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Welcome to our July 2015 newsletter. We will again present all of our content for free for 24 hours on Disneyland's Birthday: July 17,2015. Details Here. We have released an updated version of Chapter 8 of our DVD set Details Here. If you purchased series2014 Box Set you are able to download the Chapter 8 DVD for free. We will also be making some minor changes to the site starting this month. Details Here

We have a special video clip: behind the scenes of the refurbishment of Peter Pan's Flight. The video is 4 minutes long. Recorded in 2015

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Our Disneyland History DVD's are the most popular item we have ever sold. We are shipping our series2015 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 series2015 Box set in 2015 you will be able to download our updated Chapter 8 DVD for free when we release it in July 2016 ! We offer a 50% discount to our Gold Members. We do ship international orders also. 

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Anaheim July 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!
In June we added 13 new Onstage Photos and 1 backstage photos.

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We have a very special columnist this month: Ron DeFore. His father ran the Silver Banjo restaurant in Frontierland on opening day. He gives a great look inside the park on those early days:
Growing Up In Disneyland

Cal Jones our guest columnist returns with a new article:

A Diamond Celebration In Sardineland

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Top Story: We have a special video clip: Behind the scenes of Peter Pan's Flight Refurbishment. The video is 4 minutes long. Recorded in 2015
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Disneyland In The News: In June we added 10 new articles. 

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Peter Pan's Flight Refurbishment
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Peter Pan's Flight
We have a special video clip: Behind the scenes of Peter Pan's Flight Refurbishment. The video is 4 minutes long. Recorded in 2015.  We have added it to our Peter Pan's Flight Attraction Page.

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A Diamond Celebration In Sardineland

It had been three or four years since I had last been to Disneyland. But, on May 22, my mother and I went, just the two of us. That day was the opening day, for lack of a better term, of the park's Diamond celebration. As a part of that, the parks were open for 24 hours, closing at 6 A.M. on May 23 for a few hours.

Rather inadvertently, we ended up parking in the "Toy Story" parking lot instead of Mickey and Friends, like we usually would. We were so used to turning left upon entering the esplanade, that when we did it this time, we ended up at the entrance to California Adventure, and we only had tickets to Disneyland, so that was a little embarrassing.

We entered the park at a little before ten that morning and I had the urge to make an angelic sound when we passed through the gates. The lines to get in belied the massive crowd going down Main Street. That essentially began the epitome of the phrase, "Don't judge a book by its cover."

While waiting to get on Space Mountain, my mother had mentioned that it was interesting to see the variety of happy people there. There were an array of tattoos, clothing styles, fandoms (the newer term for fan-club), folk you'd never expected to like Disney, and yet, here they were, waiting to get on rides at the Happiest Place on Earth, smiling and joking with the people around them. She then proceeded to tell me that I needed to find a guy like them and that there should be a Disney-centric dating site. I will admit I've never had any desire to join a dating site, but if it was centered around all things Disney, I might be interested in doing so.

Some of my favorite rides had received at least one update since I had been here, last. With Indiana Jones, effects with the Mara idol and the doors of the room he's in were more elaborate, mainly being something like electrical arcs going along the length of the wall. When we were trying to turn in our Fastpasses to ride it a se

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Other Articles By Cal Jones:
Music is Magic Classic Disneyland
Merriest Place On Earth A Date With Disney
A Diamond Celebration In Sardineland  

Growing Up In Disneyland

Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue Restaurant in Frontierland

Disneyland fans who have enjoyed the park numerous times might say they too "grew up in Disneyland." But my family’s story is a bit different. Our Mom loved to quote us kids saying, "gee, do we have to go to Disneyland again? Such was the case in the early years of the Park when Dad owned a restaurant in Frontierland. A few stories below are just a part of my brother Dave’s and my presentation on Saturday, August 15th at this year’s D23 Expo (second floor, "Walt Disney Archives Stage").

Our saga begins with some background on my father – film and TV actor, Don DeFore. If you’re neither a senior citizen nor an entertainment historian you’re wondering: who was Don DeFore. Well, to start, dad was honored with a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame for his role as "Thorny" on the first five years of the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet TV show. He is perhaps best known for his role as Mr. Baxter or "Mr. B" in the 1960s TV sitcom, Hazel, with costar Shirley Booth as Hazel.

DeFore was also president of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences (Los Angeles chapter) from 1954 to 1955. A major accomplishment in that role was selling the first nationally televised Emmy Awards to NBC which aired live March 7, 1955. Nominees and recipients of Emmy Awards would gain much more exposure for their TV productions now that television would bring the Awards show into millions of homes. One person, in particular, was most grateful to gain more exposure for his successful TV productions: Walt Disney.

