Good morning! This day in Disney history, March 28th, 1929. The Mickey Mouse short, "The Opry House" directed by Walt Disney, is released. Mickey owns & performs @ his own theatre, going in drag as a harem girl, in a derby as a Hasidic More...
I personalty don't like how relaxed Disney has become with the grooming of its Cast and that goes along with the costuming as well. Back in the 90s when I was there they use to send people home for their hair not being neat or side burns being to long, to much makeup, wrong color socks, the list goes on and on. I obviously have nothing against facial hair as I have it myself but think that they need to do a better job and making sure its cast is presentable on stage - Dave 8638.6 #2 3-28-13 1:03PMLike(15) Reply
I remember as a castmember between 1987 to 1990, if you arrived "scruffy" before going on-stage, there were razors and shaving cream for sell in vending machines right next to cast-cutters (castmember barber shop). - martini8668-cm36.6 #4113 3-28-13 6:53AMLike(2) Reply
For anyone that wants a really unique dining experience you've got to try the Chef's Counter at Napa Rose. The Chef's Counter gives you great food and a truly entertaining evening. You put your dining choices in the hands of your chef. Yo More...
Just wanted to add that you're more then welcome to ask questions from any of the Chef's about about what and how they are preparing dishes. When we got there we saw them preparing beef tenderloins and racks of lamb. Admin was amazed at how they could tell doneness by look and feel, no thermometers are used here. The other great thing about sitting at the right station is that you also right in front of where all the yummy desserts are prepared and the freezer with all the sorbets and ice cream. - Coaster9139.5 #1 3-27-13 3:29PMLike(4) Reply
Great post Coaster! Thanks for treating us to this incredible experience -- the food was unreal, I tried things that I'd never had before, everything was layered with out-of-this-world flavor, and seeing them run the kitchen was like watching a Food Network show. The best part was getting to hang out with you and Lori. THANK YOU! - AdminLike(4) Reply
Good morning! This day in Disney history, March 7th,1997. Pirates of the Caribbean reopens after being renovated.
In its original form, the Disneyland attraction contained a scene in which pirates were shown chasing women in circles. Al More...
My mom's favorite ride! She never saw the addition of Captain Jack but she did see the change that Lilsterner mentioned....and was not happy! Every time I ride POTC my thoughts turn to how much fun she had on it...the drops were as close to a thrill ride that she ever wanted to go on. I have to admit I usually get misty eyed riding it as I pretend she is sitting next to me. - Gia785.4 #120 3-7-13 10:02AMLike(16) Reply
I miss the original scene with the women being chased. That was more realistic! When the change was made to chasing food I was surprised at the addition of the overweight woman chasing the ham. I thought it was funny that there was a change to be PC in one aspect but just became as stereotypical in another one. I miss the funny historical aspect of the original but I don't mind the addition of Jack, Barbosa, and Davey Jones. - LilSterner2656.0 #17 3-7-13 9:22AMLike(4) Reply
The original just captured the "pirate life" it was a classic. It's sad how people let a ride offend them instead of enjoying it for what it was made for "fun" - justinschu421.7 #4913 3-7-13 9:47AMLike Reply
I will never understand the fascination with pirates in general. People do understand what a pirate is right? Murderer and thief and many other unmentionables. I mean why is it ok to have women tied up and auctioned off to the highest bidder but people thought those other things were offensive? - dolewhipkarlita14.9 #5693 3-7-13 3:05PMLike Reply
Good morning! This day in Disney history, March 3rd, 1995. The Indiana Jones Adventure, Temple of the Forbidden Eye attraction officially opens in Disneyland's Adventureland. (Official attraction poster shown below). In attendance for the More...
