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Welcome to our July 2014 newsletter. As we do every year: On Disneyland's Birthday July 17 we offer ALL of our content for FREE. Click Here For Disneyland's 59th Birthday Celebration. We have a special video clip: Walt Disney appearing on What's My Line a TV game show from the 1950's and '60s. The clip is over 8 minutes long. 
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In June we added 29 new Onstage Photos including:  Extremely rare photos from Davy Crockett Frontier Museum, Walt Disney at the opening of Alice In Wonderland attraction, rare photos from Mickey Mouse Club Circus
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Our Disneyland History DVD's are the most popular item we have ever sold. We are putting the finishing touches on our series2014 version. If you order NOW we will give you a choice between the series2013 and series2014 versions. Also with each purchase of Disneyland History DVD Box set we will include a Pirate Coin Lanyard. We offer a 50% discount to our Gold Members. We do ship international orders also.  
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Anaheim July temps are normally in the mid 80's in the day time and in the mid 60's at night. This month this would be a great month to visit the resort!
 
Hugh Allison our senior columnist is back with his latest article
California vs. Paris: Animation
 
Caljones our guest columnist is back with a new article
Classic Disneyland
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Top Story: We have a video clip: We have a special video clip: Walt Disney appearing on What's My Line a TV game show from the 1950's and '60s. The clip is over 8 minutes long.  
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Disneyland In The News: In June we added 6 new articles. We now have over 1,800 Disneyland Articles!
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Spotlight on DLDHistory.com:  is a column that will point out a little known area of DLDHistory that may interest you. This month we present a video: Behind the walls at Big Thunder Mountain Refurbishment. Video recorded in 2013 and is 1:15 minutes long
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Walt Disney Appears On What's My Line
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Walt Disney Appears On What's My Line
We have a special video clip: Walt Disney appearing on What's My Line a TV game show from the 1950's and '60s. The clip is over 8 minutes long.  We have added it to our Misc Videos Page.

 
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Hugh Allison
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California vs. Paris: Animation

This month, as part of my mini-series of articles comparing Disney California Adventure (DCA) to Walt Disney Studios Park (WDSP) in Paris, I will be looking at the animation buildings.

In WDSP, the attraction is called Art of Disney Animation whereas in DCA the equivalent is simply called Disney Animation Building. Both were opening day attractions, and both share elements with the Florida equivalent (The Magic of Disney Animation) as well as Animation Academy at DisneyQuest and at Hong Kong Disneyland.

Incidentally, the name of the land which houses the attraction has changed over time. The California version was in Hollywood Pictures Backlot, which changed its name to Hollywood Land in 200?. Likewise, the Paris attraction was originally in Animation Courtyard, which changed its name to Toon Studio in 2007. As part of this rebranding, the exterior of Art of Disney Animation changed color from yellow to blue.

[For that matter, the names of the actual parks in which these reside have also changed since opening day, but that’s another story ]

Generally, the exterior of the Art of Disney Animation building is a lot less glamorous than its DCA equivalent, although it does feature a similar mural of character sketches, and twelve statues of Disney characters, including Dumbo, Genie, Hercules and Br’er Rabbit.

The building also features the Sorcerer’s Hat Tower, based on the one at the Feature Animation Building of Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. Statues of Wendy, Peter Pan, and Tinker Bell were added to the WDSP hat in 2007; these figures originally appeared near the top of Cinderella Castle in Florida, during the Happiest Celebration on Earth from 2005-06.

Although the interior of the WDSP and the DCA animation buildings could be considered very similar (albeit with the latter being a lot bigger) the layout and experience is very different.

For example, one can enter the building in DCA any time one wishes. Then, once inside, they start in the Courtyard Gallery and can experience the other scenes (Animation Academy; the Art of Animation Gallery featuring Character Close-Up; Sorcerer’s Workshop; Turtle Talk with Crush) in any order, and can skip some if required.

In WDSP, you can only enter the building at certain times. You then have to experience all the scenes, in a specific order, in groups of up to 225.

