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5 THINGS TO DO AT DISNEYLAND THIS WEEK:
1. Mickey and the Magical Map Show (check the Dashboard or use MagicSearch for Showtimes.
2. Try the new Big Thunder!
3. Captain America Meet and Greet in Innoventions
4. Radiator Springs Racers (get your Fastpasses at Park opening)
5. Fried Chicken at the newly reopened Plaza Inn!
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Good morning! This day in Disney history, July 13th, 1925: Walt Disney marries Lillian Marie Boundsat Lewiston's Espiscopal Church of the Nativity in Lewiston, Idaho.
Since Lillian's father is deceased, her Uncle who is chief of the Lewiston Fire Department gives her away. Reverend D.J.W. Somerville performs the ceremony and Lillian's sisters, Hazel Sewell and Sydney Bounds, are the witnesses.
The Newlyweds met at work when Lillian moved to LA in 1923. She was hired at Walt Disney Studios as a inker of animated cels and secretary. Walt and Lillian had two children, Diane Marie Disney and Sharon Mae Disney who was adopted.
Below is a photo from July 13, 1955, just four days before the official opening of Disneyland. A 30th anniversary party for the two love birds was held at the Golden horseshoe. Three hundred guests were invited. A few of the guests in attendance, Spencer Tracy, Gary Cooper, and Cary Grant. Guests were chauffeured down main street U.S.A in horse-drawn surreys down to Frontierland where they boarded the Mark Twain and sipped on mint julieps. Next, they were treated to the very first, but unofficial, performance of the Golden Horseshoe Revue.
Today would have been their 88th wedding anniversary! :)
In 1957 (supposedly) The petrified tree stump was installed in Frontierlandnear the ROA. (although I have found a few sites that waiver on the exact date) Originally purchased in 1956 as a 31st anniversary gift for Lillian, it was reported that she was quoted as saying it was "too big for the mantle." ::giggles:: Unsure what to do with it, she donated it to the park.
I'm guessing it was really Walt that wanted the tree for himself. ;) The original tree was from the Pike Petrified forest in Colorado and was estimated to be 200' tall.
The plaque in front of the tree reads:
"PETRIFIED TREE FROM THE PIKE PETRIFIED FOREST, COLORADO THIS SECTION WEIGHS FIVE TONS AND MEASURES 7 1/2 FEET IN DIAMETER. THE ORIGINAL TREE, ESTIMATED TO HAVE BEEN 200 FEET TALL, WAS PART OF A SUB-TROPICAL FOREST 55 TO 70 MILLION YEARS AGO IN WHAT IS NOW COLORADO. SCIENTISTS BELIEVE IT TO BE OF THE REDWOOD OF SEQUOIA SPECIES. DURING SOME PRE HISTORIC ERA A CATACLYSMIC UPHEAVAL CAUSED SILICA LADEN WATER TO OVER SPREAD THE LIVING FOREST. WOOD CELLS WERE CHANGED DURING THE COURSE OF TIME TO SANDSTONE. OPALS WERE FORMED WITHIN THE TREE TRUNK ITSELF. PRESENTED TO DISNEYLAND BY MRS. WALT DISNEY SEPTEMBER, 1957"
Again, I'm unsure why the plaque says September, perhaps someone here knows? Perhaps it is the day it was officially presented to Lillian in the park? Still very interesting on this special day for Walt and Lillian.
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Update for the week of Monday, August 25th:
Park hours: DL (9am-10pm weekdays, 9am-12am weekends); DCA (9am-9pm weekdays, 9am-10pm weekends). Since the parks are closing earlier during the week, Fantasmic will only be shown Friday-Sunday, World of Color will be shown at 9pm and the "Magical!" fireworks will be shown at 9:25pm daily (weather permitting).
FYI: this is a last full week to participate in "Legends of Frontierland" in Frontierland as it concludes on Monday, September 1st. Also, the Adventure Trading Company's last day in the jungle will be Monday, August 25 and will move onto a new adventure, so make sure to catch them!
unForecast Crowd Prediction: Expect it to be quiet to moderately busy this week as many schools go back this week, but there's also still quite a few people getting their end of summer vacation in at the Resort before school starts after Labor Day for them. But, reminder that this weekend is the Disneyland Half Marathon, so expect crowds to pick up Thursday and/or Friday as runners and their families come in for this weekend's events. And make sure to keep an eye out for any road closures late Saturday night to mid Sunday morning if you are coming to the Resort this coming weekend!
July was arguably one of the slowest months of the year (some say the Sunday on Independence Day Weekend was the slowest day of the year). However, we saw crowd levels rise Sat Aug 2, and they've been steady through today (Aug 5). With the Socal passes coming good Aug 18, we should see good crowds throughout the end of the month. - Admin Aug 5, 2014 2:23PM
New "Music of Nashville" event coming to the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree running on weekends, starting on July 18. To read more info: click here. - BaseballMickey_CM Jul 9, 2014 11:04AM
So far this summer, Saturdays have been the quietest days of the week due to the Annual Passholder block outs. Today, wait times weren't too bad in both parks, with crowd indexes hovering around 60-70 at DL and 50-60 in DCA. - BaseballMickey_CM Jun 28, 2014 11:24PM
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