I got to ride this a week before the official opening at an overnight event (didn't know about soft openings or previews then so we thought we were pretty special). I was one of the first in line that night and we were escorted down Main St to the queue. My group rode the ride and loved it. As we were coming back to the loading area someone wasn't paying attention and my Jeep bumped the Jeep that had just finished loading (no joke). Smoke came out of the front of the Jeep I was in. They moved the Jeep out of the way, pulled the one I was in to the loading area and we got out. The ride was down for a bit after that. I remember people were so upset! Quite a memory to have. I can also remember waiting for hours during the summer for that ride and the line started on Main St. At least there was entertainment in the queue once you got into the temple. - LilSterner2656.0 #17 3-3-13 11:44AMLike(8) Reply
Hello , this is one of my favorite rides and yes it does have on of the longest queue lines ever for a Disney attraction. Indy is the only modern attraction that had a line snake all the was to main street other than the original star tours 1.0 this was before fasspasses existed and the wait time would be close to 6-10 hrs.This is a great ride but understand that with a lot of show elements this ride does go down a bit,remember it has a ton of stuff going on but they do a great job restarting it so please understand fellow mwr's. The vehicles are state of the art and a first for disney and the amusement park at the time it came out and the vehicle type is also used in dinosaur at wdw. The rolling ball has an incredible secrect ,but im not ruining it by saying what it is you can find this info on your own and hidden in the line is eyeore sign that everyone knows about and a time life magazine after the safety video room in the caged office and its highlighted with a magnifying glass is a vintage mickey mouse - pikarich610.8 #178 3-3-13 9:01AMLike(4) Reply
I just saw this now and I could've told guests this while I was in the Indy store this afternoon! Love the attraction and the storytelling behind it (its wayyyy better than WDW's Dinosaur too) - BaseballMickey_CM2849.5 #15 3-3-13 10:24PMLike Reply
Good afternoon! This day in Disney history, March 15th, 1991. Disney Afternoon Avenue, a colorful street of cartoon buildings located between It's a Small World & Videopolis, opens @ Disneyland. Here, you can have your map/passport stampe More...
Good afternoon! This day in Disney history, Mar 1st, 1940. During a screening of "Bambi" after seeing the footage for the very 1st time, Walt Disney turned to the two animators, Frank Thomas & Milt Kahl (2 of walts 9 old men) w/tears More...
This is a testament to how much Walt had a hand in his productions and how much he cared about them. Such a cool story SMK! Thank you again! - MyPark944.1 #91 3-1-13 3:51PMLike Reply
Good morning! This day in Disney history, Feb. 27th, 1941. "When You Wish Upon a Star" - written by Leigh Harline & Ned Washington (pictured below) for the Disney film Pinocchio, is awarded an Oscar for Best Song @ the 13th Academy Award More...
You can hear it in the Pioncchio attraction, fireworks soundtrack, the Opera House, under the castle, the esplanade and the Toy Story bus loading area near Harbor blvd - BaseballMickey_CM2849.5 #15 2-27-13 9:57AMLike(7) Reply
i love the classic once apon a star as it represent childhood and innocence to me such a classic tone, my current fav though is Hawaiian roller coaster ride -lilo and stitch cause its a fun melody and always make me cheer - pikarich610.8 #178 2-27-13 12:33PMLike Reply
"so this is love " gonna be my wedding song....if i ever get there lol - lorelaismom4.2 #12634 2-27-13 12:44PMLike Reply
Good morning! This day in Disney history, March 18th,1967. The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction (my personal favorite) opens in New Orleans Square. The debut kicks off w/great excitement, as a group of surly sea-dogs, led by Wally Boag More...
I don't remember my first ride on POTC, although I'm sure it was the year it opened (I was 10). It was my mother's favorite ride. She wouldn't do roller coaster type rides, or spinning, or drop rides. Yet she would giggle and scream during POTC's drops saying it was just perfect for her. The background story wasn't readily available, but my mom was a history teacher and used POTC to teach me about Lafitte, the era, and pirates in general. She knew the song by heart, and would softly sing it throughout the whole ride. Her last visit was in the Fall of 1997, but every time I go on it I can't help but think of her and how much she enjoyed it. It's not my absolute #1 favorite attraction, but it holds the most memories. - Gia785.4 #120 3-18-13 2:26PMLike(12) Reply
My first visit to DL was in 1973. My then boyfriend (now hubs) took me to the park on a very rainy Sat morn. First place we went was Pirates. When we exited it had stopped raining and the sun was shining on ROA. After riding Pirates and seeing this beautiful park shining I was so overcome with emotion I'll never forget it. That was the moment I fell in love with Disneyland. - DisneyGrandma338.6 #437 3-18-13 9:20AMLike(6) Reply
This is my favorite ride, there is many things about it I love. The smell of the water when your in line, boarding the boats and the memories and excitement it brings. Most of all I love looking at the clouds move, over the whole attraction. - jakethecrazy3.1 #25255 3-18-13 9:42PMLike Reply
I taped many programs on the early Disney channel when they aired many of the WOC and other programs showcasing DL early days and have this debut on one of the VHS tapes. - splashphotoCM880.9 #101 3-18-13 11:40PMLike Reply
✈Condor Flats⛽: (Long, but worth the read!) I've been wanting to share some interesting information about the Condor Flats area of DCA with you all that I LOVED finding out! Hopefully it's new to some, as it was to me! : ) As usual More...
