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Werner Weiss is the Curator of Yesterland, the ultimate collection of Disney theme park past attractions. You'll find his handiwork featured on MiceChat every Friday.
As the 20th century came to a close, Knott’s Berry Farm was reinventing itself as a thrill ride park. Its original focus on California heritage took a backseat. Slowly, over many years, the dioramas of the California Missions—which had...
On December 5, 2016, it was once again the anniversary of Walt Disney’s birth—the 115th this time. Looking at the Walt Disney Birthplace house from the outside, you might think that the restoration is complete. Let’s go inside. Read the...
Welcome to L’ Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante—or simply Alfredo’s, as almost everyone calls it. It’s quite a coup for a theme park to have a branch of restaurant that was made famous by globetrotting celebrities through much of the...
Yesterland takes an expanded look at the ride that invites you to “Get ready to be ‘taken for a ride’ through a wacky, whimsical version of Hollywood, where you’re Tinseltown’s biggest new star.” Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Superstar Limo   When...
This past weekend at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World, Werner Weiss attended his first D23 Destination D event. He was there as a paying attendee, but D23 provided press photos to him. What a great event! If...
Here at Yester California Adventure, Luigi and Guido invite you to their “Festival of Flying Tires.” You can “fly” around on a tire behind their tire shop, controlling your flight by shifting your body weight. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Yesterland:...
Although Wonders of Life at Epcot closed forever on New Year’s Day 2007—almost ten years ago—the golden domed pavilion has had a new life since then as the Festival Center. In this newest edition of an article originally published...
For Epcot Food & Wine Festival guests, Culinary Demonstrations are opportunities to learn from talented chefs and to taste what they demonstrate. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Disney's Culinary Demos, 2016   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.
At Yester Epcot, it’s not just another INNOVENTIONS exhibit. It’s an actual ride—an innovative and inventive ride. It might be the best thing in the whole history of INNOVENTIONS. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Sum of All Thrills   When you are...
At Yester California Adventure, experience Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - Play It! — with all the “sights, sounds and drama of the TV show.” Guests who get into the famous “hot seat” can win a million... yes,...
Authors and publishers have given us another banner year. Yesterland highlights eleven titles with publication dates since the beginning of May 2016. Be sure to scroll down to the final three titles—which were just released this week.   Read the YESTERLAND...
Pay your 25-cent parking fee and drive into the park’s 100-acre parking lot. It’s bigger than the park itself. Friendly parking attendants will direct you to a spot. Arrive early, and you may find yourself parked in the convenient...
Yesterland welcomes back Andy Baird, who has created another LEGO model. It’s his LEGO representation of the iconic Disneyland marquee sign on Harbor Blvd. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Disneyland Sign, LEGO Edition When you are done reading, please leave your...
Mad Tea Party is still a popular attraction at Disneyland, but the original version is in Yesterland. This opening day 1955 attraction was inspired by the Mad Hatter and the March Hare’s unbirthday party scene in Walt Disney’s animated...
California Adventure has a train too. It’s the California Zephyr. This sleek, streamlined beauty represents a different era than the steam trains nearby at Disneyland. All aboard at Yesterland! Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: California Zephyr at DCA   When you are...
Disney historian Jim Korkis invited Werner Weiss to write the foreword for his newest volume, a follow-up to Jim's well-received 2015 book, Secret Stories of Walt Disney World. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Foreword to MORE Secret Stories of...
Werner Weiss recently visited some of the real London landmarks that inspired Diagon Alley Universal Studios Florida. Enjoy the pairs of comparison photos this week at Yesterland. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Diagon Alley and the Real London   When you are...
Don’t confuse this attraction with the original two-hour Backstage Studio Tour, even though this tour evolved from that one. The tour is now a shadow of what it once was. The residential street is just one of many things...
Think of Main Street, U.S.A. as the main street of Agrabah. The cymbals crash! Aladdin’s Royal Caravan approaches. To the tune of “Prince Ali,” you’re treated to a very clever spectacle as the disguised “street rat” Aladdin and his...
Yesterland takes you on the Antique Auto Ride at Yester Knott’s Berry Farm. The electric cars run along a center rail, so there’s no need to steer. The track winds through a contoured, landscaped setting with scenic buildings and...