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  • Blog Post: Disneyland Prices and the Beginning of the End?

    Ah, yes... the inevitable annual price increases at Disneyland . As the modern era of stockholder value demands that double digit profits continue, who can be truly surprised when these come along? But, wait! There is a bit of a wrinkle this year. Those wily folks in the offices at Disney have decided...
  • Blog Post: Disney's California Zephyr departs Anaheim, but not for oblivion

    Fans of the Disney California Adventure (yes, they do exist) have known for some time that the impending Buena Vista Street project would bring changes to the entrance to the theme park. As the Golden Gate Bridge makeover is well underway, the next phase of this project starts to take shape on Monday...
  • Blog Post: "Sometimes, the smallest things in life bring the biggest joys" : Celebrating Disneyland ephemera

    EPHEMERA : Throwaway paper from every day life (eg: advertising, ticket stubs, programs, some booklets and pamphlets, etc.) From the Greek work ephemeron, meaning something that disappears quickly Advertisement Last week, I spent some time in the garage doing some work to our gas dryer. No big deal,...
  • Blog Post: Café Orleans: Laissez bontemps rouler! *

    The new Café Orleans logo If you ask an average Disneyland guest which area of the park may be their favorite, there is a strong possibility that New Orleans Square may be the choice. Reasons why could include that this "land" is home to the Park's most popular attractions – Pirates of the Caribbean...
  • Blog Post: "Pirates" gets Depp-utized: Familiar faces add new fun to an old Disneyland favorite

    Photo courtesy of Disneyland By now, you've undoubtedly heard the news that some changes have been made to that classic Disneyland attraction, " Pirates of the Caribbean ." For the past few months now, the Web has been awash with rumors about what exactly guests are going to see once they board their...
  • Blog Post: Red Carpet Redux: Even more pictures from "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" 's world premiere at Disneyland

    First of all, I want to apologize to all you JHM readers who were somewhat disappointed by that "Dead Man's Chest" story that I filed back on Monday. Based on some of the comments that were posted in the "TalkBack" for that particular article ... Well, I guess a number of you considered that column to...
  • Blog Post: From the Spanish Main to Main Street U.S.A. : "Dead Man's Chest" stages lively premiere at Disneyland

    How dedicated are "Pirates" film fans? So dedicated that -- even with temperatures in the upper 80s and humidity on the rise -- thousands of people staked out places along Main Street U.S.A. The start of the red carpet area at Disneyland Photo by Roger Colton Spending hours standing in the...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations: Another look at the “Behind The Magic” exhibit

    One of the delights of the"Behind the Magic: 50 Years of Disneyland" exhibit that's currently being presented at the Oakland Museum of California is that there are so many great items waiting at every turn. For every Disneyland fan, there is something that evokes memories of a favorite time at the Park...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations - The Disneyland Railroad in Black & White

    Okay, so you know by now that I have a particular fondness for the Disneyland Railroad. The good thing, at least for me, is that I am certainly not alone. And just as with Walt himself, that fascination is somewhat a lifelong one. Walt Disney as the properly dressed steam locomotive engineer during an...
  • Blog Post: You call this a "Parade"?

    While waiting on Jo-Ann, Teddy and Gel to work their magic packing Christmas ornaments for the flight home, I stepped outside in front of the Disney Showcase. Talk about timing, because there was an announcement being made about a parade that was about to begin here. Well, at least that's what I thought...
  • Blog Post: Disneyland's Classic Souvenirs - Panavue Slides

    Considering how many rolls of film have been exposed each day in the camera's of Disneyland guests, I always found it interesting that over the years Disney sold a line of slides or transparencies with images from all over the Park. Now these views offer us a way to reach back across the years and enjoy...
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