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Show Number 194 - Former Disneyland Custodian from the 60s and 70s


In this episode we welcome former Disneyland Custodian Jim to our show. Jim worked at Disneyland 1965 to 1967, and 1970 until 1979. Jim brings us a good idea of what it was like working at Disneyland in those earlier years. It is amazing how much hasn't change and in some way it has. Jim was a lead and worked along side some of the other cast members Ken and I had a chance to work with, and even some we had on our show. Plus the latest in the Disneyland Resort Current Events. 


Disneyland Resort Current Events


Fullerton police chief heading to Disney

"Police Chief Dan Hughes, who emphasized community policing and helped bring a calmness to the city in the wake of the Kelly Thomas controversy, is leaving Fullerton after 33 years to become the vice president of security and emergency services for the Disneyland Resort.

His last day with the Police Department is Nov. 11; he starts with Disney three days later.
As the Anaheim Disneyland Resort’s top security official, Hughes will lead a large team that includes Disney’s Fire Department and medical services division, Disney spokeswoman Suzi Brown said."
Disney does not discuss the specifics of its security. It does have a mix of visible and secret security measures, including canine units and bag searches when entering Disneyland or Disney California Adventure. In 2015, Disney began randomly selecting guests for metal-detector screenings


Orange County Register

New shops announced for Downtown Disney

"The Disneyland Resort announced on its blog that two new shops would fill the space, Pandora, a jewelry shop, and Sammy Duvall’s Curl Surf, a shop specializing in items related to the surf lifestyle including fashions, sunglasses and more.

They will be located between the Jamba Juice and Sunglass Icon shops."


Oranage County Register

Disneyland, California Adventure start looking to Christmas with Halloween nearly over

"As the holiday season approaches, Disney Imagineers get busy modifying some of the attractions at Disneyland for the holidays.
The 'Paint the Night' parade will return for a limited holiday engagement at Disneyland from Nov. 18 through Thanksgiving weekend. It will also be running down Main Street, U.S.A. during the Christmas holiday season. The nighttime parade made its debut last year as part of the park’s 60th anniversary celebration. The Main Street Electrical Parade will return to Disneyland sometime next year."

Orange County Register

Paint the Night returns November 18

Mouse Planet

Disneyland update: Large cranes dominate the skyline of future 'Star Wars' land

"Cranes, lots of them, dominate the skyline above the 'Star Wars' land construction zone at Disneyland.

While there is still a lot of dirt visible in the construction zone, more concrete walls and tunnels were taking shape in the new land, including the new route for the Disneyland Railroad.

Meanwhile, over at Disney California Adventure, scaffolding is now surrounding the upper floors of the Hollywood Tower Hotel, the home of the Tower of Terror. The elevators are still taking riders on freefall rides through Jan. 2, 2017, but Disney Imagineers have started working on the new theme for the exterior of the building for the new version, Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout, which will premiere in May."

Orange County Register

Disneyland Photo Update: As Halloween Approaches Christmas is Already on the Wa



Disneyland Update – Halloween Frights and Christmas Delights



DCA Update – What Holiday?


Disneyland Resort Update

"Two projects that will have a major impact in years to come are moving more slowly. The new security zone for the Mickey and Friends parking structure has not been officially announced, although the area where it will be built has been completely cleared in preparation. On the east side of Harbor Boulevard, the Carousel Inn and Suites was quietly closed; demolition should begin in the near future to make way for the announced Eastern Gateway project."


Laughing Place


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Show Number 193 - Fun Discussion About Touring Disneyland


​In this episode we take a different and fun approach. We answer some questions about our touring habits, dislikes, likes and some fun talk, that any veteran Disneyland fan could appreciate or the new visitor. We welcome our friend Aaron Robbins from Chrurros and Villians podcast to join us in this discussion. 


​Podcast: Churros & Villains

Facebook: Churro & Villains

Somewhere Galactic Podcast

​Best Quiz Ever Podcast

Disneyland Resort Current Events

How Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar Makes Magic By Bringing Disney, Tiki Culture, And Booze Together        

This article features an interview with a veteran of Disneyland Custodial who has been a Trader Sam's cast member since the start.


Main Street Electrical Parade ends run at Walt Disney World, now headed for Disneyland
Oct. 11, 2016 


Orange County Register

Collector’s Fortress Transformation Underway Now as Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Prepares for Summer 2017 Opening at Disney California Adventure Park

"A huge transformation is underway now at Disney California Adventure park, as The Collector’s Fortress takes shape at the site of what is now the Hollywood Tower Hotel. It will be home to a new adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, and today we have a detailed look at what the fortress will look like when the attraction opens summer 2017."

Disney Parks Blog

Get a Sneak Peek of Disney’s ‘Moana’ Starting October 14 at Disney California Adventure Park

"Our sneak peek of “Moana” opens next Friday, Oct. 14. Look for it at the Bug’s Life Theater in Disney California Adventure park, where it will be presented in 3D with special in-theater effects."


Disney Parks Blog

Disneyland Photo Update: Going Rogue

"Just when you think there’s nothing new left to talk about from the Disneyland Resort, new surprises pop up to keep the conversation pump primed. This week brings some old favorites, such as Star Wars land construction and Halloween Time, but it also brings the first signs of scaffolding at Tower of Terror and a blitz for Rogue One."



Disneyland Photo Update: Pumpkins, Jedi and Towers

"Howdy folks and welcome back to the Monday MiceChat Disneyland Photo Update. You can’t escape Halloween at this time of year, so hopefully you aren’t afraid of pumpkins.  I’ll share today’s update in the order I shot it. Consider it your virtual day in the park with news and comments inserted to help fill in the blanks."



Weekends mean food trucks for Downtown Disney at Disneyland
John Frost

"The gourmet food truck craze had its start in Los Angeles circa 2009 and since then the region has been a foodie’s paradise on wheels. 

Disneyland will tap into the craze during weekends in October when they invite food trucks to park at Downtown Disney."

The Disney Blog

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Show Number 192 - A Talk with Former Walt Disney World Custodian

In this episode we welcome another former Custodian, but this time not from Disneyland, but Walt Disney World. We get to talk with Kevin all about his time working at WDW in the Magic Kingdom, College Program, and more. Plus the latest in the Disneyland Resort Current Events with Ken, Lynn and special guest Russell Flores


Get personally autographed copies Russell's books at his online web store: SUDBOOKS
Follow Russ on Facebook, Instagram (@seenunseendisneyland), Twitter (@seenunseend), Pinterest (sudbooks), YouTube, and Deviant Art.

Disneyland Resort Current Events

Disney removes sign to Tower of Terror, signaling switch to Guardians of the Galaxy

"A large crane appeared behind the building Monday [September 19] and during the night removed the large sign on the front top of the building that said “The Hollywood Tower Hotel.”

Disneyland officials said it was part of its preparations for the new version of the ride to be called, Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!"


Orange County Register

Disneyland reintroduces Southern California pass for $459

"The pass is available only to residents living in ZIP codes 90000 to 93599, from San Diego to north of San Luis Obispo."


Orange County Register

Southern California Residents: Disneyland Resort Southern California Annual Passport Returns

Disney Parks Blog

Fri, September 23, 2016
Mickey’s Halloween Party Begins Tonight [September 23] at Disneyland Park; First Look at New ‘Frightfully Fun Parade’ and Headless Horseman

"The all-new “Frightfully Fun Parade” will be presented exclusively during Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separately ticketed event at Disneyland park hosted over 17 nights, now through October 31."

Disney Parks Blog

More treats than tricks at Disneyland's Halloween bash

"Unlike other theme parks, where blood and gore are prominent and employees dressed as monsters lurk to try to scare visitors, Disney’s version is billed as “family-friendly.”

The separate admission event gave families a chance to wear costumes inside the park to ride attractions and watch the entertainment."

Orange County Register

Everything you need to know for Halloween at Disneyland, Knott's Scary Farm 2016

Orange County Register

Disneyand Photo Update – Drop into the Season


‘World of Color – Season of Light’ Is Glowing Into Disney California Adventure Park November 10

"“World of Color – Season of Light” combines classic holiday songs with memorable moments from treasured Disney animated films to create an experience that wraps you in the warm glow of holiday magic. From its mesmerizing start to its stunningly beautiful finale, “World of Color – Season of Light” illuminates the night and weaves together an emotional tapestry that will fill your heart with the spirit of the season."

Disney Parks Blog

Star Wars News: AP’s Blacked Out For Star Wars Land?

"Disney is surveying Annual Passholders to gauge their reaction to a two-month blackout period when a new attraction opens in the park. Would AP’s buy a one-day ticket just to go on a new attraction or be willing to pay more for a pass without the blackout? This could potentially affect the Star Wars Lands, Pandora: The World of Avatar, Toy Story Land or Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout."


Here's what Disneyland's overnight shift workers do after the parks close


Orange County Register


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Show Number 191 - Tour of Disneyland in 1956 with Jim Korkis

In this episode we welcome Disney Author, and Historian Jim Korkis to our show. Jim takes us on a very interesting, informative, heartwarming, exciting tour of Disneyland as if it was the year 1956. We had a great time and I am sure if you have any interest in Disneyland you will learn much from this episode. You can buy all Jim's books on Amazon.  All of his Vault of Walt books 1-5, The Unofficial Disneyland 1955 Companion and many more. For more info also visit 
Theme Park Press.  Plus our latest in the Disneyland Resort Current Events. This is a jam packed episode!

Disneyland Resort Current Events

Disneyland preps for Halloween as 60th anniversary fades away [Slideshow included]
Sept. 7, 2016 

Orange County Registry

Fab News

"Halloween Time Officially Started on the ninth of September, and as my pally Tim said after a visit last week, Walt’s park no longer has an “off time”, but it’s not miserably crowded, and the weather is lovely. Fall favorites like those incredible poison apple mugs are back (til they sell out, hurry up!), and in terms of decor, orange is the new….blue."



Disneyland Photo Update: Halloweentime At Disneyland



Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Return November 10 through January 8 with New ‘World of Color,’ Festival of Holidays and More


Disney Parks Blog

Disneyland restores tribute tombstones to Haunted Mansion
by John Frost 

"When the Haunted Mansion opened in 1969, the Imagineers who worked on the attraction cleverly left tributes to themselves in the form of witty, albeit morbid, tombstone epitaphs. The tombstones were located in and around the queue area of the attraction. Later, most of the tombstones were moved to a spot up on the berm that hid the show building from inside the park. Overtime all the tombstones were removed (most because they’d fallen into disrepair).

One of the first to go missing was my grandfather’s. It was told in my family that his widow from a subsequent marriage asked for it to be removed after he lost a battle with cancer and Disney obliged. I totally understand why that request was made, but now that generation has faded and Vic Greene’s great-grandchildren are in the parks. I think they deserve to see the tribute."

[Go to to read the rest!]

House of Blues building at Downtown Disney slated for demolition

"Disney wants to demolish the empty House of Blues building in Downtown Disney, now that the concert venue is moving to the nearby GardenWalk mall.

A request to raze the more than 17,000-square-foot building and its nearly 2,800-square-foot patio was filed Sept. 6 with the city. The permit application says demolition could start as early as Sept. 20. The existing basement would be left alone."

Orange County Registry

Prepping for Disney World is like planning military action


Orange County Registry

How do Disneyland prices compare to other entertainment? 


Orange County Registry

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Show Number 190 - Chat with Former Disneyland Custodian


In this episode we welcome a friend and former Disneyland Custodian to our show to talk all about his time working at Disneyland. Plus the latest in the Disneyland Resort Current Events.

Disneyland Resort Current Events

Disney's Tower of Terror will disappear Jan. 2

"Disneyland Resort officials announced Tuesday fans will have until Jan. 2. to experience the dark elevator-style ride.

The 12-year-old ride, based on Rod Serling’s 1960’s science-fiction TV show, is being replaced by a Marvel-themed attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!

The Marvel ride is expected to open next summer, about the time the next movie in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise hits theaters."


Orange County Register
Other coverage:
Disney Parks Blog
The Disney Blog

Costco to sell $330 annual pass for Disney California Adventure

"Wholesale giant Costco, starting today, is selling a $330 annual pass for Disneyland’s sister park, Disney California Adventure.

The limited-time Disney California Adventure Park Fun Pass has about 60 blockout dates, mostly holidays and Saturdays in summer. The pass is available for a limited time at Southern California Costco locations and online. It comes with a 10 percent discount on food and merchandise purchases and an exclusive collector’s pin.

The pass must be purchased by Dec. 1."


Orange County Register

Disneyland names its new ambassadors for next two years

Orange County Register
Other coverage:
Disney Parks Blog
The Disney Blog

Family sues Disney, saying they were bitten by bed bugs at Grand Californian hotel

Orange County Register

Pasadena man accused of selling fake Disneyland tickets


Orange County Register

'Star Wars' land, Disneyland photos: Construction progresses on resort's planned attraction

Orange County Register

Ousted by 'Star Wars,' Disney horses may hoof it to Norco

"A 15-person team based in Norco would train the horses and shuttle several between the ranch and Disneyland every three days, the application states. The ranch would operate from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.

Visitors would not be allowed, Britt said."


Orange County Register

MiceChat Updates:

Disneyland Photo Update: Summer is out, Halloween is in 

Disneyland Photo Update – Diamonds and Tombstones MiceChat

MiceAge Disneyland Rumor Update – Monorail, Marvel, and Major Projects MiceChat

Star Wars: MiceChat

Construction Update from LaughingPlace:

Laughing Place


 You can listen to show 190 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here.  


​​Show Number 189 - History of the Stores in Tomorrowland


​In this episode we talk about the different stores over the years in Tomorrowland. This is an interesting look into what used to be in Tomorrowland. Plus we have the latest in Disneyland Resort Current Events, with guests from Mouse Scouts Podcast.


Disneyland Resort Current Events

Attendance is down but Walt Disney Co. sets revenue record in third quarter

Orange County Register

"The Main Street Electrical Parade, a night-time fan favorite that rolled along Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. for years, will return in 2017 with its synthesized version of 'Baroque Hoedown.'

A Disney official said its stay will be temporary but declined to put a time frame on the parade that features one-million-plus twinkling lights. He also declined to say if guests will be able to see the attraction each night.
Most recently, the parade has been at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida, a run that ends Oct. 9.
As previously announced, the much-hyped Paint the Night, along with other shows tied to the anniversary, will end its run on Sept. 5 even though guests often begin picking out spots to watch that parade and the fireworks show in the afternoon."

