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Aug 19, 2013 9:29 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This day in Disney history, August 19th, 1955: The first Casa De Fritos opens in Disneyland!

Just months after Disneyland opened in 1955, Frito-Lay founder Elmer Doolin convinced Walt Disney to let him open Casa de Fritos, a Mexican restaurant, in Frontierland. The food was straightforward Tex-Mex—a combo plate, tamales, chile, Frito pie, enchiladas and the "Ta-Cup," the standard fast-food taco about to colonize America but in a Fritos shell, the ancestor of the modern-day taco salad. Fritos came complimentary with every purchase.

It's first location was on New Orleans Street, near Aunt Jemima's Pancake House. The Casa de Fritos quickly outgrew this space and was replaced by Don DeFero's Silver Banjo Barbecue:
http://tinyurl.com/kovgv77 .
In 1957 it was relocated to a larger location, an adobe building built next to the Mine Train Through Natures Wonderland. in 1983 the space became Casa Mexicana Restaurant sponsored by Lawry's, the manufacturer of "the official seasonings and sauces of Disneyland". Today, this restaurant is known as Rancho Del Zocalo.

Did you know? “El Zocalo” means “the square” which, in the Southwest and Mexico as far back as the Aztecs, was the center of town or marketplace. I didn't ::shrug:: Thanks Daveland!

The neatest part of Casa de Fritios, in my opinion, was the Frito Kid! He was Fritos' mascot from 1952 through '67. His setup stood just inside the front door of the restaurant.
Hungry for a salty snack? Insert 5 cents into the slot cash box on the fence and the Frito Kid came to life. While rolling his eyes, licking his lips, and turning his head, his recorded voice would holler back to his unseen partner Klondike inside the mountain to send down some more of those “golden chips of corn,” and then a wax-paper bag of delicious Fritos Corn Chips would slide down the chute. To see how it would have worked, click on this link then click on the "insert coin" on the bottom left. ::giggles::πŸ˜„πŸ˜‹ http://angryjim.com/fritokid  (this only works in the web version unfortunately, but be sure to refresh the page a few times, he says different things.)
Man I wish I would have had the chance to see him in person, so cute!

Another tidbit I actually learned from Dave, you know that walkway from Zocalo to The Princess Fantasy Faire where the restrooms are now? It was previously backstage until they created a pathway for guests in the late 90s. I love that walkway!

I found 10 second "station break" spot, featuring "The Frito Kid" (circa 1954).
http://tinyurl.com/mbwa33n





Were you lucky enjoy to have seen the Frito Kid at Disneyland?

