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Welcome to our December 2014 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 next 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.  Next month we will be moving all articles written in 2011 to the archive. DLDHistory Exclusive articles will not be moved. Click Here to be able to read the 2011 articles for free. Next month you must be a Deluxe or higher member to read these articles. Next 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: Disney's Magic Highway. Video was taken in 1958 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. We are taking pre-release orders for series2014 Family versions. We plan to release Family  version by Jan 1 2015. 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 December 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!

Hugh Allison our senior columnist is taking a break this month.

K our guest columnist is back with  his third article:

Disneyland And Imagineering Part 2

Cal Jones our guest columnist is back with his third article:

Merriest Place on Earth

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Top Story: We have a special video clip: Disney's Magic Highway. Video was taken in 1958 and is 8 minutes long. It is interesting to see what items that they predicted then have actually come to pass. 
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Disney's Magic Highway
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Disney's Magic Highway
We have a special video clip: Disney's Magic Highway. Video was released in 1958 and is 8 minutes long. It is Disney's prediction of what highways will be like in the future. It is interesting to see what items that they predicted then have actually come to pass.   We have added it to our Misc Videos Page.

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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 reading and finding archival film to see how the amusement industry came into being, which was roughly 75 years prior to the opening of Disneyland. The roadside attraction would propel the evolution of storybook concepts combined with simple ride technology. Additionally, the use of transportation systems such as trains, log rides, or simple ride vehicles, along with controlled lighting of different types, particularly ultra-violet black light, reflection, and forced perspective would enhance the ride experience. This in turn would lead the way for the complex effects that would eventually come into being. In spite of these enhancements, it is interesting to note that some of the simplest illusions are permanently established in some of Disneyland's best attractions, to this day. It's not always high-tech that sells the story. That was critical to Disney's philosophy; something that he felt was missing – quality and detail – and most importantly, keeping the story in the forefront, cohesive and easy to follow for the younger audience. After all, that's who they were primarily geared to.

The entertainment era that focused on drawing larger and larger numbers of people really goes back into the 19th century, as families that had to work so hard would desire some respite. In keeping with the American spirit, they wanted to venture out into what was, literally, untouched wilderness, to discover something spectacular beyond their everyday lives.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, of the 2 million miles of roadway in the U.S., less than 200 miles was paved. The rest was either dirt, gravel, or, of all things, crushed glass, or some combination. The automobiles that existed needed constant maintenance; oil had to be added every hundred miles and it was common to suffer blowouts. Nevertheless, progress moved on, and even before the beginning of the 1900's, there had already been one of the first of these attractions. In 1877 an overlook in Hot Springs, Arkansas became a place to visit. An observation tower measuring 165 feet was erected, and one of the first recorded roadside attractions came into being. Interstate roadways like the famous Dixie Highway, stretching from Detroit to Florida, helped facilitate the growth. The range of attractions stretches a broad spectrum, with such favorites as Castle Rock in St. Ignace, Michigan, Tommy Bartlett's Water Show in the Wisconsin Dells, (which is still alive and thriving) and hundreds more, too many to name. It's important to mention an ex-Navy diver, Newton Perry, and his development of an underwater breathing apparatus for his shows in Weeki Wachee, Florida. It was very simple really, running compressed air underwater for the girls to draw air from, well, you get the idea. 

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Memories From The Mansion Disneyland And Imagineering

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 make snowflakes. My mother has a picture of me dancing in them, somewhere.

When the House of the Future was still there, a large, red ribbon would be placed around it, making it look like a giant present.

Sleeping Beauty's Castle used to have a Christmas tree or two in it's moat. At first, they were a lovely white, with unfortunately similar colored ornaments, so they couldn't be seen well. Then, they became a rather garish shade of red called burnt sienna. I'm sure it's typically a gorgeous color, but on a tree, the color just makes it look not only dead, but a fire risk, and I know what I'm talking about. Now, there are no more trees in the Castle moat. Since 2007, the Castle became covered in snow drifts and icicles, making it Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle.

Up until 2008, the tree in the Town Square had been real. It became completely artificial, in which it was covered in 70,000 energy efficient LED lights and 20,000 ornaments. The star is about the size of your average second or third grader, forty-two inches. Even Billy Hill and the Hillbillies have their own Christmas tree, reminiscent of Charlie Brown's.

The Haunted Mansion and It's a Small World both get massive holiday overlays. Haunted Mansion Holiday is based around the 1993 Tim Burton film “Nightmare Before Christmas.” That terrific idea came to fruition in 2000.

Small World Holiday features holiday traditions from around the world. While the insanely annoying song is still there, it is accompanied by snippets of traditional songs, like "Deck the Halls" and "Jingle Bells."

From it's opening in the 1955, Disneyland has been decorated for the holidays, with the decorations getting more and more elaborate over the years. They soon began to match the themes of the various Lands, from Mardi Gras colored ribbons and music note ornaments in New Orleans Square to what can only be described as general fun-ness in Mickey's Toontown.





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Other Articles By Cal Jones:
Music is Magic Classic Disneyland


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Disneyland In The News
Disney Autistic Kids Lawsuit Expands But Judge Rejects Group Status
It’s kind of 69 steps forward and 95 steps sideways in the American With Disabilities Act lawsuit against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Late last week, a Florida federal judge decided that dozens more families of children with developmental disorder ...
Veterans Get Real Respect On Disneyland Main Street USA
Sharon Peterson’s eyes welled up. Standing in the middle of Disneyland’s Town Square, the 46-year-old Costa Mesa resident looked up at an American flag, gently waving as it was lowered from the sunset sky. With her right hand over her hea ...
Secrets From A Disneyland Employee Revealed What Happens Behind The Castle Drawbridge
Ever wondered what happens behind the magical drawbridge at Disneyland? A former employee has appeared online and anonymously spilled some of the secrets of the park and what it was like working as a character Which is the most uncomfortable c ...
Disneyland Houses Hundreds Of Feral Cats
Southern California feral cats have been making their home in Anaheim’s Disneyland since the theme park opened in 1955. No one knows how the cats got there. Disneyland has always been mum about their feline population, refusing to comment on the ...
Disneyland Resort Welcomes Anna And Elsa From Frozen To A Christmas Fantasy Parade For The Holidays
The Happiest Place on Earth Just Gets Merrier as Anna and Elsa from Walt Disney Pictures' animated hit "Frozen" join the annual holiday celebration at the Disneyland Resort. The Holidays bring themed entertainment, sparkling decorations, delicious tr ...
21 Interesting Facts About The Walt Disney Company
Since it was founded in 1923, The Walt Disney Company has captivated the masses by fostering imaginative, family friendly entertainment. Having grown into a $155 billion company today, Disney is also arguably the world's most successful diversified m ...
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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: We are putting the final touches on series2014 Family version DVD's they should start shipping late next month.. Full and Current Attractions Versions are available NOW!!. 

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

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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.

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