Orange County Register

Main Street Electrical Parade Coming to Disneyland Park for a Limited Time; Last Chance to ‘Paint the Night’

Disney Parks Blog

Main Street Electrical Parade returning to Disneyland

“Twenty years ago I sat on the curb on Main Street to say my final goodbyes to the Main Street Electrical Parade (MSEP). It was a great night and yes, I even bought the collectible ‘glowing away forever’ merchandise (including the infamous lightbulb). With a night to sleep on the news, I’ve reconciled my mixed emotions and am happy that a new generation will be able to see the parade in its original milieu.
MSEP has been performing at the Magic Kingdom since 2010. It was supposed to be a limited run, but when the Spectromagic floats were discovered to beyond repair, the old parade was extended.”

Disney Parks Blog

Video: Disney Resort to build new 7-story parking structure, elevated walkway ahead of 'Star Wars' land

"Disney intends to construct a transportation hub, a massive parking structure and a pedestrian bridge over Harbor Boulevard connecting them with Disneyland and Disney California Adventure ahead of the opening of “Star Wars” land in its signature theme park.

According to documents filed Wednesday in City Hall, the company proposes to start building a seven-story, 6,800-space parking structure next year along Disney Way.

The park also plans to shutter its current transportation hub, where buses from some Disney parking lots and hotel shuttles drop off visitors near the theme parks’ main gates to build the new one on a Disney-owned site about a half-mile away on Manchester Avenue.

The Carousel Inn and Suites, which Disney purchased last year for $32 million, would close in October and eventually get razed to make way for a pedestrian walkway leading from the new transit hub to the bridge 20 feet above Harbor."

Orange County Register

Q&A Disneyland's massive parking project

Orange County Register

New Disneyland Resort Eastern Gateway Coming in 2018

Disney Parks Blog

Disneyland Update: WDI Layoffs, PhotoPass Secret Hack and More


Disneyland Photo Update: Cha, Cha, Changes…


Disney Parks Moms Panel Search for New Panelists Begins Sept. 7

"Are you an experienced Disney vacation traveler and take pride in helping your friends and family members plan their own magical vacations? If so, you should consider applying for the 2017 Disney Parks Moms Panel.

The application window will open at 12:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 and close at 12:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. The first round application process includes short essay questions, basic information questions, and a sample question similar to what you’d find on the Disney Parks Moms Panel website.
If you’re the go-to vacation planner in the family and consider yourself very knowledgeable about Disney Parks vacations, consider applying for next year’s panel."


Disney Parks Blog

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​Show Number 188 - Disneyland Resort Speculations, Rumors, and Opinions

In this episode we welcome podcasters Chris Allison, and Chris Lyndon to join us in our discussion about the future of The Disneyland Resort, all with speculations, rumors, and ideas we have. We have our opinions on Star Wars Land, marvel, Tomorrowland and more. This is a fun discussion, but just our opinions on these issues. Plus the latest in the Disneyland Resort Current Events.

Chris Lyndon - Disney Chris


Chris Allison - DisGeek


Disneyland Resort Current Events

Walt Disney Imagineering reduces staff after Shanghai Disneyland opens

"Disney officials confirmed Friday that there have been staff reductions this week at Walt Disney Imagineering, the arm of the Walt Disney Co. that designs its theme parks.

The reductions were accomplished at the Glendale-based company through a combination of voluntary departures and layoffs.

Imagineering increased its staff while working on Shanghai Disneyland, which opened in June. It employed more than 2,000 designers and engineers around the world before the reductions.
Disney would not say how many were let go, saying only that the number of layoffs was a low single-digit percentage.

The design company is also undergoing a reorganization under Bob Weis, who was appointed its president in January. As part of that process, several others were offered different positions within the organization - some at a lesser rate of pay."

Orange County Register

Disneyland Resort ditching Twilight Zone for Marvel superhero ride

"A new attraction will move into the building that the Anaheim theme park calls the Hollywood Tower Hotel: Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!

Riders on the Marvel Comics-themed attraction will join forces with superhero Rocket Raccoon as they navigate through a fortress with creatures from the universe and try to free the other guardian heroes from the Collector.

Disney said in a statement that the new adventure will enhance the “free-fall sensation with new visual and audio effects to create a variety of ride experiences.”
Visitors have until January to ride Twilight Zone Tower, then work will begin to inhabit Guardians of the Galaxy, a newer-age group of superheroes, into the high-rise building.

The Marvel ride is expected to open next summer, about the time the next movie in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise hits theaters nationwide."


Orange County Register



Video: Disneyland Paint the Night parade, fireworks and special World of Color to end run Sept. 5

"The electrified Paint the Night parade, the Disneyland Forever fireworks show and World of Color: Celebrate! will end their run next month when Disneyland’s 60th anniversary celebration comes to a close.

On the Disney Parks Blog, officials said earlier this week the popular nightly attractions will make their final performance on Sept. 5. All three shows were created to celebrate the diamond anniversary.

Returning Sept. 6 will be the original World of Color featuring Wall-E and Eve and Pocahontas at Disney California Adventure.

The Fantasy in the Sky fireworks show will light up fall nights above Sleeping Beauty Castle on Fridays through Sundays starting Sept. 9.

No replacement has been announced for Paint the Night. Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, which appears in the afternoon, is expected to be the only parade at Disneyland."

Orange County Register

Welcome Back Favorite Entertainment Spectaculars at Disneyland Resort This Fall

"Versions of “Fantasy in the Sky” date back to 1958, when Walt Disney envisioned the show as a spectacular “kiss goodnight” for his Disneyland guests."


Disney Parks Blog

Disneyland closing Paint the Night Parade, 60th shows on Sept 5

"It’s hard for me to believe that the Walt Disney Company would invest in all that projection technology and the new electric night parade and not continue to use them somehow. I expect a new holiday show that uses the digital projection equipment and wouldn’t be surprised if Paint The Night ends up at Walt Disney World to replace the aging Main Street Electrical Floats. However, we already know that MSEP can’t return to Disneyland since that parade was already had its ‘glow away forever’, right?"


Disney Parks Blog

Disneyland update: Progress on 'Star Wars' land and a new Starbucks opens at Downtown Disney

"The forces of the Empire and Rebellion are still working on “Star Wars” land at Disneyland as a variety of retaining walls and other concrete foundations began appearing in the construction zone.

Meanwhile, Disney announced the formal start of construction for the new parking structure that will be built east of Harbor Boulevard, near the Santa Ana Freeway. It will also occupy portions of the current Pumba parking lot. When complete, some time in 2018, the structure will hold more than 6,000 cars.

It will connect to the Disneyland Resort via a new Eastern gateway, that will also serve as a new transportation hub for buses and shuttle buses and taxis. 

Eventually, there will be an access way built through to the Disneyland Resort on the land currently occupied by the Carousel Inn, which Disney now owns. The Inn will be closed in October, those with reservations past that month will be relocated to other area hotels, according to Disney officials."


Orange County Register 

Disneyland attractions closed to build 'Star Wars' land will reopen in 2017

"Disney has offered no timeline for its new “Star Wars” land, but Thursday park fans learned attractions closed temporarily for its construction will reopen in 2017.
The Disneyland Railroad will chug around the park on a new route, traveling elevated railroad tracks over the water with scenic views of waterfronts and waterfalls on the north bank of the artificial river."


Orange County Register

Disney Parks Blog

Disneyland could customize your visit by scanning your feet

"Disney has invented technology to recognize guests in its theme parks using their feet.

At Walt Disney World, Disney has already introduced MyMagic+, a system that allows visitors wearing a “Magic Band” on their wrist to customize their in-park experience, but with a patent recently awarded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the company could use a recognition system that scans a visitor’s foot.

As described by the patent paperwork, guests would place their feet on an “acquisition station” equipped with a sensor. This sensor would scan a foot, measure it, take a photograph and store the information in a database. The foot description would be used for a park operator to provide a personalized guest experience."


Orange County Register

Live Music Returns to the Tomorrowland Terrace Stage at Disneyland Park


Disney Parks Blog

Star Wars Land Update, Guardians of the Galaxy, New Parking Garage Construction

"East of Harbor Blvd., property acquired by Disney behind hotel row is being developed for a new Parking Structure. At some point, the Carousel Hotel will be demolished to build a walkway over Harbor to access the Esplanade."



More Star Wars Land Update, Guardians of the Galaxy, New Parking Garage Construction
"On Friday, the employees of the Carousel Hotel received notice that the hotel would be closing in mid October to make way for Disney’s planned walkway from the new parking structure to the Disneyland Resort. This was not unexpected. However, all of us at MiceChat are quite sad as the Carousel was one of our first sponsors and we love and will miss them. Book your final stay now because soon this hotel will just be a fond memory."

New PhotoPass products available at Disneyland



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Show Number 187 - Disneyland Trip Report and more


In this episode we are back from our big Disneyana weekend. We have plenty to talk about along with some live clips from Disneyland, and more. Plus we welcome author Joshua Shaffer of the book Discovering the Magic Kingdom. Plus our latest in the Disneyland Resort current events.


Discovering The Magic Kingdom by Joshua Shaffer


Disneyland Resort Current Events

Robert Niles: Is Disneyland's dynamic admission pricing working or not?

"Has Disneyland finally priced itself out of reach for too many local theme park fans?

The Fourth of July typically is the height of the theme park season across the country. For parks that stay open year-round, such as Disneyland, the week between Christmas and New Year’s draws bigger crowds, but the Fourth usually brings in a larger-than-average summer crowd. Especially in years when the Fourth falls on an extended weekend, as it did this year.

But Disneyland wasn’t as full this year. Wait times didn't extend beyond an hour even on Hyperspace Mountain and Radiator Springs Racers, which typically have the longest wait times. Many traditionally popular rides also had shorter wait times.

Contrast that with the crowd at Universal Studios Hollywood. A new attraction based on The Walking Dead helped bring extra fans into the park, which was already enjoying increased attendance thanks to the recent opening of its Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Looking at the wait times reported on Universal’s website and Disneyland’s official app, visitors faced longer lines at Universal on the Fourth than they did at Disneyland."

Orange County Register

Disneyland shows off new 'Star Wars' land concept art


Orange County Register

Disneyland Park Guests Get a Peek at New Star Wars-Themed Land

Disney Parks Blog

Disneyland cuts sales staff
"An undisclosed number of Disneyland employees were let go this week as part of a re-organization.

All were employees in the global sales and marketing departments at theDisneyland Resort.

Disneyland Resort employs 29,000 people."


Orange County Register

MiceAge Disneyland Rumor Update – New Lands, New Bosses, New Legacy

"Now that the dust has settled, it’s clear that this huge re-org has effectively ended the ill-conceived One Disney structure dreamed up by former Parks Chairman Jay Rasulo back in 2008, which centralized most decision making power in Orlando.

TDA execs have now created an all-powerful decision-making team called the “Disneyland Resort Steering Committee”. The Steering Committee is a small group of five individuals, made up of Disneyland Resort’s president, a few Anaheim based financial and planning executives, and the woman who really runs the show, Mary Niven as the Senior Vice President of Operations. The Disneyland President, still Michael Colglazier for now, reports directly to Bob Chapek up in Burbank and there is no longer any need or desire to loop anyone out in Orlando into the decision making process for Anaheim’s operation. There are still some shared back of house services between the coasts, with some bosses working in Anaheim and some bosses still working in Orlando, but none of those shared services are of any real significance to the daily operation and future planning at Disneyland.
One of the first examples of Anaheim’s new autonomy was with last week’s re-org itself. The operations teams inside the parks were all restructured, and a layer of middle management was removed (although no one in Operations was laid off), flattening the reporting structure between front line CM’s and a handful of General Managers that now run each park. A similar structure was already rolled out in WDW this past winter. But out in WDW they dreamed up silly names for the remaining managers based on currently trendy titles borrowed from industries like shopping malls and chain hotels; entry level WDW managers are now called Guest Experience Managers, and mid-level WDW managers are now called Proprietors.
That $2 Billion already approved will go towards Star Wars Land and all the rumored projects readers here already know about; the Pumbaa parking structure with Harbor Blvd. skybridge, the sprawling new luxury hotel and new parking structures on the existing Downtown Disney parking lots, as well as the re-Imagineering of Downtown Disney. The projects Michael wouldn’t talk about in the Opera House last week are already known to most regular readers here, like the Frozen E Ticket and Arendelle village being planned for north of Fantasyland. The plans for DCA now include a total thematic rethink of the northern flanks of Hollywood Land that would take over Monsters Inc., Stage 17, Stage 12, the Sunset Showcase Theater, and beyond the park into some of the adjacent bus loading areas of the East Esplanade.

With all that expansion coming to the two parks, more parking will obviously be needed. Although the Pumbaa parking structure has yet to be officially announced, construction has already begun on that sprawling complex. The first office building at 1515 Manchester Ave has been demolished, and that northern piece of the property will become the new hotel shuttle bus loading area capable of handling dozens of buses at a time, replacing much of the existing loading areas that were built back in 1999. The new bus loading zone will lead to a landscaped plaza that becomes a broad walkway through what is now the Carousel Inn, before it heads over the skybridge across Harbor Blvd. and then winds along the very northern perimeter of the existing East Esplanade loading area."


MiceChat Updates

"In the wake of increased high profile attacks across the country and around the world, Disneyland has really stepped up security throughout the resort area. Watch towers are on high alert in the parking lots, increased security presence (some with dogs) in Downtown Disney, lots of security personnel in the parks. And, of course, the bag check and metal detectors have been staffed with actual Disneyland security staff and more guests being sent through the scanners. The big question many are asking is if the security perimeter should be increased at the Disneyland Resort. Should bag check/scanning be pushed out to the entry points of the resort so all guests must be scanned before entering Downtown Disney or the hotels? It’s a challenging question both socially and operationally. But given the number of guests who congregate outside the security bubble of the Esplanade, it is a subject which will eventually need to be addressed.

To support the thousands of extra daily guests who are expected to visit Star Wars land, a new parking structure is on the way to the space behind the Pumbaa lot and behind the Carousel Hotel. Buildings are already coming down in the area where the huge new structure will be built."




MiceChat Photo Update

Anaheim votes to ban Airbnb and other short-term rentals


Mouse Planet

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​​Show Number 186 - Tour of Disneyland in 1976


​In this episode we take a virtual tour of Disneyland in the year 1976. We talk about each Land and their attractions in that year. 1976 seemed to be a great year at Disneyland and hope you enjoy this journey with us. We also have our webmaster and fellow author Russell Flores on to share is experiences at the Park in 1976.


