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    New Rivers of America Rendering Released

    Disney has just released the first rendering of what the new Rivers of America experience will look like at Disneyland. Tom Sawyers Island will be shortened and the river and railroad will be relocated south featuring an elevated trestle with waterfalls and rockwork. This is all to make way for the New Star Wars Land […]

  • Dining Reviews
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    My Last Meal at Big Thunder Barbecue

    Review by Mark Hickson: Well, here it is, my last meal at Big Thunder Barbecue in Big Thunder Ranch. Set to close on Monday, it will be demolished along with Big Thunder Ranch to make way for the new Star Wars Land. Many have lamented about this change and the removal of the only all-you-can-eat […]

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    DbM Details: Holiday Hub Pumpkins

    Surrounding the Walt and Mickey statue “Friends” at Disneyland’s Hub you will find seven different carved holiday pumpkins themed to each land. Let’s take a slow walk around and see what Disney character was chosen for each land. Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers! Tweet

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    Frontierland Trivia – Name This Building

    In the lower left corner you can see Lafitte’s Anchor, a relic from the pirate ship commanded by Jean Lafitte in the battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815. It was 140 years old when this photo was taken and has since been moved two times. Of course that has nothing to do with the […]

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    Signage Afterthought

    By Mark Hickson: So here we have a warning sign on Disneyland’s Splash Mountain. When it was originally installed we were only concerned that guests would get their hands crushed while dangling them in the flume water. To protect the guests this sign was installed just past the dispatch area. Some time after opening there seemed to be […]

  • Attractions
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    Hobbyland Lake

      In this photo from 1957 guests are taking their seats just before the show is to begin. So what will they see? Radio controlled boats races and tethered gas powered model airplanes! This “Lake” was only inches deep but still offers a great reflection of the Rocket to the Moon attraction. Here is an aerial photo of it. […]

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    Disneyland Closing Attractions to Build Star Wars Land

    The biggest expansion of Disneyland since 1959 will begin January 10, 2016 to begin the construction of Star Wars Land. On that date Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland and its Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, Big Thunder Ranch Petting Zoo and Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree will close permanently. And on the same day, the following attractions will […]

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    Season of the Force Coming November 16 to Disneyland

    The Disney Parks blog has announced details about the “Season of the Force,” coming this November 16th to Tomorrowland at Disneyland. Dates and details on these new Star Wars experiences coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida will be announced soon. On opening day, five attractions will open, including the “Star Wars” Launch Bay, an […]

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    The Walt Disney Archives Presents – Disneyland: The Exhibit

    “The Walt Disney Archives Presents – Disneyland: The Exhibit” was the largest display the Disney Archives has ever showcased at D23 EXPO and was the largest exhibit on the show floor. The 12,000-square-foot exhibit was themed to honor the park’s history, attractions, parades, and entertainment over the past six decades, including the construction of Disneyland, […]

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    Adventureland Bazaar

    The Adventureland Bazaar is one of Disneyland’s original opening-day merchandise stores. Gone are the shrunken heads, rubber spears and Jungle cruise plastic handguns… to be replaced by Aloha shirts, plush animals and Indiana Jones Fedoras for the ladies. Although the merchandise is more African contemporary, it has not lost it’s charm as a fun and […]

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    Columbia Dedication 1958

    Story by Mark Hickson: My old friend Ray Wallace (naval architect) was commissioned in 1957 by former Admiral Joe Fowler to design the Columbia. The ship was constructed at Todd Shipyards in San Pedro, California, where the Mark Twain and the submarines were built. I also worked at Todd back in the late 70’s-early 80’s. The ship […]

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    Review: Mickey and the Magical Map

    Review by Mark Hickson: Remember the original Videopolis theater at Disneyland? Well, since then it has transformed into many different shows through the years including Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, Mickey’s Detective School and Disney Princess Fantasy Faire. Now it is the home for Disney’s newest production, Mickey and the Magical Map. This 25-minute dance musical, which […]