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Good afternoon & Happy Fathers Day to all the MW Dads! This day in Disney history, June 16th, 1956: Tom Sawyer Island & the Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island in Frontierland open. Guests can visit the island, surrounded by the Rivers of America, by traveling on a motorized raft which is piloted by a Disneyland cast member (one of the few vehicles NOT on a track). The Island was shut-down February 5, 2007 for the $28 million addition of “Pirate’s Lair at Tom Sawyer Island.” Unveiling date was May 25, 2007. Have you been on the island?
Also on this same day, The film "3D Jamboree" @ the Mickey Mouse Club Theater premiers. The short 3D Jamboree features the famous Mouseketeers & their leader Jimmy Dodd. The presentation includes the animated shorts "Melody" and "Working for Peanuts" all in 3D. Anyone remember this? I couldn't find much info on it.
In addition, Storybook Land Canal Boats (originally known as Canal Boats of the World in 1955) opened in Fantasyland! Four Mouseketeers (Darlene, Lonnie, Sharon, & Bobby) joined a half dozen other children as the American Dairy Princess christened the boats w/a pint of milk poured over the hulls. The attraction features 13 boats (powered by outboard motors) Which are scaled-down replicas of Dutch, English, & French boats, named after female Disney characters (except for Flower) Original 13 Storybook Boat Names: Cinderella, Daisy, Aurora, Alice, Faline, Flora, Fauna, Flower, Katrina, Merryweather, Wendy, Snow White, & Tinkerbell. Belle & Ariel were later additions. Anyone know which part of this attraction was once used as a ticket booth? Find the answer in the photo below. ;)
Lastly, in 1957: Holidayland, a land that existed for only five years, a nine-acre grassy picnic ground located along the western edge of Disneyland, opened. It had its own admission gate into the park & could hold up to 7,000 guests, for large events. Run by Milt Albright, Holidayland's manager (& future Disney Legend), it featured a regulation softball diamond, horseshoe pits and volleyball court, Holidayland featured—direct from its starring role in Disneyland’s Mickey Mouse Club Circus—the “world’s largest candy-striped circus tent.” At first dubbed “Holiday Park,” the picnic & special events area was originally planned for a woodsy area between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, but ended up just outside the berm, near Frontierland. (Today, Holidayland is a parking lot for employees.) Holidayland closed in 1961 due to its lack of shade, nighttime lighting, restrooms, & alleged lack of Disney "flavor". For a more info & photos from Holidayland: http://tinyurl.com/ku5c2xr I'm thinking this would have made a fabulous MW meetup location. ::giggles:: Had you heard of this attraction?
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Splash Mountain REOPENS NOV 4
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh REOPENS NOV 4
it's a small world REOPENS NOV 10
Hungry Bear Restaurant REOPENS NOV 4
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
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