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Sep 12, 2014 7:32AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! Happy Cartoon Friday!  This day in Disney history, September 12th, three Donald Duck shorts were released:  Donald and Pluto, Old MacDonald Duck, and Wide Open Spaces. 1936: Donald and Pluto  More...

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Good morning. Poor Donald was always picked on in his cartoons - Chumash28  966.0 #154 8:21AM
Good morning! - brguest85  158.2 #2432 10:30AM
Love it!!! 😘😘 - CourtyAstroBlisters  661.5 #248 3:29PM
I liked Wild Open Spaces. I've stayed at the Hold Up, can relate, haha. - jacdanfan  6718.5 #7 4:37PM

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Sep 11, 2014 6:57AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This sad day in Disneyland history, September 11th, 2001.  Following the mornings tragic terrorist attacks on The Pentagon, New York City's World Trade Center and in the air over Pennsylvania, Walt Disney World and Disneyland closed without incident.  More...

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Wonderful post. We are trying to explain what this day means to the kids. The oldest has seen footage from that day and I have shown him the magazines and newspapers that I had saved. We explain that this is why it is so important that we support our troops. They are fighting for us so that this kind of tragedy will never happen on USA soil. - RadiatorSprings4Ever  750.7 #206 8:15AM
 That's great you've saved newspaper articles and such. What a great thing to teach your boys about. Supporting the troops is indeed of the upmost importance! Thanks for sharing!  - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 8:39AM
Thanks for the great post. Today is one of the most tragic days in history. I'll never forget those lives that were lost today. Please make sure that everyone tells their loved ones how much they love them. And also, please be kind to everyone today. Not just today, but everyday. I know it can be hard, but today of all days. Lets love one another. Thanks& GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ - Superspacemountainfan  73.8 #3745 7:14AM
Thank YOU! Great advise!  - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 8:12AM
i went to new york that october to show my support and i wasnt going to be scared to travel, my friend and i met so many young men that were put there to help out the firemen and police it was an honor to buy them a few rounds and see the spirit of country would not be destroyed by cowards! - draven898  280.3 #922 1:52AM
Now that's cool! I wish the country was as patriotic as it was then always! It really was a time of comradery among Americans. - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 7:53AM
Great history post as always.. This one is just so much more emotional . Thank you for commemorating the day in such a tasteful fashion . 😘 - eviljules  844.1 #178 3:02AM
Thank you so much. Really glad you enjoyed it. xx - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 7:53AM

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Sep 4, 2014 10:15AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Throw Back Thursday Photo!

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Nice. Any idea what year? It looks so peaceful and quiet. - Winnie111286  1083.7 #133 10:22AM
Love it!! - DumboLov  20.1 #6248 10:23AM
Serious throwback! cool picture - CaptainMouse777  11.0 #8575 12:53PM
I'm trying to figure it out , too.  We went Labor Day of 1955 and again in 1961?  My Dad keeps his old pictures in cardboard boxes, loose.  I was hoping someone might be able to guess. The ones with fake raggedy edges I know are from  1955. Then I have some square and some rectangular ones that could be either trip - DeneciePie  314.8 #720 9:16PM

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 5605.8 #14 (DL Qual #6

Aug 29, 2014 8:20AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This day in Disneyland history, August 29th 1955: The Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant opened in Fantasyland! side  More...

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Every time I hear "Chicken of the Sea" I think of Jessica Simpson.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - HasAnyoneSeenMyGlassSlipper  619.6 #274 8:39AM
bhahahahaha! "you mean it's not real chicken?" - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 8:42AM
I do too!!! It never left my mind after watching that episode. But honestly it made me love her more for being so ditzy and clueless  - MarshaMouse  3935.2 #24 8:44AM
Me 4 Lol - iLOVELUCYnDISNEY  636.2 #263 10:22AM
The cherry tarts! - leopardditz2000  356.7 #562 8:27AM
OOOH! I didn't know about those! Sounds delish! - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 8:33AM
OMG I remember having the hot tuna and laughing with my friends because we thought it was so gross...!!!πŸ˜‚ - carminaire  531.7 #327 6:45PM
Once again great post!!! I remember the ship but we would always eat at Casa de Fritos since they gave away free bags of Fritos! I do know that the rocks over by/behind Dumbo are left over from this attraction. Loved the video! I always learn so muck from your posts!!! Thank you!!!!! - Boundin  508.9 #353 10:47PM

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 5605.8 #14 (DL Qual #6

Aug 28, 2014 8:13AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good Morning! This day in Disney history, August 28th, "The Truth About Mother Goose" and "Perri" were released. 1957: The Truth About Mother Goose, is directed by Wolfgang Reithe  More...

