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Tiny Kline was the original Tinkerbell that flew over Disneyland before the fireworks (1961-1964). In 1932 she crossed Times Square in a unique way: Video was taken in 1932 and is 47 seconds 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:
Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland
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Adventure Awaits

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Author: Cal Jones
Posted: February 11, 2017

When "Adventureland" was first conceived, it was to be based on Walt's award winning documentaries on Africa and Asia. "Jungle Cruise" was the star attraction until "Swiss Family Treehouse" opened in 1962. The inspiration for the "Jungle Cruise" includes the True-Life Adventure documentary, "The African Lion" and the film, "The African Queen" (the name for the Land was to be "True-Life Adventureland" for the aforementioned documentary). The task of creating a convincing jungle on a limited

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Adventure Awaits

Posted: February 11, 2017

When "Adventureland" was first conceived, it was to be based on Walt's award winning documentaries on Africa and Asia. "Jungle Cruise" was the star attraction until "Swiss Family Treehouse" opened in 1962. The inspiration for the "Jungle Cruise" includes the True-Life Adventure documentary, "The African Lion" and the film, "The African Queen" (the name for the Land was to be "True-Life Adventureland" for the aforementioned documentary). The task of creating a convincing jungle on a limited
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Disneyland Reveals Secret Menu Items

Posted: February 9, 2017

Disneyland reveals secret menu items The main features of Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California, are the teacup rides and roller coasters, but what's a day of rides without some good eats? Disneyland has released the names of a number of its secret menu items from eateries across the park. Officials said the secret items on the confirmed list are made from ingredients that are already at the resort, but are served in new way. Resort officials would not provide
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Disneyland Just Opened An Ultra-Exclusive Dining Space Called 21 Royal

Posted: February 9, 2017

When Walt Disney was still tinkering with his plans for Disneyland, he and his wife Lillian envisioned a private family apartment hidden above the Pirates of the Caribbean ride where they could host prominent guests. Their plans were never fully realized-until now. Walt's designs for the space have been "faithfully and painstakingly recreated" as a private dining space called 21 Royal. The venue-which formerly housed the Disneyland Dream Suite-has been in the works since 2014, and the secret
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Disney Wants To Make Theme Park Rides Controlled By Your Emotions

Posted: February 9, 2017

Disney has filed a patent for theme park rides that can be controlled by your emotions. Titled, 'Sensing and Managing Vehicle Behaviour Based on Occupant Awareness', the patent seeks to develop technology which can read the facial expressions of riders, determining their emotions and customising the experience around those emotions. Bored? Your vehicle may suddenly speed up, or start spinning like crazy. A little too excited? Then your vehicle can ease up a little, because imagine
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Main Street Electrical Parade Back At Disneyland

Posted: January 29, 2017

The iconic Main Street Electrical Parade is back at Disneyland. Disney die-hards lined up to see the memorable sparkle Thursday night. Many said they couldn't wait to hear the music and see the floats. The parade hasn't been at Disneyland since 1996 and came back to the park after spending time at Walt Disney World. "So nostalgic. I remember this parade from many, many years. I hope it has the same sounds and I hope it has the same lights because that's what we're here for," Judy
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Disneyland Resort Closed Early Sunday But Rainy Days Still Best Days

Posted: January 29, 2017

Yes, it's true. Disneyland Resort was forced to close the theme parks early on Sunday, Jan. 22 due to the third of three powerful storms that howled across Orange County and southern California. The park was back open Monday. Citing weather conditions that did not allow staff to "provide guests with the best possible guest experience," Disneyland closed up shop at just after 8 p.m. Sunday. The parks do occasionally close early due to inclement weather, but it is
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9 Extinct Disneyland Attractions You Probably Never Knew Existed

Posted: January 29, 2017

Over 60 years ago, Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California. In the decades since, Walt Disney's original theme park vision has undergone changes both big and small. Rides, attractions, and entire swaths of land have sometimes been overhauled or torn down to make way for modern amusements. But thanks to documentaries and numerous Disney bloggers, we can still look back at some of the most iconic rides that are now only a memory. Keep reading for a look at nine extinct Disneyland
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Main Street Electrical Parade Disneyland Return

Posted: January 27, 2017

SEMI-SERIOUS QUESTION: Which is greater, the number of blinking bulbs in the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland Resort or the number of times the parade's synth-sweet theme song has looped through your brain since you first saw it, live, at the Anaheim theme park? It's might be difficult to pin down, for A) there are thousands upon thousand of sources of illumination covering the parade vehicles and B) the nighttime event's theme is a pop culture icon in large part for its ability to
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Disneyland To Add A Digital Fastpass Option For $10 A Day

Posted: January 27, 2017

Disneyland's Fastpass ticketing system, which lets visitors avoid the long lines for crowded attractions by booking a ride time, has been a free feature since it was created in 1999. But Disney announced Wednesday that it will let parkgoers use the Disneyland smartphone app to electronically book and redeem Fastpasses, as well as download unlimited photos taken by resort photographers - for $10 a day. The resort said the new electronic feature will launch later this year. The
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Disneyland Adds Fastpass To Mobile App