That live national telecast switched back and forth between the New York and Los Angeles chapters (this was before satellite broadcasts) and was a resounding success. Kudos came to Dad and others (including Bud Coulson, the Academy’s PR man) responsible for pulling it off. One such compliment came by phone to Dad from Walt Disney who wanted to meet the man

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Disneyland In The News
Is Demand Pricing Coming To Disneyland
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts may be considering charging more for high-demand days during summer, the Christmas holiday and spring break, and less for off-peak days, a survey the company sent to park visitors suggests.. In an online survey sent ...
Dazzling Debut For Disneyland Diamond Celebration Shows
Diamonds are Minnie's best friend too, and she proved it as Disneyland Resort kicked off its 60th anniversary in style. Just in time for the start of summer, the two Disneyland Resort theme parks debuted three new shows, an all-new nighttime parade, ...
Darkness Creeps Into Disneyland On Bats Day Weekend
It was only a matter of time, but dark imagery and creepy subcultures have irrefutably infiltrated pop culture. From fans of music genres like death metal and industrial to adherents of retro and retro-futuristic art movements such as Edwardianism an ...
Disneyland Resort Generates 5.7 Billion Dollars Of Southern California Economy
Disneyland Resort generates an estimated $5.7 billion annually in economic activity for the Southern California economy, according to an independent study commissioned by The Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division. "We’ve just had great growth a ...
PBS American Experience Walt Disney Premiering Sept 14
In 1966, the year Walt Disney died, 240 million people saw a Disney movie, 100 million tuned in to a Disney television program, 80 million bought Disney merchandise, and close to seven million visited Disneyland. Few creative figures before or since ...
Disney Powerful Marketing Force Social Media Moms
Wendy Wright is a home-schooling mother of two, a prolific blogger and a self-described "Disney Nut." Her cats are named Mickey and Minnie, and her blog is filled with advice for visiting Disneyland, tips for holding Disney-themed parties and reviews ...
Raver Day At Disneyland
There are many subcultures that have made Disneyland their mecca for meet-ups-most notably the goths and those Disney megafans who dress like biker gangs. But there are also a bunch of lesser-known events, like Nerdy Day, Dapper Day, and a day for sk ...
JoAnn Dean Killingsworth Disneyland First Snow White Dies At 91
JoAnn Dean Killingsworth, the first person to play Snow White at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., died Saturday. She was 91. Her death comes just a few weeks shy of the park’s 60th anniversary. Disneyland recently hosted a weekend of festivities t ...
How Southern California Attractions Like Disneyland Cater To Theme Park Junkies
Can theme parks become even more addictive? That's what parks in Southern California and around the country are hoping to do with their new crop of attractions for this summer. Anyone in business knows it's more cost-effective to get your curren ...
Disneyland New Fireworks Show Lights Up More Than Just The Sky
Capping a magical day at Disneyland off with fireworks has been a tradition at the theme park since its very early days. But their latest show may be their best yet. "Disney's always known for great fireworks spectaculars and Disneyland Forever ...
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New Photos

New Photos

In June we added 13 new Onstage and 1 backstage photo. 

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Problems we have fixed on the site:

Some Archive articles were not displaying. 

Backstage Restaurant photos were not working those have been fixed. 

Corrected a problem in Photo Upload screen. 

Removed the DLDHistory Affiliate Program.

Starting in July we will be re-writing the site Search Engine functionality. 

We are looking at adding a Facebook plug in so that members can comment on articles and attractions.

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*Backstage Photos are available to Deluxe, Premium, Bronze, Silver Diamond and GOLD Members.*


Disneyland's Birthday

Disneyland Is Celebrating 60 Years!

Disneyland's has been open for 60 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.

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On July 17th between 10am (PST) and July 18th 10am (PST)

Login as: disneyland55

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If you are not at the resort on July 17th remember to stop by and get GOLD member access for FREE.

Don DeFore's sons, Ron and David, will once again be entertaining attendees of the D23 Expo 2015 August 15 at 10:00am with their historic perspective of Disneyland's early years when their Dad owned Don DeFore's Silver Banjo Barbecue Restaurant in Frontierland. While Don was the president of the Television Academy and sold the first national broadcast of the Emmy Awards to NBC Walt Disney was on the board ... they became friends and the rest is history - - humorously presented by Don's two sons. The DeFore family was even in the Opening Day Parade riding the Autopia cars up Main Street and after spending many days at the park for five years they were perhaps the only kids to ever utter the words, ''gee, do we have to go to Disneyland again?'' What will kids do in the park when they've gotten bored with all the attractions. Come join us to find out!



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 series2015 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 are shipping series2015 version copies NOW!

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

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:

We have released our Fourth Release of Disneyland History DVD's (series2015) a few changes we have made:

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.
If you purchase series2015 version starting in July 2016 you will be able to download the Chapter 8 update for free.

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.

The Box set prices have not changed we are holding the same as they were for series2014

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.


series2015 DVD Update Download:

If you purchased the series2014 box set (the discs will say series2014 on them) you can now download a series2015 update for free: DVD Update Download
We have also created a FAQ's for DVD Update Downloads


Comparison Of Previous series for members that have purchased previous versions



How To Become Current With Our Box Sets:
I Own: Update to series2015 by:
I do not own any box sets or I purchased single discs. Purchase series2015 box set
series2012 (no series number on discs) Purchase series2015 box set
series2013 Purchase series2015 box set
series2014 Download series2015 update disc
series2015 Wait until July 2016 to download a update disc


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

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.


Jingle Cruise
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