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Welcome To Our March 2014 Newsletter

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Welcome to our March 2014 newsletter. We have acquired a clip from the movie Saving Mr. Banks. The clip shows all of the Disneyland scenes from the movie. The clip is 5 minutes long.

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Our Disneyland History DVD's are the most popular item we have ever sold. We are shipping our series2013 version. If you order NOW we will be able to fill your order in about 3-4 days. 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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In February we added 2 new backstage photos.
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Anaheim March temps are normally in the low 70's in the day time and in the low 50'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: Foolish Mortals -- Part Four
 
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Top Story: We have acquired a clip from the movie Saving Mr. Banks. The clip shows all of the Disneyland scenes from the movie. The clip is 5 minutes long. 
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Disneyland In The News: In February we added 4 new articles. We now have over 1,700 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: For Disneyland's 35th anniversary, Michael Eisner took the rather unprecedented step of actually announcing the next ten years' worth of attractions for the Happiest Place on Earth. This clip is from Disneyland Today from 1990 and shows Disney's attraction predictions for the next 10 years. Video was shot in 1990 and is 1 minute 16 seconds long.
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Disneyland History DVD.: This project has taken over 3 years to compile. We have created a full length Disneyland History DVD set. The DVD set 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 series 2013 version released on July 1, 2013. We are shipping series2013 versions NOW. We have 3 versions now: Family Full and Currently Open Attractions. We have added 2 more discs since our Original 2012 version and added many new features
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Top Story
Saving Mr. Banks Disneyland Scenes
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Saving Mr. Banks
We have acquired a clip from the movie Saving Mr. Banks. The clip shows all of the Disneyland scenes from the movie. The clip is 5 minutes long. We have added it to our Misc Videos Page.

Also all of our Misc Videos are now available for download in MPG and MP4 format.
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Onstage
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In February we added 2 new backstage photos. The most overlooked attraction at Disneyland is the Petrified Tree. We have located a photo of the tree being loaded from the Petrified Forest. Also a letter sent from Mr. Baker to Walt Disneyland.

 

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Exclusive Articles
Hugh Allison
Senior Columnist


California vs. Paris: Welcome Foolish Mortals -- Part Four

In part three of my four-part comparison between California's Haunted Mansion (in its regular form, rather than its seasonal overlay) and France's Phantom Manor, I shall be looking at the ride itself.

Both versions use an Omnimover. In Paris this does not feature on-board audio. Other than this, the ride system for both is the same (even down to the self-lowering safety bars), but the visuals one encounters once in their Doom Buggy is very different.

Both versions start with an ascent, and a curve to the right, including moments of complete darkness.

However, whereas Haunted Mansion starts with the endless hallway scene, Phantom Manor has a few tableaux before this: an animatronic of Manor resident, Melanie Ravenswood.

Although one would have already passed many portraits of Ms. Ravenswood before boarding one's Doom Buggy, this is the first time she is seen in the flesh. Personally, I think this animatronic makes her look very doll-like, and I find her movements too jerky (considering she is supposed to still be alive at this point) but her inclusion here is useful for reiterating to riders that this is a very different experience to the Haunted Mansions stateside.

There are several different interpretations of the story of Phantom Manor, but they are based around the same rough idea. Melanie is engaged to be married to a train engineer. However, the groom disappears on her wedding day; all animatronics of Melanie have her in a wedding dress, which, unbeknownst to her, is the work of the Phantom. It is perhaps sensible to deduct from this that the hanging body in the Stretch room is supposed to be that of the groom; with the Phantom being the one narrating that scene.

Expanding on this theme further, the Phantom is often believed to be Melanie's father, Henry Ravenswood, who built the manor with riches found on Big Thunder Mountain. The backstory of Disneyland Paris' Frontierland as a whole is based around this story; for brevity, I will not expand on this here, although it is impressively detailed and beautifully thought out.

Animatronics of Melanie tend to dominate the first half of Phantom Manor (often with her twin motifs of a candelabra and a bunch of roses -- the latter wilts more as the attraction progresses), with animatronics of the Phantom dominating the second half. It is also noticeable that as the attraction progresses, those of Melanie make her harder to see (or identify with), but those of the Phantom give us better and better views of his finer details. The layouts of the endless hallways for both California's Haunted Mansion, and Paris' Phantom Manor are pretty similar, even down to the knights. The major difference, however, is that in Paris, this scene also features Melanie. However, the position of the billowing curtains is slightly different, and Paris does not feature the Donald Duck chair.

 



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Other Articles By Hugh Allison:
California vs. Paris: It's A Small World Disneyland Memories
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
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 2 California vs. Paris: Adventureland
California vs. Paris: 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 Part One
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
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Disneyland In The News
Unlocking The Secrets Of Disneyland The Magic Is In The Details
Have you ever wondered why you get that warm and fuzzy feelings just as you walk into Disneyland? We caught up with Katie, a Disneyland VIP tour guide who says the magic is hidden in the details. You can find them all over the park. ...
California vs. Paris: Welcome Foolish Mortals -- Part Three
In part three of my four-part comparison between California's Haunted Mansion (in its regular form, rather than its seasonal overlay) and France's Phantom Manor, I shall be looking at the ride itself. Both versions use an Omnimover. In Pari ...
Rediscovered Disney Treasures Inspire Tomorrowland Movie
Visitors to Disneyland in recent weeks might have noticed some areas around "It's A Small World," Matterhorn and other areas blocked off. There's a new movie in the works, titled "Tomorrowland," that crews were filming at the park. The movi ...
Tales Of A Disney Cast Member
It's been pretty well established at this point that I'm a bit of a Disneyland geek. That fact about me just has a way of coming up, even when I don't say anything. Perfect example: I proudly have my experience as a cast member t ...
  
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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.

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

We are shipping series2013 version copies NOW!

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

For Disneyland's 35th anniversary, Michael Eisner took the rather unprecedented step of actually announcing the next ten years' worth of attractions for the Happiest Place on Earth. This clip is from Disneyland Today from 1990 and shows Disney's attraction predictions for the next 10 years. Video was shot in 1990 and is 1 minute 16 seconds long.

1990 Disneyland Future Attraction Predictions Video  

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Disneyland Story
A Day At Disneyland 1992
 
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