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D23 to celebrate Discovery Bay, Disneyland's never-built tribute to Jules Verne & H.G. Wells, at Attraction Rewind event
35 years ago this week, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad first began rolling through Disneyland 's Frontierland. And while millions of theme park fans have enjoyed "The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness" since then, few folks today realize that -- if Disney's Imagineers had had their way...
3 Sep 2014
How did Disneyland Cast Members learn about the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad project back in 1979?
35 years ago today, Disneyland 's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad officially opened the public. And the very first Guests were then able to climb aboard the I.M. Brave & U.R. Daring for the "Wildest Ride in the Wilderness." Zooming along 2,780 feet of track at speeds that sometime reached...
1 Sep 2014
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train literally puts a new face on the Disney theme park experience
When it comes to the Walt Disney Parks & Resorts , it's kind of a tradition that good enough isn't really good enough. Case in point: " Pirates of the Caribbean ." When Walt Disney first envisioned bringing buccaneers into his first theme park in the late 1950s, he was thinking...
27 May 2014
How is LEGOLAND becoming Florida's new must-see attraction? One brick at a time
Back when our grandparents used to visit the Sunshine State, there was always one place that they had to visit. And that was Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Florida . Started back in 1936 by Dick Pope Sr. and his wife Julie, this 170-acre park quickly became world-famous for its lush botanical gardens...
26 May 2014
Pilot program at Disney Reservation Center uses info from your previous WDW vacations to better tailor your next trip to the Resort
"I'm not going wear a MagicBand . I don't like the idea of Disney being able to track every single move that I make in one of their theme parks. And the fact that the Mouse is now going to keep track of my purchases -- learn what my likes & dislikes are -- really, really bothers me."...
14 Apr 2014
It's wall-to-wall construction walls as WDW's Downtown Disney is gradually transformed into Disney Springs
Has it really been eight months since we last peeked over the fence to see how construction of Disney Springs was going ? Photo by Jim Hill Earlier this week, Nancy, Angela & I drove over to Walt Disney World to see how the reinvention of Downtown Disney is progressing. And as we took to the Epcot...
4 Apr 2014
It was twenty years ago today ...
It was twenty years ago yesterday that I was standing in the Adventurers Club surrounded by some very incredulous WDW cast members. "Let me get this straight," said the woman who was playing Pamelia Perkins that evening. "Your wife is in a hospital, in labor right now ... And yet you're...
18 Mar 2014
CD reveals how Walt turned dysfunction at WED Enterprises into fun for the Disney theme parks
I got an e-mail this past weekend from a longtime Disney fan who I won't name. Mostly because he had some very unkind things to say about Bamboo Forest Publishing 's latest audio effort, " More Cute Stories, Volume 3 : Museum of the Weird ." Copyright 2014 Bamboo Forest Publishing....
10 Mar 2014
Remembering Shirley Temple and her many ties to The Walt Disney Company
You know, as I sit and watch footage of Shia LaBeouf behaving like a jackass at the Berlin Film Festival or hear yet another story about how Justin Bieber continues his transition from talented tween to delusional jerk , I wonder: How did Shirley Temple do it? Shirley Temple on the red carpet at the...
11 Feb 2014
Jingle Cruise is a bungle in the jungle, thanks -- in large part -- to the way this new holiday overlay has been promoted
So where exactly -- in the great holiday scheme of things -- does Disneyland Park 's latest attempt at a seasonal overlay fall? Is the Jingle Cruise that Xmas gift which you've always dreamed of getting or more of an itchy sweater? Changing a single letter makes a really big difference at this...
17 Nov 2013
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