You can find Russell's books at his ECWID page. You you can read about his experience or talk with him on his Facebook Page,Twitter account  Twitter, Instagram account Instagram, or web page.


Disneyland Resort Current Events


We will be on an Authors Panel during the Disneyana Fan Club annual convention on the morning of Thursday, July 14

Check our Facebook page for a complete listing of our events.

We will be at the Disneyana Fan Club Show & Sale on Saturday, July 16


Our Disneyana event

Why Shanghai Disney is good for Anaheim and Disneyland

"Talk of cost-cutting efforts at Disney’s Anaheim parks seems to be in line with today’s annoying-but-common corporate operating procedures. Disney charges premium dollars for its attractions, so any lowering of its service level is ripe for criticism. However, the new park in Shanghai should be a symbol of hope for Disneyland fans.

Do not forget that any U.S. corporation spending billions on any new product – not just buying out the competition with a merger – is a rarity these days. Spending $5 billion on a somewhat untested proposition – like a huge theme park in China – doesn’t happen often. The fact that Disney spent that kind of cash shows quite simply the company’s bullish view of theme parks."


Orange County Register

Soarin’ takes flight as Disney California Adventure celebrates Shanghai Disney [Also, Star Wars Land construction update]


"Overall the new Soarin’ is a nice update. The California film had become a classic but simulator-type, film-based rides like this are made to be updated. The highlight of the new Soarin’ film is the flyover of Disneyland — it’s very well done and it’s nice to see the park in its traditional state instead of perpetually dressed for Christmas like the original Soarin’ film. The new CG scene transitions are perhaps the worst aspect of this — most of the transitions come from CG animals, for example, a whale splashing water across the screen, or elephants kicking up dust in the African savannah. After a couple of the CG transitions, the whole thing becomes gimmicky and with each scene I was trying to guess what the next transition would be instead of focusing on the otherwise gorgeous visuals. And the visuals are gorgeous. This film is a lot more polished than the original California film, and it’s nice to see the improvement. In some ways it makes the ride feel more like a Disney experience, while at other times making it feel less like real footage. As for the theme, it’s definitely a shame that one of the last remaining California-themed offerings in Disney California Adventure is now gone but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check out the new global Soarin’ next time you’re in the park."



On June 8, 2016, Deportation Officer Brian Beliso died of a heart attack while in a foot pursuit. We interviewed Brian Beliso in episode #181. This is a page posted to memorialize him. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.


Officer Down Memorial Page


 You can listen to show 186 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here.  

​​Show Number 185 - Dusty Sage of

In this episode we welcome guest Dusty Sage to our show. Dusty is CEO at We have an interesting conversation about how and why Dusty is a Disney fan, and theme park fan. We talk to him about social media, Disneyland in the 90's, future Disneyland, The Walt Disney Birthplace and more. Plus we have the latest in the Disneyland Resort Current Events. 


Disneyana Fan Club Events


Walt Disney Birth Place

Disneyland Resort Current Events

There is a Secret Menu Just For Disneyland High Rollers

"Disney-speak for special treatment at a special price is a “premium experience,” and there are plenty throughout the year. Become a member of the D23 fan club to learn about the most unusual ones. Last year, members were eligible for an early morning safari breakfast hosted by a Jungle Cruise skipper (cost $300) and a paranormal dinner inside the Blue Bayou restaurant overlooking Pirates of the Caribbean.

To be fully inside the bubble for a day, you need to hire a VIP Ambassador. For a fee of $2700 (not including admission) you are granted six hours with your own personal concierge schooled in the history and lore of the park. Your plaid clad host or hostess will accompany you to the front of the line on more than 30 attractions, they will have a reserved spot for you every parade, fireworks, or stage show like Mickey and the Magical Map. All that and costumed characters will magically appear to greet you – and up to 9 additional guests – throughout the day."


LA Magazine

Video: Soarin' Around the World debuts today at Disney California Adventure

"Guests at Disney California Adventure arrived early Friday and flocked to the new ride that allows them to hop on a motion-based simulator that lifts them up with their feet dangling. On an 80-foot tall projection screen, they see, feel and smell an aerial journey over parts of the world.
Within 15 minutes of the park opening at 8 a.m., the wait time was 75 minutes on the attraction’s first day.

The five-minute, multi-sensory ride made its debut in Disney’s new Shanghai Disneyland Park Thursday, and at Epcot at Walt Disney World and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim on Friday."


Orange County Register

Shanghai Disneyland: Notes from opening day, including videos of fireworks, 'Pirates' show

Orange County Register

Disneyland, California Adventure celebrate the opening of Shanghai sister park


Orange County Register

Disneyland Skyway station demolished to make room for 'Star Wars'

"Wednesday, construction crews demolished the Skyway Chalet in Fantasyland, one of two stations for the long-closed attraction."


Orange County Register

Body of toddler snatched by gator found in Disney lagoon

"LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The body of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy who was snatched off a Walt Disney World beach by an alligator and dragged underwater was recovered Wednesday, ending a ghastly search at one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations."


Orange County Register

Security boosted at Disney resort? No one's saying

"As the FBI tries to determine the credibility of a media report saying the Orlando gunman had cased a Disney shopping center in Florida, officials here declined to say if security has been boosted – but did say they always remain vigilant."


Orange County Register

Disneyland Resort plans another luxury hotel

"Disney proposes a 700-room, four-diamond hotel and a parking structure on 10 acres at 1401 Disneyland Drive, at the north end of the Downtown Disney parking lot. Construction would start in 2018, with a slated opening in 2021."


Orange County Register

Coverage on the proposed hotel from The Disney Blog


The Disney Blog

Photos: Princess rooms, splash pads turn Anaheim homes into Disneyland destination rentals

"Walking through one My Castle House property, the exterior looked like any home in a quiet neighborhood in Anaheim. Green, manicured lawn and all. The first floor featured a large common area, kitchen with tile floors and a washer and dryer in a separate room that leads to a garage with a ping pong table. The back yard had a swimming pool and an area to barbecue.

My Castle House offers properties with three to seven bedrooms, all with their own, mostly Disney-inspired, themes carried through in the decor. Pirate’s Lair, house no. 16, had a bedroom with artwork akin to “Pirates of the Caribbean” downstairs, and upstairs kids could share a LEGO bunk bed with a slide and a pink princess bedroom."


Orange County Register

Star Wars expansion construction continues as summer heats up at Disneyland



Summer and Star Wars continue at Disneyland​



 You can listen to show 185 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here.  


Show Number 184 - Walt Disney World Trip Report

In this episode we have the latest in the Disneyland Resort Current Events, an interview with Ted from Disneyana to discuss the upcoming Disneyana Convention in July, and Ken returns back from Walt Disney World to tell us all about his trip. 

Don't forget to check out all the happening at this year's Disneyana Conventions

Disneyland Resort Current Events

Knott's Berry Farm gets new boss, a former Disneyland executive

"Jon Storbeck, 56, was announced Friday as the new vice president and general manager of Knott’s Berry Farm, effective Monday.

A longtime Tustin resident, Storbeck previously was vice president of hotels and Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. He was also a vice president of Disneyland for nine years. He left the company in January after 30-plus years."

Orange County Register


Disneyland attracted 18.2 million visitors in 2015

"Two new nighttime shows, upgrades to classic rides and blanketing Tomorrowland with “Star Wars” attractions right before the release of the much-hyped “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” movie helped draw in more than 18.2 million people to Disneyland in 2015, up 1.5 million, or 9 percent, from the previous year, according to the Themed Entertainment Association.

According to the group’s numbers, Disneyland and next-door Disney California Adventure hit all-time attendance highs."


Orange County Register

Last Chance to Experience the Classic Soarin’ at Epcot and Disney California Adventure Before Soarin’ Around the World Debuts on June 17

"Don’t miss your chance to experience Soarin’ Over California at Disney California Adventure now through June 15, and at Epcot through June 16.

The new film, Soarin’ Around the World, debuts June 17 at Disney California Adventure park at Disneyland Resort and Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort the day after its world premiere at Shanghai Disneyland and highlights landmarks from across the globe."


Disney Parks Blog Disneyland Update 


'Frozen' musical premieres at California Adventure replacing 13-year run of 'Aladdin'

"Disney could not let it go as “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” premiered at Disney California Adventure on Thursday night.

The theatrical show, which opens to the public Friday, is based on the 2013 film that was an international box office phenomenon, becoming the highest-grossing animated feature ever with more than $1.27 billion in global revenue. “Frozen” also earned multiple awards, including two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe and five Annie Awards for achievements in animation.

The show replaces “Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” which ended its 13-year run of 14,565 performances at the Hyperion in January."


Orange County Register

"The big news from the Resort this week is the debut of the new Frozen — Live at the Hyperion musical stage show in Disney California Adventure. The new Frozen show replaces the long-running fan-favorite Aladdin — A Musical Spectacular and brings the hit animated film to life on stage.
So how does Frozen — Live at the Hyperion measure up? All-in-all, it’s a decent theme park show."

"In Tomorrowland, the Space Mountain restrooms have reopened after their remodel and expansion

Starcade remains closed and it does not appear that the adjacent restrooms did not expand into that space as had been previously rumored."



 You can listen to show 184 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here.  
​Show Number 183 - History of the Mine Train at Disneyland

In this episode we talk about the history of The Mine Train at Disneyland, also known as The Mine Train Through Natures Wonderland. This attraction took up much of Frontierland from 1956 until 1977. Learn all about its history and more. Plus the latest in the Disneyland Resort Current Events. 
​Disneyland Resort Current Events
Meet Ken at Walt Disney World! He'll be there May 25 through June 1. If you contact him, he might sign your copies of _Cleaning The Kingdom_ or even sell you copies personally! E-mail Ken at kenversations[at]flash[dot]net

Come see us at the annual Disneyana Fan Club convention in July! Lynn and Ken will be speaking as part of a panel, and then, on Saturday, July 16, you can come by the Show & Sale and meet Russell Flores as well as Lynn and Ken, and get your books signed and buy copies of books.

Disneyana Fan Club DisneyanaMania

Jungle Cruise reopens with a brand-new dock at Disneyland
May 6, 2016 Updated May 9, 2016 1:12 p.m.

"The Jungle Cruise reopened Friday after a nearly four-month refurbishment.
During that time, maintenance workers built a new dock, and fixed a couple of broken animals...
One was a broken tree, on which a python was draped. The tree was replaced with a new one. 

The other was a female African elephant, also known as the most feared creature in the jungle, the mother-in-law of the nearby African Bull Elephant.

The new dock was built to help stabilize the boats while loading and unloading, no longer are the skippers required to have the boats roped to the dock. The new dock keeps the boats stable and in place while passengers embark or disembark."

Orange County Register

Attendance up at Disneyland, although company struggles elsewhere

"Despite the closure of attractions to make room for a “Star Wars” land, and the introduction of dynamic admission pricing that boosts ticket prices for many, the Walt Disney Co. reported an increase in Disneyland attendance this year through March.

In Disney’s second fiscal quarter, which ended April 2, revenue rose 4 percent to $3.9 billion and operating profits increased 10 percent compared to a year ago to $624 million in Disney’s Parks and Resorts division.

During a quarterly earnings call with analysts and shareholders, Christine McCarthy, Disney’s chief financial officer, credited the revenue increase in the resorts division to higher per-guest spending, higher ticket costs, more in merchandise sales, and boosted hotel room rates.

Overall, attendance at Disney’s domestic parks was flat.

The increased attendance at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure was offset by fewer people visiting Walt Disney World, Disney reported. Disney does not release attendance numbers.

According to a respected industry group, the Themed Entertainment Association, 16.8 million people visited Disneyland in 2014, the latest year available. About 8.8 million went to Disney California Adventure."

Orange County Register

Disney Dollars to be discontinued at Disneyland, Walt Disney World
May 12, 2016 
Updated May 13, 2016 10:23 a.m.

"A Disneyland statement confirmed on Thursday the once popular currency, which could only be used at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, would be terminated effective Saturday.

The Disney Dollars currently in circulation can still be used.
Disneyland’s first president, Jack Lindquist, invented Disney Dollars because of the Anaheim and Orlando theme park’s growing popularity in the mid-1980s. The first runs were unveiled and circulated on May 5, 1987."

Orange County Register

Video: Disneyland's Skyway station to be demolished to make way for 'Star Wars' land
May 16, 2016 
Updated May 18, 2016 9:52 p.m.

"Disneyland officials have filed a permit with the city to demolish the Skyway Chalet in Fantasyland, once one of two endpoints for open-air gondolas that floated via cables over the park beginning in 1956."

Orange County Register

House of Blues says goodbye to Downtown Disney and hello to the Anaheim GardenWalk

"For 15 years, House of Blues Anaheim has hosted big-name talent in its 1,000-capacity concert hall, which was quickly nicknamed the Mouse House by locals due to its location, right in the heart of Downtown Disney.

After a handful of local rock and ska bands take the stage on May 29, House of Blues will officially end its chapter in Downtown Disney and prepare to reopen an all-new, state-of-the-art facility in early November, just down the street on Katella Avenue where the UltraLuxe Cinemas were once located inside the Anaheim GardenWalk.

The old venue officially opened on Jan. 12, 2001 with two sold-out nights by Orange County’s own rock band Lit. It will be replaced by a much larger complex that will include a 2,000-capacity main concert hall for bigger touring acts and events, a 400-capacity smaller room (which may be called the Parish) for smaller artists, singer-songwriter evenings, release parties and corporate meetings, a 175-capacity Foundation Room and a much larger restaurant and kitchen then it was able previously to house.
The Downtown Disney location never had the space for a Foundation Room, which is standard at other House of Blues locations and was once pretty legendary within the now permanently closed House of Blues Los Angeles. That will be remedied with the new facility and the Foundation Room will feature a full bar, nightly entertainment of its own and a viewing platform of the stage in the main concert hall."

Orange County Register

From Anaheim High School to Disneyland: Looking back at her 50-year Disney career

"“I still have my first pay stub. It was for $6.34.”
That was what Peggie Fariss got paid her first week working on the Storybook Land Canal Boats at Disneyland in the fall of 1965, right after graduating from Anaheim High School. It was the start of a Disney career that lasted more than 50 years in a variety of roles around the world.

In 1969, Fariss was 1 of 10 people selected to travel to Orlando to help out at the press event announcing the plans for the first phase of Walt Disney World’s construction.

