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Friday, January 19, 2018

Werner Weiss

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...

Diagon Alley and the Real London

Werner Weiss recently visited some of the real London landmarks that inspired Diagon Alley Universal Studios Florida. Enjoy the pairs of comparison photos this week at Yesterland. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Diagon Alley and...

Studio Backlot Tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Don’t confuse this attraction with the original two-hour Backstage Studio Tour, even though this tour evolved from that one. The tour is now a shadow of what it once was. The residential street is...

Yesterland: Aladdin’s Royal Caravan

Think of Main Street, U.S.A. as the main street of Agrabah. The cymbals crash! Aladdin’s Royal Caravan approaches. To the tune of “Prince Ali,” you’re treated to a very clever spectacle as the disguised...

Yesterland: Antique Auto Ride at Knott’s Berry Farm

Yesterland takes you on the Antique Auto Ride at Yester Knott’s Berry Farm. The electric cars run along a center rail, so there’s no need to steer. The track winds through a contoured, landscaped...

Yesterland: Mission Tortilla Factory

Yesterland takes another look at the Mission Tortilla Factory attraction at Disney California Adventure. It’s not a ride or a theater. It’s an authentic, working tortilla factory. Read the YESTERLAND article HERE: Mission Tortilla Factory   When...

Yesterland: Pirates Arcade Museum

Yesterland takes you back to the early years of New Orleans Square. There are three well-known attractions in the young land: Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, and Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad. There's also...

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,...