The engine in front of Soarin' (photo 5) is a replica of the SSME (Space Shuttle Main Engine) to continue on the the details info. - shadowgamer1954.3 #37 3-18-13 1:14PMLike(1) Reply
#Tip: I've seen several posts about starting a pressed penny collection, and I thought I would offer a little friendly advice since I have some photo examples. First, choose only pre-1982 pennies. These are made of copper and when pres More...
Thanks! Great tip! I love them shiny...but the wreck it Ralph is kinda purdy too (just not with the shiny guys!) - TinkerSchelle644.4 #167 3-16-13 3:37PMLike(1) Reply
Great tips, we did this before our last trip, but got so wrapped up in the magic that we didn't even use any. We also soaked them in Coca Cola for a while. - MightyWhitey648.3 #165 3-17-13 9:51AMLike Reply
Good afternoon! This day in Disney history Feb. 23rd, 1940. "Pinocchio" (based on the 19th century book by Carlo Collodi) Is generally released. Filmed in multiplane technicolor, It has cost a staggering $2.6 million to make. Disney onl More...
Such a great classic! I also think that the attraction tells the story well. When he becomes a real boy, he is so darling. - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint1798.4 #42 2-23-13 1:38PMLike(2) Reply
This is absolutely a classic (as Churro rightly stated)! Also might I add that this film received 2 oscars: Best Original Score and Best Original Song for the world famous song, "When You Wish Upon a Star" I always loved this movie from early childhood. I did not know this was considered to be the "most technically perfect film" but I can see why. For its time, the animation is genius.. blending mechanical and human behavior perfectly. Even the animals are drawn with such accuaracy.. .if you watch Figaro, Geppetto's cat, see how soft and gently the movements are and try to remember... this is just a drawing... I bet you can't. My favorite part is when the Blue Fairy comes. I have such a crush on her! Thank you SMK for this all time classic Disney History and for sharing a movie we all love! - MyPark944.1 #91 2-23-13 3:02PMLike(2) Reply
Such a great description of Pinocchio! It would be awesome if they had the Blue Fairy character come out with Pinocchio at Disneyland. - kss4tink216.8 #1396 2-23-13 3:06PMLike Reply
😳 I'm confused with the date but, this is probably my favorite Disney movie. And my favorite part is when Stromboli finds a washer in his stack of coins, bites it and cusses up a storm (which is not in Italian). Then he gently and politely offers it to Pinocchio and Pinocchio happily accepts it. - Philliprocks276.4 #762 2-23-13 4:33PMLike Reply
Good afternoon! This day in Disney history, Feb. 22nd, 1964. The Below Decks Museum attraction is added to the Sailing Ship Columbia. It shows what life was like for the 1787 crew. In addition to the galley, pantry, dry stores, and sick More...
You are so awesome! I know it must be time consuming to find all this great historical facts for us. Yet you do it every day! You, my dear, are such a fabulous part of the MW family!!😘😘 - RCmom2590.2 #20 2-22-13 4:39PMLike(3) Reply
It's a relatively little known gem of the park! I've been on the Sailing Ship Columbia several times and have explored the lower decks. Tons of things to see! Also, it was quite a feat to bring the ship to the park... But that's another History post. Thank you SMK for sharing these treasures of history! - MyPark944.1 #91 2-22-13 3:01PMLike(2) Reply
Good afternoon! This day in Disney history, Feb 20th, 1986. WED, (Walter Elias Disney) Enterprises, becomes "Walt disney Imagineering". WED was 1st created in December 1952 to oversee the design of Disneyland. The term "Imagineering" is More...
"Imagineering" is such the quintessential Disney term!! I love that word. Disneyland has so much Imagineering everywhere, from attractions to hidden Mickeys! One of the best examples of this is Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, where the "tiki room birds sing every day!" Over 200 animatronic birds, flowers, and tikis. What an awesome attraction where Imagineers made inventions! Thank you SMK! This is such a huge part of Disney!! You're awesome!!! - MyPark944.1 #91 2-20-13 1:21PMLike(2) Reply
Wow, 140 different job titles! That's amazing, such talented people. Thanks for sharing Duchess! 😊 - MinnieMousewife570.3 #194 2-20-13 8:01PMLike(1) Reply
#How to improve your score on Toy Story Midway Mania# Although there is a video guide here on MW thought I would document each game for easy reference.
# Let's begin with where to sit. I always like to sit so I am in front of the Hen H More...
Why you steal my thunder? http://mousewait.com/blog/?p=305 - BCC4640.6 #5 2-24-13 11:05AMLike(3) Reply
#Disneyland Trivia. Where is this and what is it for? What character used it in his show? Of course if you know the first 2 the last should be easy.
