In this episode we talk to friend, former Disneyland Custodian and Former Circle D Ranch Cast Member Hillary Jacobson. This is an amazing interview because we learned behind the scenes of what it is like to work at the Circle D Ranch at Disneyland. This means she worked with all the animals at Disneyland at one time or another, and drove the famous Horse Drawn Street Cars down Main Street. plus more. Also we have our Disneyland Current events, and a new sponsor ConciEars the official Disney Planners of The Sweep Spot podcast.

Disneyland Resort Current Event

"It was the last chance to drop for the Tower of Terror before it disappeared forever into the Twilight Zone of yesterland and many fans dropped in at Disney California Adventure on Monday [January 2] to take a final ride."

Orange County Register

Sabers up: 'Star Wars' fans honor Carrie Fisher with glowing tribute at Downtown Disney

"Light sabers were held aloft as fans of Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” movies, honored her memory during an impromptu ceremony held in Downtown Disney on Wednesday [12/28] night."

Orange County Register

Path opens and gives a peek of 'Star Wars' land construction zone inside Disneyland

"Disneyland officials said it would only be open a few select days during the busy holiday season to alleviate the crowd flow between the two lands, and after the season ends, closed off again.

The area visible is actually not part of “Star Wars” land, but is the “berm” that will shield views of the new land when done. It is primarily the new route for the Disneyland Railroad, and the new show set area behind Big Thunder, and around the new route for the Rivers of America."

Orange County Register

Mine Train that once ran at Disneyland gets a new home

"The mine train that used to sit by the edge of the Rivers of America at Disneyland has found a new home.

The train’s engine and two cars will be restored by the Carolwood Foundation, then put on display at Walt’s Barn in Griffith Park, under the terms of an agreement with the Walt Disney Company."

Orange County Register

Castle Heraldry Shoppe closing at Disneyland

"Disneyland officials confirmed that the Castle Heraldry Shoppe will close Jan. 12.

The shop first opened inside a space within the castle in 1994. It moved to its present location in 2008, when the park re-opened the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough.

Inside the shop, visitors could look up their family name’s history, and see if it had a family crest associated with it. They were also able to order merchandise with the crest printed on it."

Orange County Register

Running Disneyland's steam engines

"It takes more than the push of a button at Disneyland to run the steam engines on the narrow gauge Disneyland Railroad. Because they are authentic steam-powered locomotives, it takes a fireman and an engineer.

The conductor of the train may tell them when to go and stop, but the pair working in the cabs have to manually keep the steam boiling and the engines operating smoothly."

Orange County Register

Slow-speed thrills: Disneyland employee has driven the Main Street fire engine for 32 years

"Steve Finley is not a firefighter, but every day he gets to drive a fire engine for work, as he has since 1984.

How does he do it? As an attractions host at Disneyland where five days a week he drives the Fire Engine up and down Main Street U.S.A."

Orange County Register

"Remember...Dreams Come True" Joins the Line-Up at Disneyland Park Beginning Feb. 3

"Initially presented as the evening highlight of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland Resort in 2005, 'Remember... Dreams Come True' features Tinker Bell’s flight, brilliant fireworks, soaring music, dazzling special effects and an amazing journey through the various lands of Disneyland with archival audio tracks, favorite songs and familiar phrases from some of the park’s most popular attractions, past and present."

Disney Parks Blog

Disneyland Resort Photo Update Part 1: Securityland Now Open

"The good news is that Security is now MUCH more efficient than the cramped tents which have been in use for nearly 15 years. The bad news is that the aesthetics don’t match the rest of the resort."


Disneyland Resort Photo Update Part 2: Christmas Crowd and Crash


David Koenig: Disneyland Exodus Averted


Disneyland Photo Update – Tower of Terror Checking Out Today


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