Posted: January 27, 2017

The Fastpass system used at the Disneyland Resort since 1999 is getting an upgrade. The new system, referred to as a "Disney MaxPass," will enable visitors to use the Disneyland app on their smartphones to get a Fastpass digitally - after they have entered one of the theme parks for the day, and only that day. It will not allow visitors to book their Fastpass reservations in advance, Disneyland officials said. It will also follow the same rules as the paper system, in that only
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Disneyland Tower Of Terror Makes Its Last Drop Before Marvel Makeover

Posted: January 25, 2017

Disney's Twilight Zone Tower of Terror has taken its final plunge before it gets a Marvel Studio makeover. Many fans of the Disney California Adventure ride came in to see the attraction on Monday, its last day of service as a "Twilight Zone" ride. The tower, which opened in 2004, on Monday still greeted visitors with the voice of "Twilight Zone" creator Rod Serling, welcoming visitors to the mock Hollywood Tower Hotel as they are strapped into seats and plunged down an elevator
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Counterfeiters Prefer Disneyland

Posted: January 25, 2017

Disneyland's 1955 opening was plagued by snafus, including the widespread distribution of counterfeit tickets. More than 60 years later, security agents at the Anaheim theme park are on the lookout not only for phony tickets but for bogus money, too Police reports show that crime rates at Southern California theme parks are extremely low, but each park wrestles with unique crime problems such as shoplifting at Universal Studios Hollywood and car burglary at Knott's Berry Farm. At
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Todays Future

Posted: January 9, 2017

During the rush of getting the Park constructed, "Tomorrowland" was the last land finished. Budget cuts didn't allow all of its attractions to be opened that first day. One of those cuts was to use the "Nautilus" sets from "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" as a walk-through. When it closed in 1966, the organ belonging to Captain Nemo was moved to the ballroom of the "Haunted Mansion." For the first four years, "The Land" was mostly open space and used for corporations as a showcase, which Walt
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Disneyland And Imagineering Part 10

Posted: January 9, 2017

"I know it's here somewhere" I'm not sure if that's exactly what was said upon first sight of where the Rivers of America used to be, but I'm sure it was something similar. Maybe with a little more salt. A lot of the excavation for the layout of the park revolved around removing existing trees and vegetation, digging out what would be the basin for the riverbed that would become the Rivers of America. Being that this was farm land, the soil was rich and in many areas well cultivated.
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Path Opens And Gives A Peek Of Star Wars Land Construction Zone Inside Disneyland

Posted: January 8, 2017

The holiday season means the force of the crowd is upon Disneyland, so officials decided to help that crowd get around the park more easily by making part of the "Star Wars" land construction zone visible to visitors. For a few days this week, officials opened a temporary pathway in Frontierland, along what used to be called the Big Thunder Trail. The trail goes from Frontierland to Fantasyland around the backside of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction. But to many fans of
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Slow Speed Thrills Disneyland Employee Has Driven The Main Street Fire Engine For 32 Years

Posted: January 7, 2017

Steve Finley is not a firefighter, but every day he gets to drive a fire engine for work, as he has since 1984. How does he do it? As an attractions host at Disneyland where five days a week he drives the Fire Engine up and down Main Street U.S.A. "It's no worse than the freeways. I probably drive faster here then on the freeways," he said. That speed is five miles an hour, and instead of driving around stalled cars, he drives around people walking in the street - honking the
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Mine Train That Once Ran At Disneyland Gets A New Home

Posted: January 7, 2017

The mine train that used to sit by the edge of the Rivers of America at Disneyland has found a new home. The train's engine and two cars will be restored by the Carolwood Foundation, then put on display at Walt's Barn in Griffith Park, under the terms of an agreement with the Walt Disney Company. Larry Boone, vice president of the foundation made the announcement at the foundation's annual volunteers dinner Sunday. "It's been a long time coming, but we've made a deal we can work
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Castle Heraldry Shoppe Closing At Disneyland

Posted: January 7, 2017

The shop where visitors could look up their family crest or purchase a coat of arms at Disneyland is closing. Disneyland officials confirmed that the Castle Heraldry Shoppe will close Jan. 12. The shop first opened inside a space within the castle in 1994. It moved to its present location in 2008, when the park re-opened the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough. Inside the shop, visitors could look up their family name's history, and see if it had a family crest associated with it.
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Are Disneyland Characters Too Big For Kids

Posted: January 7, 2017

I could see a slight sneer pass across the face of my teenage daughter as we walked past the line-up for a Sheriff Woody meet and greet on Paradise Pier in California Adventure a couple weeks ago. Now, I've been covering theme parks for pretty much her entire life, so she's used to theme park crowds. So I couldn't figure out what bothered her about the queue of little kids and their parents, waiting to meet the "Toy Story" star. "What's the problem?" I asked. "Why would any kid
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