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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  802.0 #236 10:25AM
Also used in the movie A Christmas Story! - Grindcore  565.9 #372 10:43AM
Thank you so much for sharing that! I didn't know either one of those things! Cool! - Duchess_SMK  6485.8 #19 11:55AM
And it's a beautiful diorama indeed and displayed behind the cleanest glass panels ever too - pikarich  5782.5 #21 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  16113.8 #2 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  1205.7 #152 7:53AM
I love the music used for this part of the attraction - pikarich  5782.5 #21 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  12229.6 #5 10:17AM
Yes indeed, wonderful memories! Thanks for the post! :) - piratelife4me  1069.3 #180 11:40AM
The railroad is magical! Thank you MyPark! - Duchess_SMK  6485.8 #19 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  880.9 #211 7:59AM
Thank YOU! Happy you enjoyed this. - Duchess_SMK  6485.8 #19 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  916.3 #205 8:39AM
Yay! Breakfast and Disney history I love it! Tha is so much for your support doll! Happy Easter! - Duchess_SMK  6485.8 #19 11:52AM
Love it! - MeridaFan  4243.8 #36 8:43AM
😘 - Duchess_SMK  6485.8 #19 11:52AM
Thanks - goducksgo  4.9 #19417 9:06AM
You're very welcome. - Duchess_SMK  6485.8 #19 12:02PM
Thanks for the research and sharingπŸ˜ƒ - E-Ticket  1470.1 #117 9:13AM
You are very welcome! Happy Easter E-Ticket! - Duchess_SMK  6485.8 #19 11:53AM
This is one of my earliest childhood memories! - HiddenMickeyFanatic  1306.6 #137 9:41AM
What a magical memory lucky you! :) - Duchess_SMK  6485.8 #19 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  967.9 #197 10:07AM
Great info! Thank you for adding that! - Duchess_SMK  6485.8 #19 11:54AM
Sweet! Now I have some Disneyland trivia to share with my birthday! Thanks Duchess - NascarDave  323.6 #807 10:13AM
Happy Birthday - BelieveInMagic  113.2 #3414 10:20AM
Happiest of birthday wishes to you! :) - Duchess_SMK  6485.8 #19 11:54AM
Thank you πŸ˜„ - NascarDave  323.6 #807 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...  7126.3 #14 10:42AM
And thanks! - misschurro...  7126.3 #14 10:43AM
Lets go together your next trip! Thanks churro! πŸ‘― - Duchess_SMK  6485.8 #19 11:56AM
Love going through there! Thank you - MarshaMouse  5036.1 #27 11:15AM
Me too! We should do a meetup! - Duchess_SMK  6485.8 #19 12:31PM
The firsttime I saw that Diorama, i am amazed how beautiful it looks! and its length! - otilegna  2692.8 #54 11:22AM
It is quite impressive! - Duchess_SMK  6485.8 #19 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  9623.3 #9 11:47AM
This is one reason I don't like to ride the train. Interesting info though SMK! - LilSterner  5680.4 #23 11:59AM
😳 But why?! - Duchess_SMK  6485.8 #19 12:02PM
I just think the whole set up is cheesy and it always bothered me. - LilSterner  5680.4 #23 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  174.7 #2359 12:02PM
The addition of the prehistoric theme part. ;) - Duchess_SMK  6485.8 #19 12:13PM
But Disney World opened '71 right? - Westcoast  174.7 #2359 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  6485.8 #19 12:25PM
Ahh... thanks for the clarification. - Westcoast  174.7 #2359 12:32PM
I love this, it's a Disneyland classic! When I think Grand Canyon, I think about the Brady Bunch & Disneyland! - CollegeDisneyKnowledgeGrad  1406.9 #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  355.2 #679 12:56PM
Yet another excellent post from the Duchess 😜 - polo33  80.2 #4010 1:28PM
Thank u! I luv the music & sounds effects in this area :) - missariel33  2115.6 #76 2:05PM
That song just started playing in my head, I love that part of the train ride!! Thanks! - adisneyfamily  1004.0 #193 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  776.6 #249 5:27PM
Thanks for sharing. Always enjoy new facts about disneyland - Splashmountgirl  337.1 #740 5:43PM

