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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Disney History

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...

The Mickey Head on California Screamin’

Would you like to take a roller coast ride with loop around a silhouette of Mickey Mouse’s head? Werner Weiss takes us back to the days of Maliburritos and the Sun Wheel with this...

Deja Flew, A Look Back at Disneyland’s Flying Saucers

In honor of the opening of Luigi's Tires at Disney California Adventure, I bring you... Disneyland's Flying Saucers, an extinct attraction that has become the stuff of legends. They were spotted in Tomorrowland for only...

This Animatronic Life: The Great Gurrini

Howdy, and welcome to the second installment of “This Animatronic Life.”  Before I kick things off today, a word of thanks to all of you who wrote in with such kind and enthusiastic comments...

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Disneyland Exhibit on Viewmaster

Rare 1955 View-Master Disneyland 20000 Leagues Under the Sea Exhibit The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea exhibit opened at Disneyland's Tomorrowland in 1955. The attraction displayed the original sets from the 1954 movie. Today we...

Yesterland Takes a Look At Bob Gurr

There has been a lot of interest in Bob Gurr (Imagineering super legend) lately due to his new tell all book. But Werner Weiss of Yesterland has a different take on the subject and...

Erector Set Hotel? Werner Weiss, Yesterland

The Claim is that the Disneyland Hotel had erector set architecture because its owner also owned the company that made erector sets. Is this crazy notion true? As with many myths, there are elements...