Fariss continued as an Imagineer, producing the Disney Galleries. The galleries – above the entrance to Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean, which now holds the Dream Suite – showcased artwork about the development of Disneyland and its many lands and attractions."

Orange County Register

Disneyland suffers from budget cuts this spring as Jungle Cruise reopens with new safety changes


"MiceAge recently reported on Disneyland’s massive budget slashing efforts being mandated by Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek. According to MiceAge, the U.S. Disney parks are being required to slash $500 million from their annual operating budget and those cuts are increasingly being felt by guests in the parks. Restaurant hours have been cut, with Hungry Bear Restaurant now only operating on the busiest days of the week. In Disney California Adventure, Paradise Garden Grill was shuttered altogether and is now expected to only be open for seasonal offerings.
The budget cuts are affecting park attractions as well. In Fantasyland, the Casey Jr. Circus Train has been running only one train, making its regular 15-20 minute wait a long 30-40 minute wait in an outdoor queue with practically no shade. At Disney California Adventure, the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail now posts a sign noting its reduced hours.

Park hours are also suffering. Despite record attendance, regular park hours are being trimmed by an hour or two almost every day when compared to park hours over the last couple years. These hour cuts will even affect the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday Weekend. The recent tradition of kicking off the summer season with a 24 hour party on the Memorial Weekend Friday ends this year with no 24 hour event planned. The Monday Memorial Day holiday usually sees peak-season hours but they’ve been trimmed by an hour in both parks."

Safety Cruise

"In Adventureland, the Jungle Cruise has reopened after an extensive refurbishment. While the jungle itself has been cleaned up, it remains relatively unchanged.
The big change came to the jungle dock and loading area which now features a hidden safety system that allows the boats to pull into the load area without having to be tied down."


Fastpass+ continues to move in as the Skyway Chalet gets ready for demolition at Disneyland

"In Tomorrowland, the restrooms at the exit of Space Mountain are expanding into space that was previously the lower level of the Starcade. The restrooms are closed during expansion."

 You can listen to show 183 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here
Show Number 182 - A Musical Tour of Disneyland
In this episode we play and discuss some of Disneyland’s music you can hear in the different lands. We will discuss each track and talk about maybe a memory we had in that land with the background music. We are former Disneyland Custodial Cast members talking Disneyland history, and our stories working there.
Thanks to Disney Chris some of the music. DisneyChris Home
​Disneyland Resort Current Events
ATTENTION: Ken will be at Walt Disney World at the end of the month, arriving in the evening Wednesday, May 25 and leaving Wednesday, June 1. If you want him to sign your copy of _Cleaning the Kingdom_ (or just meet him) e-mail him at kenversations [at] flash [dot] net. He MIGHT be able to sell you a copy of the book, especially if you make arrangements with him ahead of time.

VIDEO: Autopia reopens at Disneyland with new look

Orange County Register

"The opening day attraction had been closed since mid-January for a makeover that included the addition of Honda as its new sponsor.

As part of the new look, the area around the queue line received a new paint job, and the cars did too. There were no real changes to the ride itself.

The colors for the cars match the colors Honda uses for its cars. There were some other minor changes to the cars too, but the gas-powered cars still take a human to push the gas pedal."

Official Disney Parks Blog

Fastpass+ moves in at Disneyland and Autopia reopens with Honda (also, Star Wars Land construction update)

"The first signs of Disneyland’s version of the MyMagic+ and Fastpass+ programs from Walt Disney World have started to appear in the park. Testing and an eventual rollout of the new features are rumored to happen soon. Meanwhile, the classic Autopia attraction has emerged from an extended refurbishment with Honda as a new sponsor. Elsewhere in the park, Star Wars continues to awaken in the northwest corner of the frontier…

Aside from the new logo, color scheme, and paint job for the cars, there’s not much that’s different about the attraction. The ride track remains the same, scenery is cleaned up but otherwise untouched, and the cars are still the clunky gas-powered version."


Judge dismisses lawsuit against Disney on ride policy for disabled

"A federal judge in Florida dismissed a lawsuit that claimed Walt Disney World violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it changed its original policy on accommodating guests with disabilities.

U.S. District Judge Anne Conway ruled Thursday that Disney provided the plaintiff, a family with a child who has autism, with individual accommodations that met their needs and afforded them the same – or better – experience as other guests.
The ruling is a big win for Disney – which is battling more than 30 similar federal lawsuits in Orlando filed by families with children with autism or other disabilities against Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Conway has ruled that each family’s circumstances are different.
A separate lawsuit from a collection of families is pending in Los Angeles federal court.

The suits claim some visitors with autism are unable to wait in line without having meltdowns. Thursday’s ruling was the first in all of these cases."

Orange County Register

Hold on, Orange County! The tourists are rolling in

"A new report from the California Travel and Tourism Commission measures the economic impact of the 47.4 million people who visited Orange County in 2015, up 2.6 percent in a year.

They spent $9.8 billion, up 5 percent from 2014.

Orange County Register
 You can listen to show 182 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here

Show Number 181 - Early Disneyland with Author Todd Pierce


In this episode we welcome author Todd James Pierce to the show. Todd is the author of the new book Three Years in Wonderland. A book about C V Wood and the building and opening of Disneyland. It is a very interesting look into this time period of Disneyland history. We have an interesting discussion about how Disneyland struggled on that opening day, but it all worked out for the best. obviously. 


Be sure to go to our Selected Reading Page and click on Todd's book link to get your copy today.


​Disneyland Resort Current Events

New 'Soarin' Around the World' film opens at Disney California Adventure June 17

"ANAHEIM – The new “Soarin’ Around the World” film will start showing at Disney California Adventure on June 17, the day after it premieres at Shanghai Disneyland.

The new film is expected to use the same techniques. It will feature aerial images of places such as Sydney. A Disney film crew was allowed to film from a helicopter containing the camera flying low over the Great Wall of China. Disney said it filmed in other locations around the world too.

This is not the first time that Disney was allowed to film the Great Wall. A Disney crew filmed the wall in 1982 for the Circlevision 360 film “Wonders of China” that plays at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida."


Orange County Registry

For the official Disney Parks Blog coverage:

House of Blues closing May 31; 300 employees will go on hiatus until GardenWalk location debuts

"Live Nation Entertainment will shutter its House of Blues Anaheim venue in Downtown Disney on May 31, leaving some 300 employees without jobs, at least temporarily.
A House of Blues spokesperson said the company will keep all current employees and add about 100 new positions when its new venue opens later this summer at GardenWalk. GardenWalk, a struggling center just a mile from Disneyland, is trying to revive itself with the addition of House of Blues, a Latin dance club, a Brazilian-themed steakhouse and luxury hotels nearby.

"House of Blues will take up the 40,000 square feet previously occupied by UltraLuxe Cinemas. The new venue will include a concert hall, patio and bar. The new location is much larger than the venue’s current 23,000-square-foot location."


Orange County Registry

The Disney Blog’s coverage

MiceChat Updates:

Food & Wine Festival

MiceChat Link

More Star Wars

MiceChat Link


You can listen to show 181 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here


Show Number 180 - Former Disneyland Custodian Chat


In this episode we have the latest in the Disneyland Resort current events, and our main segment a former Disneyland Custodian Robert Diaz. Robert worked with both Ken and I. He was a Lead, General Lead, Office Clerk, and work in scheduling for Custodial. This chat is kind of like sitting at Trader Sams and listening in on some former Disneyland cast members talking old times. Enjoy!


​Disneyland Resort Current Events

Tom Staggs, heir apparent at Disney, to step down as COO

"Tom Staggs, the man thought to be CEO Bob Iger’s eventual successor at the Walt Disney Co., is stepping down, effective in May, the company said...

Staggs, Disney’s chief operating officer, will remain with the company as a special adviser, Disney said in a statement. The company did not say who will take over for Staggs.

Staggs, 55, is resigning after 14 months as COO and just months before the June unveiling of Shanghai Disneyland, a project he helped lead.

Insiders had pegged Staggs as the eventual successor to Iger, with the latter planning to retire in 2018, after competing with former Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo for the position. Rasulo resigned from Disney last year."


Orange County Register

45-year career at Disney started and ended playing the Tuba
"Regular Disneyland visitors might not know his name, but if they’ve watched any of the musical performers for the past few decades, they have seen his work, as he hired them.

His name: Stanford “Stan” Freese. His job: Director of Talent Booking at the Disneyland Resort, and now he’s retired."


Orange County Register

Disney Parks Blog Article on San Freese

MiceChat Updates

Star Wars, Autopia, Matterhorn cushions

MiceChat Link

Food & Wine Festival, Star Wars
MiceChat Link

Disneyland’s classic Autopia attraction adds Honda as a sponsor

"It's been well-known in the Disneyland fan community that the park was hunting for a new sponsor for its classic Autopia attraction for a few years. The hope was that they’d find a partner who would help revitalize the attraction that has been a part of the park since opening day in 1955 in one form or another. It was just announced that Honda will be that partner with a multi year sponsorship deal that will include an update to the attraction’s look and storyline."

The Disney Blog

Harry Potter could make Universal Studios a real rival to Disneyland

"Universal Studios Hollywood, long considered second tier compared with its more popular rival, is challenging Disneyland's position as king of the theme park mountain, thanks to $1.6 billion in upgrades, including the opening Thursday of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The stakes are high as the two parks tussle for the lucrative attention of tourists and locals.
Universal Studios Hollywood's new six-acre attraction — expected to be the park's most popular ever — features Hogwarts Castle, a 200-foot-tall structure that resembles the school of wizarding and witchcraft depicted in the J.K. Rowling "Harry Potter" books and movies.

The estimated $500-million Harry Potter attraction could become such a tour de force that it cuts into Disneyland's business this summer."


Los Angeles Times

Theming like Disneyland has become the new normal for designers

"'Theming' at many venues has become the norm as a way of engaging and holding the attention of visitors and shoppers.

Disney historians say ideas for Disneyland were partly inspired by a visit Disney took in 1948 to a museum – Greenfield Village, which is part of theHenry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich."


Orange County Register 

You can listen to show 180 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here


Show Number 179 - Date Nite and Dixieland Night at Disneyland


In this episode we take a look at two nighttime promotions from the parks early years. When the park first opened it closed at 8pm in the summer. The crowds would just start going home around dinner time. To keep the crowds there longer, these promotions along with some others were started to keep guests in the parks. One of these Date Nite at Disneyland  started in the late 50's and was aimed at teenagers, and younger people to have a place to go on a Friday or Saturday night. 


​Disneyland Resort Current Events

Fab News: Berry Fun, Star Wars and SeaWorld Splashdown

"Since the Superheroes are moving across the Esplanade (except for Thor, who is taking a breather), there was a short window of speculation time before the information got out: the upstairs portion of Star Wars Launch Bay at Disneyland will be, apparently, a preview area for the new Star Wars Experience."



Disneyland adds cushions to the Matterhorn Bobsleds

"Disneyland officials confirmed they have added cushions on the bottoms of the seats on the ride vehicles.

The bobsleds were converted to a single seat configuration in 2012, with new interlocking seatbelts. The belts were designed to keep people from unbuckling or slipping out of them while riding the tubular roller coaster. Under the current configuration, each two-car bobsled holds six people.

Originally, the bobsleds featured a two-person seat, where the larger person boarded first and sat down, then the second, smaller, person boarded second and sat between their legs. The seatbelts were more like standard, at the time, car seat belts that could be removed at any time.

The change in the seating configuration was considered by many regular visitors to be a little rough. The cushions were designed to add a little extra padding and make the ride a little more comfortable."


Orange County Register


You can listen to show 179 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here


Show Number 178 - A Tour of Disneyland in 1996


In this episode we take a look at Disneyland in the year 1996. We go through each land, virtually and discuss which attractions were there at that time and which were not yet. Plus what else was going on at Disneyland in that year. Plus we have an interview with Jerry Cornell from Theme Parkology. We talk all about his Disneyland documentaries. Plus the latest in the Disneyland Resort current events.


​Disneyland Resort Current Events


Be sure to check out Theme Parkology


Ken's review of the Jack Lindquist memoir: In Service to the Mouse


Laughing Place

Jack Lindquist, first president of Disneyland, dies

"Jack Lindquist, the first president of Disneyland, has died. He was 88.

A Villa Park resident, Lindquist began his nearly four-decade career at Disneyland when he was hired by Walt Disney as its advertising manager a few months after the theme park opened in July 1955.

He was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1994.
A window above City Hall on Main Street U.S.A. reads: “J.B. Lindquist, honorary mayor of Disneyland, Jack of all trades, master of fun.”

He was an influential part of a team that created many programs still in place at Disneyland and other Disney theme parks today, including advance ticket sales, Grad Nite, the Disneyland Ambassador Program and Disney Dollars.

Lindquist is survived by his wife, Isabelle; and his five children, David, Garry, Troy, Jim and Kimberly; 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren."


Orange County Register
Disney Parks Blog on Jack Lindquist

Disneyland tickets to cost as much as $119 on peak days, as park turns to demand-based pricing

"Going to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure will cost $95 to $119 for an adult, depending on the day, as the two parks go to demand-based pricing beginning Feb. 28.

An adult ticket had cost $99.

Under what Disney calls “seasonal pricing,” customers will pay $95 for “value” days, $105 for “regular” days and $119 for “peak” days.

For the rest of the year, there are 83 value days, mostly Mondays through Thursdays during off-season months or when school is normally in session. There are 142 regular days, covering most weekends and summer days.

And there are 83 peak days that fall on spring break, some summer weekends, and nearly all of December.

Attendance at Disney’s U.S. parks is up 10 percent over last year’s first quarter, according to the company’s latest fiscal report.

In 2014, more than 16.7 million people visited Disneyland and another 8.7 million visited Disney California Adventure, according to the Themed Entertainment Association, a trade group representing the theme park industry."


Orange County Register

Disney Parks Blog coverage on the new ticket pricing

Disneyland 'Star Wars' land to break ground in April

"The Walt Disney Co. announced “Star Wars” land will officially break ground next month at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Speaking at Disney’s shareholders meeting Thursday in Chicago, CEO Bob Iger did not give a specific groundbreaking date but reiterated that both 14-acre sites with two main signature attractions in the Orlando and Anaheim parks will be “fantastic.”"


Orange County Register

Disneyland begins draining Rivers of America as prep for 'Star Wars' land continues

"The water was lower by about four feet in the northern half of the Rivers of America at Disneyland Wednesday afternoon, as the park started to drain it so it could start work on re-routing the river and more.

