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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.
This photo journey begins at Epcot. Disney calls the fountain at the Italy pavilion Fontana Di Nettuno. That’s Italian for Neptune Fountain. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Neptune at Epcot and his Relatives in Rome> When you are done reading, please...
California Adventure is the theme park about California, located in California. And what could be more Californian than feasting on a genuine McDonald’s Big Mac or Double Cheeseburger? Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Burger Invasion When you are done reading, please...
It’s been almost five years since the release of The Disneyland Encyclopedia, Second Edition. So now there’s the Third Edition. The book has grown by 24 pages and more than 50 encyclopedia entries—to 528 pages and more than 600 entries. Read the...
Experience the singing, dancing, and song-writing talents of Michael Jackson as Captain EO—on a quest to change the world. It’s a spectacular, 70-millimeter, 3D space adventure. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Captain EO   When you are done reading, please leave your...
Pooh’s Playful Spot isn’t for everybody—but for its target guests, it might just be the second best attraction in the Yester Magic Kingdom. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Pooh’s Playful Spot   When you are done reading, please leave your comments...
Your guidemap promises “two floors of the most popular video games” and calls it “a stellar experience.” Be prepared to stick dollar bills into coin change machines. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Tomorrowland Starcade   When you are done reading, please leave...
It’s a toy store. It’s a candy store. It’s two... two... two stores in one! And there are two sides to Engine-Ears Toys at Yester California Adventure. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Engine-Ears Toys   When you are done reading, please leave your...
Sure, there are a lot of rides at Yesterland Park, but there’s also a ride at the Yesterland Hotel. It’s called the Looking Glass elevator. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Looking Glass Elevator to The Top of the Park   When you...
Werner Weiss picked a dozen photos of the Norway pavilion from around ten years ago—before Disney’s megahit Frozen (2013) moved in. He went back to the same spots recently. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Norway at Epcot - Before &...
Get ready to dine dramatically! Step into ABC’s hot daytime dramas—Port Charles, All My Children, One Life to Live, and General Hospital. This table-service restaurant is just past the Hollywood Pictures Backlot Elephants. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: ABC Soap...
Recreational vehicle parks aren’t always in the best location. Consider the run-down campgrounds next to train tracks at a distant edge of town. Prepare to be delighted by Disneyland Hotel’s Vacationland Recreational Vehicle Park. It’s possibly the best located RV...
Welcome to Bountiful Valley Farm, Presented by Caterpillar, a “tribute to the abundance and diversity of agriculture in California.” Other theme parks have attractions with pirates or submarines. But where else can you find an attraction with full-size farm...
Yesterland looks at Norway — the real country and the Epcot World Showcase pavilion — with comparison photos that show surprising similarities. Even the Epcot enhancements of 2016 are grounded in authenticity. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Real Norway &...
Your camera is loaded with film. Your goal is to have your family pose in front of the iconic symbol of each of the four parks of Walt Disney World. Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park. You got it! Spaceship Earth...
A little bit of Disney has snuck into Knott’s Berry Farm. It has nothing to do with Disney character collectables at Virginia’s Gift Shop. The skull and crossbones on Mission San Luis Rey, one of the California Mission dioramas that...
Sam the Eagle might characterize the Italy Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase as, “A Salute to All of Italy, but Mostly Venice.” Yesterland photographer Chris Bales recently visited Italy, while Werner Weiss visited Walt Disney World. The results are this...
Knott’s calls its missions “scale models.” But is that really what they are? They are works of art—a collaboration between two artists working almost 60 years apart. Let’s look at how these artists represented the actual missions as models. Read the...
If this parade looks strangely familiar, there’s a reason. It’s a holiday—oops, I mean “Holly-Day”—makeover of the Disney Stars & Motor Cars parade. The cars, which are all themed to movies or television programs, are now decorated with snowdrifts,...
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...