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    throughout the years there have been many Books, Tv Specials or Dvd's about Disneyland which one is your favorite let us know?

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    Re: Best Disneyland TV Special or DVD or Book?

    Quote Originally Posted by DCAfanatic View Post
    throughout the years there have been many Books, Tv Specials or Dvd's about Disneyland which one is your favorite let us know?
    My two favorites.... For my tastes the latter of the two is a must buy. It had sooooo many new video snippets that were never seen before....even something simple as a 4 sec clip of Walt riding his bicycle through an unfinished/pre-opening Tomorrowland or him going on a test ride on a Jungle Cruise boat was special to me. Both are out of print but very entertaining. You might find a reasonably price one on eBay / Amazon etc.

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    Amazon description:To finance Disneyland he wanted to build, Walt Disney turned to the new medium of television. As host Leonard Maltin notes on this two- disc set of televised specials for the amusement park, Disney used the series to promote it, "and no one seemed to mind." ABC agreed to invest in return for a weekly one-hour program. The "Disneyland" TV show premiered on October 27, 1954: "Disneyland Story" introduced the park and its various lands, which would be the subject of future programs. The opening-day special, "Dateline Disneyland" (July 17, 1955), attracted an estimated audience of 90 million--virtually every television household in America. Hosted by Art Linkletter, Robert Cummings, and Ronald Reagan, the live broadcast includes such unplanned moments as Linkletter searching frantically for a microphone in Fantasyland. The Tenth Anniversary show (January 3, 1965) features cameos of Mary Blair and Marc Davis, two celebrated animation artists. Home movie footage of Walt pacing off distances at the barren site in Anaheim is intercut with peeks at forthcoming attractions. "Disneyland After Dark" (April 15, 1962) offers performances by Annette Funicello, Bobby Burgess, Bobby Rydell, Louis Armstrong, and a prepubescent quartet of Osmond Brothers. A must-have set for Disneyland buffs, Disney collectors, and nostalgic baby boomers. --Charles Solomon




    Amazon description: Originally conceived as a fiftieth anniversary tribute to Disneyland, this 332-minute DVD set celebrates Walt Disney's vision and drive in imagining, building, and marketing America's first-ever theme park. This compilation offers fascinating insight into Walt Disney's enormous undertaking through the documentary "The Secrets, Stories, and Magic of Disneyland," the retrospective "Operation Disneyland," three episodes from "The Wonderful World of Color" television series, one "People and Places" episode, and a collection of historical time-lapse construction footage from Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Leonard Maltin and Julie Andrews provide an introduction to the 80-minute "Secrets, Stories, and Magic" which details Walt Disney's initial vision for Disneyland, considered to be "Walt's Folly" by many Disney Studio employees, and the various stages of the park's planning and construction culminating in its grand opening on July 17, 1955. Extensive new and vintage footage address virtually every aspect of the conception and realization of Disneyland from the original site plan and concept art to the tight construction schedule, logistical problems during construction and on opening day, the development of new enhanced motion vehicle technology for the rides, and the shelved ideas that make up the "Disneyland that never was." Extensive interview footage includes Walt Disney, George Lucas, Roy Disney, artist Herb Ryman, retired president of Disneyland Jack Lindquist, composer Richard Sherman, and many others. After an interactive Disneyland trivia game that's none-to-easy even in the beginner mode, it's on to a restored version of the 1956 "People and Places: Disneyland USA" episode which highlights Walt Disney's goal that Disneyland serve as a place of enlightenment, happiness, and the pursuit of fun and takes viewers on a slow-paced exploration of the five areas of Disneyland. Modern audiences might be inclined to condemn this particular feature as a 42-minute-long Disneyland commercial, but in 1956 it functioned more as an exploration of a distant place that many around the world had never had the opportunity to visit.
    Disc two begins with "Operation Disneyland," a 14-minute black and white documentary produced for ABC closed circuit television which looks at the technical aspects of broadcasting the opening ceremonies of Disneyland on live television. Never intended for public viewing, the program offers an interesting and historically valuable look back at the mechanics of live television in the 1950's. Next are three episodes of Walt Disney's weekly program "The Wonderful World of Color." "The Golden Horseshoe Revue" features the 10,000th vaudeville-inspired performance at Disneyland's The Golden Horseshoe Saloon with Betty Taylor, Wally Boag, Gene Sheldon, Ed Wynn, and former Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer Annette Funicello. "Disneyland Goes to the World's Fair" details Disney's contributions to the New York World's Fair of 1964-1965 including the creation of "It's A Small World" for UNICEF, "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln," and the "Primeval World" audio-animatronic dinosaurs currently on exhibit in the Disneyland Railroad. "Disneyland Around the Seasons" celebrates Disneyland's 11th year with a look at special holiday programming at Disneyland. Finally, footage from several time-lapse cameras scattered throughout Disneyland during the park's construction is presented with narration by Tony Baxter from Disney Imagineering, and Ed Hobbleman and Walter Magnuson from the Disney Studio Inventory Group. Just about everything one could ever want to know about the history of Disneyland is right here in this thorough Disney collection

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    Re: Best Disneyland TV Special or DVD or Book?