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Interesting...never knew. Thanks for sharing - evilemohand  205.3 #1794 8:16AM
So glad you thought so! Thank YOU!  - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 8:28AM
I've never seen either of these, but I'm intrigued by The Truth About Mother Goose.  Going to have to do some digging to see if I can find it anywhere. - TiggersAndTinks  71.6 #3793 1:56PM
I had not seen either of these Disney shorts, but I did watch the "Truth About Mother Goose". College already wiped out my childhood memories of fairy tales. Anyone read the original Cinderella by the brothers Grimm😬. I did not know the Mary from this fairy tale was Mary Queen of Scots. She didn't live happily ever after. 😡. Being an Anglophile, I give this short a πŸ‘πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ - RadiatorSprings4Ever  750.7 #206 12:18AM
Very interesting! - DizneyGirl  594.9 #8 4:56AM

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 5605.8 #14 (DL Qual #6

Aug 16, 2014 12:44AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This day in Disney history, August 16th, 1955: Dumbo the Flying Elephant opens in Fantasyland. Inspired by the 1941 animated feature Dumbo, the original location of Dumbo is actually NOT where it is today. It was located right in from of the Fantasyland Theater, near the  More...

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Great read! Really enjoyed the information about the original concept with the pink elephants. Thank you for another fun history lesson! - Atora  1986.2 #58 5:31AM
Thanks sweetie!  So glad you enjoyed it! I was hoping PinkElephants would see this post today and be extra happy. 😊 - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 10:56AM
Thank you for these hostoric view onto the past - evilemohand  205.3 #1794 5:43AM
Really happy you liked the post! Thank YOU!  - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 10:56AM
We used to ride Dumbo when the churros were little. Maybe it's time to ride again an get an elephant's eye view of Disneyland. Neat to see the video of how it evolved. The longest we've probably wait it is 20 minutes. Do they still give out the feather? - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  3940.3 #23 6:57AM
They do still hand out feathers (with little bite marks all over them πŸ˜‚) - Spoonful_O_Sugar  526.2 #335 7:14AM
I think it depends on who's working because when we rode last trip they didn't hand out feathers. πŸ˜” my kiddos were bummed. Great views up there!  - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 8:02AM
Good Morning - Chumash28  966.0 #154 7:49AM

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 5605.8 #14 (DL Qual #6

Aug 9, 2014 12:43AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This day in Disney history August 9th, 1969: forty five years ago, the Haunted Mansion opened to the public in New Orleans Square! HMPhoto credit: CobbPR The mansions beginnings go all th  More...

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My favorite ride! πŸ’œ πŸ‘  - luxkitty  1314.0 #95 12:45AM
You have an awesome Mansion sticker collection! - WishIWereThere  247.8 #1243 7:07AM
Yay! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 9:07AM
Thanks for sharing! Loved reading this history. - DizneyGirl  594.9 #8 4:57AM
Oh you're so welcome! Glad you enjoyed it! 😊 - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 9:07AM
:) :) - E-Ticket  1078.1 #134 8:02AM
a must every trip!!! even if it's the only thing we ride :) thank you so much for this awesome history on HM! - OhanaPhoto  3134.1 #30 10:13AM

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 5605.8 #14 (DL Qual #6

Aug 6, 2014 10:46AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This day in Disney history, August 6th, 1961: 53 years ago today, The Flying saucers attraction opened in Tomorrowland! The sixty-four, single seat Flying Saucers were located near where Space Mountain and Captain E.O.(or the Gardian of the Galaixy sneak peak) are today. Similar to Luigis Flying Tires in DCA, guests were propelled on high pressur  More...

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So if I say I remember this, will you still believe I'm only 29?  πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. This was one of my cousins' favorite ride. He always wanted to ride this.  - MeridaFan  3255.8 #27 12:21PM
29?? I thought you were 28 this whole time. - Thumper13  354.8 #572 1:03PM
Darn autocorrect!!  28, it is!  πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - MeridaFan  3255.8 #27 1:40PM
I always thought it was 28 too. 😊 bet my kiddos would have loved it too!  - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 2:26PM
πŸ˜˜πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - MeridaFan  3255.8 #27 2:27PM
Been there, done that. Think I permanently broke the saucers so they had to take them out. Short ride, long wait. Somethings never change. - jacdanfan  6718.5 #7 5:18PM
πŸ˜‚ so we should all blame you?! Good to know!  - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 1:46PM
I still have fun on Luigi's, laughing the whole time, leaning this way and that, colliding..fun! - hearic  17.0 #6801 9:18AM
Well' I learned something new today. Thanks for educating me again! - DarthTinkerbell  103.7 #3321 11:12AM

