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Saturday, November 18, 2017

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Disneyland and the Exceptional, Acceptable, or Regrettable – Part 3

It was not my intention to milk this topic for a third installment, but everybody seemed to be having so much fun with it that I threw caution to the wind and here we...

Disneyland and the Exceptional, Acceptable, or Regrettable Part 2

Last week I decided to apply a tool I use at my day job to give me a reason to spout out a bunch of opinions about the state of the Disneyland Resort (Exceptional,...

SAMLAND: Disneyland the Exceptional, Acceptable, and Regrettable

How do you get people to evaluate and document what they see and how they feel within the environments that they live, work, and play? That is a question I am frequently asked during...

A Window on Main Street for Buzz Price – Part II

Harrison "Buzz" Price was a visionary business man who profoundly influenced Walt Disney and many decisions regarding the theme parks and how and where they should be built. Two years ago, Sam Gennawey made...

Finally a Window on Main Street for Buzz Price – Part 1

Two years ago, almost exactly, Sam Gennawey pulled out a megaphone right here on MiceChat and declared that Harrison "Buzz" Price should be awarded a window on Disneyland's Main Street. Next week, in a...

Who’s afraid of Song of the South and other titles, Selections from the Samland...

Sam Gennawey reviews three interesting pieces for Disney fans today.  First up is the fascinating book, Who's afraid of Song of the South? by Jim Korkis.  Next is information for the Disney geeks that...

Sam Bits: Random Stories from Disneyland

When working on a new book, sometimes you find some really interesting stories that just don't quite seem to fit. However, the stories are too good not to pass along. Welcome to the cutting...

Sam Visits Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives

I realize that the D23 Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit has been running at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for some time now. In fact, the show is due to close on...

The Very Early History of Universal Studios Hollywood

Motion pictures can be an intoxicating and addictive drug for some people. Like a moth to a light, they are drawn into an all consuming passion that can never really be completely satisfied. Carl...

Disney Parks and The Elements of Setting

The Disney parks are at their best is when they become the stage where you can live out your cinematic fantasies. Family friendly of course. Disneyland is one of the first examples of virtual...

Disneyland: My Favorite year

So what was the most magical year at Disneyland? If you could go back and visit, which year would you choose? Would it be 1959 with a bunch of new attractions? Or 1963? Some...

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...

An Al Lutz Breakfast

As a historian, it is always nice to review original documents. I recently examined all of Al Lutz's old columns for a book project. One thing that stood out were all of the breakfast...

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,...

Disneyland Main Street: Form Follows Function

Looking through my files the other day, I came across an early 1970s Cast Member training manual for Disneyland’s Main Street U.S.A. In this case, Main Street was describe as the area that included...

Sam Examines the Small Print Behind the My Disney Experience Program

As the battles between Disney and the other theme park operators is notched up another level with the introduction of the My Disney Experience program (MyMagic+), it is instructive to see how two of...

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...

Looking forward to Walt Disney World’s past

Time to step into the Wayback Machine and take a look at how the Walt Disney World public relations team tried to portray the Magic Kingdom just prior to opening. Back in April 1969, it...

Samland: Latest Selections For A Disney Fan’s Library

Sam returns after a week of heavy reading to let us know which books are worth adding to your shelves. Find out what Sam thinks of IT’S KIND OF A CUTE STORY,  EPCOT: THE...

Notes from Disney World Part Two

Time to return to the right coast (WDW and Universal) and work out my Demons of Happiness that author Ray Bradbury once spoke of. I bring to this challenge my bias as a native...