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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Werner Weiss

Yesterland: C A L I F O R N I A

The letters have the magical ability to accept promotional and seasonal overlays. They were gold with a crackle pattern when the park opened, but could be any color and pattern when you visit. Read the...

Yesterland: America the Beautiful in Circarama

This presentation puts you “in the middle of everything.” Eleven movie screens form a circle above your head. Eleven perfectly synchronized projectors show eleven 16mm films, surrounding you with a 360-degree travelogue. Read the YESTERLAND...

Yesterland: The Hunchback of Notre Dame Procession

Guests have lined the parade route. Floats with characters from The Hunchback of Notre Dame emerge from backstage. And parade music fills the air. Only this isn’t really a parade, in the traditional sense. <h2Read...

Yesterland: The Mickey Head on California Screamin’

Would you like to take a roller coaster ride with a loop around this silhouette of Mickey Mouse’s head? Don’t worry. It’s a single loop. You don’t loop around Mickey’s ears too. (Now that would...

Yesterland: Little Patch of Heaven at Big Thunder Ranch

Okay, this place doesn’t look like the ranch from Home on the Range, at least not in the way that Cars Land at California Adventure looks like Radiator Springs from Cars. Essentially, Little Patch...

Yesterland: Mailboxes at Disneyland

These days, Disneyland guests use smartphones to text photos and greetings to their friends and families back home. But for most of Disneyland’s existence, guests mailed postcards from the park’s mailboxes. Read the YESTERLAND article...

Yesterland: Neptune at Epcot and his Relatives in Rome

This photo journey begins at Epcot. Disney calls the fountain at the Italy pavilion Fontana Di Nettuno. That’s Italian for Neptune Fountain. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Neptune at Epcot and his Relatives in Rome> When...

Yesterland: Burger Invasion

California Adventure is the theme park about California, located in California. And what could be more Californian than feasting on a genuine McDonald’s Big Mac or Double Cheeseburger? Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Burger Invasion When...

Yesterland Book Review: The Disneyland Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (April 2017)

It’s been almost five years since the release of The Disneyland Encyclopedia, Second Edition. So now there’s the Third Edition. The book has grown by 24 pages and more than 50 encyclopedia entries—to 528 pages and...

Yesterland: Captain EO

Experience the singing, dancing, and song-writing talents of Michael Jackson as Captain EO—on a quest to change the world. It’s a spectacular, 70-millimeter, 3D space adventure. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Captain EO   When you are...

Yesterland: Pooh’s Playful Spot

Pooh’s Playful Spot isn’t for everybody—but for its target guests, it might just be the second best attraction in the Yester Magic Kingdom. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Pooh’s Playful Spot   When you are done...

Yesterland: Tomorrowland Starcade

Your guidemap promises “two floors of the most popular video games” and calls it “a stellar experience.” Be prepared to stick dollar bills into coin change machines. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Tomorrowland Starcade   When you...

Yesterland: Engine-Ears Toys

It’s a toy store. It’s a candy store. It’s two... two... two stores in one! And there are two sides to Engine-Ears Toys at Yester California Adventure. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Engine-Ears Toys   When you are...

Yesterland: Looking Glass Elevator to The Top of the Park

Sure, there are a lot of rides at Yesterland Park, but there’s also a ride at the Yesterland Hotel. It’s called the Looking Glass elevator. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Looking Glass Elevator to The...

Yesterland: Norway at Epcot – Before & After Frozen

Werner Weiss picked a dozen photos of the Norway pavilion from around ten years ago—before Disney’s megahit Frozen (2013) moved in. He went back to the same spots recently. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Norway...

Yesterland: ABC Soap Opera Bistro

Get ready to dine dramatically! Step into ABC’s hot daytime dramas—Port Charles, All My Children, One Life to Live, and General Hospital. This table-service restaurant is just past the Hollywood Pictures Backlot Elephants. Read the...

Yesterland: Disneyland Hotel’s Vacationland RV Park

Recreational vehicle parks aren’t always in the best location. Consider the run-down campgrounds next to train tracks at a distant edge of town. Prepare to be delighted by Disneyland Hotel’s Vacationland Recreational Vehicle Park. It’s...

Yesterland: Bountiful Valley Farm, Presented by Caterpillar

Welcome to Bountiful Valley Farm, Presented by Caterpillar, a “tribute to the abundance and diversity of agriculture in California.” Other theme parks have attractions with pirates or submarines. But where else can you find...

Yesterland: Real Norway & Epcot’s Norway

Yesterland looks at Norway — the real country and the Epcot World Showcase pavilion — with comparison photos that show surprising similarities. Even the Epcot enhancements of 2016 are grounded in authenticity. Read the YESTERLAND...

Yesterland: The Earffel Tower

Your camera is loaded with film. Your goal is to have your family pose in front of the iconic symbol of each of the four parks of Walt Disney World. Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom...