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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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    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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    Columbia’s Construction

    In 1957 and 1958 Joe Fowler and Ray Wallace constructed for Walt Disney the first three-masted windjammer to have been built in the United States in more than 100 years. Joe was the projects foreman and Ray was the naval architect. The steel hull was made at Todd Shipyards in San Pedro. You can see […]

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    The Columbia in Fowlers Harbor

    Ain’t she a beauty! Now here is a question for ya… Fowlers Harbor was originally part of Frontierland and is now on the borderline between Critter Country and New Orleans Square. So I ask you this, what “Land” should Fowlers Harbor be in? Tweet

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    Columbia Sailing Ship Model

    While visiting Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios I happened upon a real gem, Ray Wallace’s model of the Columbia Sailing Ship. This is the model that was made for Walt’s “Buy-off” of the design. Ray was a dear friend of mine, having met on WDI’s floating theme park project. We both […]

  • Photo of the Week

    What a special shot by Gregg L Cooper of the west side of the Rivers of America from the Treehouse. I can see three of my favorite rides but where are all the guests? Well, that’s Gregg’s secret! Tweet

  • 1958 Newspaper Ad

    On June 17, 1958 the local newspapers ran this Disneyland ad. “WEIGH ANCHOR, COLUMBIA” With that cry you begin an exhilarating adventure aboard this three-masted fully rigged 1790 sailing ship as you cruise Frontierland’s Rivers of America. Your cannons “BOOM!” at Fort Wilderness and at hostile Indian Villages along the rugged shore. Stand before the […]