Friday, October 24, 2008

Which Land is Not So Much Your Land?

Today I'm having a little silly Friday Fun by considering which of the Disneyland lands I could do without if I had to.

Actually, this is a really easy question for me - ToonTown. I know, my kids would probably be crushed, so maybe this is not fair, but if I couldn't go to ToonTown on a trip, I would not be terribly disappointed. It's too new to have "classic attractions," and somehow, I feel the fact that Walt never had a part of this. There are certainly a lot of attractions now that were never a part of the original plan, and that is as it should be. The Imagineers should be allowed to run wild, to some extent, but ToonTown just doesn't have the same feel as the rest of the park. Does this make sense? Is anyone with me on this?

What about you? What land could you live without, if you had to?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Remembering the Classics

I was scouting around for a picture of Disneyland's old sky tram, or sky buckets, I think they were called. I found them, but I also came across this on Seeing these pictures totally stirred up a memory from my childhood. I remember being on this train as a young child, but years later not remembering where I'd been - maybe Disneyland, maybe Knott's Berry Farm....I just couldn't place it.

A little online research tells me why. This attraction was called The Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland and was replaced by The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad thrill ride in 1979. I was 13, and the last time I'd been to the park, I was probably about 7.

If you are interested in more details about this attraction, check out

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Disneyland History in 30 Seconds

Disneyland history started on July 17, 1955. On that historic day Walt Disney opened his dream of a place where families could have fun and create happy memories together with the following words:

"To all who come to this happy place; welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past...and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America...with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”

Indeed it has been that. Although the first day was rough, with sweltering heat, unexpectedly large crowds that the park was not equipped to handle, workmen still planting trees and paint still drying, by its second year, the park was turning a profit. The original park covered 160 acres and cost 17 million dollars. There were 18 attractions. Today, the entire Disneyland Resort encompasses approximately 500 acres and features over 60 attractions, three hotels and a shopping district. In 2005, a study revealed that Disneyland contributes about $3.6 billion in annual economic impact and creates about 65,700 jobs throughout Southern California.

"I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse." - Walt Disney

Monday, October 13, 2008

A few tidbits of DL tips

I keep meaning to update this blog, and life keeps getting in the way.

A couple random thoughts that I meant to write more about but will just touch on:

- Dressing kids in brightly-colored T-shirts really is worthwhile, and makes them so much easier to spot in a crowd. If they have matching T-shirts they are willing to wear at the same time, that is even better. Though we were not at Disneyland, over the past few weeks, I have had the kids in large-crowed situations and was so thankful for the bright, matching shirts. Not only are they easier to spot, but if one does get temporarily lost, you can say, "He was wearing a shirt like this," and reference the other child's shirt.

- Flavor packets. Have you seen the tiny packets of drink mix that you pour into a bottle of water to provide flavor? I avoid the ones with artificial sweetener, but I know some people might prefer them. Either way, they are handy as a special treat, especially if you have a child that needs to stay hydrated but doesn't like water. Throw a couple in your purse, and anywhere there's water, you can instantly have a delicious beverage.

- Remember, Disneyland is all decorated for Halloween! There are fun activities, treats, decorations and more, only for the Halloween season - Sept. 26-Nov. 2. For more details check out the resort site. Happy Haunting!