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  1. 147 Feet of Fun Or: Why I Love the Matterhorn

    by , 01-11-2012 at 08:54 PM

    By Sam Gennawey
    Photos courtesy Richard Harris


    The Matterhorn Bobsled attraction at Disneyland opened to much fanfare on June 14, 1959. I entered the world a couple of months later to far less attention. In my head, I feel a special connection and I am reminded that I am as old as a mountain. As some of you may know, I will be speaking at The Walt Disney Family Museum, along with Ron Miller
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    Updated 01-11-2012 at 09:07 PM by SAMLAND

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  2. From Slope to Nope - Walt Disney's Mineral King

    by , 01-04-2012 at 08:38 PM


    A few months ago I submitted this column about Walt Disney’s proposed Mineral King resort. This innovative mountain retreat would have been as important as Disneyland on urban design. Since the publication of that column I have been asked to host a presentation called Mineral King: Walt’s Lost Last Project at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco on January 21. Here is how the Museum
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    Updated 01-05-2012 at 11:20 AM by SAMLAND

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  3. Encyclopedia Samlandica - Big Thunder Rocks, Disneyland Pow Wow, Favorite Bathroom

    by , 12-14-2011 at 05:55 PM




    Every now and again I find a bunch of stories that are fun to retell yet don’t really add up to a full column on their own. The brilliant minds that run this site came up with a clever solution they call the Encyclopedia Samlandica. Today I present the third installment of this endless series of random thoughts. As always, I enjoy hearing what you think.

    BIG THUNDER ROCKS ...

    Updated 12-16-2011 at 06:30 PM by SAMLAND (Thank you Borntothebred and Cousin Orville - Not my best week)

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  4. Disney MGM/Hollywood Studios - The Hollywood That Never Was And Always Will Be

    by , 12-07-2011 at 06:01 PM



    I have always been fascinated by Disney’s Hollywood Studios (DHS). The idea for this park was hatched in 1985, and for the first time, a Disney theme park of limited scale was intentionally opened to the public. The park was intended to be a model of controlled growth in reaction to anticipated demand.

    DHS opened in 1989 and was originally known as the Disney-MGM Studios. It was designed ...

    Updated 12-08-2011 at 09:30 AM by SAMLAND

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  5. Samland Grab Bag - Walt Disney Family Museum, Book Reviews and Giving Back.

    by , 11-30-2011 at 06:29 PM


    Happy Holiday's everyone! With any luck, your Thanksgiving turkey was delicious and you successfully dodged the pepper spray on Black Friday. Here at Samland, we are thankful for having the best readers in the world. . . you really are! Today, I've got a grab bag of items for you. We'll take a look at a book about the Walt Disney Family Museum which contains an introduction ...

    Updated 12-01-2011 at 11:48 PM by SAMLAND (Thank you danyoung)

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