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Duchess_SMK    
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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  251.4 #1187 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 #3676 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  5442.7 #14 9:07PM
Nice! - disneybob49  28.4 #5287 1:18PM
Thank you! - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 1:34PM
Thank you for another great history post...after all these years I finally went on Casey Jr for the first time this past spring. I loved all the scenery and minis enjoyed it as well.   - DisLUVney  530.2 #324 10:47PM
This is a family favorite! We love the cages the most but also enjoy the caboose.  Its amazing how many you can fit into one of those cages! The only car we don't care for is the very first one. The smell of the engine bothers one of my kids. I'm not a fan either of the smell. - Autoalice  156.7 #2444 10:53PM

Duchess_SMK    
 5442.7 #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  5791.1 #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  2048.3 #53 5:57AM
^^thank you ma'am! My you were up early! Baby doing okay today IDVandalSkipperCM ?! - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #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  2048.3 #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  866.7 #167 8:50AM
Very cool ☝ @redsoxcarlos - MickeyLumboCM  499.5 #357 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  1223.6 #100 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  2313.4 #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  5442.7 #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  1223.6 #100 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  1223.6 #100 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  2313.4 #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  5442.7 #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  1223.6 #100 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  5791.1 #13 11:38PM
I agree , he does look like Lincoln! - secretagentangel  1223.6 #100 12:52AM
Yep, the Auctioneer was the original Lincoln. - CM_Shadowgamer  2313.4 #46 1:18AM

Duchess_SMK    
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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  3419.5 #26 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  5442.7 #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  3012.7 #31 8:30AM
Agreed!🎁 Still bummed I missed YOU though! 😩 - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #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  1600.9 #76 2:52PM

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Duchess_SMK    
 5442.7 #14 (DL Qual #6

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  66.9 #3858 3:45PM
I like space mnt - pikarich  2425.3 #41 3:51PM
Thanks for sharing. - piglet25  533.6 #320 6:56PM
You made me cry! Such sweet memories for you! Thanks so much for sharing them with us! 😍 ((hugs))  - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #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  2425.3 #41 8:17AM
Thanks pikarich! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 9:31PM
Thanks again. - piglet25  533.6 #320 6:57PM
Thank YOU! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #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  728.6 #208 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  5442.7 #14 9:34PM

Duchess_SMK    
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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  3419.5 #26 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  249.7 #1208 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  5442.7 #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 - piglet25  533.6 #320 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  499.5 #357 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. - piglet25  533.6 #320 10:19PM
Love the history behind this train and if course the beautiful picture! - RadiatorSprings4Ever  649.7 #248 10:42PM
I always was curious about who Fred was?Thanks :) - bonedaddy909  1068.4 #129 9:53AM

 273.1 #987 (DL Qual #196

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  49.3 #4291 3:17PM
Thanks!! - dancelaurensing  273.1 #987 3:54PM
Breathtaking! Thank you for sharing this amazing moment! - WirTANenAtDisney  66.3 #3873 7:00PM
Awesome!!!!!🏰 - bonedaddy909  1068.4 #129 5:43PM
Breathtaking! Thank you for sharing this amazing moment! - WirTANenAtDisney  66.3 #3873 7:00PM

Duchess_SMK    
 5442.7 #14 (DL Qual #6

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  241.0 #1317 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  5442.7 #14 6:47AM
- pikarich  2425.3 #41 11:42AM
πŸ‘ - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 6:47AM
I always love your post! Thanks for sharing - BriarBeauty  117.0 #3067 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  133.2 #2793 10:20AM

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 5442.7 #14 (DL Qual #6

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  2425.3 #41 9:15AM
You always add so much to my posts! Thanks pikarich! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #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  990.2 #144 9:40AM
Me too!!id get to enjoy it much more often!  - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #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  3419.5 #26 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  5442.7 #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  133.2 #2793 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  3419.5 #26 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  5442.7 #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. :) - piglet25  533.6 #320 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  5442.7 #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. 😘 - MeridaFanHasNoAP  3196.1 #28 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  5442.7 #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  290.7 #839 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  5442.7 #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  5442.7 #14 9:13AM
I am not a crook. ✌️😜 - Tom  6344.4 #9 11:36PM
bhahahhaahahahah! - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #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  5442.7 #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  1401.6 #86 9:34AM
It's a great one huh? Thank YOU for always supporting my posts! ((Hugs))  - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #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  734.3 #206 9:51AM
That's a great idea! πŸ“ you should write a letter, to who I don't know but someone should! 😊 - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #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  649.7 #248 9:25PM
Makes me cry every time too! But happy tears! Hope you have a great weekend ma'am! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #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  509.4 #344 8:15AM

