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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Disney History

Echos at Echo Lake, Disney’s Hollywood Studios Inspirations

It’s now Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but it was Disney-MGM Studios when it opened in 1989. Today, we’ll head into the Echo Park section of the park. Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Real Buildings that Inspired Disney-MGM...

Disney’s America Part 5 – The Story Comes To An End

We have spent 4 weeks discovering the history behind the never built Disney's America theme park in Virginia. Michael Eisner was determined to keep his dream alive through a barrage of hurdles, but...

EPCOT Under Glass? Fact or Fiction?

The Claim: EPCOT—the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, envisioned by Walt Disney before his death in 1966—was supposed to be enclosed by an immense dome. Is the claim true or false? What is the real...

The Story of Disneys America Part 4

Last week, we took a look at the details and concept art for Disney's America theme park in Virginia. That was how the park would have looked, and it was a long and...

Remembering Disneyland’s House Of The Future

“Tomorrow always holds the promise of something new and exciting, and this strangely graceful old and creative building bears out that promise.” - Monsanto Home of the Future promotional film Photo Copyright Walt Disney Co. The...

Real Buildings that Inspired Disney MGM Studios, Part 4

A few years ago, Werner Weiss published a three-part series, “Real Buildings that Inspired Disney MGM Studios.” The park is now Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but it was Disney-MGM Studios when these replicas were designed...

The Disney America Story – Part 3

Our tale of a real life American adventure continues this week as we explore the proposed attractions of Disney's America theme park. If you are catching this popular series in the middle, please...

The Disney’s America Story – Part Two

Last week, we launched ourselves back into Disney history to find the spark which ignited the Disney's America project . . . and Part One of our roller coaster story began. This week, we find ourselves...
EPCOT's 30th

D23’s Epcot’s 30th Celebration

On Sunday, September 30th, the official Disney fan club, D23 posted in early celebration for Epcot's 30th anniversary (which was on Monday, October 1). Unlike the October 1 celebrations, which were free and open...

Happy 30th Anniversary Epcot – Part One

Epcot is 30 years old today. When the park opened on October 1st 1982, it was a groundbreaking and ambitious project not unlike a large scale Tomorrowland with a World's Fair tacked on to...

Disney’s America, a Story of Desire and Failure – Part One

There are few Disney projects with greater mystique than Disney's America, a never built park which nearly became a reality. But why was it never completed and what sort of impact did it have...

River Country Closed by Brain-Eating Amoeba?

Disney’s River Country was the first waterpark at Walt Disney World. It’s also safe to say it was the first themed waterpark. Some even consider River Country to be the first water park anywhere, but...

Samlandica: Something Old, Something Classy and Something Prehistoric

Due to popular demand, I'm bringing you a new edition of the encyclopedia Samlandica today. I was inspired by dance, design, and dinosaurs. Lot's of history here, and a lot of really fond memories....

Yesterland visits the Disney Vacation Club Doorway to Dreams!

Werner Weiss, our faithful steward of Disney long gone, shares a side trip to the Disney Vacation Club Doorway to Dreams store in Schaumburg, Illinois. When Disney shut down this Doorway to Dreams, did it signal a...

Fantasy Faire construction goes vertical as D23 celebrates 75 years of Disney Animation

Construction ramped up at Disneyland's new Fantasy Faire princess meet-and-greet village next to Sleeping Beauty Castle last week. A crane and steel framework now peeks over construction walls next to the Castle as...

Wall Street, U.S.A.

Yester California Adventure has a street with blue plywood constructions walls on both sides. It doesn’t have an offical name. So let’s call it Wall Street Street, U.S.A. This Wall Street has nothing to do...

Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at the Ronald Reagan Library

Disney fans have no doubt seen or heard of the wonderful Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibits which anchored the first two D23 Expos in Anaheim (2009 and 2011). Those exhibits were filled...

The Disneyland Encyclopedia Updated Second Edition

Werner reviews the latest edition of the book, The Disneyland Encyclopedia.  As in 2008, the new book’s subtitle promises a history of “every land, attraction, restaurant, shop, and event in the original Magic Kingdom.“...

Yesterland, The Florida Citrus Tower then and now

Werner Weiss, curator of Yesterland, first took a trip to Florida in 1983. Last year, he pulled out his color slides from that trip, digitized them, and returned to the same spots at Walt...

SAMLAND: How Walt Disney Studied and Built Disneyland

Maybe it was inevitable that Walt Disney would build Disneyland. He certainly had been studying the idea his entire life. His daughter Diane Disney Miller said, “When I was growing up, he was always...