An attraction within an attraction!
This, along with Pirates of the Caribbean, in part because of nostalgic smells/familiar narrator among other things, is and will always be the most wonderful things at Disneyland, to me, which I hope to share some day with my own children.
I suppose this thread is kind of half appreciation for the attraction and half interesting facts. Hope you enjoy!
Although it is seen every single time you’re on the Disneyland Railroad between Tomorrowland and Main Street, it is seemingly hardly mentioned, for whatever reason. I see this as a positive and a negative. Negative being, ‘it’s so great…how could you not talk about it?!’ ha, and Positive being, I like to keep things I love to myself sometimes. I don’t want everyone and their mother making it lame by making fun of the animinatronics or seemingly outdated scenes/technology/audio. I also don’t want people hogging up the train so people like me can’t relax and enjoy the memories from our childhood and the good ol’ days. Anyways, for some reason, this has always been something at Disneyland that I will always love and I am extremely glad that WDW doesn't have it, haha.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Opening day was March 31, 1958 and Hopi Indian Chief Nevangnewa, 96, performed a ritual blessing on the inaugural train voyage, also celebrating the Fred G. Gurley engine’s first official trip through the park
• The main theme of Ferde Grofé's "On The Trail," the third movement from his Grand Canyon Suite, is played on the train's sound system as guests enter the diorama on the train, followed by a very short clip of "Cloudburst”, for the snowfall scene and then back to “On the Trail”
• The Grand Canyon Diorama was the lone attraction in that area for about 8 years until Primeval World was added.
• The tunnel was previously just an area that needed to block guests from a backstage service area in the park.
• The animals in the grand canyon scene are real taxidermic(stuffed/preserved) animals.
• At the time of its opening in 1958, the diorama was the longest in the world at 306 ft., costing $367,000 to create as well as using 300 gallons of paint
• 1966 ushered in the introduction of Primeval World, an expansion of the Grand Canyon Diorama including exciting Audio-Animatronic dinosaurs from Walt Disney's Ford Magic Skyway attraction at the 1964 New York World's Fair.
• The whole attraction is voiced by none other than Thurl Ravenscroft, a familiar voice around Disneyland in popular attractions as well as in many Disney movies
So anyways, I hope you enjoyed some interesting facts about one of the coolest places in Disneyland. Do you have any other little-known facts or do you share my enthusiasm about this small piece of Disney? Speak up!