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Mar 18, 2014 5:34 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
 Best Post of the Day 3-18-14
Good morning! This day in Disney history, March 18th, 1967: The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opened in New Orleans Square! 
(My personal favorite)

talking skull
photo credit: CobbPR

"Psst! Avast there! It be too late to alter course, mateys...and there be plundering pirates lurking in every cove, waitin' to board. Sit closer together, and keep your ruddy hands inboard. That be the best way to repel boarders. And mark well me words, mateys...dead men tell no tales!"

The Pirates of the Caribbean attractions' debut kicked off with great excitement! A swashbuckling band of buccaneers armed with pistols and cannons, led by Wally Boag, took over the Sailing Ship Columbia before bursting through the new attractions' doors with a battering ram! (pictured in the main photo of the post)

wally boag

Below is a couple of fantastic videos with Walt himself talking about the development of the attraction and opening day happenings. I will warn you though, if you are watching with small children, the original Mickey Mouse costume looks a bit scary compared to todays version. If you want to fast forward to opening day footage, it starts at 7.26.

Part 1:


Part 2:


Audio-Animatronics technology had already brought to life the birds and flowers of the Enchanted Tiki Room and the children of It’s a Small World, but only one adult human figure had been attempted up to that point—President Abraham Lincoln for Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. Just three years later, Pirates of the Caribbean introduced the world to no fewer than 64 buccaneers, brides, and villagers—and 55 animals!

Before the art of audio-animatronics could be perfected, and with Disneys' vision being decades ahead of the technology available; several ideas for a pirate adventure were originally drawn up, including a walk-through “Rogues Gallery” wax museum. But later, Walt decided on the boat system just like the one used successfully in It’s a Small World (Thank goodness).
::lifts both arms in the air::
WEEEEEEEE!

Weeeee!

The attraction itself is housed within two large show buildings totaling 112,826 feet and featuring 750,000 gallons of water that flow through a 1,838-foot canal.

POTC is the largest audio-animatronic project to date and the last attraction Walt Disney himself worked on extensively before his death.

walt

walt 2

All of the technology was first envisioned by Walt Disney, then created by his team of Imagineers. All the figures in the attraction are designed by Imagineer Marc Davis, Costumes were done by Alice Davis. Blaine Gibson did many of the sculptures and the lavishly detailed sets are by artist and color stylist Claude Coats.  

I was able to find some rare Imagineering pictures which were reproduced in a hard to find Pirates of Caribbean brochure released in the 70's.  Readers were treated with the opportunity to see Marc Davis at work...

mark davis

mark davis 2

 WDI sculptor Blaine Gibson sculpting POTC figures, with the pirates heads:

blain gibson

Alice Davis is taking care of the "red head”:

alice davis

Leota Toombs finishing the make-up on one of the pirates head...

Leota Toombs
 
Disney Legends Claude Coats and Fred Joerger:

claud coats

I heard that the Walt Disney Family museum features a story about the building of the attraction. Apparently, Walt wanted to show his wife Lillian what he had been working on; but the ride was not complete and as it was a construction site, dirt was prevalent. Walt laid down floorboards to allow his wife to walk through and not get her dress dirty. A dreamer, a genius, and a gentleman.
How cute!

A few facts about Pirates ye landlubbers might not know...
(From the Disney parks webstie)

-The fire effects in the Burning Town scene were so realistic that prior to the attraction’s grand opening, the Anaheim Fire Chief asked that the effects automatically shut off in the event of a real fire.

-It cost $15 million to build New Orleans Square ($8 million of which was spent on Pirates of the Caribbean). This is equal to the amount the United States paid for the real New Orleans in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803! ::gasps::

-The façade of the attraction was partly inspired by the Cabildo building in Jackson Square in New Orleans, which served as the seat of the Spanish colonial government in 1799. It is also noted for being the site where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803.

Happy 47th Birthday POTC!

What do YOU think of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction? Was it money well spent?  Do you have a favorite part?

cobbpr pirates
Photo credit: CobbPR

Thanks so much for reading and watching! Hope you all have a terrific Tuesday!



