiences as an affordable way to spice up rides, but Disney CEO Bob Iger said reality-destroying headsets would be "ersatz" at his stable of parks. He's ordered his team not to even think about it.
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Why Pirates Of The Caribbean At Disneyland Is So Great At 50 Years Old

Posted: March 24, 2017

Why is Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean still a "must-see" for theme park fans, 50 years after its debut? Not even the most dominant sports teams enjoy a 50-year winning streak. No movie or Broadway show has played to paying audiences in one place nearly every day for 50 years, much less to packed crowds for almost all of those days. And no other theme park ride has spawned a multi-billion-dollar movie franchise. Pirates' success is unique. But why? It's a boat ride past a bunch
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Disneyland Is Selling Dole Whip Cotton Candy

Posted: March 24, 2017

Everybody loves Dole Whip. For generations that pineapple-flavored soft serve was only available on the Dole Plantation in Hawaii and at Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room (though now you can get the authentic stuff at Whipp'd in West Hollywood and Orange County). Now, at Disney's Anaheim parks, Dole Whip is available in an entirely different form-sugary clouds of cotton candy. Disney has offered "candy cane" cotton candy at Christmas and "candy corn" cotton candy at Halloween, but pineapple is
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Disneyland Characters Could Be Scrapped In Favour Of Robots In The Future

Posted: March 20, 2017

If you're the type of person who gets over-excited at the prospect of visiting Disneyland and wearing the obligatory Mickey Mouse ears, then listen up! Disney has provided an insight into the future of its theme parks - where its iconic characters could be replaced by robotic replicas. Yep, at SXSW 2017, Disney bosses explained how soon you'll be able to interact with story-telling robots at its parks, using a robot version of Pascal, the lizard from Tangled, as an example.
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Disneyland Cracks Down On Parade Seat Savers

Posted: March 20, 2017

At Disneyland, folks will not be allowed to set up camp for the high-demand spots until parade set-up begins. And even then, park guests won't be able to hold spots for friends who are gallivanting elsewhere in the park. A policy change hasn't happened at Disney World. The problem just isn't as prevalent in Florida, Disney World
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7 Things To Know About Disneyland's New Beauty And The Beast Eatery

Posted: March 20, 2017

All about the gray stuff, how to get that in-demand souvenir cup and more tidbits about the Red Rose Taverne. Tie your napkin 'round your neck, cherie, and Disneyland provides the rest. The Southern California theme park is celebrating the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast with the Red Rose Taverne. Location, location, location. The Red Rose Taverne is located in Fantasyland, behind Pinocchio's Daring Journey and across from Casey Jr. Circus Train. Previously known as
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Zachary Levi Reveals A Disneyland Food Secret Thats Definitely A Shocker

Posted: March 20, 2017

Zachary Levi loved Disney even before he started working for the Mouse House. But now that he's officially employed by Disney, he has received some added perks such as unlimited trips to Disneyland with friends and family, so it would probably come as no surprise that he's made friends with some of the Disneyland employees. And thanks to those friendships, Levi has learned some shocking secrets about the park, specifically in regards to the food. "The turkey legs at Disneyland, I've
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5 Things To Know If You Are Taking A Preschooler To Disneyland

Posted: March 20, 2017

Magic is real. Dreams really do come true. And the world can astonish you with its beauty and endless capacity for new adventure. How do I know all these things? I just spent two days at the Disneyland Resort with a small child. Disneyland is good for all ages, of course. But there is something extra-special about visiting the Park with a little one. When my preschool-aged daughter saw Mickey Mouse standing in front of City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A., her mouth formed a perfect "o"
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Disneyland And Imagineering Part 11

Posted: March 12, 2017

The Storm before the Storm It was becoming increasingly clear that the year-long struggle to get the park opened was wearing on everyone involved. No one was more affected than Disney himself. Many around him had noticed a change in his behavior. He seemed uneasy and unsure of himself. His wife Lillian was worried that with previous warnings from his doctor about stress, the pressure would lead to a nervous breakdown. Tension between himself and his brother Roy were increasing to the point
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Hunny In The Briar Patch

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 home to "Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes." It became "Critter Country" in 1988 for the
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Six Ways To Celebrate Beauty And The Beast At Disneyland Resort

Posted: March 12, 2017

There is so much excitement and chatter about the new Star Wars-themed land opening at the Disneyland Resort in 2019, it sometimes seems like people have forgotten all about the classics that made Disney what it is. But fear not, with the new live-action "Beauty and the Best" film opening in theatres on March 17, 2017, the Disneyland Resort is pulling out all the stops as it celebrates its fifth princess. While they might be stopping short at creating "Hidden Belles," there are plenty of
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See Main Street Electrical Parade From Your Home On March 7

Posted: March 12, 2017

A Disney fan favorite, The Main Street Electrical Parade, has returned to Disneyland for a limited engagement through Sunday, June 18, 2017. While it truly is a sight to see, making the trip to the theme park in Anaheim, California before then may not be convenient for some. However, Disney has come up with a way for families to view the parade from the comfort of their own homes by taking advantage of the Disney Parks LIVE stream of the 20 minute long parade that will air on the Disney Parks
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999 Happy Haunts Marvel The Haunted Mansion

Posted: March 12, 2017

Recently Marvel put out it's Haunted Mansion graphic novel, which collects issues 1-5 of the mini series. The story is wonderfully straight forward; A teenage boy named Danny is called to the Haunted Mansion by Madame Leota to come free his recently deceased grandfather's ghost. Danny must overcome his fear-and some nasty ghosts- in the process. Writer Joshua Williamson is great as giving the long time Disney attraction a unique personality. Each ghost is represented well, and Danny is a
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Best Place To Eat In Fantasyland New Red Rose Tavern

Posted: March 6, 2017

The Red Rose Tavern opens for a limited time Feb. 24 in Disneyland Resort's famed Fantasyland. Belle and Beast would be thrilled to invite you to be their guests to the former Village Haus Restaurant, now all dressed up in Beauty and the Beast finery for a limited time. "Over the next few days, guests will see Village Haus Restaurant magically transforming into Red Rose Taverne, a lively tavern with decor inspired by the beloved film, in preparation for its official opening February
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ASIMO On A Camping Trip With His Friend Bird




ASIMO Rescuing His Friend Bird From A Tree




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ASIMO Rescuing His Friend Bird From A Kite




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