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 5605.8 #14 (DL Qual #6

Aug 5, 2014 9:12AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This day in Disney history, August 5th,1967: Adventure Thru Inner Space officially opens to the public in Tomorrowland. (after it's July 29th press and soft opening)Adventure Thru Inner Space then occupied the space that was previously the 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Exh  More...

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Talking about adventure thru interspace. There are some disneyland historians Here at work to talk to us about this ride and the history about Tomorrowland. I'm geeking out at the moment. lol - VfxGenie  1504.6 #84 10:28AM
Lucky!! - Linzee  857.3 #174 11:00AM
Long time no see VfxGenie πŸ‘‹ - dumbbunny  625.3 #269 1:31PM
dumbbunny I know, my job has taken over my life. I try to come around here often to look at Disney stuff since I don't have an IG anymore. - VfxGenie  1504.6 #84 3:32PM
Oh heeeey! Nice to see you in the lounge Sir! That's super cool about the Disney historians being at your work!  - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 3:39PM
whatever bragger ;) - OhanaPhoto  3134.1 #30 3:42PM
Darn work! Yeah I miss your IG posts. Well keep in touch homie! Take care VfxGenie - dumbbunny  625.3 #269 3:47PM
Duchess_SMK OhanaPhotoI We have to learn about Tomorrowland because of a project that we are working on. It was a requirement. =) - VfxGenie  1504.6 #84 6:01PM
i'm just bustin your rocks homie :D jealousy just rearin it's head, you know me ;) - OhanaPhoto  3134.1 #30 6:28PM
Magnificationononononononon - Butterlina  1436.9 #88 9:18AM
hahaha! I so heard that in my head! Hi butter! ::waves:: - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 10:01AM
When I was very small it terrified me. When I was a little older it was a great napping spot for overnight parties (Hospital Days, Electric Co. Days, we all had a friend who's parents worked for whatever the latest one was. Just a few dollars & very low crowds). Thanks Duchess! - ShariRenee  4069.9 #22 8:40AM
Cool story: We have that Omnimover blue print picture back stage at Mansion. - CM_Shadowgamer  2332.9 #46 7:52PM

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Jul 31, 2014 1:02PM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good afternoon! This day in Disney history, July 31st, 1955: The Casey Jr. Circus Train officially opens in Disneyland's Fantasyland. Casey Jr. was meant to open with the rest of the park back on July 17th. Due to mechanical issues it ran for a short time (I'm guessing  More...

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Funny how I NEVER went on this when I was a kid and finally became a new favorite for my kids and I.  Thanks for the info.  - iloveprinceEric  253.4 #1183 2:08PM
Same here!!! I am not sure why, but I never went on it, until I was over 30--now we ride it every trip! - Diz_Mel  77.0 #3697 8:06PM
Oh I'm so glad you have it a try! It really is fun! Thank YOU! Where's your favorite place to sit?  - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 9:07PM
Nice! - disneybob49  37.1 #4814 1:18PM
Thank you! - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 1:34PM
Rode it last week. First time in a long time and was able to convince my 6'0 son to ride it. He said we had to ride the bench type seats cause he wouldn't be comfortable in the cages. Such a cute ride. - Dizkid  349.7 #587 12:23PM
::giggles:: I don't blame him! I so agree! It's always a great time!  - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 7:41AM
Love CaseyJr! - goofygal  6605.4 #9 7:45AM

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 5605.8 #14 (DL Qual #6

Jul 18, 2014 2:35PM  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   More...

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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  5991.1 #13 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  2072.4 #55 5:57AM
^^thank you ma'am! My you were up early! Baby doing okay today IDVandalSkipperCM ?! - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 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  2072.4 #55 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  995.0 #149 8:50AM
Very cool ☝ @redsoxcarlos - MickeyLumboCM  692.6 #228 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  1242.8 #101 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  2332.9 #46 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  5605.8 #14 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  1242.8 #101 3:36PM
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  1242.8 #101 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  2332.9 #46 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  5605.8 #14 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  1242.8 #101 3:36PM
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  5991.1 #13 11:38PM
I agree , he does look like Lincoln! - secretagentangel  1242.8 #101 12:52AM
Yep, the Auctioneer was the original Lincoln. - CM_Shadowgamer  2332.9 #46 1:18AM

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Jul 17, 2014 12:02AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good Morning! This very special day in Disney history July 17th, 1955: Disneyland opens it's gates for the very first time! At 2:30pm today, 1955, ABC TV crews, and over 28,000 guests witness this historic event. The biggest telecast to date.To watch the complete ABC broadcast:http://ti  More...

