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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.
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 talking about a really sexy...
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 its first plans for the...
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. Of course, in retrospect,...
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 changed little since it first...
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 pass over the bridge and walk...
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 EPCOT and the Heart...
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 updated look into the...
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 of the reviews that...
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 below the surface started...
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 Remember the first time you went to...
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 create an immersive environment...
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 written by the author. INTRODUCTION...
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 foreward of this book...
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 may be some truth...
One of the best things about Samland are the readers. You folks are great. I recently posted an article about the Court of Angels that used to be in Disneyland's New Orleans Square. One of my readers, Peggy Matthews...
Sam Gennawey reviews two interesting books for Disney fans today.  First up King of the Jesters, the Danny Kaye biography from David Koenig.  And after that is New Media For Designers + Builders by Stephen Mouzon. Let's see what...
The removal of the Court of Angels in New Orleans Square to make room for an expanded Club 33 has become the latest polarizing issue between traditionalists and those who are apathetic about change. How people view this little...
It seems that everybody has an opinion on the inclusion of a Starbucks on Main Street at Disneyland. I went to the park this week and was inspired to toss my two cents into the wishing well. First a disclaimer....
Universal Studios Hollywood’s greatest strength has also been its greatest weakness. Since 1964, the old chicken ranch had always been a working production studio first with a studio tour, theme park , and shopping mall shoved in between. Universal...
Director James Cameron may be best known for his use of cutting edge technology in telling monumental stories. When Terminator 2: Judgement Day debuted on July 3, 1991, people could not believe how a computer generated character could be...