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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Werner Weiss

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...

Yesterland: Disney Sneaks into Knott’s Berry Farm

A little bit of Disney has snuck into Knott’s Berry Farm. It has nothing to do with Disney character collectables at Virginia’s Gift Shop. The skull and crossbones on Mission San Luis Rey, one of...

Yesterland: Venice, Italy & Epcot’s Italy

Sam the Eagle might characterize the Italy Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase as, “A Salute to All of Italy, but Mostly Venice.” Yesterland photographer Chris Bales recently visited Italy, while Werner Weiss visited Walt Disney...

Yesterland: California Missions, Real and Knott’s

Knott’s calls its missions “scale models.” But is that really what they are? They are works of art—a collaboration between two artists working almost 60 years apart. Let’s look at how these artists represented the...

Yesterland: Hollywood Holly-Day Parade

If this parade looks strangely familiar, there’s a reason. It’s a holiday—oops, I mean “Holly-Day”—makeover of the Disney Stars & Motor Cars parade. The cars, which are all themed to movies or television programs,...

Yesterland: The Missions Return to Knott’s Berry Farm

As the 20th century came to a close, Knott’s Berry Farm was reinventing itself as a thrill ride park. Its original focus on California heritage took a backseat. Slowly, over many years, the dioramas...

Yesterland: Walt Disney Birthplace – 115 Years Later

On December 5, 2016, it was once again the anniversary of Walt Disney’s birth—the 115th this time. Looking at the Walt Disney Birthplace house from the outside, you might think that the restoration is...

Yesterland: L’ Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante at Epcot

Welcome to L’ Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante—or simply Alfredo’s, as almost everyone calls it. It’s quite a coup for a theme park to have a branch of restaurant that was made famous by globetrotting...

Yesterland: Superstar Limo

Yesterland takes an expanded look at the ride that invites you to “Get ready to be ‘taken for a ride’ through a wacky, whimsical version of Hollywood, where you’re Tinseltown’s biggest new star.” Read the...

Yesterland: D23 Destination D, Amazing Adventures

This past weekend at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World, Werner Weiss attended his first D23 Destination D event. He was there as a paying attendee, but D23 provided press photos to him....

Yesterland: Luigi’s Flying Tires

Here at Yester California Adventure, Luigi and Guido invite you to their “Festival of Flying Tires.” You can “fly” around on a tire behind their tire shop, controlling your flight by shifting your body...

Erasing Wonders of Life, 2016 Edition

Although Wonders of Life at Epcot closed forever on New Year’s Day 2007—almost ten years ago—the golden domed pavilion has had a new life since then as the Festival Center. In this newest edition...