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Happy 59th Birthday Disneyland! Great post to remind of how it was. I cannot imagine ONLY 2 boats for the Jungle Cruise- glad they got a few moreπŸ˜‚. That pic of the chairs you mentioned, I liked the shades, above. Though at 101Β°, there does not look like much shade and back then, pretty sure the guests did not bring their CamelBaks. How frightening in Fantasyland😱. That picture of the man trying to get his toddler, I can't place where that is but, goodness, BUSY! Β I think I would have been delighted with walking through the castle and Peter Pan's Flight. Thanks again and have a wonderful day at Disneyland!! πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰πŸ“… cool emoji with DLR's birthdate!! - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  3940.3 #23 6:20AM
😍 good morning churro! Oh how I wish you were down here today! Β 2 boats is cray cray! We couldn't even have a respectable meetup! πŸ˜‚ Those shades ARE cool huh? Yes, not many mature trees yet. Could you imagine wearing a πŸ‘—πŸ‘ πŸ‘  in that weather? πŸ˜– I think that pic with the toddler is outside the main gate, to the right where the stroller rental and kennel is today? Those look like ticket booths to me. Good choices for your "most excited" you're the only one who's answered my questions! Aβž• today! That is a cool emoji! Coincidence? I think not! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜˜πŸ’— - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 7:55AM
Awesome post as usual SMK! Thanks for taking the time to do this, I never get tired of watching old YouTube videos of Walt and Disneyland! - Admin 10:10AM
such an awesome day yesterday! happy birthday disneyland! - OhanaPhoto  3134.1 #30 8:30AM
Agreed!🎁 Still bummed I missed YOU though! 😩 - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 11:23AM
If I could have gone, I would have gone straight to Peter Pan, because all he ever did was be out side, go on adventures and have fun! Plus his hat was my favorite😊Thanks for all the great Disney history lessons😘 @Duchess_SMK - MadameLeota  1713.8 #73 2:52PM

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Duchess_SMK    
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Jul 15, 2014 6:57AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This day in Disney history, July 15th, 2005: Space Mountain reopens after a two-year refurb which started in April, 2003 and Turtle Talk with Crush opens in DCA. Space Mountains track layout remains the same but the the updated version features a new theme and special effects. A special opening ceremony is held with guest speaker,   More...

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Thank you so much for this post about Space Mountain!! I cried so hard when I watched it. I'm not sure if everyone is aware of the main reason why I absolutely love this attraction. Well hear it goes: My dad, who passed away in 2002, loved astronomy. He loved everything including the stars, planets, space shuttles. We would have never ending conversations about this subject. It was his passion. I continued to be passionate about it. My dad worked with the Space program at Collins radio. When I watched this and saw Niel Armstrong I really became emotional. My dad had met him. What an honor to meet such a great man!! Anyways, I don't have to tell you how much Space Mountain means to me. It is THE BEST ride in the universe!!!! Not only for the thrill, but it connects me to my dad!! I believe he loved Space Mountain as much as I did!! Anyways, I will especially make sure I ride it tonight in his honor!! Thanks again!! - Superspacemountainfan  73.8 #3745 3:45PM
I like space mnt - pikarich  2643.1 #37 3:51PM
Thanks for sharing. - potatohead25  541.8 #316 6:56PM
You made me cry! Such sweet memories for you! Thanks so much for sharing them with us! 😍 ((hugs))  - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 8:05PM
First let me apologize for my lengthy 2 cents. Ok, so space mnt was closed and completely redone for the two years so it could reopen for Disneyland 50th anniversary, which it did have a soft opening 2 days before. the floor of space mnt was lowered about 20ft more for safety and earthquake safety and the tracks where redone 100 % to the original layout and the trains redone. lost was the glow in the dark trains and slowly some of the windows where closed from the then people mover track and other areas. the ride also got a new soundtrack and a special model was on display inside the opera house which showed the exact layout of space mountain.Did you know that every disneyl park has a space mnt attraction , which our is number 2 built after wdw and different in design and ride vechicles. our space mnt top speed can reach up to 35 mph and there use to be the biggest hidden mickey which is still there in the dark no longer shown but as you came out of the launch tunnel there was a huge 3 rock meteor and a blasted mickey carving on itbut you can only see it if you flash (not from me) of if the lights ever ome on and also as you climb the countdown ramp look on the right side wall and see a hidden donald made out of stars. Turtle crush seen it love it very fun and unpredictable which makes itso much fun and a great ac room indeed - pikarich  2643.1 #37 8:17AM
Thanks pikarich! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 9:31PM
Thanks again. - potatohead25  541.8 #316 6:57PM
Thank YOU! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 9:33PM
Thanks so much for this awesome history, really love reading them and watching the videos!!  I love Space and always have...I feel like it's such a classic Disney attraction!!  And we always love Turtle Talk and it's a nice break in there.  πŸ’🐒 - MinnieMousewife  737.3 #212 8:36PM
πŸ‘‹hi darlin! So glad you enjoyed the videos! I agree, space is awesome! So nice and cool in turtle talk. It's a must do in DCA! πŸ’—πŸ˜˜ - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 9:34PM

