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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Disney History

Candy Shoppe at Sunshine Plaza

Here at Sunshine Plaza, the shop names tend to involve puns. There’s Baker’s Field Bakery, Engine-Ears Toys, and Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream. You might think a candy shop here would have a name like...

The Vacation Kingdom of the World

A major milestone in the history of Walt Disney Productions (WDP) occured on April 30, 1969, when the company announced details for “The Vacation Kingdom of the World” in Central Florida. The announcement came...

The Original Corn Dog Castle

Disneyland in California has Sleeping Beauty Castle. The Magic Kingdom in Florida has Cinderella Castle. Yester California Adventure has a castle too—the original Corn Dog Castle. Actually, today’s Disney California Adventure also has Corn Dog...

Design Those Were The Times #4: 1951 Ward Kimball’s Fire Engine, My Fire Engine...

The Wheel of Years has been sent spinning and when the clicking stops, the red arrow will point to a year - that's where we'll start. The tale can flow forward or backward, flow...

Retro Space Mountain

Space Mountain lets you travel through space inside a structure that futurists H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Leonardo da Vinci might have imagined. This giant copper kettle with a green patina represents an ingenious...

Walt’s City of Tomorrow, Palm Beach Disneyland

It's a Samland double feature today. First up is the story of how Palm Beach almost became home to Disneyland East. Then we find out more about the legendary science fiction author, Ray Bradbury,...

Homage to the Moonliner

Two icons of Disneyland’s early Tomorrowland endure, even though the originals were destroyed in the 1960s. One is the House of the Future. The other is the Moonliner, which stood at the entrance to...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No. 3 – The Red Car Diaries

The Wheel of Years will be sent spinning and when the clicking stops, the red arrow will point to a year - that's where we'll start. The tale can flow forward or backward, flow...

Stars Celebrate Peter Pan 60th Anniversary Celebration at El Capitan Theatre

The stars came out to the El Capitan Theatre to mark the 60th anniversary of Disney’s beloved animated film, Peter Pan. Kathryn Beaumont (Wendy), Margaret Kerry (Tinker Bell) and Ted Thomas (director, writer and...

Blue Ribbon Bakery

When it’s morning at Yesterland and you want coffee and a buttery pastry or melt-in-your-mouth muffin, just head halfway up Yester Main Street, U.S.A. to the Blue Ribbon Bakery. Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Blue Ribbon...

TWA and the Moonliner: Rocket to 1986—from 1955

One original 1955 Tomorrowland attraction gave guests the kind of experience that Walt Disney’s Tomorrowland dedication promised—Rocket to the Moon, presented by a major airline, TWA. Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: TWA and the Moonliner.   When...

Samland Grab Bag – Disneylanders, Retlaw, Dart and More

Sam returns with a wonderful grab bag of Disney delights. Some fun and perhaps even surprising facts about Disneyland are shared below. DISNEYLANDERS In 1958, the Disneyland public relations department produced an annual report describing the...

Introducing Bob Gurr’s DESIGN: Those Were The Times

EDITORS NOTE: We are delighted to introduce you to a new MiceChat column from a name that almost all of you know, Bob Gurr. And if you aren't familiar with the name, you've absolutely...

Who’s Afraid of the Song of the South?

Werner Weiss discusses the 1946 Walt Disney movie that's locked in the vault with Jim Korkis, author of the new book, Who’s Afraid of the Song of the South? The article begins with the...

Mickey’s Toontown Fair Train Station, Departed

For the most part, this park is all about putting you into detailed environments that immerse you in another place and time. Sorry, folks. Mickey’s Toontown Fair Train Station is an exception to that...
Yesterland - Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - LuminAria

LuminAria — “See the Holidays in a whole new light”

LuminAria premiered at Disney’s California Adventure on November 9, 2001. It was the new park’s first Christmas.   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: LuminAria.   When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

The Original Test Track Presented by General Motors

The new Test Track Presented by Chevrolet opened this month. Yesterland takes you back to the original Test Track Presented by General Motors. Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: The Original Test Track Presented by General Motors.   When...

The Original Carnation Ice Cream Parlor

Whether you’re looking for a meal, dessert, or both, you’ll enjoy the atmosphere and nostalgia at the Carnation Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant. Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: The Original Carnation Ice Cream Parlor.   When you are...

Disney’s Finest Remember Jeannette Thomas

Scarlett Stahl remembers Jeannette Thomas as a beautiful and unique lady, so it isn't a surprise that her memorial at Pasadena's Gamble House was also beautiful and unique. Here's Scarlett's wonderful tribute to Jeannette...

Leave a Legacy at Epcot

Would you like to be at Walt Disney World every day of the year, for at least 20 years? You—or at least your face—could be! But your ability to Leave a Legacy at Epcot has...