Located in the window above the Peter Pan exit. Used by Merlin to indicate that the Sword was ready to be raised. Usually red but if you ever see it shining green go give the Sword a tug, you might get lucky! - Coaster9139.5 #1 2-22-13 11:15AMLike(17) Reply
Good morning & TGIF! This day in Disney history, Feb. 15th, 1950. Disney's animated feature film "Cinderella" is released in Boston. (Original poster shown below) Did you know? The transformation scene where Cinderella's rags turn into a More...
Again, the music part of me loves this feature. My all time favorite part is what happens during the song "Sing Sweet Nightingale". The two stepsisters do their best to sing this beautiful song, but you don't realize how beautiful it is until the transition to Cinderella singing. The harmonies of this piece are so pretty, as the animated scene reflects during the song. But I also want to mention the song "A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes", which is not only the theme of the movie, but a Disney philosophy we all cherish. Thank you SMK for this. Great job!!!! - MyPark944.1 #91 2-15-13 9:18AMLike(5) Reply
Growing up, Cinderella was my favorite movie! When I was little, we didn't have VHS, DVD...our only opportunity to see the great Disney films was at the movies. My gramma took me whenever one was released (or re-released!). Grampa would drop us off at one of the San Diego movie theatres (Fox, North Park, State) and Gramma and I would get our popcorn and soda and disappear in Disney magic. Cinderella was one that just got to me...every little girl's dream! Years later, I had the chance to perform in the Rogers and Hammerstein stage version, as the Fairy Godmother. Cinderella will always hold a special spot in my heart! - Gia785.4 #120 2-15-13 10:33AMLike(3) Reply
Another great disney classic,I never understood how the glass slipper never broke when I was a kid.It is a timeless classic and one the few movies to get another two films Cinderella 2 contines the story for the stepsitters looking for their own happy ending and cinderella learning to be a queen and cinderella 3 where what if happy ever after didnt happen - pikarich610.8 #178 2-15-13 11:32AMLike Reply
I love the scene where it seems all is lost and she pulls out the other shoe. Such a relief! Thanks Duchess!! - MousekaNinja335.2 #450 2-15-13 8:59PMLike Reply
Good morning! This day in Disney history Feb. 8th, 2001. Disney's 2nd Anaheim park & 8th theme park in the world, Disney's California Adventure officially opens along w/ the Grand Californian hotel. California Adventure is the centerpiece More...
I remember watching on the news on opening day. The crowds they had predicted never materialized, and the park was quiet. I never saw it for myself until 2006, so some of the original attractions were already gone by then. I think the old DCA was a bit cheezy in places. The movie with Whoopi Goldberg was just so unintentionally funny and cheezy. The videos of Superstar Limo are just plain creepy. The recent updates, including Buena Vista Street and Cars Land, were definately needed and have made this the awesome park it is today. - ScooterMike1959.8 #35 2-8-13 8:03AMLike(8) Reply
I remember when DCA opened but I was not living in California at the time... It wasn't until about 3 years later that I saw the new park. My honest opinion of the park was disappointment. I thought it lacked the Disney qualities I've known for years. The new park is a lot better but I still consider Disneyland to be where the Magic really is. Thank you SMK for another great Disney History! - MyPark944.1 #91 2-8-13 8:15AMLike(2) Reply
Good afternoon! This day in Disney History, Feb. 6th 1911. Ronald Reagan, the 40th U.S. President is born in Tampico, Illinois. Reagan is an important part of Disney history because he helped host Disneyland's opening day television broad More...
Good morning! This day in Disney history, Feb 5th, 1953. Peter Pan (based on James M. Barrie's 1904 story) opens @ the Roxy Theatre in New York City. Peter Pan was one of Walt Disneys' very favorite stories. Originally Walt had intended More...
What a fantastic movie this was. Such adventure and playfulness. Wendy is pretty sweet and I liked how she also spoke Alice in Alice in Wonderland. I liked that they used the same actors. You didn't have to be a huge somebody to be a voice character back then. Thanks for the lesson today! - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint1798.4 #42 2-5-13 11:12AMLike(3) Reply
My absolutely favorite Disney classic film! Thank you, Duchess, for this wonderful history lesson! It's so nice to learn things about Disney people and movies that we didn't know before. I just love the music in this movie. When I hear it, I don't know why, but it just brings me back to my childhood with very warm feelings, and I just really want to watch the movie again! In fact, I think I will put this on this afternoon when my little one is home from school. The perfect post-Disneyland treat! Thank you!! - meridafan1035.7 #83 2-5-13 12:36PMLike(1) Reply