The Sweep Spot Episode 126 – 1984

Written by Lynn Barron. Posted in Disneyland Resort, The Sweep Spot


Published on April 06, 2014 at 12:01 am with 6 Comments

This week we sweep back to Disneyland in the year 1984. Ken and Lynn discuss and take a tour of the park in that year. We discover some great attractions that are no longer there, and some that hadn’t been built yet. Plus the latest in the Disneyland resort News with Tommy.

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About Lynn Barron

Lynn is a former Disneyland Custodial Cast Member, who the host of the podcast The Sweep Spot, and co author of the book Cleaning the Kingdom. Now lives in St. George, Utah.

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  • Prof. Emelius

    Another great episode Lynn. It brought back many memories.

    • the sweep spot

      Thanks for listening glad you enjoyed it!

  • BradyNBradleysMom

    I wish that part of this was typed out. Sorry, but I don’t enjoy podcasts. Maybe in the future type out the highlights for those of us who would like to read and then have the podcast to listen to for more info? A partial transcript of the best material would have been great.

    • the sweep spot

      BradyNBradleysMom thanks for your interest in the podcast. I barely have enough time to do the audio podcast, I wish I could transcribe it all out. There is a project in the works, but wont have as much Disneyland history, but mostly our custodial stories and more!

  • stevek

    One correction regarding Sam the Olympic Eagle (designed by Bob Moore) and Eagle Sam from America Sings (designed by Marc Davis):

    “Sam the Olympic Eagle was the mascot of the 1984 Summer Olympics which were held in Los Angeles. He is a bald eagle, which is the national bird of the United States, where the games were held. Intended as a patriotic symbol, being named Sam also suggests a kinship with Uncle Sam, another American symbol. He was designed by Disney Legend Bob Moore, an artist for Disney.

    He is often confused by guests of Disneyland, and also by those reading documentation about mascot designs for the Olympics, for another Disney mascot named Eagle Sam, host of the former Disneyland attraction America Sings, and designed by animator Marc Davis circa 1973. He shares the name of Sam the Eagle from The Muppet Show, but the design is vastly different. He is still known as Eagle Sam in Japan, where an animated series of the same name ran during 1983, the year preceding the Summer Olympics. Even after the conclusion of the Games, Sam the Eagle is still used to promote a track and field event, the Mt. SAC Relays at Mt. San Antonio College, specifically its “LA84 Youth Days” promotion for youth interested in athletics, run by a charitable group founded during the Olympics.”

    Source is wikipedia for what it’s worth.

  • the sweep spot

    Thanks Steve for your interest in the show! I thought I said exactly the way you said it. I know Marc Davis did the America Sings. Well if I didn’t say it right I meant to. Because I knew that but thank you for the complete history of the two Sam’s. I’m glad we have listeners who listen good enough to catch our flaws and mistakes. Thanks!