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disneydreamer.com
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passport2dreams.blogspot.com
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disneyandmore.blogspot.com
disneyparks.disney.go.com
d23.com

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Awesome post! - Admin 7:53AM
😊 thank you Sir!  - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 12:37PM
Thank you for posting. I love all of the old Disneyland photos and history. I think it was money well spent. POTC is such an amazing attraction. - LaPearleNoir  2355.4 #71 6:23AM
So glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU for telling me so!  - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 12:38PM
It was money very well spent. We did miss the crab on our last visit. It was an honor to have been able to ride it with you just over a year ago. Our grandson Jack likes it so much that we were on the attraction about 4 times a day and was the last attraction we enjoyed befor going home. You are right that Mickey is scary!( very happy I did not know better when I was young ). Thank you for another wonderful post and video links. Very happy of the fantastic job the Disney people did at updating the attraction without loosing the flavor of the experience. And with the movies now we know when the pirate says fire at Will we know who he is talking about - Tealtownfan  1152.2 #164 6:43AM
Awe Teal! That was so much fun when you showed up for my surprise birthday meet up! Great memories! 4 times seems like a good amount to me πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ oh good! You though he was scary too! 😳 yes! Tastefully refurbed! Great points! so glad you enjoyed the post! Thanks as always for telling me so!  - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 1:38PM
Thanks for posting the history. - antetr95  2103.7 #78 6:58AM
😊 thanks for reading!  - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 1:38PM
Still one of the most classic rides in the park and a favorite, even with the questionable changes over the years. Thanks for another great post! - DisneyOnesie  621.2 #346 7:12AM
πŸ† my favorite! Thank YOU!  - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 1:39PM
Thanks for posting duchess. - gonzofam  303.5 #935 7:15AM
Hey gonzofam! πŸ‘‹ thank you!  - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 1:39PM
Thanks for posting. LOVE this ride.  - WishIWereThere  304.4 #928 7:26AM
Woohoo another pirates lover! Thank YOU!  - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 1:40PM
Oh gosh. Love this!  I remember when this was new. I need to find out from my cousin if they were there opening day. And I am pretty sure we used to own one of those fancy color booklets they made of this ride and it's progress!  Key words 'used to.'  πŸ˜©. Thank you for this fun history lesson!  You're the best!  πŸ˜˜ - MeridaFan  4244.1 #37 7:27AM
Yes! Please ask! Awe man! If you ever find that bad boy it'll be worth some bucks! Thank YOU! 😘 you're so awesome! πŸ’— - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 1:42PM
I worked on this attraction in 1978 and had a blast.  Of course we did not yet have AP's and we actually did have off seasons.  Some days were so slow that we would alternate boats with and without Guests. This meant a couple could potentially have an empty boat in front and back of them. Thinking they had complete privacy the attraction might have... A little more adventure.   of ccourse this attraction has cameras and alcoves where CMS can keep a close eye out... for, umm, for safety. - MickeyLumboCM  1358.8 #138 7:33AM
You mean to tell me this doesn't happen still? News to me... - CM_Shadowgamer  2577.5 #60 12:45PM
πŸ™ˆ I can only imagine what cms must see on a daily basis... - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 1:44PM
Great info. Interesting to read about that. Thanks.  - chads018  703.0 #293 7:45AM
Thanks! It took a bit to put together. Glad you enjoyed it!  - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 1:46PM
Best. Day. Ever!!! - DisneyDavidEMT  2769.2 #53 7:49AM
Ha! πŸ’―% agree! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜˜ - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 1:46PM
happy birthday PIRATES!!!!!  - mcramos925  473.8 #476 7:53AM
πŸ’€πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸ’— - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 1:47PM
WOW! Incredible post!  - Mikesaxclar  714.3 #288 7:57AM
😊 you are very kind! Thank you so much!  - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 1:47PM
Thanks Duchess for bringing together all this great info. I always loved that Disneyland special, one of my favorites and that had been repeated on tv even when I was a kid. It's funny to see how some of the original animatronics actually seem smoother than they do today as well. I like to think Park Mickeys got progressively less creepy over time too lol  - BeatleMike  635.6 #334 8:08AM
You're welcome! So glad you enjoyed it! Love that video too! I'm always surprised at how many have never seen it. πŸ˜‚ oh good, another for thinking the original Mickey costumes were um, not as "cute" as they are today. Appreciate your comment! Thank you!  - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 1:50PM
βœ¨πŸ˜ƒWonderful!!! Made my dayπŸ˜ŠπŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ’™Thank you for the wonderful post!!!πŸ‘βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨ - islandgirlrocksjjj  82.7 #3994 9:15AM
