Articles Posted by Sam Gennawey

Sam Gennawey is an urban planner who has collaborated with communities throughout California over the course of more than 100 projects to create a great, big, beautiful tomorrow. Sam is a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Regional Planning History Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving municipal, county, and private sector planning documents from throughout Los Angeles County. Sam is the author of Walt and the Promise of Progress City which you can find on Amazon.

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    Universal Studios Hollywood Tram Tour 50 Years Old Today

    Today, July 15th, we offer our congratulations to Universal Studios Hollywood on 50 years of their world famous Studio Tram Tour and the genesis of their theme park operations. You provided the masses with a…

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    Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk, A Complete Living Environment

    It was rewarding to see so many comments regarding my look at an early proposal to turn Universal City into the Tivoli Gardens of Los Angeles by 1970. Instead, the studio tour would become the…

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    Universal’s Destination Dining

    Ever since MCA bought Universal Studios in 1958, the owners wanted Universal City to become a gathering place for the San Fernando Valley the same way Disneyland served Orange County. Albert Dorskind was the man…

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    Planning to Visit Disneyland?

    The California Chapter of the American Planning Association is coming to the Disneyland Hotel for their annual conference in September. I penned this article with them in mind. But I think you hard core Disneyland…

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    Samland: Tivoli Gardens of Los Angeles

    Peel back the layers of time and it is amazing what one can find. Take Universal Studios Hollywood as an example. Today we know the upper lot as a hodgepodge of unrelated intellectual properties shoved…

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    Samland Grab Bag

    Welcome to another NEW episode of Samland. This week will be a grab bag of things that have crossed my desk and sparked my curiosity. Perhaps it will inspire some of you as well. Don’t…

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    Samland: The Mickey and Friends Parking Structure Story

    Sam has something new for us today that he learned when researching The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide. He’s headed off to Central California this weekend to make two very special appearances. Today I will be…

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    SAMLAND: Did You Know Universal Studios Tried To Buy SeaWorld?

    Did you know that Universal Studios tried to buy SeaWorld? Of course! In Hollywood anything is possible. However, this is not current news. This is Samland. About the same time as MCA Universal was finalizing…

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    The Monsanto House of the Future Story

    Join us for a classic SAMLAND story about Disney’s all-plastic house. The Monsanto House of the Future is an enduring memory. Millions of people associate that attraction with the optimistic future evangelized by Walt Disney.…

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    Exploring more of the Wilds of Adventureland

    Last week we took some time to explore the wilds of Adventureland in this Samland classic. The tour continues today in our second part. If you missed the first part, please click here. Adventureland has seemingly…

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    Exploring the wilds of Adventureland with SAMLAND

    Today we journey back to Adventureland with Sam Gennawey in this classic Samland article. Over the next couple of weeks I will be exploring one of my favorite spots within Disneyland – Adventureland. Once you…

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    EPCOT and the Heart of Our Cities – Part Two

    Join us for Part Two of SAMLAND’s look at Walt Disney’s original plans for an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow or EPCOT for short. Before continuing on to Part Two below, please read Part One…

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    Walt Disney – EPCOT and the Heart of Our Cities

    Sam Gennawey revisits Walt Disney’s original plans for EPCOT.  Since its initial publication several years ago, Sam has rewritten segments of the article with new information that he has gleaned through research.  Please enjoy this…

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    SAMLAND: California Living

    This week is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I will start with a brief excerpt from The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide, then try and impress you with some…

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    Samland – DISNEY FOR SALE?

    Like many entertainment enterprises, sometimes the events taking place backstage are more interesting than what the audience was meant to see. That was certainly the case at Walt Disney Productions. By 1984, long time cracks…

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    Selections from the Library of Samland

    Today Sam Gennawey delivers a collection of reviews, just in time for the holidays. There’s something for every taste here including the special treat of streaming Mickey Mouse cartoons! FROM DREAMER TO DREAMFINDER Ron Schneider…

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    Samland: The Motion Simulator Ride

    When Star Tours opened at Disneyland in 1987, little did the Imagineers know that they would create a new industry. The breakthrough attraction combined a motion simulation base with a film and a story to…

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    Introduction to The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream

    As many of you know by now, Sam Gennawey has released his new book, The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream.  Today we share the introduction of this book as…

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    Samland: The Disneyland Story

    As many of you know by now, Sam Gennawey is set to release his next book, The Disneyland Story: The unofficial guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream in the coming weeks.  Today we share the…

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    Samland Visits Orlando – Exceptional, Acceptable or Regrettable

    Some may view this as the latest Samland column. Others will simply say that he has provided a trip report as a cheap way to bang out a bunch of content really, really fast. There…