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Monday, December 18, 2017

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The WEDway PeopleMover Story

A while back, we wandered through the Monsanto House of the Future with Samland. That demonstration home lasted until 1967, when a whole new Tomorrowland based on the “World on the Move” theme was...

Universal versus Disney: The Unofficial Guide to American Theme Parks’ Greatest Rivalry

Sam is back, and this time it's really personal. Today, we run the prologue of his new book which releases on Tuesday of this week! Universal versus Disney: The Unofficial Guide to American Theme Parks'...

Welcome to SAMLAND 2.0 – Disneyland Observed

Welcome to Samland 2.0. This is one man's attempt to understand and document public places that respect people. Sometimes those spaces are inside of theme parks and at other times they are out there...

Samland: Free Parking After 6, How Universal Orlando CityWalk was Saved

Recently, I took a trip back in time to the genesis of CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood. This week I will turn my attention to its big brother in Florida. In 1991, just after...

Universal Studios Hollywood Tram Tour 50 Years Old Today

Today, July 15th, we offer our congratulations to Universal Studios Hollywood on 50 years of their world famous Studio Tram Tour and the genesis of their theme park operations. You provided the masses with...

Samland: Tivoli Gardens of Los Angeles

Peel back the layers of time and it is amazing what one can find. Take Universal Studios Hollywood as an example. Today we know the upper lot as a hodgepodge of unrelated intellectual properties...

Samland Grab Bag

Welcome to another NEW episode of Samland. This week will be a grab bag of things that have crossed my desk and sparked my curiosity. Perhaps it will inspire some of you as well....

Samland: The Mickey and Friends Parking Structure Story

Sam has something new for us today that he learned when researching The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide. He's headed off to Central California this weekend to make two very special appearances. Today I will be...

SAMLAND: Did You Know Universal Studios Tried To Buy SeaWorld?

Did you know that Universal Studios tried to buy SeaWorld? Of course! In Hollywood anything is possible. However, this is not current news. This is Samland. About the same time as MCA Universal was finalizing...

The Monsanto House of the Future Story

Join us for a classic SAMLAND story about Disney's all-plastic house. The Monsanto House of the Future is an enduring memory. Millions of people associate that attraction with the optimistic future evangelized by Walt...

Exploring the wilds of Adventureland with SAMLAND

Today we journey back to Adventureland with Sam Gennawey in this classic Samland article. Over the next couple of weeks I will be exploring one of my favorite spots within Disneyland – Adventureland. Once you pass...

EPCOT and the Heart of Our Cities – Part Two

Join us for Part Two of SAMLAND's look at Walt Disney's original plans for an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow or EPCOT for short. Before continuing on to Part Two below, please read Part...

Walt Disney – EPCOT and the Heart of Our Cities

Sam Gennawey revisits Walt Disney's original plans for EPCOT.  Since its initial publication several years ago, Sam has rewritten segments of the article with new information that he has gleaned through research.  Please enjoy...

SAMLAND: California Living

This week is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I will start with a brief excerpt from The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide, then try and impress you with...

Samland – DISNEY FOR SALE?

Like many entertainment enterprises, sometimes the events taking place backstage are more interesting than what the audience was meant to see. That was certainly the case at Walt Disney Productions. By 1984, long time...

Selections from the Library of Samland

Today Sam Gennawey delivers a collection of reviews, just in time for the holidays. There's something for every taste here including the special treat of streaming Mickey Mouse cartoons! FROM DREAMER TO DREAMFINDER Ron Schneider Remember the...

Samland: The Motion Simulator Ride

When Star Tours opened at Disneyland in 1987, little did the Imagineers know that they would create a new industry. The breakthrough attraction combined a motion simulation base with a film and a story...

Window to the Magic #394.5 – Author Sam Gennawey Interview

Paul and author Sam Gennawey sit down at Steakhouse 55 to discuss Sam's new book, The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream, which is now available at all...

Introduction to The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream

As many of you know by now, Sam Gennawey has released his new book, The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream.  Today we share the introduction of this book...

Samland: The Disneyland Story

As many of you know by now, Sam Gennawey is set to release his next book, The Disneyland Story: The unofficial guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream in the coming weeks.  Today we share...