Fantastic! You just made mine! Thank you! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 9:26PM
Sure a wonderful post. I've always loved Pirates and now I know even more history about it. I especially love all the old photos and video. Well done Duchess. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜Šβ€οΈ - mini_MINNIE  1165.8 #162 9:21AM
You are very kind! Thank YOU for letting me know you enjoyed it!  - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 9:23PM
Such an amazing attraction and a favorite for almost anyone who goes on it.  So much to see that I can never get enough rides in. - Sarafina  491.7 #459 9:28AM
I agree! It never gets old! 😍 - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 9:25PM
Thank you for all the work you put into these.  As a kid, in the late 70's maybe early 80's, I chose a POTC picture book as my souvenir on our annual summer trip.  I loved that book, great to see the pictures while at home.  I wish I knew what happened to it.   - AZDisney  610.4 #349 9:30AM
☺️it's my honor. Awe man!! If you find that book someday bet it would be worth some $! Hope you find it!! Thank you!   - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 7:15AM
Thanks so much for this!!  One of my all time favorite attractions and always will be.  My whole family loves it and I can't image DL without it!! ❀️ - MinnieMousewife  916.7 #206 10:26AM
Me too! It's amazing! Thank YOU!  - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 7:17AM
so wonderful!! thank you for sharing this. & happy 5 0 0 0!! - FrankenweenieVelinee  3517.9 #44 10:31AM
Happy to do so! Thanks for noticing! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 7:18AM
Outstanding Duchess !  Thank you. I really enjoyed watching those videos of Walt explain the ride. You gave me a nice afternoon break.   - polo33  80.3 #4033 10:45AM
πŸ‘ yay! This made me smile so big! I love the video too! So well put together! Thanks for letting me know!  - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 7:19AM
Very cool! Definitely one of my favesies.  - Mariela_ela_ela  161.8 #2596 10:59AM
"Favesis" that was cute! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 7:20AM
Thank you for the info  - apesandmonkeys  6523.5 #20 11:32AM
😘 you're welcome! I actually missed out on that sticker! πŸ˜©πŸ˜‚ Glad you enjoyed the read!  - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 7:21AM
I believe in pirates, Walt! :0)  Thank you, thank you, thank you, @Duchess_SMK!  The vintage videos were great as well as all of the historical tidbits you dug up for us!  May I ask how long this took you to put together?  I think it was definitely money well spent and my favorite part is right after the 2nd drop when you cruise by the beach and the rock caverns!  I just love the music in that section, so peaceful and I would love to chill out on that beach!  Thanks again and happy 5000 MouseRank to you!  - zenderella  408.9 #570 11:40AM
Thanks so much. I'm kinda embarrassed to admit it, but this took around 6-8 hours combined over a few days to make. πŸ™ˆ I have to stay up really late and wake up really early when my kiddos are sleeping. 😴 Great choice for a favorite part! And thanks again! You're always very supportive. Means a lot!  - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 9:19PM
Don't be embarrassed at all!  It would take me at least double that time, if not triple that amount of time!!! Half the time I try to post a comment and I hit the wrong button on the phone and it takes me to another screen and I have to start all over, lol!  Thanks again for everything you do around here!  Have a great night! - zenderella  408.9 #570 9:33PM
The web version is far less qlitchy, I use that when I make these. 😊 thanks again! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 7:22AM
I really like today's history lesson. Thank you for always doing this for us  - phillip...  1367.4 #137 12:03PM
Awesome! Thank for telling me you enjoyed it! πŸ’› - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 7:23AM
Pirates!!!! I really like this attraction and what a great post too. Thank you miss for another amazing history post. We pirates love and appreciate you and  all you do.  - GrumpyPirateDad  1951.3 #94 12:05PM
😊 oh yay I got your approval! πŸ‘ I was worried! ☺️ thank YOU Sir for always supporting my endeavors! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 7:25AM
Wow what a great post, brought back so many memories.  Have always loved the ride and the musty smell that goes with it.   - disneygirl66  9.4 #11907 2:13PM
Thank you so much! That smell is one of my favorite parts too! πŸ˜πŸ‘ - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 7:27AM
Thank you for this amazing post. I learned so much I didn't know. I would've loved to have been on the freeway when they transported the pirates to Disnelyand. Haha - erinten  539.9 #406 2:24PM
Awe! Thanks so much for poppin in and telling me so darlin! Right?! That part of the video was so funny!  - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 7:32AM
The pictures!!! So awesome!! Thank you for this post. I love love love the "attraction" and my favorite part is the kitty kitty pirate, "bill". He cracks me up!  - missariel33  2115.6 #77 6:34PM
Last comment weeeee! Thanks honey! So happy you liked it! The kitty part!  Now I'll always think of you when I go by them! πŸ‘πŸ˜˜ have a great day sweetie! Thanks again!  - Duchess_SMK  6535.3 #19 7:34AM
Awsome info as always - gonzofam  303.5 #935 7:33AM

