6605.0 #21 (DL Qual #9

Mar 31, 2013 7:43 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This day in Disney history, March 31st, 1958. The 306-foot long Grand Canyon Diorama is added to the Disneyland Railway between the Tomorrowland & Main Street stations. The painting (by motion picture artist & designer Delmer J. Yoakum) has been done on a special seamless canvas, which required 4,800 manhours to complete, using 300 gallons of paint in 14 colors! The diorama, which includes taxidermic animals (the only ones in the park) in lifelike poses, is the longest in the world. During the opening ceremony, Walt Disney was joined by his longtime friend Santa Fe Railroad Chairman, Fred Gurley, the namesake of Engine No. 3, which began its service only three days earlier & was officially dedicated the same day. Just beyond the Tomorrowland Train Station, outside the tunnel that houses the diorama, the ceremony featured members of the Hopi tribe, including Chief Negangnewa, who performed a blessing. Among the rare photos from this special day, is a picture of Walt & Mr. Gurley chatting w/the boy who participated in the ceremony. Walt never seemed happier than when he was around the young or the young at heart, or whenever trains were involved! πŸš‚ In 1966, the diorama will be expanded w/ a prehistoric theme, shipped in from the New York World’s Fair Ford Magic Skyway Pavilion. Do you like this attraction? Why?