The water is being recycled, according to Suzi Brown, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman."


Orange County Register

MiceChat: Harry Potter, Pricing, Star Wars

MiceChat: Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters has finally opened in Cars Land, Star Wars. DLRR


Captain America coming back to Disneyland, Super Hero HQ to close

"Disneyland’s Super Hero HQ, which features Spider-Man and Thor meet-and-greets and Marvel merchandise, is closing on April 2, the theme park announced Monday.

The following day Captain America will come back to join Spider-Man in a new meet-and-greet at Hollywood Land in Disney California Adventure.

Disney isn’t saying why it is closing the Marvel-themed headquarters, but rumors are floating that Star Wars Launch Bay will expand into the area."


Orange County Register

Disney announces premiere date for stage rendition of 'Frozen'

"The new Disney musical, “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” will debut May 27 at Disney California Adventure Park, the theme park announced Friday.

Based on Disney’s 2013 widely successful animated film, “Frozen,” the stage show will be performed in the re-designed Hyperion Theater in Hollywood Land."


Orange County Register

Disney Parks Blog coverage of the new Frozen show

Anaheim releases proposed map for streetcar that would link ARTIC to Disneyland

"Katella Avenue, Disney Way and Harbor Boulevard are the roads city officials say a $298.7 million streetcar should travel to get people from the ARTIC transit hub to Disneyland and the Convention Center.

If approved, the 3.2-mile route would have eight stops, including a new transportation center built by Disneyland Resort where park visitors could hop off buses, taxis and the new streetcar. A revised map will be unveiled today, showing how the streetcar will run on tracks, sharing traffic lanes with vehicles traveling some of Anaheim‘s busiest roads.

A trip on the Anaheim Rapid Connection would last 18 minutes end-to-end, picking up travelers and resort workers spilling out of trains and buses at ARTIC and whisking them to their final destination. A fleet of 10 cars is envisioned by the end of 2021, each carrying roughly 120 passengers.


Disneyland Resort wants to start construction in 2017 on a transportation center just east of Harbor Boulevard. The drop off area for buses, taxis and shuttles would be moved from the plaza outside of Disneyland’s entrance to the new hub – which could also be a streetcar stop.

Nearby, Disney wants to build a parking structure with 6,800 spaces – roughly half the size of the Mickey and Friends structure, according to preliminary plans filed Feb. 22 with the city.

Disney proposes to demolish the Carousel Inn and Suites it purchased last year for $32 million. In its place, an elevated pedestrian bridge over Harbor is proposed to link the parking structure and transit center to the theme parks."


Orange County Register


You can listen to show 178 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here.


​​Show Number 177 - Discussion about Herb Ryman


In this episode, we are starting a series of episodes to come, where we talk about people who have contributed to the making of Disneyland over the years. This time we talk about Herb Ryman. He was the first person to actually draw out what Disneyland would look like, with Walt's directions of course. Learn more about this talented man, in this weeks episode. 


Ryman Arts


Disneyland Resort Current News

Video: New Luigi's ride, Disneyland's first trackless, debuts March 7

"It will be the first attraction at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to have a trackless surface.

Guests will hop in a convertible and a wireless computer-controlled communication system will guide the cars around the track. Video clips provided by Disney show cars turning, spinning or “dancing” on a smooth surface with upbeat Italian music playing."


Orange County Register

New Details Announced for Star Wars-Themed Lands for Disney Parks

"Guests will be able to step aboard The Millennium Falcon and actually pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy, steering the vessel through space, firing the laser cannons, in complete control of the experience."


Disney Parks Blog

Disneyland reveals new concept art on 'Star Wars' land during ABC TV special

Orange County Register

How I Made It (About Scott Trowbridge)

"The gig: Scott Trowbridge, 50, is creative portfolio executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, which makes him the innovation guru assigned to expand the $4-billion "Star Wars" franchise throughout the Disney theme parks. That assignment includes devising new "Star Wars"-inspired merchandise, food and drink ideas and overseeing the 14-acre "Star Wars" expansion that will soon be under construction at Disneyland and at Disney's Hollywood Studios near Orlando, Fla."


LA Times Disneyland Updates:

Prep for Star Wars Land construction



And more prep!



Are Disney’s struggles overseas impacting theme parks in the United States?

"All this means that Disney is going to have to rely on its historic twin money engines – the studios and the theme parks. In the past when this happened, Disney would cut back on labor hours it spends in the park. This means less entertainment, fewer meet and greets (EPCOT is going to be hit hard, I hear), and generally longer lines at cash registers and the like. It might also mean the cut back on future projects like Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land. Not good timing if you ask me.

the nature of being a part of a mega-company like The Walt Disney Company. Will these cutbacks affect your Disney fun?"


The Disney Blog


Disneyland adopts "seasonal" or "demand" pricing:

Orange County Register


Former Disneyland President Jack Lindquist has passed away:

All of us here at The Sweep Spot are deeply sadden at the lose of Disneyland President Jack Lindquist.



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Show Number 176 - Disneyland Cast Member Tales from the 60's


In this episode we welcome a former Disneyland custodial cast member who started in 1965 and left in 1969. He was there during some incredible changes, and not all good changes either. During the building of New Orleans Sq., New Tomorrowland of 1967, Disneyland's 10th anniversary, and more. 


​Disneyland Resort Current Events


Disneyana Convention


Come by on Valentine's Day to get your copies of _Cleaning The Kingdom_ signed and buy more signed copies: 


Photos: Annual Passholder Days in full swing at the Disneyland Resort

"The event, which takes place the entire month of February, will give annual passholders some special treats and things to see and do, especially since several of the more popular attractions are closed for refurbishment.
Those things include special screenings of classic cartoons, along with free popcorn and water. Additionally, the park is handing out special buttons to pass holders, while supplies last, along with recipes for some of Walt Disney’s favorite foods, like his chili and beans and Lemon Chiffon Pie, called Chris' Cold Pie."

Orange County Register

As Disneyland prepares for "Star Wars" land, it is saving trees that could be in the way

"Since the preparation for “Star Wars” land started at Disneyland, the sound of chainsaws can be heard around the northern end of Disneyland’s Rivers of America, and when they are silent, the sounds of workers digging with shovels take over.

The chainsaws are removing trees in the way of the new land where the work started in January. The shovels are digging up trees Imagineers want to transplant into the new land -- trees that are 20, 30 and even 60 years old with heights of 40-feet or more."

Orange County Register

Disneyland ride systems always moving forward - now without a track

"Within the next few weeks, theme park fans will see the local debut of yet another new type of ride system at the Disneyland Resort – the trackless ride.

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters – the replacement for the former Luigi’s Flying Tires ride in Cars Land – will be the first trackless ride in Southern California.

As the name implies, the cars on this ride will not run on or inside a defined track, as so many other Disneyland Resort rides do. Instead, a computer-controlled wireless communication system will guide the cars across Luigi’s “backyard,” allowing the cars to spin, weave and dance around each other along seemingly random paths."


Orange County Register
DCA Anniversary - Disney California Adventure turns 15 

"Disney California Adventure, the sister park to Disneyland, turned 15 years old Monday with a small celebration in front of the Carthay Circle Restaurant.

The park, which opened Feb. 8, 2001, had a tough beginning – not being well-received by theme park enthusiasts and more. Over the years, the Walt Disney Company made improvements, with a large upgrade opening in 2012. That upgrade saw the addition of Cars Land, The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Toy Story Midway Mania and a makeover for the front entrance, turning it into Buena Vista Street."


Disney Parks Blog

Orange County Register


Peyton Manning Visits Disneyland after Super Bow Win - I'm Going To Disneyland!


Disney Parks Blog

Lunar New Year celebrated at Disneyland Resort

"There were no firecrackers, but the Year of the Monkey kicked off the Lunar New Year celebration at the Disneyland Resort over the weekend.

The area around Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta at Disney California Adventure was decked out in red and gold colors as the theme park offered visitors a chance to see entertainment in the form of Asian dancers and music, along with a visit from a dragon.

There were also authentic food offerings along with special merchandise and art."

Disney Parks Blog
Orange County Register

'Star Wars' excitement, new park offerings boost Disneyland and Disney World attendance

"The smash success of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” helped push Disney’s Parks and Resorts division to a record first-quarter profit, the company told investors Tuesday.

The Parks and Resorts division’s operating income grew by 22 percent to $981 million in the first quarter compared with a year ago, and revenue rose by 9 percent to $4.3 billion. The spikes occurred despite lower attendance at Disneyland Paris and the company’s heavy investment into the yet-to-open Shanghai Disneyland.

Fans have flocked to Disneyland for Season of the Force and to Walt Disney World for its Star Wars Experience. Guests meet Darth Vader and Chewbacca and experience a revamped Space Mountain and Star Tours, an attraction that features scenes from the movie."

Orange County Register

Josh Gad Takes Viewers to Rarely Seen Places at Disneyland Park During ‘The Wonderful Disney: Disneyland 60’ February 21 on ABC

Disney Parks Blog

The stars come out in taping of the Disneyland 60th Anniversary TV special

"For the past several weeks, regular visitors to Disneyland have noticed temporary stages and lighting being set up at different locations around the park. When they asked cast members, they found out it was for taping a television special about the park’s 60th Anniversary.

The two-hour special, called “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,” will include a large dance number on Main Street, U.S.A., a tour of some rarely seen areas, such as Walt Disney’s fire station apartment, and performances by Fall Out Boy and Elton John.

The special airs Sunday, February 21, at 8 p.m. on ABC."


Orange County Register

Disneyland honors its history as Star Wars construction gets underway


Disneyland Resort celebrates Lunar New Year and Annual Passholders

"Passholder Perks"

Last week Disneyland launched AP Days, a month of special activities, movie screenings, and events for Annual Passholders that will run through the end of February. 

At Disneyland, Annual Passholders can enjoy daily screenings of vintage Disney programs in the Main Street Opera House starting at 5 p.m."


Mice Chat

Shocker — the Outside World Still Doesn’t Understand Adult Disney Fandom
By Kyle Burbank


Laughing Place

You can listen to show 176 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here. 

Show Number 175 - History of Big Thunder Ranch Area


   In this episode we take a look at an area that is no longer there. That is Big Thunder Ranch. This area which opened in 1986 hosted a petting zoo, a cabin, a farm, an arena, restaurant, restrooms, and more over the years. For many this was there favorite place to eat, or maybe a quiet place to sit, or a place to see a show. Disneyland is a place that has always had changes, and I know many of us have great memories of attractions of the past, or places like Big Thunder Ranch. So in this episode we talk about the history of this place of the past. Plus the latest in the Disneyland Resort current events.


Show Pictures


​Disneyland Resort Current Events

Disneyland moves its oldest building, the Pope House, to just outside the theme park

"Disneyland’s oldest building, a 1,300-square-foot house built in the 1920s, has moved from a northern behind-the-scenes area to an off-site parking lot on Ball Road for visitors to the company’s administrative building.

The house was constructed near what is now Harbor Boulevard and moved during Disneyland’s construction onto the theme park’s grounds.

In 1954, Owen and Dolly Pope, who Walt Disney hired to train and care for the horses, mules and other animals that became part of the park when it opened the next year, moved in."

Orange County Register

ABC-TV to air Disneyland 60th anniversary special
"The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60" airs at 8 p.m. Feb. 21,a Sunday, on ABC-TV.

"With his famed red piano shining as brightly as the Sleeping Beauty Castle behind him, Elton John took to the stage performing his most popular Disney hit in front of a raucous – mostly surprised – crowd of park-goers.

The multi Grammy Award winner showed up with a choir Friday night at Disneyland, singing “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King” and a song from his upcoming album, “Wonderful Crazy Night,” as fireworks shot off from the castle."

Orange County Register

Harrison Ford to unveil plans for 'Star Wars' land at Disneyland

"Harrison Ford, the actor who played the snarky, charming pilot in four “Star Wars” movies, will further detail The Walt Disney Co.’s plans for “Star Wars” lands at Disneyland and at Walt Disney World.
Ford’s announcement will be part of a two-hour, Feb. 21 ABC-TV special celebrating the 60th anniversary of Disneyland, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60.”"

Orange County Register

Disneyland gets ready for Star Wars construction as the off season arrives


Step into Disneyland Railroad history as Star Wars Land construction gets underway
Before and after for Star Wars Land



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Show Number 174 - A Tour of Disneyland in 1986


In this episode we take a virtual tour of Disneyland in the year 1986, with a guest who is a listener of the show and a former Disneyland cast member. This year was very interesting because there were still attractions from the early days and the 70s, like America Sings, Country Bear Jamboree, and more. We go through each land and mention or discuss the attractions that were there in 1986. There was plenty going on in the park at that time as you will hear.


​Disneyland Resort Current Events


Ken's thoughts on Star Wars Land Changing Disneyland"

Laughing Place

Disney names new head of Walt Disney Imagineering
Ken says: Industry insiders I know say this is great.


Orange County Register

First Look at New Rivers of America Waterfront and Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland Park in California


Disney Parks

California Farm Prepares New Home for Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm Animals


Disney Parks

Southern California Residents Can Enjoy Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and More with Limited-Time Special Tickets

"These special 2-day and 3-day tickets are an ideal way to catch all the fun, but they won’t be available for long. Southern California residents must purchase tickets by May 19, 2016. Tickets expire after May 26, 2016, and blockout dates apply. They can be purchased at, The Disney Stores, Vons and other retail locations, as well as any Disneyland Resort ticket booth. Guests who purchase tickets online may print their tickets at home. When purchased in advance, 3-day tickets include one Magic Morning** early entry to Disneyland park, which provides an extra hour of play on select days before the park opens to the general public. This benefit is not available to tickets purchased at Disneyland Resort ticket booths.


Disney Parks


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Show Number 173 - Restrooms at Disneyland


In this episode we talk about how Disneyland's restrooms are kept so clean and our experiences working in them, along with a restroom tour of the park. Enjoy this potty talk! Plus the latest current events at the Disneyland Resort. 


​Disneyland Resort Current Events

Lynn and Ken are quoted by Sid Lipsey in this Yahoo! article.


Yahoo: Secrets Disney doesn't want you to know

Attractions Closing at Disneyland


"On Jan. 11, Disneyland is closing several attractions – some for at least a year and others permanently – to make room for a 14-acre “Star Wars” themed land.
The land, as previously reported, will be built in the northern part of Frontierland, forever replacing the Big Thunder Ranch area, meaning the end of the Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, the Big Thunder Jamboree where Disneyland hosted special events and the petting farm."