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Jul 11, 2014 2:09PM  Disneyland Real-Time Land
#live The Fred Gurley is running today! The oldest of all the Disneyland Railroad steam engines! It joined Disneylands fleet on March 28th, 1958. But this engine’s 120-years old! Named after Fred G. Gurley, who was president of the Santa Fe Railway from 1944-1957. Built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Penn., in 1894.

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This day in history.. Tee hee. Thanks for the history 😘 - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  3940.3 #23 5:28PM
I was ecstatic to see the Fred Gurley running last Saturday.  The Fred Gurley was out of service since the beginning of June because of a broken axle.    - ckholliday  251.0 #1203 5:58PM
Had a feeling you may like this post! I know you love the trains! 😊 I was happy to see Fred out too!  - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 6:16PM
We rode it last Saturday and my son said, why is the train different.  He didn't like it as much.  I just shared with this history lesson you posted and now he likes it more than the other one.  Thank you Duchess_SMK - potatohead25  541.8 #316 8:51PM
@Gabster1forDodgers i would really enjoy riding around the Park with you. I have been trying for days to DM you and comment on posts you have made for me... im having MW tech issues... but i see you☺ - MickeyLumboCM  692.6 #228 10:10PM
@MickeyLumboCM.  I just sent a support request earlier today.  I'm not getting any DMs, best posts of the days, emails or nothing from MW.  I've had a lot of problems.  I'm sure you can relate as we are both android users. - potatohead25  541.8 #316 10:19PM
Love the history behind this train and if course the beautiful picture! - RadiatorSprings4Ever  750.7 #206 10:42PM
I always was curious about who Fred was?Thanks :) - bonedaddy909  1106.6 #130 9:53AM

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Jun 24, 2014 1:41AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Today our Disney dreams came true with a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany. For those who don't know, Neuschwanstein Castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle in Disneyland. It's easy to see how Disney Imagineers were inspired by this magical place! Like Neuschwanstein, the Sleeping Beauty Castle was designed to appear taller through forced perspective (design elemen  More...

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Great share Lauren! Have a brilliant trip :) - RapunzelledColey  54.3 #4199 3:17PM
Thanks!! - dancelaurensing  295.6 #821 3:54PM
Breathtaking! Thank you for sharing this amazing moment! - WirTANenAtDisney  66.4 #3902 7:00PM
Awesome!!!!!🏰 - bonedaddy909  1106.6 #130 5:43PM
Breathtaking! Thank you for sharing this amazing moment! - WirTANenAtDisney  66.4 #3902 7:00PM

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Jun 23, 2014 11:11AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This day in Disney history, June 23rd, The Skyway to Fantasyland and Skyway to Tomorrowland opens. Along with The Enchanted Tiki Room and the re-themed Tarzans Treehouse.1956: The Skyway to Fantasyland and Skyway to Tomorrowland. Walt heard of a system being tested in Switzerland in 1955 and of course HAD to have one! Af  More...

