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Jul 18, 2014 2:35 PM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good afternoon! This day in Disney History, July 18th: Disneyland, Great Moments with Mr.Lincoln , The Red Wagon Inn (open since opening day), re-opens as the Plaza Inn and Splash Mountain all officially open to the general public!

1955: It was a humid Monday morning, park hours that day, 10am-10pm. Approximately 50,000 people attended. As mentioned yesterday, tickets cost $1.
ticket

crowds

A lucky 22 year old college student from Long Beach was the first to purchase a ticket and enter the park. Dave MacPherson waited all night to be the first. He is awarded a lifetime pass (otherwise know as a Golden pass) good for any three people and himself to Disneyland. The Pass is awarded to all Disney Legends, has been handed to countless dignitaries and heads of state, and all the members of the board of directors hold one.

He was so tired from waiting all night he later said he didn't ride any attractions nor take any photos! ::gasps:: I bet he regrets that!

dave

To read a letter from Dave MacPherson himself:
http://tinyurl.com/muz53jf

The first children to enter the park? Lucky Cousins, Kristine Vess age 5 and Michael Schwartner, age 7. They were also both awarded with a Golden Pass. Talk about a good day! :)

first kids

Hank Dains, an original Cast Member of Disneyland is famously quoted for saying:
"I remember the first day we had paying guests in the park and Walt was over at the Fire Station looking out the window. I heard him say, 'Paying guests. I love you' ….and threw them a great big kiss!"

*Also on this day in 1965: Great Moments with Mr.Lincoln officially opens to the public. Yesterday was it's official dedication, but I didn't want to take away from yesterdays spotlight on Disneylands birthday. ;)

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(photo credit CobbPR)

lincoln

Disneylands most patriotic attraction, Lincoln was dedicated by Walt and Lillian in celebration of the Disneyland's tenth anniversary (pictured below) It first appeared one year earlier at the 1964 New York Worlds Fair.

walt and lily

Walt summed up his purpose for presenting “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” on an episode of his television series, the Wonderful World of Color, entitled “Disneyland Goes to the Worlds Fair”:

Ever since I was small boy in Illinois, I have had a great personal admiration for Abraham Lincoln. So when we decided to re-create some of the great moments in Mr. Lincoln's life for the World's Fair we directed all our energies to that task. We wanted to bring to the people of today the inspiring words of the man who held this nation together during its moment of greatest crisis - the Civil War.” Walt Disney

To watch the show at Disneyland:
http://tinyurl.com/aj5kgra



Have you had the chance to enjoy Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln? What do you think of it?

*In Addition on that same day in 1965 The Red Wagon Inn (open since opening day) , re-opens as the Plaza Inn.

red wagon inn

plaza

The original delicious restaurant was the parks most popular, and Walts personal favorite.

Dave from davelandweb.com does an excellent job on his blog explaining the transition of the very special place we all get the famous “slap yo mama chicken”! His wonderful site features pictures from then and now. For the sake of time today I'll leave that up to him. ;) Hope you don't mind @Davelandweb :)

To check out Davelands blog post about the Red Wagon Inn/Plaza Inn:
http://tinyurl.com/lxmoufw

Have you had the chicken dinner at Plaza Inn? What did you think?

Lastly, on this day in 1989: Splash Mountain has it’s public debut! (Grand opening ceremony was held yesterday, but again, didn’t want to take away from Disneylands birthday)

splash
photo credit: CobbPR

For anyone who may not know, the water attraction features scenes from the 1946 feature film Song of the South.

According to disneyparks.disney.go.com:

On July 17, 1989, a new attraction opened to guests in Critter Country at Disneyland park — one that made a big splash. That attraction was Splash Mountain, a log ride that remains a guest favorite today. It stands 87 feet tall and drops guests five stories at a 45-degree angle. The attraction is a journey through scenes, featuring the story of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear, and ends with a thrilling splashdown. That’s the best part! No worries if you shut your eyes. A photo snaps a shot of guests reacting the moment they drop. If you don’t have a photo from splashdown with your face frozen in sheer elation, then it’s time to visit the Disneyland Resort. Trust me, it’s an experience you’ll always remember. Here’s a look back at opening day. Enjoy!”

 I’m still giggling at the video they shared with it:


What do YOU think of Splash Mountain? Do you have a favorite part?