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I'll second that! - redsoxcarlos  3333.4 #46 12:21AM
Now I have to do gymnastics?? I already owe Phillip a handstand photo.😳 I better practice! 😜😜 - secretagentangel  6908.2 #17 5:52PM
i hope to be in anaheim for a ballgame or two during the blockout.  maybe can do a meetup too! - MsTikiMermadam  1324.7 #139 11:28PM
@secretagentangel  you have someone  take a pix of you with your hands in he air,  then flip,it over......  instant handstand!  πŸ˜†πŸ˜… - MsTikiMermadam  1324.7 #139 11:30PM
Next #MWMEETUP is Friday, June 24 at 6pm at Rancho Zocalo, DL. I'll post shortly.   - secretagentangel  6908.2 #17 2:27PM
It looks like I can make this. *marks on calendar* - grumpypapa  7276.8 #15 9:33PM
I might make it. Hoping the heat isn't unbearable.  - Taunton  1459.7 #124 9:18AM

DISNEYLAND PARK:

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



 

Were visiting during the diamond celebration.  I'm so excited because all of our favorite rides will be open! - Dsc1983  20.3 #7547 10:53PM
Awesome! Can't wait! - PrincessDaisy_FU2Rcm  350.7 #702 8:33AM
Any idea when Autotopia will re-open?  - CentralCoastAuntVon  104.7 #3589 9:51PM
hopefully never - Dave   13820.4 #4 9:27PM
Bully - secretagentangel  6908.2 #17 1:57PM
My Kids enjoy Autopia - E-Ticket  1476.1 #120 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  104.7 #3589 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  138.6 #2977 1:56AM
Will Indiana jones reopen on the 3 or will it reopen on the 4 - Disneylandgirl1955  45.3 #5126 5:52AM
It was open today - AngieC  238.3 #1547 10:58PM


Hey I'm finally on this list πŸ˜„πŸ‘πŸŽ‰ - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4409.5 #35 10:39PM
Your always on the list!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚list of what I don't know😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝. Jk - Fantasmicfan1  4705.5 #30 12:34PM
Fantasmicfan1 I just read that in the voice of Rodney Dangerfield from Back to School! - KennyV  1231.4 #148 3:48PM
Love seeing everyone's pictures from Disneyland !! I know, we always have a good time :) - Lyssa2012  196.1 #2100 11:22PM
i am so glad i got to experience it,  but did not have to go thru it! - MsTikiMermadam  1324.7 #139 5:56AM
Thank you to all who post from the park!! Love seeing the park when I cannot be there. - snowgrey  8.0 #13352 2:49PM
Top of the list  - buzzgoneyear92  276.2 #1144 12:09AM

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Follow the new MouseWait Blog for updates, how-tos, tips, contests, and more! (Big Thunder pic by CJ)

Iam new to this love reading the post and looking at the pictures   - Disneydollarpam  59.0 #4581 9:01AM
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 to  - DisneyHeidi09  190.6 #2163 5:18PM
 Always taking care of us... we love u Admin!!!  - calidream1  398.0 #588 7:05PM
I know it's awesome to know your not alone as a Disneyland freak  - mjpdisney67  42.0 #5281 7:26AM
Lol, its so true. Was so fortunate  to marry a guy that is a "freak" like me. - DSFamLee  56.0 #4681 3:03PM
- maleficentmama  3.4 #31315 11:39AM

Credits Hall of Fame. This real-time list honors the top Credits purchasers by showing the total number of Credits purchased. These MouseWaiters play an integral part in helping us maintain and innovate. Thank you to everyone who buys Credits in the MW iOS app, TRIVILATOR, and Goat Effect!