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Disney should hire you to be their historian.  - WishIWereThere  247.8 #1243 5:24PM
::giggles:: how kind of you to say! They have people that run their blogs that are way more knowledgable then me. I just enjoy researching. ::whispers:: if you're reading this Disney, don't get me wrong, I wouldn't turn down a job offer. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜˜  - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 6:47AM
- pikarich  2643.1 #37 11:42AM
πŸ‘ - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 6:47AM
I always love your post! Thanks for sharing - BriarBeauty  117.0 #3085 8:41AM
I loved the skyway. I'm pretty sure it's my cousin's fault it was closed and removed. He would get a little box of rock candy and throw it at people. If he ran out of candy he would try and spit on people. My favorite part of the tiki room is when the ladies drop down and have us sing along. Unless Maynard's there then his intro is my favorite part of the show. I liked the Swiss tree but kids don't know of the movie or the book so it makes since to change it to Tarzan. I think it's a good change and lots of fun. - Bassplayerswife  161.1 #2390 10:20AM

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Jun 17, 2014 8:52AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This day in Disney history, June 17th, 2008: Toy Story Midway Mania! has it's official grand opening ceremony in Disney California Adventure. The first guests arrived outside DCA at 6am to start a line that would eventually grow to hold o  More...

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great post , the longest i waited for this is 60 minutes lol on . the cms do a great job with an average of 40 minutes but 60-90 is ok on busier days.at first i thought fasspass would be great but do a low capacity and 2 vechicles load would make the stand-by line even longer.i have been able to hit over the 300,000 mark with my arm being super soar lol,mr.potatoe head is advance tech too as cameras are able to point out guest to in interact with.the ride had an upgrade when toy story 3 came out replacing the boo-peep pop ballons. throughout the ride are easter eggs that if you trigger correctly will open up higher point targets.the inside of the ride is a tribute to alot of classic board games and others. for japans version when the ride first opened pics where on social medias showing the wait time at 8 and 10 hr long.one fun fact i found in a toy story mania documentary is on the ring toss game it was modified quickly. the original game was programmed to act like real ring toss making it harder to land the rings on the targets, the change was to give the targets a magnetic pull around them making it way easier to land on them. - pikarich  2643.1 #37 9:15AM
You always add so much to my posts! Thanks pikarich! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 6:34AM
I love this ride, thank you for your post. I wish so much, it would be a shorter wait time though!  - FrankenweenieVelinee  1279.6 #99 9:40AM
Me too!!id get to enjoy it much more often!  - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 6:34AM
This surely is one of my fav rides in DCA. The queue is great with Mr.PotatoHead as the barker. And thank goodness they put those umbrellas up- we used to have to just stand in the sunπŸ”₯. I don't recall any of that opening day attraction stuff, as we were there. I just remember being in line near Ariel's Grotto and the line no longer moving. We sat down in our spots and waited. After some time, we were finally told the ride had broken down. Then the  line moved again, and stopped. It was really hot that day on the Pier and finally we decided to call it a day after waiting in line for 3 hours. Lesson learned that day, for sure... Go find something else to do and come back later😊😊 thanks Duchess 😘 - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  3940.3 #23 6:40AM
Oh yes! That's right they didn't used to have those 'S! Wow! 3 hours then being told it was broken, now THAT's a bummer! Yes! I couldn't wait that long for anything. I'd have to come back. Especially with kiddos! Thank YOU churro! πŸ‘―πŸ˜˜πŸ’— - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 7:19AM
This is one of my favorites! It would be fabulous to have shorter wait times. However, a 60min. isn't too bad because the line is constantly moving. The bad part is the stinky smell from the plants. My favorite part of the ride is Ham's and the army men. There is just something exciting about being able to throw eggs and break plates! Once again, thanks for the wonderful post.  - Bassplayerswife  161.1 #2390 7:37AM

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Jun 15, 2014 4:39AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This day in Disney history, June 15th, 1957: Don DeFore's Silver Banjo Barbecue restaurant opens in Frontierland. The very first grad night is held in 1961. Club 33 opens in NOS in 1967, and Cars Land and Buena Vista Street officially opens in 2012! 1957  More...