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Jun 5, 2014 7:48AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This day in Disney history,  June 5th,1930: Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon "Arctic Antics" is released. "Arctic Antics" Directed by Burt Gillett, a fun short where polar bears (including a cub who looks exactly like an albino Mickey Mouse) frolic in the midnight sun, joined by penguins, walr  More...

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Love it thanks - pikarich  2425.3 #41 8:47AM
πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘‹ - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 3:22PM
That was a really cute Silly Symphony! Yes, he did look just like Mickey!!! ***Spoiler:: that poor walrus got no love till his soloπŸ˜‚ I loved how when the seal threw him a fish, he caught it, then the fish looks out his mouth, draws the walrus' whiskers like they're Β curtainsπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ so cute, so simple, yet so funny. Thank you! 😘 - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  3419.5 #26 9:00AM
So well done and made 84 years ago! Really glad it made you smile! Walrus whiskers as curtains. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ’— - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 3:25PM
Phew, finally a post where I don't have to say I haven't been there or tried that yet - UTDISNEYFAMILY  1049.1 #135 2:35PM
πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ don't have to add anything else to you list for now... πŸ“ you're going to be busy next trip!  - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 3:43PM
Thank you for this! What a cute toon!  - PixiePirateMaid  290.7 #839 4:46PM

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Jun 4, 2014 9:24AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This day in Disneyland history, June 4th: Disneylands Sailing Ship Columbia is officially christened on the ROA and Bengal BBQ opens in Adventurland!  In 1958 Sailing Ship Columbia is christened on the ROA.  According the Davelandweb.com: Joe Fowler (Disneyl  More...

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Awesome post as usual! - Admin 10:15AM
Thanks ! - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 10:25AM
::whispers:: i have never been on the Columbia. Not really a reason why, just never have. **adds to list* as forΒ  Bengal BBQ---LOVE😍😍😍😍 i enjoy getting the bacon wrapped asparagus, a chicken skewer, a pretzel and I believe they have one of the better values for fresh cut up fruit(with that much food, I share) AND... It's the only place that I know of where you can get a pretzel and use your AP to get a discount(there maybe other places but I don't know. maybe I need another trip there😜) thanks Duchess! Hope to eat Bengal BBQ with you again SOON!! - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  3419.5 #26 7:55PM
😳 we are so going on the Columbia in August  then k? I think that's exactly what we both ordered last time we are there together except I got the cream cheese pretzel and you got the regular! πŸ˜‚ I never thought about the ap discount on the pretzel! Great tip mamas!  - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 8:19PM
Yesss! We will do this! But when you gave me a sample of your pretzel... 😍 - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  3419.5 #26 8:29PM
If I can bride you with a 🚼 to go on it with you 2 - pikarich  2425.3 #41 11:35PM
The Columbia is awesome, Churro! Fun one to put on the list. - GotMouse_aka_JRoseAllister  86.0 #3532 11:50PM
I really like riding the Columbia. Going below deck is fascinating. We are still trying to figure out if it is to scale or not. We know the bottom is flat because the ROA is not deep but is it an exact replication of width and length? If it is I can't believe they stayed at sea for so long in such cramped quarters!!! Can you imagine living in those conditions, traveling to unknown territories, (Are they hostile? Are they friendly) relying on a doctor who has no idea how to keep a human alive and healthy, a cook who has no Idea of sanitary practices, a ship owner who cuts corners by trimming or buying substandard rations, no weather predictions... The list goes on and on! Those people were true adventures, dreamers and pioneers. I think Walt would have been aboard the Columbia if that was his era!!! - Boundin  490.1 #369 12:05AM
always love your posts! it's like i'm back at school without the stress :) - OhanaPhoto  3012.7 #31 8:29AM
πŸ˜‚and learning about something we like! - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  3419.5 #26 6:10AM

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Jun 3, 2014 8:34AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This day in Disney history, June 3rd, 2011: Disneyland officially launches the new renovated Star Tours (Star Tours- The Adventures Continue) and The Little Mermaid Ariel’s Undersea Adventure officially opens to the public! Star Tours– The Adventures Continue ope  More...

