• What Is That Door For?

    OK, here is an evacuation picture of Splash Mountain. You can see the guests crossing a small bridge that goes over the boat maintenance area with the boat extraction rail and chains on the left. But thats not why we are here! Look at the door with a gate on the side of the building with […]

  • Boat Testing

    In the winter of 1987 Pirates went down for an extensive show and ride system rehab. Here is a boatload of “volunteers” testing to see how much water a guest can soak up. Tweet

  • Old Ticket Sign

    This sign was originally posted next to the Monorail ticket window at the Disneyland Hotel. The prices are from around 1964 (I’m checking on this).  Note the Monorail ticket price of 60 cents, 50 for kids. It was taken down when the prices changed in 1968 and was found in a break room in Tomorrowland. Tweet

  • Attractions
    Getting in Trouble at Disneyland

    While we were building Splash Mountain (in 1989) the water reservoir under the mountain had to be periododicly “mucked-out” by Disneyland maintenance. This was to get rid of all the trash and plaster that washed down from the flume during ride testing. One day I was talking to a couple of maintenance guys and told them this tall tale…. […]

  • R.I.P. Wally Boag

    I must have seen him perform at Disneyland’s Golden Horseshoe Revue several dozen times from 1957 until his retirement in 1982. I also caught his show at WDW Diamond Horseshoe Revue in 1972. His antics were priceless! Wally was 90 and will be missed. Tweet

  • Disney Calliopes

      This is the famous Dragon Calliope, a horse-drawn musical instrument that Walt purchased from the Bradley and Kaye Amusement Park to use in the Mickey Mouse Club Circus Parade at Disneyland in the 1955. The 1907 20-whistle steam calliope also was featured in the 1960 film “Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus” that starred […]

  • Aerial View of Disneyland 1964

    Great shot of the park from 1964. You can see one of the giant trusses holding up the Haunted Mansion building. This is before the show building construction started. You can also see the beginning foundation work for Pirates of the Caribbean. You can also see the Primeval World diorama has not yet been built […]