    The best TV shows I've seen (and taped) are:

    -Backstage and the making of the Main Street Electrical Parade

    -UPN 13 New Tomorrowland (1998) Special--this one was really good, really in depth into Tomorrowland history and the transformation of the land

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    Re: Best Disneyland TV Special or DVD or Book?

    I liked the special whoa back in 84' if i remember, it was a special on Donald Duck's 50th brithday. It had all kinds of stars from the 80's and if memory serves me right I think (i'm not sure) Dick Van dyke hosted it. They even showed the birthday parade (not like the "celebrate" parade) with the song "Happy Happy Happy Birthday Happy Happy Birthday to you" the song I remember fondly.
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    Re: Best Disneyland TV Special or DVD or Book?

    Our favorite TV show was the presentation of the opening day of DL which was shown on Vault Disney numerous times. Thankfully I was able to tape it, so I have it forever.

    I also taped many of the other special events that were taped at DL and broadcasted on Vault Disney.

    I miss Vault Disney...

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    Re: Best Disneyland TV Special or DVD or Book?

    I like, it is very very cheesy, but the Haunted Mansion special with Kurt Russel and the Osmonds. I fast forward generally through the musical numbers, but the HM segment is very good and great behind the scenes footage there, plus a fun number with the Disneyland Kids of the Kingdom all over the park at things no longer there...riding a Submarine, Nature's Wonderland, the skyway, and a great many other attractions.
    when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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    Re: Best Disneyland TV Special or DVD or Book?

    One of my favorite DL TV Specials was for DL's 35th. It started off with the entire Cheers gang trying to decide what to watch on TV, Woody convinces them to watch the DL Special, Tony Danza host's the show, and takes you on the Jungle Cruise, the "Hey Vern" guy has a segment too, kMiss Piggy and Gonzo, Charles Fleischer (voice of Roger Rabbit)

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    Re: Best Disneyland TV Special or DVD or Book?

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    I like, it is very very cheesy, but the Haunted Mansion special with Kurt Russel and the Osmonds. I fast forward generally through the musical numbers, but the HM segment is very good and great behind the scenes footage there, plus a fun number with the Disneyland Kids of the Kingdom all over the park at things no longer there...riding a Submarine, Nature's Wonderland, the skyway, and a great many other attractions.
    Ah yes, classic! I've got that episode on tape and always listen to it while I work on stuff. Great show overall, despite it being only known for the Haunted Mansion segment.

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    Re: Best Disneyland TV Special or DVD or Book?

    My favorites are "From Pirates of the Caribbean to The World of Tomorrow" from 1968, 1990's "The Disneyland Story" with Harry Anderson (Was on the Disney Channel) and Disneyland's 30th Anniversary Celebration from 1985.
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    Re: Best Disneyland TV Special or DVD or Book?

    Mickey's Nutcracker

    Hunchback's Thanksgiving Special

    The X-mas special where the kid wishes it snowed at DL and it does (i forgot the name but it was early 90's)




    Oh and Sing Along Song's Disneyland Fun!!!!!!!


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    Re: Best Disneyland TV Special or DVD or Book?

    David Koenig's Mouse Tales is a fantastic read.
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    Re: Best Disneyland TV Special or DVD or Book?

    Disneyland:Secrets, Stories, and Magic is very good. I also have a Disneyland Sing Along DVD from the 90's that i used to watch when i was little (and i sometimes still secretly watch it, shh dont tell) it is called Sing Along Songs Disneyland Fun.
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    Re: Best Disneyland TV Special or DVD or Book?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nautilus View Post
    -UPN 13 New Tomorrowland (1998) Special--this one was really good, really in depth into Tomorrowland history and the transformation of the land
    I have very vague memories of this special.

    AND I MUST HAVE IT.

    Anyone have it?

    Seriously, though, please?...

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    Re: Best Disneyland TV Special or DVD or Book?

    I'll always have a special place in my heart for the 1990 special called "The Disneyland Story", hosted by Harry Anderson. I was nine years old when it first aired, and it sort of galvanized my obsession with Disneyland history. I taped it off of TV and watched it over and over again. I haven't seen it in many years, but I still have most of it memorized. It cleverly used jokes and clips from animated movies to comment on the park's history...


    Harry Anderson: There he is. America's leading film pioneer, tromping around in an orange grove. Seems like Walt's finally lost it.

    Alice-in-Wonderland: What a peculiar place to have a party!

    Anderson: Well, it may seem peculiar, but Walt knows better...


    ...rather than detract from it, (as I felt the Donald Duck trying to kill Steve Martin subplot did in 50 Magical Years)

    It's funny to think, in retrospect, how pro-Eisner the finale was. Maybe that's why you don't see much of it nowadays.

    Also, I'll never forget when, on one of Disneyland's anniversaries, they showed a whole bunch of old Disneyland TV episodes on the Disney Channel, including the "Dateline: Disneyland" opening day special, complete with bloopers. This was back before these were on DVD or YouTube, so it was really exciting to me, and of course I taped them all and watched them multiple times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC_DisneyGeek View Post
    David Koenig's Mouse Tales is a fantastic read.
    I've read his 2 Mouse Tales books plus Realityland (WDW) many times; highly entertaining. But I convinced my wife to shell out $200 for a copy of the long out of print The Nickle Tour, and this book lives up to it's reputation.

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