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Welcome to our March 2016 newsletter. We are starting phase 2 to the site: a complete rewrite and redesign of the look and feel to the site. We also are going to slowly phase out the name. Would you like to take a peek at the new layout? Well our new domain name is going to be: For those that are not familiar with the name Mickey Mouse Park , this is the name that Walt gave the theme park he wanted to build across the street from the studios. As Walt's ideas grew he realized that he was going to need more space. After studies were done to build in Anaheim Disneyland was born. Where did the name come from? Well back in 2005 the site was called unfortunately through an error on my part I lost the domain name and the new owner refused to sell it to me. So in desperation I came up with DisneyLanD HISTORY ( Honestly I have never liked the name but I had never found a name that I liked enough to change it...Until now..The transition from to will be a slow process spanning at least a year. I will hold onto for an additional 2- 3 years and forward it to


So as wonderful members of you are up to speed on the future of ..Please take a look at and let us know what you think. The articles section are complete but we are still working on the attractions section.


New Features:  We are now creating attraction videos from the DVD's and posting them on YouTube. We will post 1 per week. We are working hard to create new features for DLDHistory/ One of the many projects is: creating a new section for the site: Disneyland Hotel History: Click Here for a full list of projects we are working on

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 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 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!
In February we added 8 new Photos.
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K our guest columnist returns with a new article:

Disneyland And Imagineering Part 6

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Top Story: We have a special video clip: Time-lapse of converting It's A Small World to It's A Small World Holiday. The video was taken in 2015 and is 30 seconds long.  
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Disneyland In The News: In February we added 10 new articles. 

We now have over 2,000 Disneyland Articles and over 75 EXCLUSIVE Articles!!

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Spotlight on  is a column that will point out a little known area of DLDHistory that may interest you. Ride through of the refurbished Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Video was taken in 2015 and is 3 and half minutes long. 
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Top Story
Time-lapse of converting It's A Small World to It's A Small World Holiday
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Time-lapse of converting It's A Small World to It's A Small World Holiday
We have a special video clip: Time-lapse of converting It's A Small World to It's A Small World Holiday. The video was taken in 2015 and is 30 seconds long.   We have added it to our It's A Small World Holiday Page.

*Video Clips are available to our Silver, Diamond and Gold Members.*


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Guest Columnist

Disneyland And Imagineering Part 6

Did you know that although Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is largely considered the first color animated feature length film by most, when in fact it isn't ?

It's true.

Because of Walt Disney's reputation and his ambitious efforts in both film, television and finally amusement parks, it is conceivable to see this recorded improperly. In the early 1900s, records that were kept were in their infancy, and many of the early works have been lost. The first animated film ever recorded, El Apostol, was created by Argentinian filmmaker, Quirino Cristiani in 1917. Sadly, to date it has not been recovered, and had been reported destroyed in a fire in 1926. It was a different type of animation, referred to as Cut-out Animation, which, was very crude. Two-color Technicolor Animation was introduced in 1930, as well as my favorite, Stop-Motion Animation. The very next year, Peludopolis, was released with sound-on-disc, six years before Snow White. The term sound-on-disc refers to a process of syncing sound and film, whereby the sound is supplied by a phonograph record or similar disc. The sound disc and film are synced by means of a mechanical interlock, which connects them making them mutually dependent. I do not believe that currently, Disney is advertising Snow White as being the first, but simply their first color and sound animated feature length film.

Last time we left off, we were visiting life in the mid-fifties to get a better understanding of the mindset. It was late spring of 1955 and the park was taking shape. The Matterhorn and the Monorail were still four years away. But Sleeping Beauty's Castle could be clearly seen from outside the park. The bulk of the last article explored what was considered one of the main opening day attractions and how the Imagineers created it.