The first room, often considered a preshow, features various artifacts relating to animation such as a Magic Lantern, a Praxinoscope and one of three remaining Disney multiplane cameras. Clips of early Disney cartoons are shown, as is footage of Walt Disney and Roy E. Disney talking about animation.



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Other Articles By Hugh Allison:
California vs. Paris: The Castle California vs. Paris: Snow White
California vs. Paris: Pinocchio California vs. Paris: Peter Pan
California vs. Paris: Dumbo California vs. Paris: Casey Jr. Circus Train
California vs. Paris: Alice In Wonderland California vs. Blackpool: Alice In Wonderland
California vs. Paris: Fantasyland California vs. Paris:Carrousels And Sword In The Stone Ceremony
Disneyland Memories California vs. Paris: It's A Small World
California vs. Paris: Fantasyland Shops California vs. Blackpool: General
California_vs. Paris: Main Street USA California vs. Paris: The Railroads
California vs. Paris: The Railroads (Part Two) California vs. Paris: Adventureland
California vs. Paris: The Treehouses California vs. Paris: Pirates of the Caribbean and Blue Bayou
California vs. Paris: The Lands of The Future - Part One California vs. Paris: The Lands of The Future - Part Two
California vs. Paris: The Lands of The Future - Part Three California vs. Paris: Frontierland
California vs. Paris: Frontierland (Part Two) California vs. Paris: Rivers of America
California vs. Paris: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad California vs. Paris: Welcome Foolish Mortals-- Part One
California vs. Paris: Welcome Foolish Mortals -- Part Two California vs. Paris: It's A Small World -- At Christmas
California vs. Paris: Welcome Foolish Mortals -- Part Three California vs. Paris: Welcome Foolish Mortals -- Part Four
California vs. Paris: Park Two, Cars And Armageddon California vs. Paris: Tower of Terror
California vs. Paris: Animation  


Classic Disneyland

There is a site called Yesterland and it details all attractions that have closed, from the PeopleMover to the House of the Future, Main Street Electrical Parade to Carnation Ice Cream Parlor, as well as the seasonal Explorer's Canoes.

Of the aforementioned attractions, House of the Future closed twenty years before I was born and that's the main one I've wanted to see. The pictures posted on both Yesterland and DLDHistory are the only way I've been able to see it, which really sucks because the place looked so cool. And I've heard that during the demolition of the place, the half-inch steel bolts in the foundation broke before the structure itself did. Talk about earthquake proof. I wonder if the general design is doable on a real house.

I rode the PeopleMover probably about a year before it permanently closed, or maybe it was the same year; I can't remember exactly. What I do remember, rather distinctly, in fact, is that when my family and I were just outside one of the tunnels, the trains stopped. They stayed that way for several minutes and then a blonde female cast-member in a red vest and black bow-tie walked by all of the train cars and told us we needed to evacuate. From what I'd heard, some guy in the train behind us had leaned out and brushed the wall.

One of the many novels I'm writing has a school that looks a bit like Fort Wilderness, with the student dorms in the towers at the four corners of the fort. The school is magical and the entire world revolves around Halloween, and especially, music. The band even comes to Disneyland to march down Main Street (whomever is in charge of the bands knows that there are magical bands that perform sometimes), just as my own high school did.

It seems like the best rides that closed were in Tomorrowland. I'd always loved the Submarine Voyage, especially the mermaids and the googley-eyed sea serpent. The Rocket Rods were fun, but they would have been even more fun had the proper funding been put in to add banks to the turns.

I read an article on Yesterland about the last night the Electrical Parade went down Main Street. A bunch of people had started singing “Nah-nah nah-Nah, Nah-nah nah-Nah, Hey-hey-hey, good bye. Nah-nah nah-Nah, Nah-nah nah-Nah, Hey-hey-hey, good-bye” followed by the final good-bye verse from the Mickey Mouse Club March, which everyone had gone into. The writer went on to say that if there had been a dry eye before, there wasn't one now. So far, that's the only time I teared up reading an article.

'96 was when that closed, making me around nine years old. My mother and "aunt" decided to make a special trip down to the park just to see it for the last time, if not the day it closed, then a few days before. I don't recall very much of it – though we have it on video – and I've no idea why. That was always my "aunt's" favorite show, so it must have been difficult for her to watch it, knowing that it would be for the last time. I don't think she ever got to watch it again during the nine years it was at California Adventure.



