Disneyana takes over the Disney Gallery as Disneyland kicks off Independence Week festivities

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

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Published on July 01, 2013 at 5:05 am with 35 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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  • SpectroMan

    Thanks for the excellent coverage; however I think it’s a little premature to wish the Gallery an “RIP” at this point. They did make an effort to recreate it in Lincoln’s Lobby, and I see no reason why it won’t continue there. It might even get a bigger audience, since I feel more people go into that lobby than go into the (former) Gallery room. Let’s give it a chance.

  • Skimbob

    Keep up the excellent reporting Andy. You keep me updated on all the parks since I can’t visit often like some people can even though I am a Premier Pass holder.

    For those of you who do not like Andy’s commentary you simply do not need to read it. Not everyone is always going to agree with what is written. You may not agree with my opinions either but you take them for what they are worth.

  • daveyjones

    “While it would be great to get some of this work signed by the artists, I’m not sure it’s worth an extra $85, unless you’re planning on making a profit by selling the signed pieces on eBay.”

    i have to disagree here. both the day event and the cocktail reception, which i also paid to attend, were totally worth it. the highlight of the day event was three separate panel discussions (each offering different anecdotes and humorous tales) by bob gurr, rolly crump and the newer generation of imagineers responsible for the tiki room’s restoration in 2003–2004. some amazing stuff here, including recounts of harriot burn’s infamous taste for sexual innuendo around the studio.

    my personal highlight of the evening, besides have a long discussion with SHAG about the growth of his career, his twisting and turning relationship with disney (warts and all), was drinking rum cocktails with bob gurr and talking about how amazing his original flying saucer concept was and how disappointed he was with luigi’s tires and their version of the technology.

    • On second thought, perhaps the $85 event fee was worth it! Sounds like you had a great time – thanks for reading and thanks for sharing your experience with us!


  • KCmike

    Thanks for the link for the mp3′s of the Disney music.

  • QPerth

    Thanks for the terrific update, as usual Andy! And wonderful pics too. Sadly for us fans NOT in the US, we are unable to purchase the MP3 soundtracks on Amazon.

    “We could not process your order. The sale of MP3 Downloads is currently only available to US customers. Please refer to the terms of use of the MP3 store to determine the geographical restrictions.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.”

    We can of course still buy the physical CD (which is fine by me, I still love physical media) but for a far greater price of course. I’ve had my eye on some of them for a while, and when I do get around to ordering them, I will certainly shop by supporting Micechat, ne of my favourite Disney Fan Sites. Keep up the great work all!

    • I’m terribly sorry to get your hopes up with the audio downloads when they aren’t available outside of the U.S.!

      Thanks for reading!

  • jmuboy

    So what happened to the rest of the Disneyland Story exhibit? Are the giant Disneyland map and 50th video still there? Are the Lincoln exhibits and videos still there?

    As much as I hate to see a formal gallery go away I think the Disneyland Story could work with the front room featuring rotating WDI and DL gallery exhibits. Central room with DL historical displays and the back room using videos and exhibits to set up the Lincoln show.

    The other thought is add a gallery space- with an obgatory retail room – in DTD. That could honestly work for hosting merchandise events. Plus it would give a really nice “attraction” to DTD.

    • daveyjones

      “Are the giant Disneyland map and 50th video still there? Are the Lincoln exhibits and videos still there?”

      yes to both.

    • Only a portion of the Opera House’s front lobby was removed to make way for the Disney Gallery. The portion that was lost was the area that included the Splash Mountain and Sleeping Beauty Castle scale models and several wall panel displays that featured art work.

      Thanks for reading!