Communicore Weekly – Viewliner with Bob Gurr, Disneyland: The First Quarter Century, Test Track

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Published on December 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm with 5 Comments

Welcome to the latest Communicore Weekly, where we talk about the Viewliner with a special guest, Disneyland: The First Quarter Century, and Test Track

DISNEY HISTORY! – What’s that strange looking train thing? Learn all about the short lived Viewliner…directly from the man who built it!

BOOK OF THE WEEK! – George looks at Disneyland The First Quarter Century for his Book of the Week!

FIVE LEGGED GOAT! -  And finally, find out who is driving the Test Track truck now in this weeks Five Legged Goat!

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  1. Great to hear Bob Gurr’s take on the development of a rarely discussed Disneyland attraction of the past.

    I once had a copy of the Disneyland book discussed, but my version was a republishing of the book from 1985, for the 30th Anniversary. Lost it in a move years and years ago. It is almost identical to the 25th version. (I have seen the original version to compare from a friend who owned it) The only difference is that a few extra pages cover the time period from 1980-1985 – such as the new Fantasyland of 83. Also, some of the illustration full page chapter divider pages have different art work. Otherwuse it is the same book.

    There is also a Walt Disney World book with a very similar set up published around the same time. The version I have (I still have this book) is from 1984 – and it is the second incarnation of this book, which includes the all new EPCOT Center.

  2. Wow, Professor Emelius has nearly posted what I was / am going to post approximately 10min ahead of me.

    I really enjoyed Bob Gurr’s trip through history and the pictures – especially the track layout.

    And as George started his book review, I turned to my left and picked up off the shelf “Disneyland: The First Thirty Five Years”
    It was fun to turn pages along with the review and find almost the exact same layouts that were in the “First Quarter Century”
    I was going to ask if George has seen the 35year version and compared. It seems to me, I would only need the first book(s) if I were a completist. But I am neither crippled with OCD, nor blessed with that much discretionary income!

    Then another thought occurred to me. How bummed were Disney nuts (Disney-philes) in 1985 and 1990 when they kept getting essentially the same book every 5 years. Especially since most of them had no internet to feed their Disney fix.
    For me, I was blissfully ignorant. I was just starting to buy Disney books on visits to the park.
    So it worked out for me!

    Thanks for the show guys.
    I would like you on facebook if I liked facebook.
    But I will like you in house and I will like you with a mouse — if it helps.

    Will G

  3. Great Show guys

    I loved Bob Gurr’s history of the viewliner. I would have loved to experienced it, but, I was born over 40 years too late.

    Great Book, review. Now in consideration about it. Might have to put that on my list for Santa!!!
    Jeff, your book might be going on the list as well, but I will see what will happen

    The Five Legged Goat this week is great! A fantastic homage to the original attraction. Hopefully, I will be able to see it.

    Thanks Again for a great show. It is certainly living up to its title of the greatest online show.
    Hope you both have a great Christmas, and hope to hear from you both in the new year. (Thats when Communicore Weekly is one years old)


  4. Just one correction/clarification needed. Wasn’t the cardboard cutout in the truck on Test Track 1.0 Lyndon B. Johnson (rather than FDR as stated in the Five-Legged Goat section)?

  5. Thanks for the great Disneyland history. I wish I was around to ride the viewliner. While the 50′s style is dated, the artistic styles and craftsmanship of the 50′s still adds depth and unique magic to many corners of the park today. The viewliner would look at home today parked near Cars Land.

    Keep the DL and DCA stories coming!!! Thanks