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Welcome To Our August 2014 Newsletter

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Welcome to our August 2014 newsletter. This month we are proud to announce the release of our 16 Disc. Disneyland History DVD's series2014. This is our 3rd release of our Disneyland History DVD's. This will be the last time that we completely change the entire set. Starting next year we will offer updates to our Box Sets.  We have a special video clip: A complete ride through of Jingle Cruise. A Holiday overlay for Jungle Cruise. The clip is over 8 minutes long. 
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In July we added 13 new Onstage Photos including:  9 from Legends Of Frontierland, Aluminum Hall Of Fame, Holidayland, Rocket To The Moon, Skyway and Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk-Through.

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Our Disneyland History DVD's are the most popular item we have ever sold. We are shipping our series2014 version NOW. Only our Full Version is currently available. We are taking pre-release orders for series2014 Family and Current Attractions versions. We plan to release Family and Current Attractions by Sept 1 2014. Order your Disneyland History DVD Full version NOW and we will ship it in 3 days. We offer a 50% discount to our Gold Members. We do ship international orders also.

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Anaheim August 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 taking a break this month. He will be back next month with a new article.
K our guest columnist is back with a new article
Disneyland And Imagineering
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Top Story: We have a special video clip: Jingle Cruise In this new seasonal storyline of the attraction, the Skippers have grown homesick for the holidays, so they've added holiday cheer to the Jungle Cruise queue and boathouse with decorations that have been mailed to them from home The clip is over 8 minutes long and recorded in 2013.  We have added it to our Jingle Cruise Page.  
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Disneyland In The News: In July we added 15 new articles. We now have over 1,800 Disneyland Articles!
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Complete Ride Through Of Jingle Cruise
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Jingle Cruise
We have a special video clip: Jingle Cruise In this new seasonal storyline of the attraction, the Skippers have grown homesick for the holidays, so they've added holiday cheer to the Jungle Cruise queue and boathouse with decorations that have been mailed to them from home The clip is over 8 minutes long and recorded in 2013.  We have added it to our Jingle Cruise Page.

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Disneyland And Imagineering

There's no I in Team, but there are three in Imagineering.


Well, it's not quite as long as the title from that 60's Mixed-Up Zombie movie, but it's close, and in my mind a lot more entertaining, and there's no corn or cheese here.

Growing up a railroad kid, spending time with my father when he would go to work in the freight house or, even more exciting, the roundhouse, I can identify easily with Disney's lifelong love of trains. Not only did I frequent the rail yards with my dad, but he brought his work home with him for me in the shape of a Lionel train set which, 45 years later, I still play with. Saturdays were my favorite, sometimes spending the whole day "working" with my dad and visiting all the men and women he worked with who were all a part of my extended family. And, of course, having a movie theater within walking distance, I saw more than my share of Disney features whether they be animated, live, or combined. "Mary Poppins," "Peter Pan," "Bambi," and one of my very favorites, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," from which I spent most of my 4th grade art class trying to sculpt the "Nautilus" out of clay. The film sequence of that incredible iron-cast menace cutting through the water, illuminating it in a green tinge with large menacing globe-like eyes of some unseen monster, is still as fresh in my mind as the first time I saw it. For my devotion and tenacity, I can say I now have a 1:1 scale, 4-foot replica of the effects sub sitting in my back showroom. I can't say exactly when I got interested in film, or much more specifically, technical effects, but I know it was some time prior to my 13th year, because by Christmas of 1972, at the premier of "The Poseidon Adventure," I was asking that ageless question, "How did they do that?" But, backing up, I realized it really started at the end of the summer of 1969 and it wasn't in a movie theater. It was a very warm day and extremely crowded as we stood in line in front of a large, 4-column Antebellum Mansion, cream white with forest green trim, waiting to enter the newest attraction in the Magic Kingdom.

Disneyland is always being added-to and re-invented, but after the opening of "Pirates of the Caribbean" three years prior, the breakthroughs in engineering and the inception of cutting edge electronics were ushering in a new age. So, it would seem difficult to top such a multidimensional attraction. Story, sound, lighting, engineering, electronics, costume, all coming to an intersection. This was the beginning of the most creative time: huge advancements in ride creation blending engineering and creativity in one entity. But, ironically, as Disney's staff was piqued to perform and outperform themselves, his own life was at an ebb, but he was not going out quietly. There was no doubt that he and all of those attached to him were working overtime.

But this was not the actual birth of Imagineering, the term, or even the company that adopted its name. We have to go back to the '40s to the eastern side of the country, particularly New York City, where Alcoa, the largest aluminum producer in the United States, has its major production factory located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Alcoa will always get credit for coining the term, but this is one of those rare situations where another company adopted the name after-the-fact and breathed life into it, giving it significance infinite times more than its predecessor.

In order to succeed in the business world, whether it's car production or amusement parks, even an idealist must be highly competitive, working in the present, looking back at the past to learn, to guide him/her into the future. Disney knew this very well. His head wasn't in the clouds as a lot of his detractors thought. In fact, he was a very grounded businessman with an even more bottom-line brother right next to him, overseeing the bulk of the tedious financials. But that was part of the formula that worked. More significantly, I would classify Disney as an enigma, a man more "centrally-hemisphered," rather than predominantly guided by the right or the left side of his brain. He had the creativity, ingenuity, and analytical ability to bring both halves together to form something symbiotic, very special and even more rare.

