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    1764? Why?

    Does anyone know the significance of this seemingly blocked off archway in New Orleans Square ( or technically Frontierland, I can never tell) and the date 1764 engraved into it. I have asked CM's ever since I was a kid and no one has ever been able to tell me. It bothers me that it is clearly a date yet no one knows the significance.


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    Re: 1764? Why?

    To answer this, I am quoting from HBG2's excellent "Long-Forgotten" blog, who in turn is quoting from an entry in Kevin Yee's book "101 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland:"

    A canal in New Orleans Square, labeled "1764," is all that remains of a plan to unify several themes in the land.

    The plan called for a crypt next to the Mansion that led into an underground catacomb of treasure and dead pirates, culminating in a pirate-themed hideout on Tom Sawyer Island. The pirate theme would have focused on Jean Laffite, a real-life pirate from the early 1800s in New Orleans. Laffite’s name might be familiar to frequent Disneyland visitors from the Pirates of the Caribbean loading zone, where a sign reads "Laffite’s Landing." The date 1764 was derived by subtracting 200 years from the birth date of one Imagineer who worked on the project.
    Editor's note: this was Matt McKim, son of legendary Imagineer Sam McKim.
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    Re: 1764? Why?

    Cool Thanks

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    Re: 1764? Why?

    wow thats really interesting !
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    Re: 1764? Why?

    Ooooooooooooooo.............. interesting, that is good to know. I was wondering the same thing myself. Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: 1764? Why?

    Thanks for sharing that information 2DieFR.
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    Re: 1764? Why?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2DieFR View Post
    To answer this, I am quoting from HBG2's excellent "Long-Forgotten" blog, who in turn is quoting from an entry in Kevin Yee's book "101 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland:"

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    Pirates were planned to invade the island long before Jack Sparrow was a household name. :P

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    Re: 1764? Why?

    hmmm i dont know the reason
    I am traveling now.

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    Re: 1764? Why?

    Quote Originally Posted by ArthurIhde View Post
    hmmm i dont know the reason
    The answer was given above.

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    If anyone here hasn't been following the Long Forgotten Blog, you're missing out!
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    Re: 1764? Why?

    This gets brought up about once a year
    Does anyone even bother with signatures anymore?

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    Re: 1764? Why?

    Quote Originally Posted by JesterMn View Post
    This gets brought up about once a year
    lol

    Still, I forget all the time what it really means.

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    Re: 1764? Why?

    hey thats my picture : )

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    Re: 1764? Why?

    That is also the year that Parliament enacted the Currency Act upon the Colonies that were settled in on the American East Coast.
    Yaye!

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