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Welcome to our April 2015 newsletter. We will again present all of our content for free for 24 hours on Disneyland's Birthday: July 17,2015..Also in July we will be releasing an updated version of Chapter 8 of our DVD set. Currently we are planning for anyone that purchases the DVD box set in 2015 will be able to download the Chapter 8 DVD for free. We have a special video clip: Construction of Disneyland narrated by Tony Baxter. The video is 37 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. As a bonus if you order the series2014 Box set in 2015 you will be able to download our updated Chapter 8 DVD for free when we release it in July ! We offer a 50% discount to our Gold Members. We do ship international orders also. We will also be making some changes to our series2015 version.

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Anaheim April temps are normally in the low 70's in the day time and in the mid 50's at night. This month this would be a great month to visit the resort!
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Hugh Allison our senior columnist returns with  his new article:

California vs. Paris: Village vs. Downtown

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California vs. Paris: Village vs. Downtown

This month, I will be starting a series of articles comparing Downtown Disney in the California resort with Disney Village in Disneyland Paris.

Both Downtown Disney and Disney Village serve similar purposes. As well as providing more places for Guests to spend money (and for longer hours, including after the parks have closed), they help turn the area into more of a “resort” rather than a place for a one-day visit.

Downtown Disney (known officially as Downtown Disney District) opened in January 2001, just under a month before Disney’s California Adventure (as it was then called). Disney Village opened (as Festival Disney) with the rest of the Euro Disney Resort (as it was then called) in April 1992.

Both village areas have changed much since they have opened –for the worse, in both instances, in my personal opinion- but these articles will solely focus on them in their current state. 

Both areas take up the land between the parks (Parc Disneyland and Parc Walt Disney Studios in Paris; Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim) and the majority of the entrances to the hotels. This is most likely to catch the Guests staying onsite at the start and end of their days in the Parks, but is also a useful area for Cast Members, locals, and Annual Passholders.

Both feature plenty of places where guests can shop and eat, as well as booths, concerts, pressed penny machines, plenty of trashcans (although the California version is the cleaner of the two, in my opinion, and also features the cool pizza trashcan outside Naples Ristorante), security at each end, signs to help you navigate (although both are pretty straightforward to find your way around) and water features. In fact, although neither are clear or consistent as to exactly where they start and end, for the benefit of these articles, I am including Lake Disney as part of Disney Village.
Both Disney Village and Downtown Disney have restrooms. Not including the ones inside other buildings (such as eateries or cinemas), Disney Village only has one set of toilets, whereas Downtown Disney has two. Although in California, I personally prefer the ones near Wetzel’s Pretzels to the ones near the LEGO Imagination Centre, I nonetheless find both much nicer, warmer and cleaner than the ones in Disney Village.

As a Brit, both Downtown Disney and Disney Village feel very American, although for the former, this is perhaps by default. The latter, designed by Frank Gehry, was more of a stylistic choice, although with the introduction of King Ludwig’s Castle and the shops becoming more generic, one wonders if this theming will continue for much longer.

Both have free entry and nearby parking, which in both instances is located separately to the parking for the actual theme parks. However, unlike in Paris, if you aren’t staying long in the California shopping precinct, it is possible to park for free.

And, of course, only Downtown Disney has a monorail…

In my next article, I will be comparing the entertainment to be found in DD and DV, and then in future months I will move on to looking at their seasonal events, shops and restaurants.

In the meantime, I hope not too many of you were taken in by the article I put out last month as an early April Fool. But none of you really thought Disneyland Paris had a Sleepy Hollow meet-and-greet, did you?