The Early Years

It stands to reason that Walter Elias Disney will always hold the title of "First Imagineer." And, not to take anything away from him, but you know what they say, "When you consider a child's upbringing, look at the parents." Disney was no exception. Walt's father, Elias, had worked in Chicago as a laborer on the World Columbian Exposition of 1893, and it was no coincidence that he had lots of stories to share with his son. So this, to me, is easy to consider as a beginning or jumping-off point for one of the biggest, and definitely best, showmen of all time, rivaling Barnum for some very important reasons. It wasn't just that Disney was a showman, but the best (and by best I mean to make an experience more than just a temporary memory). Ask yourself, if you visited a circus, a carnival, and Disneyland, which of the three would leave the most lasting memory? Which would you most likely visit again, and which would you enjoy with not only your peers, but older and younger members of your family? An experience so exciting, that when it's time to leave, it makes you sad as you drive away and, weeks later, you can't stop thinking about how much fun it was. That, I think, is what makes Disneyland and the men and women who brought it to life so special. The attention to detail, which includes cleanliness and keeping everything functioning at its maximum capability and safety, sometimes upwards of sixteen hours a day. It's the feeling of constant activity and evolution. Though the "landscape" of the park may change from time to time, it is always for the better, or, with something new and innovative. Attractions never languish; they are transformed and reborn into something better, something we've been waiting for.

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Memories From The Mansion  
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New Onstage Photos



In July we added 13 new Onstage Photos including:  9 from Legends Of Frontierland, Aluminum Hall Of Fame, Holidayland, Rocket To The Moon, Skyway and Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk-Through.
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Disneyland In The News
Secretive Club 33 Sheds Much Of Its Past In Major Renovation
Disneyland’s secretive Club 33 is getting a massive – and somewhat controversial – makeover that will eliminate nostalgic touches when the swanky upgrades are unveiled July 18. The top-to-bottom rehab includes the addition of a full-service lou ...
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 ...
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 wh ...
Disney Other Recruiters Get Social For Better And Worse
To understand how recruiting is changing, look at The Walt Disney Co. To find animators for movies like "Frozen" or cast members to dance and sing at the Happiest Place on Earth, Disney doesn’t just post openings on job boards. Instead, t ...
Disneyland Alice Gets A Facelift
The White Rabbit isn’t going to want to be late for this. Disneyland’s 56-year-old Alice in Wonderland attraction has undergone a makeover to the delight of its riders. One new Alice figure, now with a surprised look on her face, was plac ...
Even Bigger: Halloween Grows At Disneyland
OUT-SIZED OCTOBER: Back in the day -- so, lo about the 1960s and '70s, give or take -- you couldn't top summer for Disneyland's busiest season. Grad nights and date nights and concerts and special events filled out the warm weather months, and those ...
Raver Day At Disneyland
It’s 7am, you’re "walking" through your hotel’s lobby, dragging what were once your legs behind you. You’re rocking that classic festival attire: booty shorts, neon colors, furry boots (even though it’s scorching hot outside), and maybe that one pair ...
Disneyland Celebrates Its 59th Anniversary
Take a stroll on Main Street USA inside Disneyland in Anaheim and you will find a plaque in middle of the main square with Walt Disney’s famous July 17th 1955 opening day speech. "To all who come to this happy place, Welcome. Disneyland is your ...
Disneyland In 1955 Rides Now Long Gone Weird Glitches On Opening Day
Disneyland was dedicated during a special preview opening day on July 17, 1955. The public opening was July 18. The dedication aired on ABC at 4:30 p.m. July 17. Some details of the opening: Park attendance: 6,000 guests were invited for the sp ...
Disneyland To Kick Up Birthday Party Early
Disneyland will start celebrating its 60th anniversary before the theme park even reaches its birthday. The company announced that the yearlong Diamond Celebration will start sometime in the spring. But the actual anniversary date isn’t until J ...
How To Eat Your Way Through Disneyland Like You're A Kid Again
We may be older than your average kid, but we still love Disneyland. Kids of all ages do. Even more so now that we get to visit and see the park through the eyes of our 4-year-old daughter, Simone. There are so many reasons why people come back ...
Walt Disney World Disneyland Salute U.S. Military With Offers For 2014 2015
On July 21, Disney Parks Blog announced that Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California would offer discounts to eligible U.S. Military service personnel. These special theme-park tickets and room rates will be valid into ...
Meeting Disneyland Princesses
I've run marathons. And half-marathons. And countless smaller-mileage races. But I never expected to get pre-race jitters at Disneyland. Of course, I never expected to be running to get a place in line to meet the princesses from "Frozen," either. ...
Disneyland Halloween Party Offers Discounted Admission
We're not yet finished with the hot summer months in the desert, but at Disneyland, already it's time to think about Halloween. If nothing else, thoughts of October may work as a psychological diversion from the heat. Tickets for the annual Mick ...
Disneyland Legends Of Frontierland A Fun Dose Of Wacky Live Action
"Hey," the kid said. "I can get you out of jail." I politely said no. Standing in lockup, after all, was a rare photo opportunity. The kid shrugged and walked off, and there I stood alone in my cell, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in front of me, ...
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DLDHistory Celebrates Disneyland's 59th Birthday

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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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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 5 years to compile. We have created a full length Disneyland History DVD. 


The DVD series2014 version is a 16 disc set covering the full history of Disneyland. The discs are available 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 16 disc Disneyland History Box Set!

We offer previews for each disc on our YouTube Channel. You Tube Channel (series2014 previews coming soon)

We are shipping series2014 version copies NOW!

NOTE: We are putting the final touches on series2014 Current Attractions and Family version DVD's they should start shipping late this month.. Full version is available NOW!!. 

We no longer offer individual Chapters for purchase. A Box Set must be purchased.

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Spot Light
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Halloween Screams Fireworks presented during Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland. Video was taken in 2013 and is 12 minutes long.

Halloween Screams Video  


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Halloween Screams
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