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! 🚂
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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Big Thunder Mountain to reopen March 17 Alice in Wonderland will be closed Mar 10-July 3, 2014 Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage will be closed Jan. 6-Sept. 26, 2014: it’s a small world will be closed Jan. 21-Apr. 18, 2014: Indiana Jones will be closed Mar 17-May 8 Club 33: Reopens July 1st Space Mountain will be closed May 12-Jun 26: King Arthur's Carrousel will be closed April 28-May 22 Pirates of the Caribbean will be closed April 28-May 22
DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE:
Grizzly River Run will be closed Apr. 21-June 19, 2014
The Little Mermaid will be closed Mar 20-May 9, 2014:
it's tough to be a bug will be closed April 21-May 8
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