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SUPER spoiler; there are KEY WORDS in the ride that will predict what scene you will get. To get Vader as your start scene listen to these when the ride start: Star Tours 1401 you are cleared for departure,  C-3po β€œ 1401 that’s us we cant take off the captain isn’t on board” and to get the security droid listen to this β€œ Star tour 1401 you are cleared for departure initiate auto takeoff sequence, c-3po β€œwhat” , computer- auto take off initited , c-3po β€œr2-d2 whats going on here we are not ready for takeoff the captain isn’t on board yet. The verbiage is very similar but has slight changes THAT’S how you know. Im not going to reveal anymore but will give you this hint the other changes in words are before r2 makes the jump to lighspeed and regardless of whose hologram you get it’s the verbiage that c-3po says right after that tells you your final scene. and this is before the screen comes down other way is after the screen comes down if you see the millennium falcon then you know you will not get vader. Want to have a greater chance to be the rebel spy? after you sit down try and look forward and still as they need to quickly take a pic this from being selected 5 times already. my fav destination is the death star  - pikarich  2425.3 #41 9:25AM
Thanks for all of that pikarich! 😊 - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 7:28AM
The new Star Wars is just a perfect reflection of what can be done to update and modernize a ride to make it more enjoyable. This was 100% hit. I guess the "Force" was with them. Thank you very much for this.  - Midasgold  551.9 #301 8:59AM
I whole heartily agree my friend! Such a phenomenal attraction!  Thank YOU!  - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 9:10AM
Leave Peter Pan alone! - goofygal  6139.9 #11 8:45PM
Maybe they can replace Peter Pan with Frozen. Or better yet get rid of fantasyland to make Frozen land.  - philliprocks   734.3 #206 10:07PM
I remember how excited my husband was to try this ride. We didn't go until November but the lines were still pretty long. We were expecting a 2 hour wait.  - TrueFromOzLovesDisney  435.7 #421 1:13AM
My hubby loves this attraction too! It's a must do for him every trip!  - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 7:29AM

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Jun 2, 2014 10:00AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This day in Disney history, June 2nd, 2011: The Little Mermaid Ariel’s Undersea Adventure attraction hosts an opening ceremony! The opening ceremony st  More...

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I can't believe it's been 3 years already! - Armenda  1135.1 #116 10:25AM
Right?! Time is flying by! - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 6:55AM
Did they put cerominy opening together last minute. I'm just surprised they didn't add fish crops and more costume for it. I'm glad they added this to DCA. I never came to DCA until the park started changing . Thank you for sharing. - adventurerEnDisneylandia {AED}  633.3 #256 10:28AM
Oh I have no idea? I thought it was pretty entertaining. ::shrug:: They really have made vast improvements over there haven't they? Thank YOU! - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 6:56AM
Hi Duchess!!  Hope you had a "magnificent monday".  I absolutely love this attraction. My favourite part has to be Ariel singing "Part of Your World", as that song is just so great. Thanks again for another brilliant post and have a "Terriffic Tuesday".   :D - RapunzelledColey  49.3 #4291 4:47AM
Hi RepunzelledColey! Thanks! Oh that's a good choice! You're always so kind! Hope you too have a terrific Tuesday! :) - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 7:04AM
Thanks for this! I'm going to watch the vid later. I love this attraction so much! - HauntedMansionDiva  173.4 #2179 7:07AM
😘  thank YOU! Do you have a favorite scene?  - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 9:13AM

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May 29, 2014 5:38PM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good evening! This day in Disney history, May 29th, 1937: the Donald Duck short "Modern Inventions", directed by Jack King, is released. Also on this day in 2011 The Disneyland Hotel opens their newly renovated pool area!1937: In "Modern Inventions  More...

