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  1. From The Shelves of SAMLAND: Imagineering History, Herb Ryman and Knott's Preserved

    by , 09-14-2011 at 06:37 PM


    This week I will be taking a closer look at three very different books. The first is a sequel to a coffee table sized tome filled with incredible graphics from Walt Disney Imagineering. The second book is an intriguing tale of the Disney experience as seen through the life of Herb Ryman, one of Walt Disney’s favorite artists. Finally, I look at another nearby park that is near and dear
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    Updated 09-14-2011 at 06:43 PM by Dustysage

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  2. Magic Kingdom: A Grand Entrance Indeed

    by , 09-07-2011 at 07:22 PM


    A few weeks ago I took a look at first impressions and the arrival experience for Epcot. This week, I will turn my attention toward the Magic Kingdom.

    Getting to the entrance turnstile at the Magic Kingdom is no easy feat. You can’t just walk up to the front door. You have make decisions on how to get there. This is all by design. Why is this so? Well, ...
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  3. Welcome to Mickey's ToonTown

    by , 08-31-2011 at 05:47 PM


    I admit I just love Mickey’s Toontown. It is one of my most favorite immersive environments at Disneyland. This is not to be confused with the Toontown Fair out in Florida. I do not shed a tear about the removal of the one in Florida but I would lie in front of the bulldozer if the one in Anaheim were threatened. Well, maybe not go that far, but I would write letters. Frequent Samland
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  4. SAMLAND - Disneyland's Big River System and Private Places

    by , 08-24-2011 at 09:23 PM



    When you peel back the layers at Disneyland, you find a lot of very interesting stuff that is hidden right in front of your eyes. This week, I am going to take a look at two such treasures, Disneyland’s Big River and a very private, not-so-secret club.

    The Disneyland “Big River”
    A hallmark of the Disney designers’ capabilities is their ability
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    Updated 08-25-2011 at 09:30 AM by SAMLAND

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  5. From The Library: SAMLAND Reviews Essential Disney Books

    by , 08-17-2011 at 09:35 PM



    It's been a long Summer. Time to slow down and read a good book. As a die-hard Disney fan, I'm reading about my passion . . . Disney. Join me as I pull three wonderful books off the shelf. One about Walt's brother Roy, One about Walt and Disney trivia, and the last one an interesting look at Disneyland past and present. Let's turn some pages, shall we . . .


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    Updated 08-18-2011 at 12:35 PM by SAMLAND

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