Orange County Register

Ex-Disney Imagineers are now imagineering for others

"The theme park boom has left many companies scrambling for talent to design them, meaning many former Disney Imagineers are getting phone calls to work on non-Disney projects around the world.

In one case, that trajectory was reversed.

Scott Trowbridge started out working on projects at Universal for Landmark Entertainment. Then he became one of the lead designers and producers for Universal Creative, where he headed up attractions such as Spider-Man and the Mummy.

After he started work on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Disney came calling and enticed him to become an Imagineer.

Now Trowbridge is heading up the “Star Wars” Land project for Disneyland and Walt Disney World."


Orange County Register

Expanded Cove Bar Now Open at Disney California Adventure Park

Disney Parks Blog Has an Update on Security and More

"The new updated park rules are posted on signs outside of security checkpoints. The updated park rules now include a ban on all toy weapons for all guests and costumes for guests ages 14 and up. The new ban on toy weapons means that all toy guns — from wooden guns sold in Frontierland to bubble guns sold along the parade route — have been discontinued from Resort retail operations."


Mice Chat

Aladdin at Disney California Adventure flying magic carpet one last time on January 10.


​The Disney Blog

You can listen to show 173 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here


Show Number 172 - Tour of Disneyland in 1965


In this episode we take a virtual walk through Disneyland in the year 1965. This year Disneyland was celebrating 10 years. The park had grown, and was on the verge of adding a new Land, and some attractions. Join us as we walk through Disneyland in 1965 and see what attractions were there and which ones were not yet, and which ones, were about to open. 


​Disneyland Resort Current Events

Disneyland, Disney California Adventure add metal detectors, bomb-sniffing dogs

"Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are placing metal detectors at the esplanade area where guests are screened to enter the theme parks, beginning today, and prohibiting and banning toy gun possession and sales inside the park.

Handlers with “vapor wake” dogs, trained to sniff out explosives and other things, will roam about the park. Visitors ages 14 and older will not be allowed to wear masks nor costume into the park, either."


Orange County Register

What's the 'Disney Cone'? Building height limit near Disneyland keeps the fantasy alive

"Around City Hall, it’s quietly known as the Disney Cone.

For developers, it’s just another rule to follow.

But for visitors of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, it helps add to a sense of escape – just as Walt Disney first envisioned on Disneyland’s opening day, more than 60 years ago."


Orange County Register

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Dick Van Dyke celebrates 90th birthday at Disneyland

Orange County Register

Also here:
Disney Parks Blog for extensive coverage of Dick Van Dyke, and also of the changed Jedi show at Tomorrowland Terrance, and more.



Reservations Now Open for ‘Paint the Night’ Parade Dining Packages at Disneyland Park


Disney Parks Blog


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​​Show Number 171 - Interview with Voice actor Pete Runaway


In this episode we welcome Pete Renaday to the show. Pete is a voice actor and and actor. He has voiced for cartoons, movies, and theme parks. He has done voices for The Country Bear Jamboree, Mission to Mars, Mark Twain, Sailing Ship Columbia, and many more. Enjoy us as we discuss his great career. Plus some Disneyland Resort Current Events. Cleaning the Kingdom is on sale still for $13 Until the end of the year.


Check out Shelly's Fabulous Things:

And be sure to check for pictures of the latest things at Disneyland.

Sliver of a Rivers of America
by David Koenig

"On January 10, the Disneyland Railroad, the Rivers of America, all Frontierland watercraft, and Tom Sawyer Island will be shut down until 2017, to facilitate construction of Star Wars land behind them. The designers, naturally, want their new land to be as large as possible. Besides consuming the entire Big Thunder Ranch, the backstage Circle D Corral, and other service areas, they also want to push into the acreage currently occupied by the Disneyland Railroad tracks and the back shores of the Rivers of America. They also want there to be multiple access points to the new land—from Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Critter Country.

A guest path would be added along the Rivers of America linking Critter County with Star Wars land; the path would be open only during the day and close at dusk. The train tracks would then be rerouted through the current site of the riverbed and the Fantasyland Theater, before rejoining the old route near the Toontown Station. A longer tunnel would be built leading to the station, hiding the train from the main entrance to Star Wars land—a low-grade underpass, similar to Toontown's. The north end of Tom Sawyer Island—all the uninhabited area past the Burning Cabin—would then need to be excavated to reroute the river."

You can listen to show 171 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here


​Show Number 170 - A Man with Many Disneyland Custodial Stories

In this episode we welcome back Harry, to our show. Harry started at Disneyland in 1962, and stayed for over 40 years. He has seen, and done a lot over the years working in Custodial at Disneyland. In this episode he talks about getting to work special events outside of Disneyland for movie premieres. He also talks about the unfortunate Columbia Sailing Ship accident, plus he was able to assist and observe the openings of many of our now favorite attractions. So much more, join us for this part 2 interview with Harry.


​Disneyland Resort Current Events


​MiceChat has photos and coverage of Season of the Force along with the holiday elements: also has Season of the Force coverage with pictures and video:

From the official Disney Parks Blog, comes word that there are “Paint the Night Parade” dining packages coming (remember that Fantasmic will be dark for quite a while):

New dining packages with reserved viewing for the new “Paint The Night” parade will be available beginning January 11, 2016, at Disneyland park.

Disney Parks Blog

River Belle Terrace at Disneyland to end breakfast menu, switch to table-service

The Disney Blog

Disney Parks Entertainment Honored with Industry Awards

"...the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced their annual Thea Award winners. TEA has honored the “Paint the Night” Parade, featured at Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland park in California, with the Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement – Parade Spectacular. "

" their annual gathering in Orlando, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) awarded their 2015 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment Excellence, extending additional honors to the “Paint the Night” Parade with an award in the category of Best Multimedia Spectacular.


Disney Parks Blog

Photos: A day of people-watching from the front porch at Disneyland

The Orange County Register's Mark Eades sits on the front porch of a building on Main Street U.S.A. next to the Silhouette Studio at Disneyland.


Orange County Register has a look at holiday decorations and offerings at the Resort.

You can listen to show 170 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here

​​​Show Number 169 - Your of Disneyland in 1995

In this episode we have our Disneyland current events, then we welcome Jeff Tucker from the podcast 91 Reasons to our show. Jeff is here to help us walk around Disneyland as if it were the year 1995. We  virtually walk through each land and talk about what attractions were there then, and which ones are not any longer, or not yet. It is a fun discussion, so come along with us back to 1995. 


Guest Jeff Tucker's podcast 91 Reasons

​Disneyland Resort Current Events

Temporary bridge in New Orleans Square to help with infrastructure upgrades at Disneyland

Orange County Register

Disneyland 60th anniversary helps drive Walt Disney Co. theme park attendance up 7 percent on the year

"Operating profits for the Parks and Resorts division grew 7 percent to $738 million in the quarter, compared with a year earlier.
Revenues for the parks unit rose 10 percent, to $4.4billion."


Orange County Register

Excited for 'Star Wars' Season of the Force at Disneyland? [Overview]

Orange County Register

Star Wars at Disneyland: 'Path of the Jedi' a primer for Season of the Force guests 

"The trailer follows the journey of Luke Skywalker with Obi-Wan narrating the beginning of the young man's humble path to Jedi. There are scenes of young Luke confronting Darth Vader, how Vader was seduced by the Dark Side, and Vader telling Luke that he is his father. It ends with the epic fight between Vader and Emperor Palpatine, when the former Sith Lord sacrificed himself to save his son. There are also scenes of Princess Leia and Han Solo."


Orange County Register

Star Wars at Disneyland: Star Tours takes 'The Force Awakens' detour with Season of the Force retool [POSSIBLE SPOILERS]

Orange County Register

Disneyland Ride Review: The force is with Hyperspace Mountain [POSSIBLE SPOILERS]

"Space Mountain has always been thrilling, even with the old cheesy projected effects in the ’70s. As the technology has improved, the attraction has gotten better. The Halloween-themed Ghost Galaxy is thrilling; this one is just way over the top, in a fantastic way.
My grade for Hyperspace Mountain is A-Plus. The force is strong with this one."


Orange County Register

Star Wars at Disneyland: Encounter Chewie or Darth and geek out over film props in new Launch Bay

Orange County Register

Pictures of everything with the changing seasons at



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Show Number 168 - The History of The Haunted Mansion Disneyland Part 3


In this episode we finish up our look at the history of The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. In this episode we take a tour of the attraction, scene by scene, plus you get to hear the scenes from the attraction as we go along. This attraction has so much detail we could never possibly do it proper justice, but we hope we touched on the basic points in this series of shows. We also touch a bit on our experiences working in Custodial around and in this attraction. Enjoy this episode. 


​Disneyland Resort Current Events


The Little Man of Disneyland and His Adventureland Home


Disney Parks Blog


Testing new Fastpass technology in Tomorrowland

Mouse Planet


You can listen to show 168 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here


​Show Number 167 - ​ The History of The Haunted Mansion Disneyland Part 2

In part 2 of this 3 part series on The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, we continue to look at the development, opening, and start the tour of this great attraction. The Haunted Mansion has so many details, and so many worked on it, and although Walt Disney passed away before its final concept and opening, it truly is a Disneyland classic. 


​You find find the two books referenced in the show on Amazon:

​   The Unauthorized Story of Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion by Jeff Baham

   The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic by Jason Surell


​Disneyland Resort Current Events


​Here's the full show schedule for November 21-28:
Two showings of A Christmas Fantasy Parade at 1 and 3:15 p.m.
Two showings of Paint the Night Parade at 5:45 and 10:45 p.m.
Two showings of Disneyland Forever fireworks at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Two showings of Fantasmic! at 9 and 10:45 p.m.
One showing of Pixar Play Parade at 5:45 p.m.
One showing of World of Color - Winter Dreams at 9 p.m.
One showing of World of Color - Celebrate! at 10:15 p.m.

Disneyland adds second nightly fireworks show Thanksgiving week, a strategy it might use more often

"Currently, thousands of visitors camp out and linger about to watch “Paint the Night” and then the fireworks show. Once they are over, a bottleneck forms as guests file out of the park – and then gridlock can ensue on the streets.

By offering earlier shows, Disneyland can gauge whether to adopt this strategy on select days during the popular winter holiday."


Orange County Register

Are you into Disneyland memorabilia? Gallery is hosting another auction w/ 800 items, including ride cars

When: Oct. 29 to Nov. 20
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays
Where: Van Eaton Galleries 13613 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks
Price: Free
Info: (818) 788-2357

Van Eaton Galleries on Nov. 21 will host another auction of memorabilia from Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and other Disney theme parks.

Orange County Register

Put away that spare change, there's no more pay phoning home from Disneyland

"Resort officials said the phones were removed because there was no more demand for them. They also said that anyone with an emergency could reach out to employees for help."

Orange County Register

The story behind the recent updates to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion

"As one of the attractions my grandfather worked on, Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion has always been close to my heart. It’s spooky fun has drawn to it millions of fans from around the globe who complete the pilgrimage as often as ghostly possible.. While the attraction has changed slightly over the years, it, and versions of it around the world, continue to make new fans with every visit.

A new story in the LA Times looks into the recent changes to the mansion along with what changes, if any, they make to the attraction’s storyline. In fact, there appears to be some debate as to whether there is any intended story at all."


The Disney Blog


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Show Number 166 - Most Senior Custodian to Work at Disneyland


​In this episode we welcome our friend and former Co Worker Harry to the show. Harry has been in custodial longer than anyone while we were working there. He retired with 42 years under his belt. He started at Disneyland in 1962, and retired in 2004. He has so many memories and has seen so many changes around the park. This is just part one of many to come about Harry. Hope you enjoy!


Book review of Cleaning The Kingdom by Chick Lit Chickadees


​Disneyland Resort Current Events

What's the strategy behind the increase? How and why Disneyland looks to balance its crowds with new passes
Robert Niles
"The Signature pass costs $849, a $70 increase over the old, unrestricted Premium pass. The Signature Plus goes for an eye-popping $1,049 – $270 more than the Premium.

Effectively, Disney is offering its Premium pass holders a choice: accept a 35 percent price increase to keep coming to parks whenever they want or take a much smaller increase but be blocked out during the holidays.

If Disneyland can entice a significant percentage of its Premium pass holders to switch to the Signature and not the Signature Plus when renewal decisions are made, the company can reduce some of the attendance pressure on the parks during the holiday."


Orange County Register

Some snag annual park passes at old prices

"Some quick-minded fans, many whose passes were about to expire, bought annual passes good for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure for the old price at at least several Disney Stores; there are 46 in California."


Orange County Register

Column: Have Disneyland tickets outpaced inflation? Yes, but ...

"The short answer is that over the life of the Disney parks, they've outpaced inflation, sometimes significantly. But things are more complicated than that when you're tracking price changes over 60 years, dating back to Disneyland's opening in 1955, and given changes in the economy and American lifestyles.

Moreover, these are changes in the price of a product that also has changed — dramatically. In some respects, the Disneyland of today — especially the Disneyland/California Adventure complex of today — would be unrecognizable to a park visitor in 1955 or even in 1990."


LA Times’s take:

Another take (or two) at

Relaunching the Disneyland Resort Project Tracker

Disneyland's new Super Hero HQ will feature Spider-Man but not Captain America

"Disneyland officials announced Tuesday that guests will be able to rub elbows and talk with the web-slinging, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in a meet-and-greet inside the Super Hero HQ in the building once known as Innoventions.

The Super Hero HQ will open Nov. 16 and take up the upper floor. It’ll feature Spider-Man and Thor in meet-and-greets, “Iron Man” exhibits that include a row of suits from “Iron Man 3” and video games."


Orange County Register

Spider-Man Arrives at Disneyland Park November 16 in the New Super Hero HQ


Disney Parks Blog

Doug Marsh at has a report on Halloweentime at Disneyland:


Laughing Place

You can listen to show 166 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here.


 Show Number 165 - The History of the Haunted Mansion Part 1


In this episode we start to look at the history of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. This is not a complete history, but there was quite a bit of research put into this to make it a good look at the history. We look at the beginnings of the Mansion where it was supposed to be a walk through attraction, with a Museum of the Weird, and some different ideas and stories that some made it into the final version and some did not. This is a fun look into one of Disneyland's finest attractions.


​Disneyland Resort Current Events


Popular Disneyland attractions closing for more than a year to make room for 'Star Wars' land

"To make room for construction of a 14-acre “Star Wars” themed land, Disneyland Resort officials announced today several popular attractions will close for more than a year at Disneyland, including the railroad, Fantasmic! and most everything along the Rivers of America.