Thanks for reading and watching! Hope you all have a fabulous Friday!


Websites referenced:
thisdayindisneyhistory.com
disneymike.com
waltdisney.org
xo.typepad.com
davelandweb.com
vintagevacationphotos.com
youtube.com
Disneyhistoryinstitute.com
flickr.com
disneyparks.disney.go.com


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From what I remember, wasn't Mr Lincoln already playing at the park and a second show was made for the Illinois pavillion for the '64 World's Fair, making it the only Disneyland attraction from the Worlds Fair to be playing on both coasts at the same time?  - BaseballMickey_CM  7037.0 #9 12:05AM
It was vice versa. It opened here while it was still playing at the worlds fair. The fair lasted until October I believe.  - IDVandalSkipperCM  2358.8 #53 5:57AM
^^thank you ma'am! My you were up early! Baby doing okay today IDVandalSkipperCM ?! - Duchess_SMK  6040.9 #15 7:33AM
Duchess_SMK she's great!  I had to get up early to get myself ready for work before taking her to child care. I hope you're doing well!   - IDVandalSkipperCM  2358.8 #53 8:42AM
That explains it. I remember seeing it at the World's Fair in June 1965, and was a bit confused on it opening here the same time. I actually saw all four Disney attractions at the Fair, Lincoln, Small World, Carousel of a Progress and the dinosaurs. So I got an early baptism in Disney! - redsoxcarlos  1767.0 #80 8:50AM
Very cool ☝ @redsoxcarlos - MickeyLumboCM  1120.4 #147 3:45PM
Also, wasn't while designing Lincoln's face, that the imagineer turned the mask inside out and realized it seemed like the eyes were following him, which then led to DL being the first to have an attraction (Haunted Mansion) with the faces that follow you as you walk by.  design by accident, I always think that is so cool!! - secretagentangel  1676.5 #90 1:17AM
Yep. The illusion is that your mind can't process the light around the negative concaved shape so it compensates by telling you the item is moving instead of the lighting from which you're viewing. Disney actually owns a patent on this design if I recall. - CM_Shadowgamer  2464.4 #49 4:53AM
Thanks sectetagentangel! I just posted a pic of those guys from HM on Thursday! Thanks for your comment! ^^so cool! Thank you CM_Shadowgamer ! I appreciate you adding to  that! You were up early too! Or was it really late??? πŸ˜‚ - Duchess_SMK  6040.9 #15 7:42AM
I remember reading that they do own the patent. It really shows how Walt Disney hired the best people because even when they weren't really trying to design something a certain way they still came up with awesome designs that no one ever thought of!!!!! And thanks Shadowgamer you  always give us the right info and facts to help us learn more! I know you love your job !!!I really envy your working at the park!😍 - secretagentangel  1676.5 #90 3:36PM
What an amazing post! Thank you.  - DeadliestPassholder  233.8 #1487 2:56PM
😊 awe! Thank YOU so much!  - Duchess_SMK  6040.9 #15 4:16PM
As always, great post. Β The first little girl to enter the park didn't look too thrilled in the pic. Β Lol. Β I have yet to try the fried chicken at Plaza Inn. Β As for Splash Mountain I love the characters. Β Takes me back to when I was a little girl and would watch the America sings show. Β I finally saw Moments with Mr. Lincoln for the first time a few months ago. Β I really enjoyed it. Β What I love about Walt was that he made the park fun and educational. Β There is so much history everywhere and I love pointing that out to my minis when we go. Β I guess that's the teacher in me. Β Thanks again for the lovely post. - potatohead25  608.8 #310 3:09PM
Thanks Gabster1forDodgers! Lol, I guess I should have picked the other when when she was smiling...oops πŸ˜‚  You haven't had the ??? Oh honey, you must try it if you're a chicken fan ASAP! Love that they used some of the animatronics from America sings in there! I'm glad you mentioned that! 😘 I so agree! I love that there is bits of American history throughout the park. All the educational opportunities are awesome! Isn't being a teacher great?! 😍 thanks again for taking  the time to let me know you enjoyed it!😘 - Duchess_SMK  6040.9 #15 4:22PM
@Duchess_SMK  Finally tried the chicken tonight and you were right.  Delicious! - potatohead25  608.8 #310 11:55PM
Wonderful post!! 1)I've seen great moments with Mr. Lincoln, and think it's something everyone should see at least one time, and it's best to be seen on a hot day when you are tired because you can take a nice long break in there. 2)The chicken dinner at plaza inn is amazing!! Great value and definitely splittable πŸ‘ 3) and Splash Mountain is of course my favorite ride. I think it offers some of the best "thrills", great character scenes/songs and is actually quite lengthy. I'd say my favorite part is when you are dropping into "the laughing place" where it's pitch dark, and you do almost a double drop, it's pretty exciting! Wonderful post as always, I sure do love the history on Disneyland! Thanks!! - BrerPam  288.6 #923 3:53PM