1. secretagentangel
107300

2. jacdanfan
105000

3. teapotsandteacups
85000

4. iLOVELUCYnDISNEY
82000

5. leopardditz2000
80000

6. DisneyGrandma
65000

7. DarthFairy
58950

8. debbiev
55750

9. Melody_CM
55000

10. MinnieMyLove
46500

 

  Well done and congratulations.  Now I know how some people have so many stickers.  Keep up the good work:-) - beentoallbut1  926.5 #0 2:55AM
And they share - suzieq65  140.3 #2951 9:06PM
!!! And I thought working up to 73 credits was good lol - sunvalgifts  163.3 #2577 12:21PM
I finally made a list besides wait times.wait times has become almost impossible with the crowds,reception blows.but thank you for all you do@@@@Admin - DarthFairy  499.3 #452 7:43PM
!!! And I thought working up to 73 credits was good lol - sunvalgifts  163.3 #2577 12:21PM

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 June 2016
Last month (May) seemed to be quieter than last year, probably because the 60th Celebration began last May, making last summer a lot busier. Looking back at MouseWait's Historical Crowd Index (available in our MagicPlan iOS Calendar), crowds averaged in the mid 80s (approx 85% capacity) for the first two weeks of June, then it quieted down in the last two weeks of the month. We are estimating smaller crowds than last summer because the 60th Celebration is over a year old, and there are still a lot of attractions being refurbished. 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 Jun 3, 2016 12:07PM



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 #330 5:39PM
I agree. I think it has to do with most passes being blocked - PoohSizedGuy  20.6 #7482 11:53PM
Saturday's rule! One of the perks of a premium pass!  - snappy  442.1 #519 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  176.8 #2350 5:08AM
I second this. The info is great to have, but it's too long.  - 1HitchhikingGhost  288.1 #1031 5:04PM
6 of us going Sunday 11 6 year have use that annual pass - jmmm  0.6 #75896 12:12PM
Have Saturdays been less busy then Tuesdays or Wednesdays recently? - TiDoubleGuhErr  0.3 #88537 12:07AM

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2. Melody_CM
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3. Winnie111286
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5. Tom
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6. jacdanfan
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7. goofygal
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8. ShariRenee
10364.7

9. Plumiegirl
10330

10. uscdisneyteacher
8479.15


Such great people on this list, many who doSo much for the app. 😍😍 - secretagentangel  6908.2 #17 2:09PM
Yay! Thank you! - Song  2242.4 #74 8:50AM
Thanks for all of the  - ForeverNeverland  105.6 #3572 3:38PM
 Those are some   numbers.  - Ilovegoofy  70.1 #4264 4:22PM

Here are the top 10 News Contributors:

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2. Stitch_Legacy
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7. DLKenCA
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8. IDVandalSkipperCM
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9. Dave
13820.4

10. LilSterner
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#Breaking news 🚨  This needs to be updated! - MadameLeota  4589.7 #32 3:40PM
Just a little...;) - ShariRenee  10364.7 #8 4:44PM
Okay, a little bit! Lol - MadameLeota  4589.7 #32 10:56PM

Did you know that almost everything in MouseWait can be found with a few taps in the MagicSearch bar? Did you know that we add things to MagicSearch weekly (i.e. requests from you--see below)? MagicSearch enables ONE-THUMB searching to help you find individual menu items, vegetarian or gluten free food, reviews, wait times (even restaurant wait times), exclusive insider Disneyland tips, annual pass holder, parking info, Star Wars Park info, celebrities, Disneyland news, Hidden Mickeys, crowd forecasts (unFORECAST), Photopass, birthdays, refurbishment info, and amazing content from almost a million pages of original content in the MouseWait Lounge. 

This is an  app. Thank you @@@Admin - LiveLaughLoveDisney  299.9 #0 2:46PM
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Easily manage the social side of MouseWait for Disneyland and Disney World with our new mousetopia app for iOS. Post to the DL or WDW side, use your Stickers, and utilize our new MouseWait Messenger. Optimized for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6! See what's new here


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Our new Walt Disney World App for iOS is here! MagicSearch, upNEXT, new Lounge, and tons of other upgrades. Go get it here. You can see all of the new features and how tos here

thanks admin - Fantasmicfan1  4705.5 #30 9:42PM
  - jacdanfan  12152.5 #6 6:08AM
  - JediKitty  1190.2 #157 10:32PM
I miss the  - DisneyMom13  317.7 #849 1:34AM

What if Walt never dreamed of Disneyland? What would your life be like? What would the world be like? Get Book Two of the VOYAGEERS Saga - The Great Storyteller - on Amazon. Buy the Paperback and get the Kindle version FREE! 