And, the Big Thunder Ranch, which houses a barbecue restaurant, petting zoo and the Jamboree stage, will close permanently on Jan. 10, Disneyland officials said on their parks blog.

On the same day, all four train stations along the Disneyland Railroad, the nightly Fantasmic! show, the Mark Twain Riverboat, the Sailing Ship Columbia, the Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes and the Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island will close temporarily."


Orange County Register


Disneyland's "Star Wars" Seasons of Force begins Nov. 16

"Space Mountain and Star Tours will have a new look this winter.

Kids will fight a new “Star Wars Rebels” villain in the Jedi Training Academy.

And visitors will meet Darth Vader and Chewbacca as part of Disneyland’s Season of the Force, a new “Star Wars” overlay to Tomorrowland announced today by Disneyland officials on their park blog."


Orange County Register


Details on Season of the Force, Coming November 16 to Disneyland Park in California


Disney Parks Blog

Preview Scenes from Disney•Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’ at Disney Parks Starting October 16

"Beginning October 16, guests visiting Disney Parks will be able to catch a preview of scenes from “The Good Dinosaur” in sneak peeks planned for Disney California Adventure park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios."


Disney Parks Blog

Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration to continue with extra magical months

"All three shows are very popular. With “World of Color” in DCA, you’ll have to get a Fastpass early to get the best viewing areas. For “Paint the Night,” folks start lining up on Main Street about 3-4 hours early. We snagged a second row standing spot about 2 hours before the parade which was fine. The fireworks show has good viewing spots throughout most of the resort. If you’re able to see it only once, I’d recommend seeing it from Main Street near the Photopass store. You have about 1 minute after the parade passes to run into the street and grab a spot."


The Disney Blog


You can listen to show 165 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here.


​​Show Number 164 - Disneyland Custodian from 1975


In this episode we welcome a guest who was a Disneyland Custodian during the summer of 1975. We discuss some of the things that were quite different back then, in the park and in Custodial. He was there during a time of some changes, and we have a fun discussion. 


​Disneyland Resort Current Events


Ken will be speaking as well as signing & selling copies of _Cleaning the Kingdom_ THIS COMING SATURDAY, September 26 at a meeting of Friends of the Mouse. Here is the event listing on Facebook:

Saturday, September 26
at 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Garden Grove Historical Society
12174 Euclid St, Garden Grove, California 92842

ALL are welcome. There is no membership needing and no fee to attend.


​Construction on Disney's 'Star Wars'-themed land begins next year


Orange County Registry


Old Disneyland house slated for possible relocation

"A nearly 90-year-old, one-story house, known as the Pope House, that sits behind-the-scenes on Disneyland Resort property could be moved to make room for the Millennium Falcon.

By now, most in the Disney universe know about the announcement of a Star Wars Land planned for Disneyland. There has been some general information released about the location for the 14-acre project: the Big Thunder Ranch and nearby support areas."


Orange County Register


Disney's 'Aladdin' musical to be replaced by 'Frozen' musical
"The popular “Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular,” which has played for more than a decade in the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure, will be replaced by a new “Frozen”-inspired musical, Disneyland officials announced Wednesday.

Aladdin’s final performance will be on Jan. 10."


Orange County Register


All New ‘Frozen’-Inspired Stage Musical Coming to Disney California Adventure Park in 2016


Disney Parks Blog


Pop Secret Becomes Official Popcorn of Disney


Laughing Place

You can listen to show 164 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here.


Show Number 163 - Visiting Every Disney Theme Park


In this episode we welcome a listener of The Sweep Spot, and a world traveler, His name is Erik Krueger. He is a Disney fan and has been to all the Disney theme parks all over the world. We thought it would be interesting to talk to him about these parks, and hear about their uniqueness, and how similar some of the attractions are. We discuss some of the ways these places are different not only by the attractions they have but by the cultures they are too. This is a great time to learn about these parks if you are just curious or plan on going to one of them, or more. Erik also writes his website: This Old Neon: A Journal of Video Game Culture & Criticism


​Disneyland Resort Current Events


Ken will be speaking at this meeting of Friends of the Mouse in Garden Grove, California, and selling & signing copies of Cleaning the Kingdom.


​See our Facebook Event for more details


Cleaning the Kingdom was reviewed in the Orange County Register!


Orange County Register


Jungle Cruise Sunrise Safari Breakfast Experience Coming to Disneyland.

"A wild and once-in-a-lifetime experience is coming to Disneyland park. The Jungle Cruise Sunrise Safari Breakfast will take place on select dates from September 21 to December 2, 2015."


Disney Parks

​Princess Tiana window display added to Disneyland’s Main Street.

"It’s a Princess and the Frog theme for the third of six enchanted windows that are being added to Main Street USA for Disneyland’s 60th anniversary. Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen appear in both Frog form and cutting it up on the back of a New Orleans steam powered stern wheeler."


The Disney Blog


You can get a good look at this Dateline Disneyland, just click here.


You can listen to show 163 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here.


Show Number 162 - Disney and Star Wars

In this episode we discuss the latest announcements of Star Wars Land coming to the Disneyland Resort. We then get into the history of Star Wars, George Lucas and the Disney Company. Plus the latest with the Disneyland Resort News, as we welcome frequent guest and friend Russell Flores (Author of Seen Un-Seen Disneyland Books and his all new book More Seen Un-Seen Disneyland). 

Disneyland Resort Current Events

It's official: 'Star Wars' theme land coming to Disneyland (Video)

“I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney Parks and ‘Star Wars,’” Iger said. “We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever.”

The new “Star Wars” land will cover 14 acres at each of the two theme parks, Iger said…

Orange County Register​

Disney D23 Expo: Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ land will take time to build

"ANAHEIM – Disney’s newest addition will be larger than the 12-acre Cars Land, and about the size of Tomorrowland.

At 14 acres, Disneyland’s “Star Wars” land will be one of the park’s biggest endeavors ever, requiring the removal of Big Thunder Ranch, which holds a petting zoo, a barbecue buffet and an area for private events.

But don’t expect the Millennium Falcon to arrive any time soon."

Orange County Register

Lansner: How will Disneyland's 'Star Wars' Land expansion affect Orange County?

Orange County Register

Commentary from Rick West at

"That delicate balance is about to change drastically, and will forever create an anomaly in the Disneyland experience for both guests and designers alike."

Theme Park Adventure

Soarin' Over the World

Soarin’ Around the World will debut next year at California Adventure in Anaheim and at Epcot in Florida, taking riders on a virtual flight over many of the world’s most iconic landmarks and landscapes including the Great Wall of China.

The Disney Blog

D23 Expo Coverage by MiceChat


First Disneyland Ambassador Inducted as Disney Legend

Disney Parks Blog 

You can listen to show 162 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here.


Show Number 161 - History of Space Mountain


In this episode we take a look at the history of the attraction Space Mountain with our special guest David Smith. We find out that the idea for this attraction actually goes back to Walt Disney. This is such an iconic attraction in Disneyland and other parks around the world. Join us for this exploration.

Disneyland Resort Current Events

Disney unveils its own wait-time app for rides at Disneyland, California Adventure

"The app, called Disneyland, is available for free on Google Play for Android users and at the App Store on iTunes."

"Annual Passholders can also link their Annual Passports to the Disneyland App to check Blockout Dates and use the app’s virtual Pass feature to enter the parks (actual Annual Passport must be presented to obtain Disney FASTPASS tickets or to receive Passholder discounts)."

Orange County Register

Official Disneyland App Now Available for Download. Just click here to find out how.

Changing the Future (Innoventions)

"In Tomorrowland, work continues at Innoventions with scaffolding and tarps now up along the exterior of the lower level. Disney has yet to officially announce what’s moving into the massive Tomorrowland building but rumors point toward a November-opening for a new Star Wars experience on the lower level with upgraded Marvel exhibits and meet-and-greets upstairs."

MiceChat Has a Guide to D23 Expo

For additional coverage, check out 


You can listen to show 161 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here.


Show Number 160 - Interview with Author David Koenig

In this episode we have one current event item, and then we have a guest. Our guest is author of Mouse Tales, More Mouse Tales, and his new book The People V. Disneyland: How Lawsuits and Lawyers Transformed the Magic. All of David's books are great and we highly recommend them. You can get Davids books at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and he will be at the D23 Expo at the Mouse Planet booth. 

Disneyland Resort Current Events

Disney buys building, land near Disneyland for $48 million

Disneyland Resort recently purchased 1515 and 1585 S. Manchester Ave., Anaheim, for $48 million.

Orange County Register

Full Coverage of the 60th Anniversary observance on July 17

For additional coverage, check out 


You can listen to show 160 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here.

Show Number 159 - A Look at Disneyland 2005

In this episode, we take a tour of Disneyland during the year 2005. This was a big year for the Park because it also turned 50 years old. There was such to celebrate, and we will about those things and much more in this episode. 

Disneyland Resort Current Events

Walt Disney's son-in-law and former Disney CEO attends Disneyland's 60th celebration

"Ron Miller, the former CEO of The Walt Disney Co., and Walt Disney’s son-in-law, made a rare appearance on Friday at Disneyland for the theme park’s 60th anniversary celebration.

"Miller, 82, met Walt Disney’s daughter, Diane, on a blind date while he was a student/football player at the University of Southern California. They were married in Santa Barbara in 1954. They had seven children."

Orange County register

Disneyland 60th: Fans sing 'Happy Birthday', hear Walt Disney's 1955 speech

"Thousands of fans rushed to be close to Sleeping Beauty Castle Friday morning so they could hear a replay of Walt Disney’s Disneyland dedication speech from opening day in 1955. Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazer was also scheduled to make remarks.

"The clouds had cleared and the temperature was rising (in 1955 temperatures were blistering), but the mood was festive."

Orange County Registry

For additional coverage, check out MiceChat

And for a final story, some bad news

Disneyland employee accused of trying to sell admission tickets in exchange for sex with underaged girl. A Disneyland employee has been arrested by law enforcement for his alleged involvement in a scheme to sell park tickets in exchange for sex with underage girl. Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown on Monday said the employee has been “immediately relieved of his duties.”

Orange County Register


You can listen to show 159 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here.


Show Number 158 - History of Tomorrowland Part 4


In this episode we take a tour of Disneyland during the year 2005. This was a big year for the park because it also turned 50 years old. There was much to celebrate, and we will talk about about those things in this episode. Plus the latest in Disneyland current events. Don't forget to order our book Cleaning the Kingdom.


Disneyland Resort Current Events


​City of Anaheim Tax Vote, Disney Promises Regarding Disneyland

"The Walt Disney Co. is committed to starting construction by the end of 2017 on at least $1 billion for new attractions, a 5,000-space parking structure and other improvements at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure after the company secured a 30-year ban on a ticket tax with a 3-2 vote by the City Coun

Orange County Register


Legend, Sculptor, Blaine Gibson Passes

"Blaine Gibson, who began working at the Walt Disney Studios animation department in 1939 and later directed the sculpture of every U.S. president, up to George W. Bush, in 'The Hall of Fame of Presidents' at the Walt Disney World Resort, died on July 5 from an age-related illness. He was 97."



MiceChat has coverage of the newly Plussed Peter Pan attraction.


You can listen to show 158 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here.

Show Number 157 - History of Tomorrowland at Disneyland Part 3

In this episode we continue our History of Tomorrowland, with part 3. We look at the years 1986 to 1998. During these years we see many attractions close and a few new ones open as part of the New Tomorrowland 1998. We also discuss this week's current events with our guest Russell Flores. We talk to Russell about his new book More Seen Un-Seen Disneyland. 

Plus we discuss a bit about our new book coming soon Cleaning the Kingdom. We will be at D23 Expo sharing a booth with Russell and our friend David Smith. Look forward to meeting you all and signing your book for you. 

Disneyland Resort Current Events

The Disneyland Band marches into history as Disney California Adventure celebrates new movies -

Behind the Scenes of Peter Pan’s Flight at Disneyland Park with Walt Disney Imagineering - Disney Parks Blog

“Peter Pan's Flight re-opens at Disneyland
June 30, 2015

Annual passholders were allowed to preview the ride two days before it opens to the general public. MARK EADES, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

ANAHEIM – Visitors can fly over London and Neverland again.

After a seven-month hiatus, an enhanced version of one of Disneyland’s original rides is back along with Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Wendy, Captain Hook and Smee.

The Peter Pan’s Flight attraction re-opens today, boasting new special effects and animation.

“Hopefully, it’s the type of magical effect you’ve never seen before and wonder how we did it,” said Larry Nikolai, creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering.

The enhanced Peter Pan’s Flight has been two years in the making for Disney imagineers. The ride closed in January and was to re-open in May along with other enhanced attractions such as the Haunted Mansion and the Matterhorn Bobsleds.

However, imagineers found tinkering with a 60-year-old ride difficult. Nikolai said the team had some challenges installing the new technology into the old ride system.

“The building has been there since 1955, and when you start digging into it you find all kinds of interesting things,” he said. “So sometimes what you had planned has to be tweaked a little bit to make it fit in there.”

Riders hop aboard a “ship” that gives the appearance of it taking off and flying. In the nursery scene, Wendy and the kids now fly, instead of being planted in bed. London and Neverland appear brighter, looking like city lights from an airplane. All of the characters and sets have been brightened up, too.

“Neverland itself has been updated with new colors and animated waterfall and volcano effects,” Nikolai said. “The ocean surrounding the island is animated, and sharp-eyed guests will spot the crocodile hungrily circling Captain Hook’s ship. ...

“The nice thing with Peter Pan is we are still respecting the original attraction,” Nikolai said. “We still have elements of the original 1955 attraction in the current attraction. It’s the same layout. ... We just added new technology to that same storytelling.”

Contact the writer: 714-704-3764 or or

​Orange County Registry

Disneyland, Disney California Adventure could use more parking – and it might be on the way
June 29, 2015
Updated 10:29 p.m.

Many visitors to the Disneyland Resort end up parking in the Mickey and Friends parking structure, which can park nearly 10,000 cars. From here, visitors can take a tram that will drop them off near the entrance to the resort's theme parks, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, as well as inside the Downtown Disney area. MARK EADES, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

ANAHEIM – When Disney officials talked last week about their high interest in pumping at least $1 billion into new attractions and other improvements at the Disneyland Resort in upcoming years, the project included a 5,000-plus parking structure.