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Other Articles By Hugh:
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 California vs. Paris: Disney Junior - Live On Stage
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Disneyland In The News
50 Year Old Memories Of Worlds Fair
It was half a century ago. This native son of Newport-Mesa was on the East Coast visiting the 1964 New York World's Fair. That fair turned out to be one of the highlights of my young life. I was 19 and stationed with the U.S. Army at Fort S ...
Drones To Entertain At Disneyland
Disney is planning a new addition to do at their night time shows at Disneyland. They plan use drones to create flying aerial displays, fly projection screens and string puppets. Disney has applied for three drone related patents to be used in ...
Disney Raises Ticket Prices For US Theme Parks
Visiting the Happiest Place on Earth just got more expensive. With record attendance at its theme parks, Disney said starting Sunday it would raise ticket prices across the board for the Disneyland Resort here and at Walt Disney World in Florida ...
Disneyland Celebrates Black History Month With Gospel Showcase
Sixteen choirs from Southern California – three of them from Orange County – are performing Saturday at Disneyland for the theme park’s annual Black History Month celebration. Orange County’s New Generation Youth Choir, Friendship Baptist Church ...
California Once Upon A Time
It's when she's perched at the top of a five-storey watery descent that my daughter and I both have epiphanies. In the nanosecond before descent, she realises just how profoundly angry a little girl can possibly be with her dad and I realise that she ...
Celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year At Disneyland California
Even when told the waiting time will be 1 to 1.5 hours, the Zhu family stand without hesitation at the end of the long line to take a picture with Mickey and Minnie dressing in red Chinese New Year costume at the Disney California Adventure Park Satu ...
How Does Disneyland Cover Up Construction Work For Sleeping Beauty Castle Or Small World
Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle looks a bit odd. So does "It’s a Small World." Both of Disneyland’s iconic attractions are under renovation, and Disney hides a lot of the work going on. But the theme park still wants guests to see ...
Disneyland Innoventions Set To Close March 31
Disneyland’s Innoventions attraction is closing March 31, a Disneyland spokesman said Friday, and rumors are already flying that "Star Wars" attractions could end up there. "As part of our continuing efforts to offer our guests new magic, we reg ...
Disneyland Memorabilia Fetches $1.7 Million At Two-Day Auction
An extensive private collection of Disneyland memorabilia that went on the auction block over the weekend generated sales of more than $1.7 million by the time the final gavel had come down, with an animatronic bird from the Enchanted Tiki Room fetch ...
Fire Quickly Extinguished At Disneyland
A small fire was knocked down near the "It's a Small World" attraction at Disneyland Saturday night. No injuries were reported. Disneyland's fire crew responded to the scene and knocked down the blaze by 9:48 p.m. Disneyland spokeswoman S ...
Ultimate List Of Hacks To Prepare For Your Upcoming Disneyland Trip
•If you don't want to pay for parking and are going to park hop, you can use the Downtown Disney 3 Hour lot for free (for three hours) and either go in and out every three hours, or buy something and validate the ticket for more time. •Use the G ...
15 Financial Facts You Never Knew About Disney
1. The theme park reportedly took an initial investment of $17 million to get up and running. That was in 1955 - today those numbers would be closer to $148 million! 2. The first Disneyland ticket reportedly cost $1. It was purchased ...
Diamond Celebration Will Light Up The Disneyland Resort Beginning With Dazzling 24-Hour Event
A dynamic 24-hour party will kick off the summer and launch the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, May 22-23, as guests enjoy the thrilling premieres of three, new nighttime spectaculars: the glittering "Paint the Night" parade and the groundbrea ...
Disneyland Will Open For 24 Hours In May To Celebrate Theme Park 60th Anniversary
Are you ready for another 24-hour endurance test at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure? To kick off Disneyland’s 60th anniversary, the two theme parks will be open to visitors for 24 hours, beginning at 6 a.m. May 22, a Friday. Disne ...
Let It Go On Third Theme Park At Disneyland
The Walt Disney Co. on Thursday shot down – for now – the long-rumored possibility of a third theme park in Anaheim. But CEO Bob Iger detailed plans for sequels to the company’s hugely successful "Frozen" and "Star Wars" movie franchises. Answer ...
A Date With Disney
The date had not been going at all well. Normally, Katie loved Disneyland. But, with Josh, her date, complaining the whole time, she felt herself going bonkers. While he was great when they were about ten yards away from getting on the rides, the res ...
Disneyland People Trap Show A Hallelujah To Hucksterism
Walt Disney, who got ahead by building a better mouse, trotted out his new people-trap last night. The occasion was a what-is-it called Disneyland '59, a 90-minute ABC-TV commercial-masquerading under the guise of entertainment - devoted to hym ...
Craft Is Designed For Cushion-Air Trip To Worlds Fair
A Maryland manufacturer of air cushion vehicles hopes to build a ferry on which Passengers can glide between Manhattan and the New York world's fair grounds in 1964 and 1965. A patent for the new craft will be issued next week. The inventor is Melvil ...
20 Year Deal That Bans Tax On Disney Tickets To End In 2016
A little-known pact struck nearly two decades ago has kept city leaders from levying a so-called entertainment tax on Disneyland and Disney California Adventure tickets. That deal expires in 2016, and City Councilwoman Kris Murray wants to ask v ...
Tomorrowland To Sneak At Disneyland
Walt Disney Parks have announced that they’ll present sneak previews of Brad Bird"s film Tomorrowland starting in mid-April. At California’s Disneyland, the sneak will be in actual Tomorrowland theme park and in Florida, it’ll be at Epcot Center. Bel ...
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"Roast Bob Gurr Party"