Thank you! Agreed! It's so nice and cool in there, and educational!  Yes, a lot of yummy food!  Good choice for a favorite! It had been so long since I've been on splash I forgot about that double drop! (My kids don't like splash. πŸ˜” thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions! I really appreciate it! πŸ˜˜πŸ’— - Duchess_SMK  6040.9 #15 7:30AM
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Thank YOU! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  6040.9 #15 7:30AM
Thank you πŸ‘‹ - FrankenweenieVelinee  2183.7 #62 4:26PM
Hi FV! πŸ‘‹πŸ˜˜ thank you!  - Duchess_SMK  6040.9 #15 7:31AM
Thank you very much as always.  - Midasgold  614.1 #305 5:31PM
So glad you enjoy these! 😊 - Duchess_SMK  6040.9 #15 7:31AM
Wonderful post, thank you! - jacdanfan  8888.5 #5 5:39PM
Thanks!! 😊 - Duchess_SMK  6040.9 #15 7:31AM
Awesome post, so much great info here!!  Thanks as always.  πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š - MinnieMousewife  884.0 #186 10:24PM
Thanks sweetie! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  6040.9 #15 7:33AM
This was chalked full of Disney info. I love the look on Walt's face as he is looking up at children. Wow, I guess we should not complain about Main Street being packed. If it wasn't for the Plaza Inn, I wouldn't be able to bribe my hubby to take us to the parks.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. All of us love Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.  - RadiatorSprings4Ever  1128.1 #145 10:46PM
Thank you darlin! I loved that pic too! Such a big smile! Lol! It was pretty crowded that day! Haha! My hubby loved the chicken too! Isn't Lincoln great? I need to go more often!  - Duchess_SMK  6040.9 #15 7:36AM
Historically the opera house  thay now plays the Lincoln attraction was the first building built in disneyland and was used to house lumber and other supplies until it was turned into an attraction,  great moments with Lincoln has been in the park on and off from re time to time more when the 50th was around and replaced with the Walt disney story with Donald and Steve Martin,  then returned back to the Lincoln attraction again, it was funny the technology use for the animation is where so real people though that it was an actor playing on stage.  Yes love the fried chicken and if you didn't know you can buy the chicken and rolls a la cart or for the meal substitute the 3 pieces for 2 breastfeeding pieces, and for splash mnt based on song of the south which due to controversial story line will ever see the day of light someday, maybe , but a lot of the characters here especially in the show boat scene are from the old America sings attraction, plus the hardest hidden mickey is at the top of the main lift before you drop on the right side is 3 small pond holes in the shape of mickey - pikarich  4095.1 #27 11:43PM
I'm giggling at the "breastfeeding" typo. πŸ˜‚ thanks for adding allOf that pikarich! I actually hadn't read that it was the first building built on Main Street! Cool! Have a great day Sir!  - Duchess_SMK  6040.9 #15 7:38AM
@pikarich ...not one, but TWO breastfeeding pieces. That's a good deal, right? - MickeyLumboCM  1120.4 #147 3:48PM
Wasn't there also another story with Mr. Lincoln arriving late the World's Fair due to the baseball game? Also, the auctioning pirate in POTC now I think used to be a Lincoln AA too. If you look at the face and beard, it kind of looks like Lincoln.  - BaseballMickey_CM  7037.0 #9 11:38PM
I agree , he does look like Lincoln! - secretagentangel  1676.5 #90 12:52AM
Yep, the Auctioneer was the original Lincoln. - CM_Shadowgamer  2464.4 #49 1:18AM
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Your always on the list!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚list of what I don't know😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝. Jk - Fantasmicfan1  1286.7 #119 12:34PM
I made the list last night! So cool, huh?! Congrats on the MW acknowledgement!!!  - MommyandBash  90.8 #3605 10:42PM
Love seeing everyone's pictures from Disneyland !! I know, we always have a good time :) - Lyssa2012  196.1 #1963 11:22PM
i am so glad i got to experience it,  but did not have to go thru it! - MsTikiMermadam  333.2 #679 5:56AM
Sweet, I have 3 on this list!!  - MisFit.Mouse  618.2 #303 2:52AM
After all of this time being away and I made the list - cyndaws  257.8 #1206 1:45AM

