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Monday, October 23, 2017

Werner Weiss

Yesterland: Independence Hall at Knott’s Berry Farm

Hardly anyone noticed a significant milestone in theme park history earlier this month, on July 4, 2016—the Quinquagenary (50th anniversary) of Independence Hall at Knott’s Berry Farm. This isn’t a “Yester” article about something that’s...

Yesterland: Toy Story Pizza Planet

Welcome to Pizza Planet at Yester Studios Theme Park. Okay, to tell the truth, it doesn’t look much like Pizza Planet in the movie—outside or inside. It looks like the Metropolitan Department of Water...

Yesterland: “Disneyland One Year Old”

It’s almost the 60th anniversary of the first anniversary of Disneyland. Okay, that’s just another way to say the 61st anniversary, but this article is an updated “rerun” of a 2007 Yesterland article featuring...

Yesterland: Henry’s Auto Livery Ride at Knott’s Berry Farm

You might think that car rides at theme parks and amusement parks always have a guide rail down the center of the track. Not this one! You actually get to steer your car—in fact,...

Yesterland: I Like Van Dyke

Walt Disney was born in Illinois, but spent much of his childhood in Missouri. Dick Van Dyke was born in Missouri, but spent much of his childhood in Illinois. Two long-neglected houses in Illinois...

Yesterland: Vintage Photos of Ghost Town at Knott’s Berry Farm

Today you’ll find 14 never-before-published historical photos of Ghost Town from an earlier time—around 1958, give or take a few years. Knott’s is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Ghost Town this summer with a spruced-up...

Yesterland: Maelstrom

With the opening of Frozen Ever After at Epcot on Tuesday, June 21, Yesterland’s Maelstrom article (originally published a year ago) gets an update. After all, “You are not the first to pass this way,...

Yesterland: Cascade Peak

Cascade Peak is not just a show scene on the Mine Train ride. It’s a Frontierland landmark, enjoyed by guests on the Mike Fink Keel Boats, Mark Twain, Sailing Ship Columbia, and Indian War...

Yesterland: Skyway to Fantasyland

Three weeks ago, Yesterland featured the Skyway to Tomorrowland, with its Swiss chalet station in Fantasyland. The response was huge. In a major update to an article first published in 1995, Yesterland is back...

Yesterland: Pizza Oom Mow Mow

“At this wacky, beachcomber restaurant next to Reboundo Beach, they serve up great pizza—like the Big Kahuna Hawaiian, Awesome Pepperoni and Wipe Out Cheese—pasta, salad, beverages, and more…and good vibrations at no extra charge....

Yesterland: American Idol Experience

Yester Hollywood Studios has an attraction for you. It’s a chance to perform under the bright lights in front of a live audience—and it could be your first step toward worldwide stardom. Read the YESTERLAND...

Yesterland: Skyway to Tomorrowland

Walk up the stairs to a traditional chalet in the Alps of Fantasyland. After waiting in line and handing over a “D” coupon, a Cast Member opens the door of a round metal bucket...

Yesterland: Golden Gate Bridge at DCA

Perhaps the most famous and iconic bridge in the world is the Golden Gate Bridge. But you don’t have to go to San Francisco to see it. At Yester California Adventure, the Golden Gate...

Yesterland: Autopia, presented by Chevron

Yesterland now has the first 21st century version of Autopia—the one that opened at Disneyland on June 29, 2000. This Autopia is better than ever, thanks to Chevron, the California-based energy company known for...

Yesterland: Submarine Voyage

You’ve just climbed down the spiral ladder and taken a seat in front of your own personal porthole. A stream of cool air blows from beneath the porthole to keep you from feeling queasy. Read...

Yesterland: PeopleMover, LEGO Edition

According to the LEGO Group (the company that makes LEGO), “On average, every person on the earth owns 86 LEGO bricks!” Some people own far more LEGO bricks—and have far more skill in using...

Yesterland: PeopleMover Presented by Goodyear

How about a leisurely, elevated 16-minute ride through Tomorrowland? Head over to the PeopleMover station on the second level of the landmark Rocket Jets tower in the heart of Tomorrowland. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE:...

Yesterland: Knott’s Berry Farm, Then & Now & Now

When Werner Weiss visited Knott’s Berry Farm in 2010, he brought along some historic photos and matched them. Six years have passed. This week, he returned to those spots. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Knott’s...

Yesterland: Original Ghost Town Gold Mine at Knott’s Berry Farm

Here at Yester Knott’s Berry Farm, there’s a gold mine in the gully next to the only active volcano in Southern California. You can pan for real gold and take home the results of...

Yesterland: Magic Kingdom 1996 & 2016 Part 3: Main Street & Adventureland

Welcome to the conclusion of this series. This time, Yesterland starts at the park entrance and heads to Adventureland, revisiting the same spots where Chris Bales took photos in 1996. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE:...