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I've always loved the GC diorama portion, and to add to your post: The main theme of Ferde GrofΓ©'s "On The Trail," the third movement from his Grand Canyon Suite, is piped in through the train's sound system as it enters the diorama. The same movement was used in Disney's 1958 film "Grand Canyon" which was a "pictorial representation" of the music, filmed at the Grand Canyon. - Gia  802.2 #261 10:25AM
Also used in the movie A Christmas Story! - Grindcore  606.8 #371 10:43AM
Thank you so much for sharing that! I didn't know either one of those things! Cool! - Duchess_SMK  6605.0 #21 11:55AM
And it's a beautiful diorama indeed and displayed behind the cleanest glass panels ever too - pikarich  6654.3 #19 7:54AM
A fav for me ever since seeing the Primeval World at the World's Fair when I was 8, then again at Disneyland when I was 10. Amazing it is still on display to enjoy and reminisce about all these years later. - Melody_CM  24646.0 #3 4:23PM
YES! I love the Disneyland Railroad!! I have very early memories of this attraction as well as some very recent of bringing my family to the park. When we were exhausted, we would take the train on the complete circle as I rested. It was also often a great way to go to another part of the park during very busy times and not have to fight crowds. Thank you SMK!! What a great History and such interesting facts about this attraction! You're the BEST! - MickeyFan  1286.5 #151 7:53AM
I love the music used for this part of the attraction - pikarich  6654.3 #19 8:22AM
Me too MyPark. The railroad is one of my favorite attractions. It's a great ride just to decompress for a while. You get to see most of the park, people watch, rest and relax. - Tom  13915.8 #4 10:17AM
Yes indeed, wonderful memories! Thanks for the post! :) - piratelife4me  1072.6 #192 11:40AM
The railroad is magical! Thank you MyPark! - Duchess_SMK  6605.0 #21 11:51AM
I've always loved the painting. I didn't realize all of the cool facts about it however. Thank you for this! - DisneyGrandma  887.2 #229 7:59AM
Thank YOU! Happy you enjoyed this. - Duchess_SMK  6605.0 #21 11:51AM
We love this part of the DL Railroad!! I remember the Dino scenes very well from when I was a child. So fun to learn all of this, I shared it with my family during breakfast! Thank you Duchess for taking the time to post this for us today!! 😊😊 - MinnieMousewife  923.7 #220 8:39AM
Yay! Breakfast and Disney history I love it! Tha is so much for your support doll! Happy Easter! - Duchess_SMK  6605.0 #21 11:52AM
Love it! - MeridaFan  4244.3 #40 8:43AM
😘 - Duchess_SMK  6605.0 #21 11:52AM
Thanks - goducksgo  5.0 #19910 9:06AM
You're very welcome. - Duchess_SMK  6605.0 #21 12:02PM
Thanks for the research and sharingπŸ˜ƒ - E-Ticket  1479.5 #128 9:13AM
You are very welcome! Happy Easter E-Ticket! - Duchess_SMK  6605.0 #21 11:53AM
This is one of my earliest childhood memories! - HiddenMickeyFanatic  1349.5 #144 9:41AM
What a magical memory lucky you! :) - Duchess_SMK  6605.0 #21 11:54AM
I learned from our trip on the Lilly Belle that Delmer died before he could finish it. The art work was finished by his son. If you look closely, you can see where the son picks up where his father left off. The painting style changes ever so slightly. - GoofyMom77  1022.1 #206 10:07AM
Great info! Thank you for adding that! - Duchess_SMK  6605.0 #21 11:54AM
Sweet! Now I have some Disneyland trivia to share with my birthday! Thanks Duchess - NascarDave  324.8 #844 10:13AM
Happy Birthday - BelieveInMagic  113.2 #3496 10:20AM
Happiest of birthday wishes to you! :) - Duchess_SMK  6605.0 #21 11:54AM
Thank you πŸ˜„ - NascarDave  324.8 #844 7:02PM
I LOVE this area of the train experience. It's such a gem to be whisked away and view these stunning scenes. I cannot wait to go on this again because now I will really look and very much appreciate it with a newness - misschurro  7994.3 #14 10:42AM
And thanks! - misschurro  7994.3 #14 10:43AM
Lets go together your next trip! Thanks churro! πŸ‘― - Duchess_SMK  6605.0 #21 11:56AM
Love going through there! Thank you - MarshaMouse  5044.1 #29 11:15AM
Me too! We should do a meetup! - Duchess_SMK  6605.0 #21 12:31PM
The firsttime I saw that Diorama, i am amazed how beautiful it looks! and its length! - otilegna  2819.8 #54 11:22AM
It is quite impressive! - Duchess_SMK  6605.0 #21 1:14PM
Thank you Duchess! The Diorama is one of my earliest memories of going to Disneyland. I would sit with my little brothers and we would stare in amazement! - ShariRenee  12238.9 #8 11:47AM
This is one reason I don't like to ride the train. Interesting info though SMK! - LilSterner  5828.4 #24 11:59AM
😳 But why?! - Duchess_SMK  6605.0 #21 12:02PM
I just think the whole set up is cheesy and it always bothered me. - LilSterner  5828.4 #24 2:17PM
I like the history lessons. One confusing part for me though "In 1966, the diorama ... shipped in from Disney's World's..."? I'm assuming the date is a typo? - Westcoast  197.8 #2110 12:02PM
The addition of the prehistoric theme part. ;) - Duchess_SMK  6605.0 #21 12:13PM
But Disney World opened '71 right? - Westcoast  197.8 #2110 12:17PM
The Primeval World dinosaurs that follow the Grand Canyon diorama were added in 1966. They originated from the 1964 New York World’s Fair Ford Magic Skyway Pavilion. Perhaps that's less confusing, I'll edit. Thanks. :) - Duchess_SMK  6605.0 #21 12:25PM
Ahh... thanks for the clarification. - Westcoast  197.8 #2110 12:32PM
I love this, it's a Disneyland classic! When I think Grand Canyon, I think about the Brady Bunch & Disneyland! - CollegeDisneyKnowledgeGrad  1478.3 #3 12:36PM
I love this part of the train ride. It's such a beautiful picture of just how beautiful the desert can be. - PixiePirateMaid  355.6 #715 12:56PM
Yet another excellent post from the Duchess 😜 - polo33  85.1 #4013 1:28PM
Thank u! I luv the music & sounds effects in this area :) - missariel33  2115.6 #83 2:05PM
That song just started playing in my head, I love that part of the train ride!! Thanks! - adisneyfamily  1004.1 #208 3:16PM
When my husband and I went to the Grand Canyon for the first time we stood there and then said "It looks just like the one at Disneyland!" It is a very realistic Diorama. Once again Duchess, great information! Thank you!!! - Boundin  821.6 #252 5:27PM
Thanks for sharing. Always enjoy new facts about disneyland - Splashmountgirl  337.1 #779 5:43PM

