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  1. The "E" Ticket

    by , 06-06-2012 at 07:52 PM


    Leon and Jack Janzen grew up in the San Fernando Valley. Their first visit to Disneyland was in 1958. The brothers were hooked. The became frequent visitors to the Park and began to collect souvenirs, photos, and memories.

    Many years later, in the Spring of 1985, they read a Disney News article about Disneyland collectibles by former Disney Chief Archivist David R. Smith. The brothers
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  2. A Story With Bite - Remembering the California Alligator Farm

    by , 05-30-2012 at 08:51 PM



    This week I am joined by historian Richard Harris as we explore another of Southern California’s long lost tourist attractions. We are about to visit state’s oldest zoological attraction - the California Alligator Farm.

    The original Alligator Farm dates back to 1906 and was located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The Farm was started by Joseph ‘Alligator Joe’ Campbell and Francis Victor, Sr. The
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  3. Samland talks to Billy Hill and the Hillbillies

    by , 05-23-2012 at 05:14 PM


    In the book, DisneyWar, author James B. Stewart suggests that the definition of the Disney ‘magic’ is that point when the guest’s apprehension turns into awe and delight. You can frequently see this moment as you watch a child’s eyes as they meet their favorite character or when an adult laughs because they made it through a thrill ride unharmed. I feel that one of the most reliable places to find this magic is
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    Updated 05-24-2012 at 07:19 AM by SAMLAND

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  4. Unhappily Ever After? The Last Days of Snow White at Walt Disney World

    by , 05-16-2012 at 08:42 PM


    The past week was spent touring around Central Florida. It has been an amazing experience and I want to thank everybody who came out for one of my talks in support of Walt and the Promise of Progress City. You saw the extended version of those talks in last week’s column: Walt Disney's Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow. I had a blast.

    I also want to send a special shout out to all of the podcasters,
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    Updated 05-17-2012 at 09:59 AM by SAMLAND (Corrected data mistake.)

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  5. Walt Disney's Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

    by , 05-09-2012 at 07:04 PM


    It's been a busy week for me. I was in Florida for a series of over 15 talks, podcasts and events. One of which I'd like to share with you today. On Saturday, I spoke to the Disneyana World Chapter Meeting about Walt Disney and how he changed the public's expectations with regards to the public realm.

    In his early days, Walt forever changed animation, and animal documentaries, and television,
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