Carlene Thie, the driving force behind Ape Pen Publishing and a number of Disneyland print and video retrospectives -- many featuring the stunning photographs taken by her grandfather, Mell Kilpatrick, showing Disneyland under construction -- has put together a number of events over the years to celebrate the career of Bob Gurr.
"Bob is one of the nicest people you could ever be around," Carlene said of the legendary Disney ride designer. "He doesn't judge you, he loves everyone and everybody loves him. I love hearing his stories. When I'm hanging around with Bob, you get to here all his great stories."

All those great stories -- and then some -- will be on display June 13 when Carlene will host a roast for the man who has an incredible and well-respected resume of theme park attraction accomplishments.

The roast will take place in the Holiday Inn, 1240 S. Walnut St., Anaheim, Calif., 92802. The MC for the night is scheduled to be John Eaden of Disneyland Golden Horseshoe fame. The cast of roasters will include Marty Sklar, Garner Holt, Christopher Crump, Eric Johnston and Jeff Heimbuch.

As per Mr. Gurr's request, the night will have a 1950s theme.

And what does the gregarious Gurr have to say about the roast?

"Carlene has done so many events in my 'honor,' I told her I'd rather sit on the sidelines and find out what a mean, nasty nut I really am!

"Of course, I'd enjoy any made-up fantasies, too!"



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 (5 discs). 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  LIFETIME ACCESS to all of our content PLUS our 17 disc Disneyland History Box Set! ($70 Gold Membership + $75 Box Set with Gold membership 50% discount=$145. Full retail for box set only= $150)

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

We are shipping series2014 version copies NOW!

BONUS: If you purchase the series2014 Box set in 2015 you will be able to download the updated Chapter 8 DVD for free when we release it in July.

NOTE:  Full and Current Attractions Versions are available NOW!!. 

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


CHANGES FOR series2015:

Starting in July 2015 we will release our Fourth Release of Disneyland History DVD's a few changes we are looking at:

Chapter 1-7 discs: Remove Deaths and Injuries from each disc.

Allow Chapter 8 disc (2010-Future) to be downloaded for members that have already purchase series2014 version.

Reduce the Parades Chapter 9 to 1 disc

Move all Deaths and Injuries to a separate disc: Chapter 10

Discontinue the Family Version. By moving the Deaths and Injuries to a separate disc we hope that we will no longer need a separate Family Version. If you would like a Family Version order the full version and throw away the Chapter 10 disc.

The total number of discs will remain at 17 but we will also include a blank disc that can be used to download/create the next updated Chapter 8 disc.

We are also looking at making a Custom Version available by request. You will be able to choose which content the set contains for your Box Set. We have not decided on the price yet.


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