Cars Land gets repaved as Disneyland goes to Fullerton Railroad Days

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Features

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Published on May 06, 2013 at 5:05 am with 31 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  • michael darling

    This is a superbly put-together report.

    What significance are the 3 items in the “Great Moments” lobby? (Carousel horse, bench and buggy?)

    Windows: yes, the Big Top window is a mess. I’ve been to rummage sales set up better. Odd how the windows on Main Street don’t get some type of indoor scrim plussing, to look like window displays.

    Enjoyed the Kalamazoo cart closeups! I grew up just down the road from there. Love seeing things up close, that are normally off limits.

    Great job. Especially on some of your staged photos….like the trolley conductor.

    • The significance is that those items belong to Tony Baxter, along with the ticket books which have been removed. Since Tony no longer works for the company, it’s interesting to see what he’s taking back. Good for him!

    • Westsider

      The three items (carousel horse, bench, and peanut vendor cart) are very significant, for without them there would be no Disneyland.

      In the 1950′s and 60′s, Walt often told the story of how he came up with the idea for Disneyland. You’ve probably heard that story; In the 1940′s, Sunday was “Daddies Day” and Walt would take his two girls to Griffith Park and sit on a bench eating peanuts while they rode the Carousel, and while sitting there alone he thought there ought to be a place where children and parents could have fun together. The rest is history.

      The three items were obtained by the Walt Disney Company from Griffith Park and are all original to the 1930′s-40′s period. The carousel horse is from their Carousel that his girls rode, the bench is an actual park bench used in the 40′s in the area around the Carousel, and the peanut vendors cart is one which Walt likely bought bags of peanuts from on his Sunday outings.

      This is all explained in the little exhibit just as you step inside the Opera House doors. And what a better way to tell the story of Disneyland than using these three original pieces of history. It could only happen in Disneyland, as it’s the only park that Walt ever built and planned and expanded and walked in himself. All the other parks are just corporate clones of Walt Disney’s original Magic Kingdom of Disneyland.

      • michael darling

        Thank you! I knew the story of Disneyland’s inspiration….but didn’t put two and two together. What a great display.

  • eicarr

    Knowing it takes 2-3 years to build attractions at DL, its dissapointing to see no non-referbishment construction. Hopefully they’re learning from guest interest in the non-Pixar non-Old animated movie live action Iron Man exhibit. Hoping for tron, marvel or Star Wars construction walls before any more of the countless Main Street and frontierland ones. Building attractions on movies that make billions would bring a major return on investment with LA crowds.

  • garyman

    Great Update as always

  • Curly Kyle

    Awesome update!
    Is there any 2013 graduation merchandise out? I’m heading there this weekend!

  • Gregg Condon

    Did they change any of the pictures in the Opera House exit?

  • WheresMickey

    Nice update!

  • DobbysCloset

    If Stitch is in the middle of something, there’s bound to be trouble…

    Kodak…end of an era. RIP, film. Onward, digital…

  • Chernabog

    Saturday afternoon we were on the train and they refilled at the New Orleans station just fine. Unless DOSH did something that just happened yesterday.

    And whoever put together that window on Buena Vista Street needs to be put in another job NOT doing those windows. It looks like a 2 year old’s collection that mommy haphazardly picked up and threw on a shelf — complete with mutilated plush toys.

    • Good to hear that things must have changed with DOSH’s decision on this. Thanks for the correction/update!


  • Sue Kruse

    The Big Top Toys window display is “just bad.” Oh Andy, you were too kind! That window is a fail of epic proportions. It looks like someone regurgitated plush all over the place and then didn’t bother to tidy up. I shudder to think about how they disposed of the vintage toys and Steiff animals that made up the display when Buena Vista Street opened (most of which were worth $$$$$). That display lured me into the shop & I spent money. This display looks like an untidy child’s room. There’s not one single thing about it that beckons me to explore the shop and let loose of some of my money. Au contraire, it makes me feel that the store will be a mess & that I should not set foot inside, let alone buy something. Whoever did that display should be fired.

  • It is such a disappointment that those beautiful window displays on Buena Vista Street are being butchered by the Merchandise team. They clearly don’t have the ability to do their own windows and this needs to be turned back over to Imagineering. It’s almost shocking to see such a tacky display in a Disney Park.

  • melissafent

    When Big Top Toys opened I was really pleased to see the little circus pieces that had been on display in the Emporium Toy Store,they are charming and fit the theme perfectly. I imagine the tin toys were a problem because everybody wanted to buy them.The new window does look like a 3 year old arraigned it,they need to fix it.

  • villagecreator

    Has anyone noticed that the temporary restroom sign in Condor Flats says Ariels under water adventure? Is Ariel’s showbuilding sinking as well? Bring your snorkel!

  • Tinkbelle

    Nice update. I especially like your picture of the Hungry Bear. I’m not used to seeing it from that angle since we usually ride the Mark Twain up front.

  • JCSkipr79

    Wow. MKs Main Street now has better period window displays that DCA!! JUST WOW. Lasseter really needs to step in and stop the DCA Merch reign of terror

  • Bongo

    While everyone else is fidgeting about the other stuff, please please PLEASE tell me I’m not the only one that is now a bit huffy over the railroad not being able to water up at New Orleans Square anymore. I can’t really explain why in much detail, but NOT using the water tower at that station due to regulations is just really really REALLY aggravating my nerves. I know I shouldn’t be huffed up over something that small, yet I am…

    • Haven

      I agree Bongo. STOP the insanity. Someone in the CalOsha office has it in for Disney right now. My company (Wynn Resorts in LV) experienced a similar meltdown of common sense by building inspectors about 4 years ago, but we chocked it up to the sluggish economy and that they had to “find” anything wrong they could since there we so few new building projects happening to keep them busy. Not the case anymore. Hopefully the staff at CalOsha will change again soon and this will all be a memory.

    • Quentin

      Word is it’s back to using NOS station. At least was on saturday.