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Today is full of history, thanks for the lesson  but please don't pass out a test  - UTDISNEYFAMILY  1049.1 #135 5:43PM
πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚When I was in line at BTMRR, this kid was pouring over the Disney map. The CM who was walking by said"Be sure you know where everything is located because there will be a test" of course the kid came back with a smart remark and said "hey, I am not at school" in which the the CM said " there is always going to be school because you never stop learning." πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ‘The kid was stunned. - RadiatorSprings4Ever  649.7 #248 5:50PM
I like what @RaidiatorSprings4Ever said! You really NEVER stop learning!! And how bout this @utdisneyfamily , any future testing can be "open lounge" πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Š - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 6:04PM
I may pass an open lounge test because I know how to use the search feature Duchess_SMK - UTDISNEYFAMILY  1049.1 #135 6:40PM
Well that's better then some! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚πŸ˜œ - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 6:54PM
My kids would pick this over a day in the parks. Thank you! - RadiatorSprings4Ever  649.7 #248 5:54PM
Oh really? Have you guys done that?  - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 9:38AM
No, Duchess_SMK. As you know hubby is not a big Disney fan, and he would not want to put the money out for this. But hey, at least we have passes.πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ - RadiatorSprings4Ever  649.7 #248 11:09AM
Great post! As usual I learned some fun facts! Love that Donald cartoon!!! Thank you!!!!! - Boundin  490.1 #369 8:32PM
😘 thanks Boundin!  - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 10:00AM
Thank you, those cabanas are where my wife and I spent our 34th anniversary last year. It was cheaper with annual pas discount.  - Midasgold  551.9 #301 9:23AM
What a great way to celebrate! Nice to hear they give AP discounts! 😊 - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 10:01AM

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May 28, 2014 9:01AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This busy day in Disneyland history, May 28th, 1960: "The Mine Train Through Natures Wonderland" opens in Frontierland and “The Art of Animation” building opens in Tomorrowland. 1966: "It’s A Small World" opens in Fantasyland! Previously know as "  More...

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I am not on here much anymore, but this caught my eye.  I was one of those kids in the choir that opened Small World.  I was pretty little, but do remember most of that day.  I got to shake hands with Walt. He was so kind, and made a point to speak to each one of us. Taking the older kids leads, I decided not to wash my hand for a week. That only lasted a few days with the plastic bag and rubber band!  We also made one of the 45's that was sold in the park, that went gold.  We recorded it in a studio with the Sherman Brothers.  The choir got to lead the Christmas parade for two whole weeks in the evenings, when they debuted the huge Small World dolls. Being backstage during the holidays every night was truly magical!  I believe Walt found the choir, because we were involved with Unicef and the People to People program.  Our signature song was "Let there be Peace on Earth".  I know the song is annoying to many, but if you remember what Walt's vision was, it may make it a little easier to handle. There isn't a time that I don't get a tear when I ride it, or hear the song. I have a rich Disney history in other areas, but this was the highlight.  - snowwannab  667.4 #236 11:07AM
I love your story!  So awesome! - MeridaFanHasNoAP  3196.1 #28 12:01PM
Thanks MeridaFan.  I forgot to mention the choir was The International Children's Choir of Long Beach.  Not many were from the country they represented, just wore the native costume.  I actually represented California, but for this Guatemala.  - snowwannab  667.4 #236 12:14PM
This is a wonderful story! So glad you shared it 😍😘 - eviljules  780.2 #189 12:35PM
This story always reminds me of you! So neat to be apart of Disney history  - BaseballMickey_CM  5791.1 #13 1:18PM
Nice to see you in the lounge! 😍 you're so cute. Not washing your hand then using plastic. 😊 awesome! πŸ˜‚ thanks so much for sharing that with us!  - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 1:21PM
Awww, thanks Duchess_SMK.  Love your history posts!   - snowwannab  667.4 #236 1:42PM
Wonderful story, thank you for sharing. What a magical memory! - jacdanfan  6246.7 #10 6:53PM
Love your history posts, Duchess!  I love how I can just count on these from you and know I don't need to go anywhere else to get all the great stories!  πŸ˜˜. Thank you!! - MeridaFanHasNoAP  3196.1 #28 12:07PM
😊 I'm SO happy you enjoy them and find them complete. Makes the days I spend researching and coding seem worth it. Thanks for always letting me know you like them!  - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 1:25PM
Wonderful post! 😊 - Tom  6344.4 #9 9:42AM
Thanks Tom! 😘 - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 9:53AM
I don't think I remember that Animation building. But I sure do remember the little flip books that we kids would buy!  So much fun!  I think I remember the train. And I'm sure I must have been on it before.  I remember the geysers. Pretty cool stuff. Lots of anniversaries packed into the past few days!  The park was such a living, breathing, evolving place back in those days, wasn't it?  So much fun! - MeridaFanHasNoAP  3196.1 #28 9:53AM
Bet those were super neat! You're right! Lots going on this week. I'm having a hard time keeping up! πŸ˜‚ laundry is starting to pile up. 😁 I love that the park is always changing, but I still do wish there was a way to keep everything. πŸ˜‚  - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 10:30AM