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Davey Crocket Explorer Canoes Jan 10-TBA
Tom Sawyer Island Jan 10-TBA



Were visiting during the diamond celebration.  I'm so excited because all of our favorite rides will be open! - Dsc1983  20.3 #7721 10:53PM
Awesome! Can't wait! - PrincessDaisy_FU2Rcm  362.0 #689 8:33AM
Silly symphony swings are open. We went on them today (for the first time)!  - DisneyDiane316  993.1 #210 6:50PM
See @teapotsandteacups post today...  Says reopens Sept 9!  Thank you! - Dianat710  88.2 #3939 8:05PM
It opened today! Line was way too long for me so I shall try another day😒 - DarthFairy  754.1 #288 9:09PM

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I use this every time I'm at the parks now and llove it!!!!  Thanks Admin - leopardditz2000  1260.0 #152 7:44PM

Here are the Top 10 MouseWaiters of All-Time:

1. Winnie111286

2. Coaster

3. Melody_CM

4. Tom

5. jacdanfan

6. Dave

7. goofygal

8. ShariRenee

9. Plumiegirl

10. grumpypapa

Such great people on this list, many who doSo much for the app. 😍😍 - secretagentangel  8846.8 #11 2:09PM
Yay! Thank you! - Song  2242.4 #78 8:50AM
- EvilqueenRS  704.4 #309 9:57PM
Very nice. I'll make It on the list one of these days! - larrywong318  214.3 #1906 11:09AM

MONTHLY WAIT TIME LEADERS REAL-TIME: Thank you to everyone who enters accurate wait times--you earn MouseRank Points, Credits, worldwide fame, and wealth beyond your wildest dreams when you enter wait times at the Park (ok maybe not the last two things). Please remember to ONLY enter wait times that you have verified in person, this improves our algorithm substantially, thanks!

1. Winnie111286

2. Melody_CM

3. SorcererD91

4. teapotsandteacups

5. grumpypapa

6. Tom

7. jacdanfan

8. goofygal

9. sawman911

10. YoPirate



14 more days and I shall be entering in wait times for the first time( I was slow and shy to post). Well actually it will be 15 days. The first  day we check in and go to Trader Sam's. πŸ˜‰ - varela2892  89.7 #3904 7:14AM
I just want to thank all the newbies who are on the list so much lately! This was started as a wait time and more app so by your starting out from the beginning doing wait times is awesome! 2/3of my points are from wait times. I make a game of it and have fun doing them. Hope everyone tries it, it helps others and you earn credits!!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ - secretagentangel  8846.8 #11 9:06PM
Half of my points are from wait times.  - Goofytom  3152.6 #49 10:28PM
I figure it is the least my wife and i can do, plus it is great exercise! I keep saying, one of these days we will go to one of the meet-ups. We generally only go on Saturday and sometimes Sunday as well. That darn thing called 'work' just gets in the way!  - oiler2112  1185.6 #167 7:07AM
Pretty much all my points are from wait times  - kimo  271.1 #1237 6:54PM
Next August I will be posting wait times I know it will help pass the time in line but with 15 to 20 of us should go pretty well thanks to you and all the people here on MW - mjpdisney67  66.7 #4443 10:10AM
Hey! I'm in the top 10 for once haha! πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘πŸ» - DisneyDiane316  993.1 #210 9:37AM
Nice job DisneyDiane316 - miadawn128  183.5 #2307 7:04AM
Winnie is killin it - DarthFairy  754.1 #288 9:27PM

Here is the Overall Quality Top 10 real-time list. Follow these MouseWaiters for great content:

