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Welcome To Our January 2015 Newsletter

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Welcome to our January 2015 newsletter. We have released of our 5 Disc Current Attractions version. Disneyland History DVD's Current Attractions 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 this year all Discs will be the same as the series 2014 except for Chapter 8 (2010-). We will only be  updating Chapter 8 each year from this point forward.  This year we begin our 18th year online..Thank you everyone that has supported DLDHistory over the last 18 years!! We have a special video clip: Disneyland New Years Fireworks. Video was taken in 2015 and is 8 minutes long 
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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. Our Full Version and Current Attractions version are currently available. 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 January temps are normally in the high 60's in the day time and in the mid 40's at night. This month this would be a great month to visit the resort!
K our guest columnist is back with  his fourth article:

Disneyland And Imagineering Part 3

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Top Story: We have a special video clip: New Years Eve Celebration. Has 2 views of the fireworks. Video was taken in 2015 and is 15 minutes long.
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Disneyland In The News: In December we added 5 new articles. We now have over 1,800 Disneyland Articles!
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Spotlight on  is a column that will point out a little known area of DLDHistory that may interest you. This month we present a video: Sleeping Beauty Winter Castle. Video was taken in 2013 and is 4:30 minutes long
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2015 New Years Eve Celebration
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New Years Eve
We have a special video clip: New Years Eve Celebration. Has 2 views of the fireworks. Video was taken in 2015 and is 15 minutes long.  We have added it to our Holiday Gallery Page.

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Disneyland And Imagineering
Part 3

When we last left our Imagineers, a final location had been chosen, funding had been arranged, and crews were assembled that would begin by retaining trees and vegetation that could be utilized in the design, and the vegetation that would have to be removed as a non-stop adventure was about to commence that would continue long after the park opened. (I checked, they're still working today.) With the initial crews in place, construction commenced on July 21st, 1954. Aside from the sponsors for the actual attractions, one Alameda family- owned construction company was McNeil Construction. They were responsible for the huge task of the initial removal and grading process and for the reshaping of the topography that was to become Disneyland's areas, or “lands.” Johnston Stainless Welding Rods made major contributions as well to basic foundations and structuring. Arrow Development, American Bridge, Lovested, and Todd Shipyards would also come into play in the near, and distant, future.

As far as moving into the design portion, I was thinking of a good “jumping off” point to delve into the actual construction of the park, indeed the Imagineers were involved in every aspect, so humor me. I think that in order to go forward, we need to travel back. Disney had an extreme dislike for the sleazy, carny atmosphere of the bulk of permanent and, definitely, semi-permanent parks and fairs, they being dirty and very transient. So, he looked for ideas and models that he did approve. Very close, geographically speaking, Children's Fairyland was built in 1948, by Arthur Naviet. Admission then was 9 cents. William Everitt, a local architect, built the storybook scenes that were incorporated into the design. Disney was so impressed that he hired several employees from the staff. In the mid-90's, Fairyland achieved non-profit status which entitled them to receive additional financial support. Their mission has always been to promote creativity and imagination for children and their families. A very affordable example of what Disney was aiming for that thrives to this day.

Another model that contributed was Tivoli Gardens, built in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1843, making it the second oldest amusement park in the world. (Dyrehavsbakken is the oldest: try saying that fast.) The Gardens have the distinction of being the second most popular park in the world behind European park Rust, Efteling, and, guess who? Disneyland Paris. 

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Other Articles By K:
Memories From The Mansion Disneyland And Imagineering
Disneyland And Imagineering Part 2  
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Disneyland In The News
Merriest Place On Earth
"The Happiest Place on Earth" becomes all the more magical during the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Tinsel and garland cover almost every inch of the already beautiful park. In 2006 they had a machine that produced many tiny bubbles grouped to mak ...
Disneyland And Imagineering Part 2
Did you know Walt Disney declared bankruptcy? It's true. Pre-Disney: The Roadside Attraction As I was putting together the material for this article in the series, I wanted to touch on a part of Americana that has significance. I enjoy ...
Disney Alters Perks For Club 33 Members
Some of Mickey Mouse's high-roller friends have their tails in a twist.. For access to what is billed as "the most exclusive address in all of Disneyland" - Club 33 - many members pay $11,000 a year. Now some of those fans are piqued over what t ...
Fair Or Foul Disneyland's Fantasmic Moving To Fastpass System Means No More Saving Spots
A manhole cover between New Orleans Square and the Rivers of America marks the spot. Once or twice a week around 6 p.m., Janey Ellis and her husband, Patrick Arlt, both 26 of Orange, set down a "Nightmare Before Christmas" blanket near this man ...
Vintage Disneyland Is Frozen Out By A New Attraction
Those snow people from Frozen have taken out one of my favorite little moments at Disneyland: the charming little windmill scene from Walt Disney’s 1937 film The Old Mill. The miniature has been a part of the Storybook Land Canal Boats ride for decad ...
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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 17 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.

We also offer a Current Attractions Version. This has the history of only the attractions currently operating at Disneyland. The Current Attractions Version is already in the 17 Disc Box Set, this version is for people that only want information about the current operating attractions.

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 LIFETIME ACCESS to our site PLUS our 17 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:  Full and Current Attractions Versions are available NOW!!. 

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

And A Comparison Of Previous series


Spot Light
Spotlight on is a column that will point out a little known area of 
DLDHistory that may interest you.

Sleeping Beauty Winter Castle. Video was taken in 2013 and is 4:30 minutes long

Sleeping Beauty Winter Castle Video


Winter Castle
Halloween Screams
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