The Romance of Main Street

There's a fair amount of debate about the origins of Main Street, USA. Just like the Snow W

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Other Articles By K:
Memories From The Mansion Disneyland And Imagineering Part 1
Disneyland And Imagineering Part 2 Disneyland And Imagineering Part 3
Disneyland And Imagineering Part 5 Disneyland And Imagineering Part 4
Disneyland And Imagineering Part 6  
DLDHistory Exclusive Articles Available Here

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Disneyland In The News
Annual Passholder Days In Full Swing At The Disneyland Resort
Disneyland launched a little something extra for its annual passholders on Monday with AP Days. The event, which takes place the entire month of February, will give annual passholders some special treats and things to see and do, especially sinc ...
As Disneyland Prepares For Star Wars Land It Is Saving Trees That Could Be In The Way
Since the preparation for "Star Wars" land started at Disneyland, the sound of chainsaws can be heard around the northern end of Disneyland's Rivers of America, and when they are silent, the sounds of workers digging with shovels take over. The ...
Disneyland Ride Review Sailing Ship Columbia & Maritime Museum
Ahoy, mateys! Welcome aboard Disneyland's Sailing Ship Columbia, an authentic replica of the first United States ship to sail around the world. Only this version sails around the Rivers of America in Frontierland, out into the wilderness and bac ...
Do All Theme Park Rides Have To Be Battles With An Evil Empire
The key to a great theme park attraction is the same as with any other form of entertainment -great attractions tell great stories. But what makes a story great? Obviously, some tales endure for generations and passing that test of time is as go ...
Heres What Happened When I Took A Family Of Syrian Refugees To Disneyland
I would like to introduce you to the Alamours. They are a family of Syrian refugees who have been living in the states for a couple months now. I met them for the first time this month and I loved getting to know all their personalities. Our day ...
Dangerous Disneyland Mental Fatigue Part 2
It wasn't until I was almost finished with the human stupidity portion of this "Dangerous Disney" article that I realized that this should be a two-parter, so that (in addition to keeping it from being too long) some might hopefully regain some faith ...
Going Inside The Dream Suite And Walt Disney Apartment At Disneyland
Some of us are just born Disneyland fanatics. It's hard to dislike the classic theme park of course, but if you're a superfan, as I'd consider myself, there are a few places within the park that you're aware are very difficult to gain access to ...
Barbecue And Breakfast Dining Relocate In Park
Breakfast was being served at a new location in Frontierland starting last week, and where breakfast used to be served, it's all about the barbecue food. Riverbelle Terrace was converted to a table service restaurant for lunch and dinner only, c ...
Here Are 5 Films Based On Disneyland Rides That Should Be Made
A few months ago, I saw the news that Disney is developing a movie based on the Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland. It will star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The news reports also mentioned that it will likely take place not in the present day, but in th ...
Watch Disneyland 60 A Celebration Live
Disneyland helped transform the entertainment industry worldwide. On Sunday, February 21 at 8 p.m., ABC7 will air "The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60," celebrating 60 years since Walt Disney first opened the gates to Disneyland. W ...
More Articles Available Here
In January we moved all articles written in 2012 to the archive.

*Current Articles are available to ALL Members.*


New Photos

New Photos

In February we added 8 new Onstage Attraction Photos. 
Including 6 from Dream Suite.

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We are now creating attraction videos from the DVD's and posting them on YouTube. We will post 1 per week.

Here are the ones we have done so far:

  Indian Village (Adventureland) TMS-469
Mr. Toads Wild Ride TMS-494
Casey Jr. Circus Train TMS-434 
Dumbo The Flying Elephant TMS-449

Mickey Mouse Club Circus TMS-486
Mad Tea Party TMS-478
Sleeping Beauty Castle TMS-533


We have started adding items to our new section: Disneyland Hotel History. This will be a small section like the DCA section. Keep watching our newsletters to see our progress.


We are testing a Live Chat program on the site. Find the following image on the site and click on it to chat with a DLDHistory representative. You can ask about Disneyland, DLDHistory or your account questions.

Baby Chat


We are working on improving the Mobile version of


The above projects are to get the site ready for some re-coding in 2016. We are looking at adding lots of new features!

THANK YOU for everyone that has purchased accounts and DVD's in 2015. Those members donations make it possible for us to keep the Most Unique Disneyland History Site

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




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 series2015 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: Ride through of the refurbished Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Video was taken in 2015 and is 3 and half minutes long.  We have added it to our Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Page.


Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
*Video Clips are available to our Silver, Diamond and Gold Members.*


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