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I know it's awesome to know your not alone as a Disneyland freak  - mjpdisney67  33.5 #5795 7:26AM

Disneyland unFORECAST (BETA) is here! Top MouseWaiters giving you the rundown of what's happening at the Disneyland Resort. The unFORECAST now has its own page on the web www.unFORECAST.com

unFORECAST for the month of April 2016
Spring Break traffic continues to make the Parks busy, however, we've made it past the heaviest part of Spring Break. Expect strong crowd levels through April 11th, and then things should slow down a bit. Look for crowds to pick up again at the end of the month and through May. Looking back at MouseWait's Historical Crowd Index (available in our MagicPlan iOS Calendar), through April 11, 2015, crowds averaged in the low 80s (approx 80% capacity), then the Crowd Index dipped into the 60s, until later in the month when the Crowd Index rose to the 70s. Remember, we've seen larger crowds ever since the 60th Celebration began, so keep that in mind when looking at historical Crowd Index data. To get a real-time look at crowd levels, check the MouseWait App for Crowd Index averages and wait times. Have a great week! - Admin Apr 4, 2016 3:24PM



We have always noticed that Saturdays are better than Sundays! We always come on the weekend and say we want to leave at dinner time on Sunday, but always leave by 11-12 because there are so many people. We love Saturday!! - 1Princess3Princes  643.2 #323 5:39PM
I agree. I think it has to do with most passes being blocked - PoohSizedGuy  20.6 #7388 11:53PM
Saturday's rule! One of the perks of a premium pass!  - snappy  442.0 #509 7:32AM
I love these posts!  I do have a question/request/suggestion...is there a way to only show the 3-4 most recent posts?  It's a lot to scroll through. @@Admin - TiggersAndTinks  175.7 #2342 5:08AM
I second this. The info is great to have, but it's too long.  - 1HitchhikingGhost  270.9 #1181 5:04PM
I'm glad Saturday's are good we are going tomorrow ! - vanessav87  5.4 #17927 3:45PM
Saturday's are less busy - DarthFairy  474.0 #467 2:18PM
6 of us going Sunday 11 6 year have use that annual pass - jmmm  0.6 #75277 12:12PM

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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  6569.9 #17 8:38PM
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cant wait to read it - ebugsmama  19.6 #7613 10:32PM
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Like normal I am late to the party. Reading it now - Tealtownfan  1097.7 #173 3:13PM
Got it! More than halfway thru it! It's a lot of fun!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘βœ¨βœ¨ - TinkerSchelle  2041.8 #81 10:53PM
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Just got a kindle so as soon as I figure out how to work it I'll be buying it. πŸ˜‰ - varela2892  48.2 #4947 2:38PM


 
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Here are the upcoming MouseWait Events. You can post your event on mobile here, and on the web here. Thanks!

1. #MWMEETUP TRIVIA, Disney Racers and More
May 06, 2016 06:00pm

2. Az meet up
May 28, 2016 06:00pm

3. #MWMEETUP ONE LAST TIME
Aug 06, 2016 12:00pm

MouseWait Meetups 2016
what is happening for one last time on aug 6? - MsTikiMermadam  1241.8 #145 12:31AM
It was January 8 I think but I left it as I think it's funnyπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I'll have to delete it😭😭 - secretagentangel  5756.8 #22 7:55PM
ok,  last time for btr....  πŸ˜Ή - MsTikiMermadam  1241.8 #145 6:03AM
It looks like we need to get more official meet-ups happening in the parks.  πŸ˜„ - LaPearleNoir  2184.7 #74 9:38AM
I do one a week but we need more! We were saying last week to add an Astro blaster to Friday maybe? We could do a monorail or BRMRR sweeper tooπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚Plus I'm trying to post a few ahead of time so people can plan. Next week the meetup we do for MW  had to be Friday again but hopefully Tuesday  the next week! We have two very cool ones coming up next month! It's a secret😎😎😎😎 - secretagentangel  5756.8 #22 9:47PM
Your Tuesday night meet up is great but I'm just remembering all the meetups we used to have.  I wonder what the meet ups are next month..... I'll be there with my  - LaPearleNoir  2184.7 #74 10:30PM
i keep ending up with tues classes,  and missing the tues meetups.  so glad i have made a few of them! - MsTikiMermadam  1241.8 #145 6:05AM
I'll post the ones I know about, I'm switching some to weekends too. And maybe get a few others too! 😊 - secretagentangel  5756.8 #22 8:49PM
Sad but won't be there until 2017 but would really love to meet some of you incredible people - mjpdisney67  33.5 #5795 6:45PM
Would love to be able to attend a meetup someday! - jackattacksmom  19.0 #7734 11:36PM