Thanks as always for reading! Hope you have a magical Monday! πŸ‘‹πŸ˜ƒ

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A lot of neat things came from Casa de Fritos. One of the best and biggest for them was the Dorito chip. It was originally just a plain chip, but some employees began to put seasoning on them and the became so popular that Frito Lay began mass production and launched them in 1966 πŸ˜‹ - ItsADisneyLife4Me  211.2 #1753 10:07AM
YES! Thanks so much for adding that! mmmm Doritos are so good! - Duchess_SMK  5818.8 #14 10:11AM
thanks for sharing! - OhanaPhoto  3354.7 #30 1:03PM
Nice research again. You tied the history together. I, because I'm so old, have eaten at all three. Rancho del Zocalo is by far the best food. However, we have learned a more sophisticated appreciation for Mexican cuisine. - Midasgold  584.2 #303 11:46AM
Teehee, not a fan of frito pie eh? 😜 Thanks Midas! - Duchess_SMK  5818.8 #14 7:03AM
Thank you for this. its always nice to learn something new! - TikiJOSEsWingman  332.4 #655 9:36AM
:) Oh yay! Glad you enjoyed it! - Duchess_SMK  5818.8 #14 10:30AM
I remember eating there when it was Fritos. The food was just ok. I don't recall seeing the Frito Kid, but I do remember the free bag of Fritos. The change to Lawrys was much better. Thanks again for this fun trip down memory lane. - DisneyGrandma  738.6 #221 9:46AM
Free fritos would be memorable to me too! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‚ thank YOU DG! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  5818.8 #14 1:55PM
We use to love eating at Casa de Fritos. Thank you for reminding us of things that use to be. - SeΓ±orBuzz&Jessie  68.5 #3943 9:54AM
Oh neat! Did you have a favorite thing to eat there? Do you remember the Frito Kid? - Duchess_SMK  5818.8 #14 7:04AM
Yes, we remember the Frito Kid. We liked the simple tamale and enchilada plate. Good times - SeΓ±orBuzz&Jessie  68.5 #3943 2:16PM
I'm old but not that old. I remember Casa Mexicana though. When I was a kid there was no way were leaving without my dad having a meal there. I haven't been there since its changed. But I did find a plate at the thrift store that they used there when it was Casa Mexicana. It's just a plain white plate with a golden ring around the edge and "D" for Disneyland of course. No one is allowed to use that plate at home besides me. - philliprocks  928.5 #169 9:55AM
I'm old and make FritoΒ©pie. - Butterlina  1492.1 #91 10:00AM
How neat that y'all have a plate from there! I won't ask how you acquired it, kinda like how I don't ask my mama how she has a Denny's mug.....πŸ˜‚ - Duchess_SMK  5818.8 #14 7:07AM
Mmmm butter, bet you make a mean one! - Duchess_SMK  5818.8 #14 7:08AM
One creepy thing I learned was that a lot of the animatronics used in the Mine Train through Nature's Wonderland are actually buried under what is now the seating area for Rancho. - BaseballMickey_CM  6488.4 #12 10:10AM
Say what?! Any idea why they did that? - Duchess_SMK  5818.8 #14 7:01AM
They should put a warning on fritos bags that you will bad breath through at three teethbrushings. - madsdad  1846.5 #74 10:13AM
My husband had to sleep I the couch at least three times when I was pregnant due to frito breath. - LittleAprilShowers  559.5 #318 10:15AM
πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ y'all crack me up - Duchess_SMK  5818.8 #14 7:00AM
Mmm frito taco shell?! Yum! And I love that walkway too behind the restaurant. Those bathrooms are virtually empty late night it's nice. Ty as usual for the great info Duchess! - missariel33  1683.6 #81 10:44AM
😘😘😘😘 - Duchess_SMK  5818.8 #14 7:00AM
Thanks for all of this fun info!! I never saw the Frito Kid...but I do vaguely remember getting the Fritos chips! We love that walkway too and I never knew that is what is was for before. 😊 - MinnieMousewife  805.3 #197 12:21PM
😘 Bummer about not seeing the frito kid either! He looked pretty neat! - Duchess_SMK  5818.8 #14 7:02AM
so fun, thanks Duchess! web-animated Frito Kid is a little scary, but i'm sure he was cuter in person. i love that walkway between Fantasy Faire and Rancho del Zocalo, also! - QueenMiranda  396.9 #509 1:13PM
You thought he was scary?! Lol awe! Sorry bout that. I thought he was cute! See, we've got lots in common! - Duchess_SMK  5818.8 #14 6:59AM
Fritos kidπŸ˜ƒπŸ‘ - E-Ticket  1193.5 #122 6:36PM
πŸ˜œπŸ˜˜πŸ‘‹ - Duchess_SMK  5818.8 #14 7:08AM
I still like the Fritos corn chips. And I remember getting chips from here - E-Ticket  1193.5 #122 11:07PM
Love these history lessons! Thank you! - SmallWorldSister  11.0 #9033 7:27AM
Thank you Duchess_SMK!!! Always love these!!  Now I gotta pull the πŸš‘ over and buy some Fritos..... - DisneyDavidEMT  1610.3 #86 11:11PM

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What is dance the magic?? - bks4lou  167.6 #2322 4:40PM

Here are the Top 10 MouseWaiters of All-Time:

1. Coaster
14985.2

2. Dave
12047.4

3. Plumiegirl
8344.2

4. jacdanfan
7804.42

5. Tom
7684.25

6. goofygal
7622.57

7. apesandmonkeys
7554.87

8. uscdisneyteacher
7223.19

9. CobbPR
6910.9

10. Bullseye
6688.75


Mr.7, that was fast. And I think it's been less than a year since you joined right? Thanks for sharing your talent with us - philliprocks  928.5 #169 6:08PM
Haha - SnoopMousyMouse  41.4 #0 12:33PM
Number 6 now - philliprocks  928.5 #169 2:09PM
5* - AshleyRae-  122.7 #3023 3:25PM
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@BULLSEYE 😍😍😍✨✨✨ - TinkerSchelle  1257.7 #110 3:08PM
Bullseye - TinkerSchelle  1257.7 #110 3:08PM
- TinkerSchelle  1257.7 #110 10:12AM