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Other Articles By CalJones:
Music is Magic Classic Disneyland
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BDay
New Onstage Photos

Open House

 

In June we added 29 new Onstage Photos including:  Extremely rare photos from Davy Crockett Frontier Museum, Walt Disney at the opening of Alice In Wonderland attraction, rare photos from Mickey Mouse Club Circus
*DLDHistory Onstage Photos are available to all of our Members.*

 


Disneyland In The News
California vs. Paris: Tower of Terror
This month, as part of my mini-series of articles comparing Disney California Adventure (DCA) to Walt Disney Studios Park (WDSP) in Paris, I will be looking at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Of the four versions of this attraction in the Dis ...
Guardians Of The Galaxy Heading To Disney Theme Parks
Since Marvel joined the Disney family, superheroes have been popping up at Disneyland to meet and greet fans. While it started with Tony Stark’s Hall of Armors becoming an installation at Innoventions, Thor and Captain America have since come to the ...
Walt Disney Hit With Ex-Employees Wage Class Action
A former Disneyland employee hit two units of The Walt Disney Co. with a putative class action on Thursday in California court, alleging it had failed to pay vacation wages to former workers at six Disney properties when they left the company. ...
Walt Disney Former California Estate Sells For $74 Million
Walt Disney's fairytale southern California estate just sold to the tune of $74 million, a source confirmed to the Daily News. The jaw-dropping Holmby Hills property has a rebuilt mansion but still includes the iconic S-shaped tunnel through whi ...
Fire Quickly Extinguished At Disneyland
A small fire broke out Sunday on a loading dock behind Disneyland in Anaheim, fire authorities said. Visitors to the park said the smoke could be seen from the parking lot at about 4:45 p.m. from the Disneyland Resort on 1020 West Ball Road. ...
Jury Says Splash Mountain Accident Not Substantial Factor In Injury
Disneyland was negligent in an accident involving the Splash Mountain ride, but the incident was not a substantial factor in the injury of a rider who sued, a jury has found.. Steven Wilson of Anaheim said in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Cou ...
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BDay
DLDHistory Celebrates Disneyland's 59th Birthday

Open House

 

Disneyland's has been open for 59 years! July 17th 1955 was opening day. As we do every year we help celebrate Disneyland's Birthday by allowing free access to ALL of our content for 24 hours. Here is all you have to do:

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If you are not at the resort on July 17th remember to stop by DLDHistory.com and get GOLD member access for FREE.

 


DVD
I was looking at DLDHistory one day and realizing the huge amount of content that we have that no other site has. The problem is trying to sort through all of it and put together a nice time line of the History of Disneyland. I also watched most of the Disneyland Historical DVD's available, official and unofficial. None of the DVD's seem to have the complete history of Disneyland including backstage photos and information about deaths and injuries, rare video clips etc.

This project has taken over 3 years to compile.

We have created a full length Disneyland History DVD. The DVD series 2013 version is a 15 disc set covering the full history of Disneyland. The discs are available individually or as a box set. The DVD's contain all attraction openings, parades, deaths, injuries, trivia, backstage photos and lots more. To my knowledge no DVD has ever been created with this type of content.

Our Gold members receive a 50% discount.

Here is an idea to save a bit of money: Upgrade to GOLD then purchase the DVD Full Box Set. You will save $5.00 over the cost of buying the box set only. You will get FULL ACCESS to our site PLUS our 15 disc Disneyland History Box Set!

We offer previews for each disc on our YouTube Channel. You Tube Channel

We are shipping series2013 version copies NOW!



NOTE: We are putting the final touches on series2014 version DVD's they should start shipping late this month.. If you order the DVD's this month we will give you a choice between the series2013 and series2014 versions.


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Spot Light
Spotlight on DLDHistory.com is a column that will point out a little known area of 
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Behind the walls at Big Thunder Mountain Refurbishment. Video recorded in 2013 and is 1:15 minutes long

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