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May 27, 2014 7:42PM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good evening! This day in Disney history, May 27th, 1977. After 2 years of construction, Space Mountain is officially dedicated in Tomorrowland, (after being open since May 4th to the public).   More...

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Great post!! Yes I remember my first time on the ride! On the first big turn my mom's earring got stuck in my dad's sweater in front of her!!Β Β So it was an interesting ride to say the least!Β  - adisneyfamily  679.5 #228 8:05PM
Thanks! 😘 oh my!! That's crazy!! Must have been painful!  - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 6:03AM
Of course you all know how much I love this ride!! I made a post earlier. I do remember the tomorrowland stage as well. I also remember the windows in the line where you could see the glow in the dark rockets. It will always stay my favorite ride of all time!! There's just something so special about this attraction. Happy Anniversary to you!!!!Thanks for the wonderful post!!! - Superspacemountainfan  66.9 #3858 8:58PM
PLEASE JULY 4th, COME ASAP!!!! - Superspacemountainfan  66.9 #3858 9:00PM
That's right, I remember those windows. You'd hope for the line to slow down there.  - redsoxcarlos  866.7 #167 9:30PM
So glad you liked it. 😊 I wasn't going to write one, but I thought of you and did anyway. 😘 - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 6:04AM
Great post! - jacdanfan  6246.7 #10 6:53AM
Thanks!  - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 6:40AM
Love the old commercials. If I don't go on this because we ran out of time it makes me sad. I always do the countdown out loud...love to sit in the back right side. - adventurerEnDisneylandia {AED}  633.3 #256 7:50AM
FUN! Bet you're a screamer  huh? πŸ˜‚ - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 6:41AM
All the way  - adventurerEnDisneylandia {AED}  633.3 #256 7:44AM

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 5442.7 #14 (DL Qual #6

May 26, 2014 5:47PM  Disneyland Real-Time Land
View from the wonderful Carnation Cafe! If you notice, the window second from the left, "Old Settlers Gold Dredging, Ed Winger, proprietor." For anyone interested....Mr. Winger was the supervisor in charge of Disneyland's Paint Department, Mill and Sign Shop. Employed during Disneyland's early construction, Winger is a member of Club 55 - a club made up of Cast Members employed at Disneyland in 19  More...

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So much history on Main StreetπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ - RadiatorSprings4Ever  649.7 #248 5:53PM
Indeed! 😍 - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 7:54PM
Here is your sticker πŸ˜˜ - RadiatorSprings4Ever  649.7 #248 9:15PM
Very neat! Thanks for sharing! - Armenda  1135.1 #116 7:17PM
Am I the only one wondering what you had to eat? - UTDISNEYFAMILY  1049.1 #135 7:22PM
Really?????  Take a wild guess! πŸ˜‚ - Duchess_SMK  5442.7 #14 7:55PM
I love the views from there, thanks for this!! 😍😍 - MinnieMousewife  728.6 #208 9:38PM

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 5442.7 #14 (DL Qual #6

May 22, 2014 9:20AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good mornin’ to all! This day in Disney history, May 22nd, 1942: "The Army Mascot", directed by Gerry "Clyde" Geronimi is released.   More...

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Love the Disney shorts! The new ones are funny too but you have to love the classics. - RadiatorSprings4Ever  649.7 #248 10:02PM
As always great post! I always learn so much from these!!!!! - Boundin  490.1 #369 10:12PM

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