DISNEYLAND PARK:

Jungle Cruise closed Jan 7-9
Matterhorn Bobsleds closed through May 15
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh closed Jan 12-April 2
Haunted Mansion closed Jan 12-22
Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes closed Jan 12-April 2
Splash Mountain closed Jan 12-April 2
it's a small world closed Jan 26-Feb 5

DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE:

Pacific Wharf Cafe closed through Feb 5
Boudin Bakery Tour closed through Jan 26
Soarin' Over California closed through May 14
Taste Pilot's Grill closed through March 12
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail closed Jan 20-March 12
Grizzly River Run closed Jan 20-Mar 19

Awesome! Can't wait! - PrincessDaisy  307.6 #783 8:33AM
Did anyone ride Canal Boats today? Anything to report? - MelodyMouse  3494.3 #27 9:10PM
Did you see the photos yesterday, they have the canal ride  frozen land where old mill was. - secretagentangel  1323.9 #104 2:39PM
hardly anything open!  I know - I know - the diamond anniversary- doesn't make sense to travel there with nothing open.   - Sfarrell  80.9 #3712 7:31PM
Why not? I've had a blast all week!! - MissMolly  1266.3 #109 11:42AM
Some may not agree, but I don't think it's that bad. I would be bummed to miss some attractions if it was my one trip of the year, but the crowds are low and the missing attractions will be better than ever in a few months.  - chrismis21  492.6 #382 2:46PM
Me too @Missmolly! - ShariRenee  5018.9 #17 5:50PM
I hope they're changing the matterhorn bobsled seats.  Went once after the last refurbishment and NEVER again.  I literally bruised my tailbone. Everyone had back pain for the rest of the day.   - fancyshmancy1999  5.1 #16195 1:04AM

Here are the Weekly Top 10 TRIVILATOR Players. Find people to play here. Play Disneyland Trivia with your friends on iOS. Play on any device with our new web version here.

1. DisneyMakesMeSmile
54.73

2. Goofytom
29.5

3. DisneylandOrBust
16.26

4. richiii3
10.65

5. SplashLover24
6.82

6. Dolewhipped
4.01

7. emily.northcutt.94
3.46

8. Boundin
3.4

9. DarthTinkerbell
1.83

10. Tom
1.81

 

What the! I made a top 10 list! I lose like half my games but at least I play. Atora should know, she made a fool of me. What was it 28 to 12? - philliprocks  928.5 #169 6:51PM
Ouch! She's pretty tough to beat. - sawman911  665.4 #252 10:19PM
Ready for a rematch? 😈 - Atora  2274.9 #53 5:49PM
If I say yes, I'm lying. If I say no I'm a sissy  - philliprocks  928.5 #169 7:46PM
Hahahaha!  - apesandmonkeys  7554.9 #7 6:51PM
Woo woo! Look at you! - BellesLibrary  402.6 #497 3:36PM
You're just the 9th loser! Loser - SnoopMousyMouse  41.4 #0 1:11PM
And you're a sissy anyway - SnoopMousyMouse  41.4 #0 1:11PM
I smell a recount due to dangling chads @philliprocks⚠ - MickeyLumboCM  777.4 #207 7:06PM
Wow congrats Phillip! You're moving on up!  - BellesLibrary  402.6 #497 5:41PM
Annnnnnnnnd.... ur gone - SpiritOfAdventure  1029.4 #152 11:24PM
Whaaaaaa??? I'm on The List! I...... I feel so honored! I don't know what to say! Id like to thanks my parents for.... Lol jk. Kind of shocked. I usually lose. - BellesLibrary  402.6 #497 11:34PM
It's inconceivable!  - DonaldRox  36.8 #4945 11:29AM
DisneylandOrBust, DonaldRox and MadLeota are fun players!!! I am learning a lot!!!!! - Boundin  545.4 #329 6:20PM

Thanked by:   Ray1man   Shameekz   Tom   20 More Thanks DarthTinkerbell   Boundin   richiii3  
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