DISNEYLAND PARK:

Peter Pan closed through July 1
Innoventions closed March 31-September 30


DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE:

Luigi's Flying Tires closed through Dec 1
 

Were visiting during the diamond celebration.  I'm so excited because all of our favorite rides will be open! - Dsc1983  16.2 #7576 10:53PM
Awesome! Can't wait! - PrincessDaisy  307.7 #810 8:33AM
No!! Peter Pan is one of my favorites... I was hoping to ride it next weekπŸ˜₯😒 - girl97217  115.9 #3214 7:20PM
It really surprises me that they didn't have Peter Pan finished by the time the Diamond Celebration started. I'm going next week and will be sad to miss it.  - RetroMinnie  54.8 #4365 10:06PM
They definitely tried!! - NeddaSzy  41.5 #4856 6:57PM
I think it was delayed, originally supposed to be open earlier. - Sarafina  490.2 #401 12:13PM

Here are the overall MouseRank leaders for the past 6 months:

May 2015: MelodyMouse 679.4
April 2015: Fantasmicfan1 466.89
March 2015: HARR_E 423.38
February 2015: Winnie111286 364.36
January 2015: ShariRenee 408.65
December 2014: MelodyMouse 365.77
 

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- MowgliLovesBaloo  58.3 #0 5:18PM
Great job!!! - MommyandBash  90.8 #3605 12:13PM
a big thank you to everyone who enters wait times and congrats to the leaders!!!! - leopardditz2000  682.8 #263 1:19PM

Here are the Top 10 MouseWaiters of All-Time:

1. Coaster
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2. Dave
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3. Tom
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4. Plumiegirl
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5. jacdanfan
8888.47

6. goofygal
8603.55

7. uscdisneyteacher
7533.17

8. CobbPR
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9. BaseballMickey_CM
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10. Bullseye
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TRIVILATOR 2.0 for iOS is here! We made it faster, easier to use, improved Random Games, fixed Push Notifications, added a Remove Ads option, new game packs, and we optmized it for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Get the complete run down on our new blog here. Get the new update in the App Store, or grab it here. Did you know you can play on the web or from any device via our web version? Tell your friends about the TRIVILATOR, and submit your questions so they (and you) can be featured inside the app. You can submit your questions here. Have fun!

- valj84DisneyAddict  166.7 #2388 12:58PM
Hi, @@valj84DisneyAddict Hope you are having a wonderful Easter 🐣Come play Trivilator with me! - Moog  43.3 #4769 3:00PM
Yes! A wonderful day!  Hope yours is great too!!! I will look for you on Trivilator. πŸ˜πŸ‘ - valj84DisneyAddict  166.7 #2388 3:27PM
Is it a game? - palomine96  18.8 #7019 11:58PM
Yes!  It's a separate app.  Come play! - Moog  43.3 #4769 8:58AM
Actually a really fun game! I keep getting better and better.. Might be buying the other packs soon.. - ministrychick77  280.5 #983 11:20PM
Would love to play but I can't add my name to the list.  - mamabeam  8.3 #0 8:28PM

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. jacdanfan
60000

2. iLOVELUCYnDISNEY
54000

3. secretagentangel
52300

4. MeridaFan
41630

5. MelodyMouse
40000

6. DisneyGrandma
38500

7. cmtahm
35650

8. debbiev
34750

9. DisLUVney
32500

10. MinnieMyLove
32250

 

  Well done and congratulations.  Now I know how some people have so many stickers.  Keep up the good work:-) - beentoall  8.0 #0 2:55AM

TOP 5 THINGS to do this week at the Disneyland Resort:

1. Watch the new "Paint the Night" parade 8:50 and 11pm nightly.

2. Watch the new "Disneyland Forever" Fireworks show at 9:30pm nightly.

3. See the new "World of Color" 9pm and 10:15pm nightly.

4. Try to find a "Made with Magic" wand or paintbrush which allow you to interact with select Disney experiences and merchandise. 