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What a fun filled history post! So many wonderful attractions opened and such changes around the Parks! A mere nickel for a bag of Fritos! mmm! I like that! It would be pretty incredible to hear Aunt Jemima singing to me whilst I ate Mark Twain buckwheat pancakes. I wonder what songs were in her line up? The prices at The Silver Banjo, a place I had not heard of, look pretty tempting – I'll take the spareribs plate and a lemonadeπŸ‹ bc I see they do not offer CokeπŸ˜‚. That picture of the Grad kids rubbing their feet is pretty funny and I agree, I'm sure her feet hurt a bit more than his- but gosh the way they are dressed is sooo😍😍!! I also like the snuggle Matterhorn picture... Not sure how easy that was to do with a blazer onπŸ˜‚. I really wish that our high school would have offered it, I definitely would have gone to the grad night and wore probably something totally 80s- maybe pastel dress?? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.  I really like the outfit and pillbox hat on the lady standing next to the Club33 door. So classy. I have never been to Club 33- I would love to see the inside for my love❀️ of history, take in the view on the balcony of NOS and ROA, and perhaps enjoy the food😊😊 (I will just bet that the salmon was delicious – you know I love it, tooπŸ‘―) When I first heard that DCA was going to be made over, I wasn't quite sure because I was so saddened to see the CALIFORNIA letters come down. We always enjoyed taking photos next to the initials of our little churros. When we finally did go to DCA, for the first time, I had tears rolling down my face because of the beauty and how it just looked like it *belonged*.  I was lucky to eat at the Carthay, a year ago, with some wonderful MWers at the Reunion Weekend in the Snow White room. What a spectacular place that was- and so full of detail. As for favorite dish, I'm not sure-I just took it all in, but those cheese biscuits SURE were tastyπŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹ LOVE your collage! You and the girls look so cute and they are so little! Thank you very much for such a great history post 😘 - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  3940.3 #23 7:57AM
So sorry for the late reply! yesterday was super busy! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all my questions my sweet friend! Spareribs and lemonade! 😊 good choice! I just knew you'd love those grad night pics! They really are cute huh? Lol, that blazer did look quite snug! You would have looked so cute in that pastel dress! I hope you get to go to club 33 someday soon! Everyone should get to experience it at least once! Mmm yes!Salmon is our fav! πŸ‘― what sweet memories you shared about your churros! Thank you for that! I agree those busquits are πŸ’£! πŸ˜‹ thanks again! πŸ˜˜πŸ’— - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 5:28AM
Thanks again Duchess for such an awesome post.  Thoserestaurants you mentioned were before my time.  I had never even heard of them, but I love the prices.  Haven't had the pleasure of club 33.  Maybe when I win the lottery.   Lol.  As for grad nites I think they were more special back then.  Dressing up makes it a glorious occasion and having the park open all night just for Grads was awesome.  I don't like The way they do it now.  It takes away all the special glory of an all night celebration just with other grads.  Now, it is set up as just a trip to Disneyland.  Lastly, Carsland is a great addition.  However, my most favorite addition is Buena Vista street.  Love the Trolleys, jazz, and rag time dancers.  Character outfits are also very cute!  Thanks again for the wonderful post and good luck with that little bun in the oven that you think may be a trouble maker.  :). My son is 10 now and he was a trouble maker from the start of conception.  However, I love him with all my heart and he keeps me laughing and on my toes.  Lol. :) - potatohead25  541.8 #316 10:10AM
My sincere pleasure! So happy you enjoy them! I agree! I love those prices too! πŸ˜‚you don't need to win the lottery, just need to be invited! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰ I bet you'll get to go someday you watch! I a also agree with you about the grad nights! The dressing up part made it more fun and special! I could live on BVS if they let me! πŸ˜‚ Love the time period and the music! Thank you so much for the well wishes for my little man on the way! I've accepted the challenge of the trouble maker, hubby's a red head, and all my kiddos are usually born red, you know what that means. πŸ˜‚ thanks again for your reply! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 5:34AM
My cousin and I used to love to eat at Aunt Jemima's!  We would go there for dinner, even. I don't think we cared what time of day it was. We loved pancakes!  And they had every kind imaginable. I specifically remember those buckwheat pancakes. We thought we were so cool and worldly ordering up pancakes we could never get at home. Haha!  It was a lot of fun back in those days. Great memories for me. 😊. Carsland opening. We were not there that day, but our long planned week long vacation began two days later, on Father's Day. I know I picked up some souvenirs back then. I kinda tend to do that a lot. 😜 This was our first Disney trip in nearly three years. Getting to see Carsland was a bonus!  That Sunday was surprisingly not that crowded. We got fastpasses for RSR and only had about a 20 minute wait in line. Of course, we all thought it was awesome!  We all loved Maters' ride and still do. The kids went on Luigis' Tires. I always wondered why it wasn't a little bit faster.   Reading your list of old sponsors really brings back memories. I remember Frito Lay. I remember Sunkist Oranges. I remember when you could actually get ice cream at the Carnation Cafe!  I remember the Pendleton wool shop in Frontierland that my mom and aunts and grandma would always love to go shopping in and come out with something new and plaid. Sigh. Oh, to go back for just one day and see all those giggling ladies having fun shopping. Or to meet them for some spare change to buy our pancakes while they wait with their men in line for the next Horseshoe Revue show. That was my childhood. And I wouldn't trade those memories for anything. Thank you, beautiful Duchess, for another lovely trip down memory lane. 😘 - MeridaFan  3255.8 #27 8:34AM
I'm super bummed out I missed out on the pancake house! I LOVE me some pancakes! You,souvenirs no way? LOL I could totally picture in my mind your walk to the Horseshoe Revue. Such a blessed childhood you had to grow up visiting Disneyland. I hope my kiddos grow up to have such happy memories! Thanks for taking the time to share with us sweetheart! I really appreciate it! xx - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 9:37AM
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Jun 14, 2014 3:35AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Can't sleep so....Good morning! This day in Disney history, June 14th, 1958 Alice in Wonderland opened in Fantasyland. In addition, in 1959: three major attractions were christened!  The Monorail, The Matterhorn Bobsleds and The Submarine Voyage!  1958: Alice and Wonderland was the only Fantasyland   More...