DISNEYLAND PARK:

Monorail REOPENS MAY 20
River Belle Terrace transforms into a table service restaurant Feb 10
Big Thunder Ranch and Barbecue CLOSED permanently
Fantasmic! Jan 10-TBA
Disneyland Railroad Jan 10-TBA
Mark Twain Riverboat Jan 10-TBA
Sailing Ship Columbia Jan 10-TBA
Davey Crocket Explorer Canoes Jan 10-TBA
Tom Sawyer Island Jan 10-TBA

DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE:

Silly Symphony Swings closed -- TBA
Grizzly River Run closed April 18 -- May 17
Disney's Aladdin is permanenly closed--Frozen will take its place


 

Were visiting during the diamond celebration.  I'm so excited because all of our favorite rides will be open! - Dsc1983  20.3 #7455 10:53PM
Awesome! Can't wait! - PrincessDaisy_FU2Rcm  350.2 #692 8:33AM
Any idea when Autotopia will re-open?  - CentralCoastAuntVon  73.1 #4151 9:51PM
hopefully never - Dave   13763.9 #4 9:27PM
Bully - secretagentangel  5756.8 #22 1:57PM
My Kids enjoy Autopia - E-Ticket  1470.1 #117 8:29PM
Haha we do enjoy Autopia also!! My niece is very concerned about all the construction going on but knows it will be much better!  - CentralCoastAuntVon  73.1 #4151 1:17PM
Dave be nice!!! My sister is mentally handicapped and only loves autotopia and teacups... But the fumes make her faint. lol! Dave I hear you!  - verofern  138.4 #2958 1:56AM
Will Indiana jones reopen on the 3 or will it reopen on the 4 - Disneylandgirl1955  45.3 #5079 5:52AM
It was open today - AngieC  238.2 #1528 10:58PM

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Just got it! - Dizkid  459.3 #490 12:29PM
Doesn't everyone have a countdown clock on the top of one of their pinball machines?  Unfortunately mine is blank because our DL trip was weeks ago :( - awhittle  0.0 #127125 10:15AM
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So from the looks of it, there is not even one app made for those of us on android. You know there are millions of people who do not own iPhones. Its kind of rediculous these days not to offer an android version of apps. Would love to help this site grow by donating, but I see no point in that when there appears to be no intrest by the app builders here to support android. I mean how about atleast a partialy functional app so we can feel that theΒ android users are even wanted as a part of the mousewait community.Β I see lots of requests and sad posts about no android, but dont see any replys by the site to the fact that anyone is even working on it.I've checked back here every so offten to see if there is anything for android users, but never bothered joining until today.I just wanted to rant a little, and now I am done.Unfortunalty, at this point I think I am officaily giving up on mousewait.Β Thanks for reading Β and understanding my frustrations ( i hope ) and please everyone........Have a Disney-tastic day!Mark - molney14u  0.0 #127134 11:05AM
I have an iPhone and an old droid. I use the old droid for wait times when my iPhone can't connect and it works fine. There's so many droid phones to have  separate apps for but I hope android makers would start using the basic same code and security but I'm probably wishing on a star for that . I miss my droid but a lot of apps don't work the same.  - secretagentangel  5756.8 #22 8:10PM

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