5. Look for the Word of the Day displayed outside of the theme park entrances (or in the MouseWait Lounge) and text the word between 7am and 10:59am Pacific to the shortcode listed on the sign. You must be at the Disneyland Resort to enter. If you win, you will be notified around 11am via text or phone. For more info go here

And don't forget about Food! Check out our real-time Food blog to see what's new at the Resort. POST YOUR IDEAS BELOW and they could make the weekly top 5!

Come to our la  Brea sticker meetup which starts early at 4 pm then come join MWers to watch PTN and Fireworks too!  - secretagentangel  1676.5 #90 11:59PM
was bummed i did not make it two weeks ago,  see you in aug! - MsTikiMermadam  333.2 #679 6:41PM
I just need WOC - gedi0614  17.3 #7320 1:11AM
Me too! - MellyMelBB  64.9 #4113 9:26AM
Try one or more of the new Diamond desserts! - MsTikiMermadam  333.2 #679 6:40PM
Checkβœ”οΈfinally completed the list! I think my favorite is the new fireworks shows!!! Gives me goosebumps and brings on the happy cry.  - MinnieMyLove  189.6 #2041 9:00AM

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


Read Episode One of Deadliest Cast Member FREE on Amazon and iTunes!

I downloaded this before a very long road trip, and it kept me entertained the whole time (well, except when I was taking my turn at the wheel, safety first!).  - Geekery  409.4 #502 10:21PM
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it! - Admin  10:46AM
Where can I find the book please?  - sarahsanch  6.8 #13224 1:03PM
Just got it! Can't stop reading it. I am already starting chaper 16. Love how all the details of DL are woven into the story. - Tiggerific  340.9 #653 4:20PM
Glad you like it! Season Two is coming in a few weeks! - Admin  11:52PM
When is # 3 coming out? I can't wait!! I read the others way toooooo fast. Loved them. - Popcorn  5.6 #15763 5:40PM
I've read seasons 1 and 2.  Can't wait for season 3! - eeyore4me  0.6 #73323 1:08PM

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

1. Lake Tahoe Summer Meetup
Aug 01, 2015 09:30am


We have our weekly MW sticker meetup at La Brea bakery at 4 pm in Downtown Disney! Lots of fun for newcomers and all and a great way to meet new people! Then we go to the MW spot we've held in DL to watch PTN and fireworks! Everyone is welcome! - secretagentangel  1676.5 #90 6:10PM
On Tuesday nights, duh!!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜© - secretagentangel  1676.5 #90 10:47PM
I'm gonna have a crowding meetup Presidents' Day weekend! Post to come!  - TinkerSchelle  1670.3 #92 5:42PM
I'll crowd with you  - LaPearleNoir  1553.2 #97 2:27PM
I ❀️ crowding meetups - bonedaddy909  1304.3 #115 12:29PM
Would love to come! - susanann  8.9 #10794 6:15PM
What day works best for you guys bonedaddy909 and susanann and LaPearleNoir? - TinkerSchelle  1670.3 #92 1:21PM
Any day Friday theough Monday works for me! - susanann  8.9 #10794 2:12PM
Friday thru Sunday for UsπŸ˜ƒ.....Wait a minute😳what the heck is a crowding meetup and what would we be crowding into??πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - bonedaddy909  1304.3 #115 7:09PM
I heard there's a cool Winchester Mystery House meetup 😬 - adventurerEnDisneylandia {AED}  965.5 #175 7:17PM
Any MW Tinkerbell half marathon weekend runners interested in a photo op meet-up/s before one or all 3 of the races??Β  - Romec123aKaSmartyPants  697.4 #251 2:11PM
When is this race? - secretagentangel  1676.5 #90 6:15PM
The 5K is May 8th, 10K May 9th, and the Half is May 10th. - CoachDisney  78.7 #3816 2:43PM
I will for the 5k, will be there Thursday afternoon till Friday noon. - Sleepingbeautysmom  304.8 #823 8:17AM

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