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Saturday, September 23, 2017

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Samland Visits Orlando – Exceptional, Acceptable or Regrettable

Some may view this as the latest Samland column. Others will simply say that he has provided a trip report as a cheap way to bang out a bunch of content really, really fast....

SAMLAND: How the Court of Angels Got Its Name

One of the best things about Samland are the readers. You folks are great. I recently posted an article about the Court of Angels that used to be in Disneyland's New Orleans Square. One...

SAMLAND: Selections from the Library

Sam Gennawey reviews two interesting books for Disney fans today.  First up King of the Jesters, the Danny Kaye biography from David Koenig.  And after that is New Media For Designers + Builders by...

The Court of Angels – New Orleans Square Disneyland

The removal of the Court of Angels in New Orleans Square to make room for an expanded Club 33 has become the latest polarizing issue between traditionalists and those who are apathetic about change....

Samland: Thoughts on Starbucks on Main Street at Disneyland

It seems that everybody has an opinion on the inclusion of a Starbucks on Main Street at Disneyland. I went to the park this week and was inspired to toss my two cents into...

Samland visits the new Universal Plaza

Universal Studios Hollywood’s greatest strength has also been its greatest weakness. Since 1964, the old chicken ranch had always been a working production studio first with a studio tour, theme park , and shopping...

Terminator 2: 3D Battle Across Time

Director James Cameron may be best known for his use of cutting edge technology in telling monumental stories. When Terminator 2: Judgement Day debuted on July 3, 1991, people could not believe how a...

Samland Grabbag, LA History Museum and Book Reviews

BECOMING LA - LA COUNTY MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY For those familiar with Charles Phoenix, I believe one of his great contributions to humanity was linking downtown Los Angeles to Disneyland. Whatever exists behind the...

How to Operate the Disneyland Monorail

Recently, as I was sorting through some files, I came across a 1966 operator’s manual for the Disneyland-Alweg Monorail System and thought I would share some of the highlights. As was the custom with Disneyland...

A Walt Disney World Transportation Fairytale

Once upon a time the planners at Walt Disney World really did want to follow Walt’s vision and create a place that would show off on how proper urban design can create places that...

Disneyland Inspiration

I would assume that most people who read MiceChat (especially those reading Samland) are the type who visit the Disney parks more frequently than the average guest. Just a wild guess. With that in...

The CalArts Disney Connection

Welcome to Samland. This week I have decided to reach over to the bookshelf and extract an excerpt from Walt and the Promise of Progress City. Toward the end of his life, Walt Disney...

Animal Kingdom and Disney Hollywood Studios Exceptional, Acceptable, Regrettable

Over the last couple of months, I have been making observations of things that have struck my fancy in the Disney Parks. The goal is to provoke a discussion. Thank you for playing along....

Sam Compares Parks, Disney, Universal, Knotts, Magic Mountain

Let's face it: Tickets for theme parks are expensive. Every year, we have come to expect price increases that exceed inflation, and every year, we somehow find a way to pony up the extra...

Magic Kingdom: Exceptional, Acceptable, and Regrettable

Last time, I took at look at my recent trip to Epcot. This week, the focus is on the Magic Kingdom. As we now know, the Magic Kingdom is Disney World's premier park, with...

Epcot: Exceptional, Acceptable, and Regrettable

Epcot has long been a favorite of mine. As you can imagine, I have been somewhat obsessed with Walt’s original vision, if you know what I mean (I did write the book Walt and the...

From the Crazy Mixed Up Files of Samland

I'm constantly working on all kinds of stories, research and ideas. Some become full blown articles here on MiceChat, others make it into books. Often, however, there are bits and pieces of ideas left...

Why the Monorail Failed in Los Angeles

I realize that most people associate early Monorails with Walt Disney. It is well-known that one of the earliest drawings of Tomorrowland by Herb Ryman had one crossing over the entrance. The Disneyland Monorail...

Disney 1975: The Year That Wasn’t

In another look at yesterday’s tomorrows, let’s turn the clock back to 1975 and see what Walt Disney Productions (WDP) was up to with regards to their theme parks. Both Walt and Roy were...

SAMLAND: The Port Disney Story

Back in the late 1980s, Walt Disney Productions management was becoming increasingly concerned with the public realm surrounding Disneyland. The area had been deteriorating for years due to the laissez-faire attitude toward planning within...