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Welcome to our August 2015 newsletter. 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 Fireworks from 2008 and 2015. The video 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 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 August 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 July we added 8 new Onstage Photos.

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Hugh Allison our senior columnist returns with  his new article:

California vs. Paris: Village vs. Downtown Part 2

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California vs. Paris: Village vs. Downtown Part 2

This month, in part two of my series of articles comparing Downtown Disney in the California Disneyland resort with the Disney Village in Disneyland Paris, I will be looking at the entertainment these areas have to offer.

Of the two, Disney Village seems to have much more of a variety of entertainment offerings, which includes PanoraMagique (a tethered hot air balloon much like "Characters in Flight" at Walt Disney World), Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, various forms of boat rides on Lake Disney, face-painters, a radio station, balloon modeling and bubble demonstrations.

In the past, this entertainment also included a road train, a night club called "Hurricanes" (now a Cast Member restaurant), and various midway attractions such as a test-your-strength machine and a mechanical rodeo bull.

Forms of entertainment which can be found at both Downtown Disney in California and the Disney Village include cinemas, arcade-style games, pin trading and, of course, live concerts.

Both Disney Village and Downtown Disney have live shows and DJs, both out in the open on dedicated stages, and inside some of their eateries. For example, there are often live jazz performers in Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen (Anaheim) or guest bands at Billy Bob’s Country Western Saloon (Paris). The latter also has dance lessons three nights per week.

On the whole, I personally much prefer the entertainment offerings at Disney Village to those at Downtown Disney. This is because of the variety, the lower noise levels, no performers trying to sell their CDs, the multilingual abilities of the performers, and the fact that it is made clearer there as to what is on, and when.

In my next article, I will be looking more specifically at the seasonal entertainment found at Downtown Disney and the Disney Village.

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Other Articles By Hugh Allison:
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
California vs. Paris: Village vs. Downtown California vs. Paris: The Village – Part Two: Entertainment
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Disneyland Anniversary Extravaganza In A Day Whew
What do you get the park that has everything for its 60th anniversary? Nothing, because giving a theme park a gift would be silly. Instead, Disneyland is celebrating its anniversary this summer with a new firework show and parade, along with a revamp ...
What Would Disney Build At Disneyland With $1 Billion
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Peter Pan Flight Reopens At Disneyland
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Sacramento Chimes In On Selfie Stick Ban At Disneyland
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Tips To Stay Safe While Visiting Theme Parks Like Disneyland
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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 we ...
Growing Up In Disneyland
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Disneyland At 60 Behind The Opening Of The First Theme Park
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First Kids To Ever Visit Disneyland Reminisce
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In June we added 8 new Onstage. 

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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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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



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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


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We have a special video clip: Halloween Screams Fireworks presented during Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland. Video was taken in 2014 and is 12 minutes long   We have added it to our Holiday Page.


Mickey's Halloween Party
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