1. Winnie111286

2. uscdisneyteacher

3. CobbPR

4. misschurro

5. Dave

6. pikarich

7. BaseballMickey

8. Plumiegirl

9. Duchess_SMK

10. Stitch_Legacy


This list needs to be updated! Just saying😬 - MadameLeota  4678.6 #32 9:51PM
is this just a standing thing? Never changes? - DarthFairy  754.1 #288 8:06PM
This is so true, it never changes, what's up with that lol - itsmyglassslipper  577.6 #390 12:28PM
I know and I'm still on itπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - Plumiegirl  10439.1 #9 5:56PM
I thought it was just me. Lol. Someone needs to hit the refresh button. :) - DeadliestPassholder  399.2 #611 2:10PM
It will stay the same until someone else gets enough points and quality to pass a couple more people. Even though two people on the list don't post much they still are ahead of the rest of us in quality points so they earned their spot. And Plumiegirl you post QC so you're qc score is high! πŸ˜„ - secretagentangel  8846.8 #11 8:33PM
when you are at the top you tend to move slower because its the same folks that frequent the parks most. So hence the top ten.. trolls ;) - Plumiegirl  10439.1 #9 9:55PM

Play Disneyland Trivia with your friends for FREE! See the list of TRIVILATOR usernames on this page. Play from any device with our new web version

Cool admin. Hope I do better than the first one. Hope people that enter will be ready to play and the tournament moves along better - Goofytom  3152.6 #49 6:41PM
Yes, 1 question every 24 hrs was difficult to stick with.  - DisneyMom13  361.9 #692 6:28PM
Oh πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ just realized that post was 2+ years oldπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ well people are still taking turns very slowly. Maybe it's the app, not the players.  - DisneyMom13  361.9 #692 6:34PM
I will announce the December tournament date this week. - Admin 11:58PM
Can't wait! - sawman911  3930.3 #44 6:30PM
Still waiting. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - MeridaFan  4244.3 #40 12:59PM
I end up deleting games while in progress due to opponents leaving me hanging FOR-EH-VER!!! - MommyandBash  433.7 #549 12:18PM
It happens, if you want start a game and I'll play you. I take a couple days off a week but I'll finish the games I start. - richiii3  1763.8 #106 2:20PM
Any chance of this coming to Android? - dsnylnd4me  370.4 #663 12:08PM

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Thank you Admin! This book is a great read. I recommend it to anyone who is a Disney fan. Can't wait for the next one! - grumpypapa  9012.2 #10 8:38PM
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What percentage saving are we looking at for being MouseWaiters? Is it better than a AAA discount.  - MoChuck  159.8 #2665 3:57PM
I sent you emails and support requests for my last 2 stays in May and June. I would appreciate it if you could check on them and let me know if I need to send you any additional info, please let me know. Thanks for your help @@@@@@@@@Admin - Winnie111286  24906.4 #1 10:51AM
You are awesome.  Thanks Admin - Winnie111286  24906.4 #1 1:28PM
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1. Winnie111286

2. Melody_CM

3. SorcererD91

4. teapotsandteacups

5. grumpypapa

6. jacdanfan

7. Tom

8. goofygal

9. YoPirate

10. secretagentangel


I love Disneyland! - Melody_CM  24646.0 #3 11:30PM
Me too - LaPearleNoir  2645.7 #58 1:11PM
Yes, yes. I know you do.  - crazyfriends  29.2 #6430 2:03AM
Who doesn't love Disneyland???  Happiest place on earth.  :) - Disneylanddad702  467.2 #508 2:38PM
Wow I've never made a list before. Thanks - disneybob49  1165.1 #172 9:59AM
How am I #1? Wait times and posting to the lounge the last 3 days? Awesome!! I love Mousewait! πŸ˜€ - sheridanrabbit  739.8 #295 7:05PM
I left a week ago and I'm still #2 on the list!! YAY!! πŸ˜€ - sheridanrabbit  739.8 #295 6:22PM

Follow the new MouseWait Blog for updates, how-tos, tips, contests, and more! (Big Thunder pic by CJ)

Iam new to this love reading the post and looking at the pictures   - Disneydollarpam  92.5 #3852 9:01AM
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