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So. Much. Awesomeness in this post!!! I LOVE Alice!! My fave scene is the dancing cards. It makes me kinda dizzy (in a good way) The monarail what fun it was to ride in the front on my very first Disneyland trip! The Matterhorn used to scare the bajeZies outta me as a kid. Now it just is painful to ride. 😒  The subs! In all their Mermaid glory (wish they had been around in the 80's) I only remember the sea monster in this ride, and it smelling like urine 😞. What a great day in history for our beloved park!!!  - PixiePirateMaid  293.4 #838 6:33AM
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer all my questions! It's not often people do that! I agree about the Matterhorn I can't ride it anymore either with my bad back. It is sad. πŸ˜” The mermaids were pretty neat huh! 😍 the smell memory though....πŸ˜·πŸ˜‚ Indeed, a huge day for Disneyland!! - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 7:52AM
This is an amazing history post--I loved the part about Meredith Willson. Thanks for taking the time to put these articles together, I know it takes forever to put together things like this! - Admin 3:59PM
Sorry for the late reply and bump, but, not going to not respond to something so kind. 😊 I can't lie, this one took me about a week. πŸ™ŠπŸ™ˆ so happy so many enjoyed it though! Made it totally worth it! That 76 trombone story will never leave my mind. Can't wait to walk down Main Street and think about that! Thank YOU Admin!  - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 9:13AM
I am not a crook. ✌️😜 - Tom  6575.5 #10 11:36PM
bhahahhaahahahah! - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 4:51AM
This is an amazing history post--I loved the part about Meredith Willson. Thanks for taking the time to put these articles together, I know it takes forever to put together things like this! - Admin 3:59PM
Sorry for the late reply and bump, but, not going to not respond to something so kind. 😊 I can't lie, this one took me about a week. πŸ™ŠπŸ™ˆ so happy so many enjoyed it though! Made it totally worth it! That 76 trombone story will never leave my mind. Can't wait to walk down Main Street and think about that! Thank YOU Admin!  - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 9:13AM

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Jun 6, 2014 9:13AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This day in Disney history, June 6th, 1952: "Susie, the Little Blue Coupe" directed by Clyde Geronimi, is released by RKO. A personal favorite, the cartoon short is based on a short story by Bill Peet (A children's book illustrator and before  More...

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Although I was not born yet when this came out… I still remember watching it as a little kid and I still love that cartoon to this day. Thanks for the nostalgic view into the past, and may all Disney fans enjoy this forever! - DisneyDavidEMT  1554.6 #80 9:34AM
It's a great one huh? Thank YOU for always supporting my posts! ((Hugs))  - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 2:28AM
I always liked this one. The Bill Peet/Disney cartoons are always great. I was showing a few of them to my boys not too long ago. They really need to make a Bill Peet collection on disc - philliprocks  826.8 #180 9:51AM
That's a great idea! πŸ“ you should write a letter, to who I don't know but someone should! 😊 - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 2:29AM
I remember this short. Love how it served as an inspiration for Cars. I did not know that! Now I know why I love this short. Makes me cry just like the movie did.  - RadiatorSprings4Ever  750.7 #206 9:25PM
Makes me cry every time too! But happy tears! Hope you have a great weekend ma'am! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  5605.8 #14 2:31AM
Oh, this is the sweetest cartoon! My sister and I were always so excited when it came on!  Did not know that it served as inspiration for Cars--great piece of trivia! πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘ - Spoonful_O_Sugar  526.2 #335 8:15AM

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