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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Werner Weiss

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...

Yesterland: Disney’s Culinary Demos, 2016

For Epcot Food & Wine Festival guests, Culinary Demonstrations are opportunities to learn from talented chefs and to taste what they demonstrate. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Disney's Culinary Demos, 2016   When you are done reading,...

Yesterland: Sum of All Thrills

At Yester Epcot, it’s not just another INNOVENTIONS exhibit. It’s an actual ride—an innovative and inventive ride. It might be the best thing in the whole history of INNOVENTIONS. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Sum...

Yesterland: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – Play It!

At Yester California Adventure, experience Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - Play It! — with all the “sights, sounds and drama of the TV show.” Guests who get into the famous “hot seat”...

Yesterland: Eleven New Books for Disney Park Fans

Authors and publishers have given us another banner year. Yesterland highlights eleven titles with publication dates since the beginning of May 2016. Be sure to scroll down to the final three titles—which were just...

Yesterland: Parking Lot

Pay your 25-cent parking fee and drive into the park’s 100-acre parking lot. It’s bigger than the park itself. Friendly parking attendants will direct you to a spot. Arrive early, and you may find...

Yesterland – Logo on LEGO

Yesterland welcomes back Andy Baird, who has created another LEGO model. It’s his LEGO representation of the iconic Disneyland marquee sign on Harbor Blvd. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Disneyland Sign, LEGO Edition When you are...

Yesterland: The Original Mad Tea Party

Mad Tea Party is still a popular attraction at Disneyland, but the original version is in Yesterland. This opening day 1955 attraction was inspired by the Mad Hatter and the March Hare’s unbirthday party...

Yesterland: California Zephyr

California Adventure has a train too. It’s the California Zephyr. This sleek, streamlined beauty represents a different era than the steam trains nearby at Disneyland. All aboard at Yesterland! Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: California...

Foreword to MORE Secret Stories of Walt Disney World

Disney historian Jim Korkis invited Werner Weiss to write the foreword for his newest volume, a follow-up to Jim's well-received 2015 book, Secret Stories of Walt Disney World. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Foreword...