Golden Dreams

Written by Werner Weiss. Posted in Disney History, Disney Parks, Disneyland Resort, Werner Weiss

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Published on April 04, 2013 at 10:49 pm with 16 Comments

There’s a movie theater in the Bay Area district of the Golden State with 335 comfortable seats, 70 mm projection, and state-of-the art sound. The theater shows Golden Dreams, a 22-minute mini-epic about people who came to California—their dreams, their challenges, and their triumphs.

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  1. Thank you for another nostalgic story. I worked at DCA from 2007-2010 and I passed that attraction often, dumping the trash and sweeping the lines. I wasn’t that much of a fan but it was kind of nice to retreat into an air conditioned theater. I will remember the movie forever and it will always be a part of my history and my memory of the original DCA.

  2. I actually liked California Dreams a lot. While maybe it wasn’t a good theme park attraction, it was a great film.

    • I second that. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, which was all about California’s diversity, and certainly in keeping with DCA 1.0 concepts of showcasing California as opposed to Disney. I, too, wish, that it could be had on DVD, and I feel the same way about the Steve Martin/Donald Duck 50th anniversary movie (which is now shown in the lobby of the Mr. Lincoln attraction).

  3. They blew up a little Chinese boy. What were they thinking?

    Yet another unsuccessful DCA movie attraction.

    The little mermaid ride is a million times more repeatable.

    Thank you Werner.

    • Well, if you saw the film, it was suggested that the father and the son were either blown up or they lived, it was up to the audience to decide for themselves, but that segment in California’s History did happen and I’m glad that was moment wasn’t forgotten. I’m glad I got to see the Golden Dreams when I saw it, the film presentation and the other wonderful pieces of DCA 1.0. I wish the film itself was released on DVD for Schools, but I’m glad that the “Music From Disney’s California Adventure” has now gotten a digital release, so I can relieve those memories. Thank you again for a wonderful article, Werner.

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    • I disagree, Dusty. If given the choice I would rather have Golden Dreams than the current Mermaid attraction.

      Now the Mermaid attraction they teased us with on the film’s DVD is a different story.

  4. I really liked the “Golden Dreams” attraction. Our first visit to DCA was during its first week of operation, and I remember thinking that the park seemed filled with Whoopi Goldberg. “Golden Dreams” reminded me quite a bit of the American Adventure attraction at Epcot, and I thought it was very cool to have a similar attraction themed to California (even if it was missing all the audio-animatronics).

    We saw “Golden Dreams” on every subsequent visit to DCA up until the attraction closed. Often we were the only people in the theater, so it wasn’t a great surprise that it went away, but we always enjoyed it.

  5. It took years of trying, but I’m glad I finally got into it to see it during its last year. It was better than we expected. 2D and 3D films worked well into the late 80′s at Disneyland. However, its now a different era.

  6. Probably the worst theme park attraction every created. It was a great time waster if you needed to cool off on a hot day. Other than that, it was how Disney succeed in wasting millions of dollar when they originally built DCA. In trying to save money, they wasted money, just a Walt predicted.

    • Worst theme park attraction? Not as bad as Superstar Limo. Or Rocket Rods. Or Stitch’s “Not So” Great Escape. Or Twister: Ride It Out. Or Sounds Dangerous.

      It was educational in a Disney way. Hardly the worst attraction ever in any theme park.

  7. Even if Golden Dreams was as big as American Adventure, the plain fact is that Disneyland locals may show up to see a spectacular animatronics show a few times, but after a while, the show would have few visitors, like Lincoln. Golden Dreams wouldn’t have lasted, even if it had a big budget. The only attractions that draw large numbers of repeat visitors are the rides like Pirates. That’s why I think they should put the Country Bears in Grizzly River Run (And not the plain bears from Hong Kong Grizzly Gulch)

  8. I was able to the the original filming of the Chumash Indian scenes up near San Luis Obispo. We had a chance to talk to the actors and crew! All of the actors were Chumash and really awesome people to meet!

    I will miss the movie just for the fact that I had that personal connection to the film.

  9. As a sixth generation California native in exile, I appreciated the way it brought out the reality of California’s history and spirit. I really appreciated seeing it and would love to have it on blu-ray or digitally, however, it really was a huge waste of space in the park. It would be great as a release on disc/digitally but for a park attraction it was always an ill thought out boondoggle.

  10. It seems almost every former film used in Disney theme parks should be put on a DVD release; imagine Golden Dreams, Star Tours 1.0, Honey I Shrunk The Audience, The 50th Anniversary Film, Body Wars, and all those other films put on one disk.

  11. I enjoyed it a lot when I saw it in 2008.

  12. Please consider making a DVD of “Golden Dreams”. The film is really enjoyable and the music
    in it is great. Please consider it as part of Disney’s California Adventure history.