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  7276.8 #15 8:38PM
Thank you for reading! - Admin  6:26PM
cant wait to read it - ebugsmama  19.6 #7704 10:32PM
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Did you know that you can find refurb info with a quick iPhone Spotlight Search? Learn how to find updated Disneyland info fast with a few hidden tricks in MouseWait 9. Post your tips below!


Play Disneyland Trivia with your friends for FREE! See the list of TRIVILATOR usernames on this page. Play from any device with our new web version

Cool admin. Hope I do better than the first one. Hope people that enter will be ready to play and the tournament moves along better - Goofytom  2765.0 #54 6:41PM
Yes, 1 question every 24 hrs was difficult to stick with.  - DisneyMom13  317.7 #849 6:28PM
Oh πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ just realized that post was 2+ years oldπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ well people are still taking turns very slowly. Maybe it's the app, not the players.  - DisneyMom13  317.7 #849 6:34PM
I will announce the December tournament date this week. - Admin 11:58PM
Can't wait! - sawman911  2849.6 #50 6:30PM
Still waiting. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - MeridaFan  4244.1 #37 12:59PM
There should be a droid version of this. I. would love to play  - bryanjung1997  1.1 #68654 2:19PM
I end up deleting games while in progress due to opponents leaving me hanging FOR-EH-VER!!! - MommyandBash  430.5 #534 12:18PM
It happens, if you want start a game and I'll play you. I take a couple days off a week but I'll finish the games I start. - richiii3  1573.7 #114 2:20PM

Deadliest Cast Member Season One & Two + VOYAGEERS Multiplaner & Great Storyteller are both available to read on Kindle Unlimited! You can sign up for a free 30 day trial of Kindle Unlimited and read all four books at no charge! Go here to access the books on Amazon. Thanks for your support! 

We want more books - sctoaonk75  287.4 #1035 7:42PM
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We want more books - sctoaonk75  287.4 #1035 7:42PM
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Oh how we miss you MSEP... 😩😩😩 - DisneyBallers  57.1 #4635 10:05PM
what is MSEP? - markchop  90.2 #3834 9:35PM
Main Street Electrical Parade - sawman911  2849.6 #50 9:33AM
I miss the Electrical Parade.  My mom was actually covering a story about the Electrical Parade and got to ride in one of the vehicles.  - RetroDisneyPins2002  42.7 #5247 1:35PM
!!! - DisneyMom13  317.7 #849 7:43PM
!!!! That is soooo cool!!! - dizzneyfan  705.1 #290 8:06AM
Nice pic!πŸ“· - Stitchcrazy62622  22.6 #7159 10:18PM
Awesome!! - stanvoodoo  47.9 #5010 7:25PM


 
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1958.81

2. Fantasmicfan1
830.57

3. Coaster
708.17

4. Winnie111286
694.48

5. oiler2112
439.67

6. secretagentangel
406.62

7. grumpypapa
352.29

8. Goofytom
313.97

9. redsoxcarlos
289.17

10. Tom
255.83



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I love Disneyland! - Melody_CM  19543.8 #2 11:30PM
Me too - LaPearleNoir  2355.4 #71 1:11PM
Wow I've never made a list before. Thanks - disneybob49  875.5 #217 9:59AM
Yippeeeee!!!! I made the list!!!  - dizzneyfan  705.1 #290 7:17AM
Wow, top of the list:-) - beentoallbut1  926.5 #0 5:40AM

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3. Winnie111286
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6. BaseballMickey
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7. pikarich
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8. Plumiegirl
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9. Duchess_SMK
5500

10. Stitch_Legacy
4717



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This list needs to be updated! Just saying😬 - MadameLeota  4589.7 #32 9:51PM
is this just a standing thing? Never changes? - DarthFairy  499.3 #452 8:06PM

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Just installed the MW app on my new phone yesterday. This will be very helpful for me since I am used to the android version. Thank you. - teapotsandteacups  683.3 #307 11:41PM

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I have the countdown and I love it! - tree320  0.6 #0 9:26AM
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I need to get this  - MisSingAlong  99.5 #0 1:11AM
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 #127697 10:15AM
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