But many familiar with the two parks say the company should add parking even if it doesn’t go ahead and make significant improvements at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, or both.

“They have to do something, realistically,” said Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, editor at, an unofficial Disney website. “They just don’t have enough of it in the busiest days. It’s fine in the slow days, but once it hits peak season, parking can be a challenge.”

In the past couple of years, parking has become “a big mess,” said Matthew Gottula, a contributor at Theme Park Insider, a web site that reports on the theme park industry.

“The annual passholder population has exploded in the past 10 years,” Gottula said. “What Disney has found is people (annual passholders) tend to drive separately to the resort. ...

“The parking situation impacts everyone, from guests heading there for the day, to the cast members who are trying to get to their jobs,” Gottula said.

At both parks, attendance keeps climbing – in part because of the popularity of Cars Land, which opened in 2012. Parking slots have been added over the years, but some say not at a quick-enough clip.

On some of the busiest days, visitors who get shut out of Disney’s 10,000-spot Mickey and Friends parking structure are funneled in and around the resort into nearby Disney owned-lots.

On rare occasions, employees park at Angel Stadium and get shuttled the two miles to the parks.

“With record attendance and job growth over the last few years, creating additional guest and cast parking is an ongoing priority,” said Suzi Brown, a Disneyland spokeswoman. “Last month, we opened a 1,300-space lot at the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Ball Road, and soon we will be adding more spaces at our Toy Story lot.”

Disney’s workforce alone is 28,000 strong. Employees and guests share 32,000-plus parking spaces in 23 parking lots for the two parks, three hotels and Downtown Disney, according to Disney documents.

On July 7, the Anaheim City Council is scheduled to consider extending a ban on a ticket tax at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure for 30 years if Disney invests at least $1 billion by 2024. Disney officials said that adding the parking structure is contingent on the council approving the deal.

Disney appears well poised to add the lot.

For the past three years, it has quietly spent more than $80 million buying properties adjacent to the resort, east of Harbor.

In 2014, Disney spent $48 million on a 13.6-acre site at 1515 and 1585 S. Manchester Ave., which sit next to the Pumbaa lot, at Harbor and Disney Way. Tenants, a federal-government agency and a dental-supply company, still have leases on the properties.

And earlier this year, the company spent $32 million on the 131-room Carousel Inn & Suites at 1530 S. Harbor Blvd., directly across the street from the two theme parks’ main entrances.

Disney officials say the company could build the parking structure with 5,000-plus slots on its Pumbaa lot, east of Harbor, which currently only has ground parking.

Some Disney bloggers say the company could add even more spots on the 13.6-acre property just north of the Pumbaa lot, and even raze the Carousel Inn to allow for a walkway – that leads straight to the parks’ main entrances.

Perhaps a bridge will go over Harbor, the bloggers say, to help the guests get to Disneyland and California Adventure.

“It’s possible they (Disney officials) can build an elevated walkway, something like a PeopleMover or a transport to shuttle guests over there,” Gottula said.

Contact the writer: 714-704-3764 or
Orange County Registry

Disneyland Bans All Selfie Sticks

Orange County Registry

Russell Flores discusses his new book, More Seen Un-Seen Disneyland

You can listen to show 157 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here.

Show Number 156 - History of Tomorrowland at Disneyland Part 2

In this episode we continue our History of Tomorrowland Series. In part 2 we go from the year 1967 to 1985. The Tomorrowland 1967 Refurb is probably the best Tomorrowland that we have seen in its history. it is one we enjoy talking about and you will learn more about it. There was not a whole lot of changes in Tomorrowland until 1977, when Space Mountain was added. We leave off at 1985, just on the brink of two attractions that would be added, and we will talk about those in Part 3, next time. Also we have the latest in current events at the Disneyland Resort. 

Disneyland Resort Current Events

The new display windows on Main Street - has lots of pictures and video.

Critics say Disney parks is pricing out the middle class, but the company says the magic is still for everyone

“Disney and theme-park leaders have defended their rising prices as a logical response to record-setting attendance, with Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler saying the company is ‘committed to ensuring all our guests have a magical experience.’

‘We continually add new experiences, and many of our guests select multi-day tickets or annual passes, which provide great value and additional savings,’ Wahler said. ‘A day at a Disney park is unlike any other in the world.’”

Orange County Registry

Study: Disneyland Resort generates $5.7 billion of Southern California economy

“Disneyland Resort generates an estimated $5.7 billion annually in economic activity for the Southern California economy, according to an independent study commissioned by The Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division.”
“The study, conducted by Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics, a Florida-based economic consulting firm, uses fiscal 2013 data on the Disneyland Resort, its visitors, employees and third party businesses. They’ve done such reports for Walt Disney World.

The last time Disney commissioned an economic impact study for Disneyland was in 2009. That study – by a different company – found the resort contributed $4.7 billion annually to the Southern California economy. A 2005 report calculated, it generated $3.6 billion.”
“Disneyland Resort is the county’s top employer, employing more than 28,000 people. It also contributes indirectly to the creation of 25,000 other jobs in Southern California, Scudder said.

Disneyland visitors spend $1.4 billion annually in food, beverage, accommodations, retail and transportation at establishments outside of the resort, the report said.

The resort also accounts for nearly a third of Orange County’s $9.6 billion tourism market and generates $370 million in state and local tax revenues.”

Orange County Registry

You can listen to show 156 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here.


Show Number 155 - History of Tomorrowland at Disneyland Part 1

​In this episode we start a new series called The History of Tomorrowland. We take a look a what attractions, restaurants, and shops were there during specific time periods. This week we start with Part 1 and go the years 1955 to 1966. We hope you enjoy this discussion and learn something new. Plus the latest in Disneyland Current events. Plus a reminder about our upcoming book called Cleaning the Kingdom. In this book we discuss how the park is kept so clean, and stories along the way. It is jam packed with great behind the scenes look at keeping the magic kingdom called Disneyland clean. Coming this summer!

Disneyland Resort Current Events

Keep up to date with the Disneyland 60th Anniversary Celebration at Here is an update that includes details of some of the improvements to classic attractions and the new look of Grizzly Flats:
MiceChat Diamond Celebration Reporting

The Orange County Register ran several articles of note:

On attendance to the Disneyland Resort theme parks.

Orange County Register

On charging higher admission prices for busier seasons.
Disney Parks Blog

On Disney's Playmation toys.
Orange County Register

On former Parks executive Jay Rasulo leaving Disney.
Orange County Register

On replacing Disneyland Band members.
Orange County Register​

You can listen to show 155 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here.

Show Number 154 - Tour of Disneyland in 1975

In this episode we take a tour of Disneyland in the year 1975. We learn about what attractions were there during this time, and some that weren't yet. We look at how Disneyland was slowly preparing for a big celebration the next year in 1976 for the Bi-Centennial celebration. It was an interesting year and hope you will learn something new.  

Disneyland Resort Current Events

Disneyland's Hatbox Ghost returns to Haunted Mansion

Orange County Register

Creating Custom Animation for the All-New ‘World of Color – Celebrate!’ at Disney California Adventure Park
Disney Parks Blog

Video: See Disneyland's bigger, scarier Abominable Snowman on the Matterhorn
Orange County Register

PHOTOS: New end-of-night 'Disneyland Forever' fireworks show features projections, facades, new song
Orange County Register

Video, slide show: First look at Disneyland's 'Paint the Night' parade, a modern version of Main Street Electrical Parade
Orange County Register

​24-Hour Events Kick Off Summer at Disney Parks
​Disney Parks Blog

24 hours of Disneyland, Disney California Adventure end with pajama-clad farewell
Orange County Register

​​"This is the fourth consecutive year Disneyland has hosted a 24-hour celebration. But unlike years past, visitors had a hard time for much of the time entering Disneyland.

"The theme park, unveiling a new parade and firework show, spent 12 hours at capacity, restricting access to new visitors beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Friday; guests could still go to adjacent Disney California Adventure, which also opened for 24 hours at 6 a.m. Friday.

"Disneyland's gates re-opened a little before 3 a.m. on Saturday."

You can listen to show 154 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here.



Show Number 153 - Disneyland, So Many Lists and an Author


In this episode we talk with author Chris Strodder about his newest book Disneyland Book of Lists. Chris is the author also of The Disneyland Encyclopedia. We discuss his book, Disneyland history and more. Plus the latest in the Disneyland Current Events. 

Disneyland Resort Current Events

Disney purchases Carousel Inn across the street from Disneyland for $32 million

The Walt Disney Co. has purchased a hotel that sits directly across Harbor Boulevard from its two theme parks for $32 million, according to public records.

Orange County Register

Disney, through a limited-liability corporation, Carousel Holdings EAT, purchased the 131-room Carousel Inn & Suites on 1530 S. Harbor Blvd. from Good Hope International."

New Main Street Enchanted Windows to Debut for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

Disney Parks Blog: "The beloved Main Street animated windows will come to life once again for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration as Main Street Enchanted Windows. Since the early 1960s, scenes from Disney animated classics have been featured in the windows of the Emporium at Disneyland park. This year, for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, these classic windows will be updated with new, exciting technology and effects. Take a look behind the scenes of the creation of these windows with John Gritz, Creative Designer at Walt Disney Imagineering..."​

Tomorrowland Movie premiere in Downtown Disney

Mouse Planet: "The Disneyland Resort hosts the world premiere of Tomorrowland starring George Clooney, this Saturday, May 9. The screening will be held in Downtown Disney, with an after party inside Tomorrowland in Disneyland."

Disneyland Alumni Club's Gala Celebration

Mouse Planet: "...Tickets are now on sale for the Disneyland Alumni Club's Gala Celebration in honor of the park's 60th anniversary. The event is on Saturday, August 1st, and features guests including Disney Legend Tony Baxter; Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy and Pluto; retired Coke Corner pianist Rod Miller; and a special appearance by Mickey Mouse. Tickets are $140 per person, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fullerton. Visit the Disneyland Alumni Club website for details."


You can listen to show 153 on iTunes or go to Libsyn service here.

Show Number 152 - Shops in New Orleans Square at Disneyland

In this episode we take a historical look at the shops of New Orleans Square in Disneyland. There has been many changes over the years to this area, and we will talk about every one of them, plus some insight to when we worked at Disneyland as custodians. 

Disneyland Resort Current Events

Disney Sued Over Magic Bands
Orange County Registry is reporting that The Disney Company is being sued over alleged copyright infringements.

"A lawyer representing a California technology company on Wednesday has filed a patent infringement complaint against The Walt Disney Co. for using the "Magic Band" device, reports. 

"Filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Attorney Thomas J. McDermott representing Sutter-based InCom Corp., claim that Disney's 'Magic Band' system infringes on three of his clients 'Attendance Tracking System' patents, which they use to market to schools, colleges, universities, and other venues, according to the complaint."

Disney says the lawsuit is without merit.

Allergy-friendly menus
Also from the 
Orange County Register is news that Disneyland has new allergy-friendly menus.

"By the end of summer, Disneyland Resort will have 13 table-service locations and 26 quick service locations offering the menus.

"Visitors can request an allergy-friendly menu at the dining location or from the host when making reservations. Visitors can also request to speak to a chef."

Tomorrowland Movie has coverage of the the "Tomorrowland" movie preview in the Magic Eye Theater, as well as the production art on display next door in the former Starcade. See their full review here.

Measels Outbreak Over

​​The notes that California has declared the measles outbreak that has been associated with Disneyland over.


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Show Number 151 - Tour of Disneyland 1955

This week we continue our series where we tour Disneyland in the years that end with a 5. We have already done 1985, so this episode we are taking a look at the year 1955. This will exclude opening day activities, because that can be its own episode, and it will be soon. This year was the parks first year of operation, and we see it was also a very different time. Some of the attractions we mention you will be familiar with, and others you will not, but we hope you enjoy our trip back in time to the year 1955. 

I Also want to mention our good friend Kyle who hosts the podcast Tales From the Jungle Crews has a new T shirt line out now, they are very cool, and you can check them out
 here Merchandise From The Jungle Crews.

Disneyland Resort Current Events

Breaking News from the official 
Disney Park Blog!
The fabled Hatbox Ghost will be seen in the Haunted Mansion in May.
Also from The 
Disney Parks Blog is a report of some "plussing" of the Matterhorn Bobsleds and Peter Pan's Flight.
This does involve the Abominable Snowman.
In the Peter Pan attraction, the Nursery scene will be "reimagined".

Give the Band a Hand notes some changes in Disneyland live entertainment, specifically something that made waves.

Under the headline "Dis-Banding" they report that the iconic Disneyland Band is being recast. "What all this means is that Disneyland will be recasting the Disneyland Band for a bigger and more 'high-energy' version of itself. This will force long-time band members to have to re-audition for their roles, if they so choose."


It is worth noting that current Disneyland Band members that aren’t selected for the new version of the band won’t be leaving Disneyland. Instead, these musicians will join smaller musical groups in the parks and be in new 'break-out bands.' The current iteration of the Disneyland Band will perform through mid-July. The new version of the band is set to debut July 17."​

Sticking To Ya
Orange County Register reports that Disneyland is officially saying that selfie sticks are NOT banned, but they need to be stowed like any other personal belonging when experiencing an attraction.


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Show Number 150 - Return to Disneyland after 40 years and Listener Questions

In this episode we welcome friend and listener to the show to talk about his most recent trip to the Disneyland Resort. His name is Leon and up until 2 weeks ago, he had not been to Disneyland in 40 years. Plus we take some listener questions where we talk mostly about what happens in Disneyland after it closes at night.

Disneyland Resort Current Events

Orange County Register reported on the annual Theme Entertainment Association's summit and awards. This is the "Oscars" for theme parks and themed entertainment, and this even has been held at the Disneyland Resort for many years now, at the hotels. It's a very big deal and if you're a theme park enthusiast, which you probably are, then being there in-person can be overwhelming with all of the talent you have around you.

Of note is that It's a Small World got an award:

"The Themed Entertainment Association or TEA, an international trade group that represents members of the theme park industry, awarded the iconic attraction’s longevity the industry’s highest honor, the Thea Classic Award, which recognizes an attraction that has stood the test of time."


"Also, Ron Miziker, a former Director of Entertainment and Show Development at Disneyland, will receive the Buzz Price Thea Award, a lifetime recognition award. Miziker, 73, is credited with creating Disneyland’s Main Street Electrical Parade and after leaving Disney, brought Snoopy to Knott’s Berry Farm."

"Tomorrowland Preview"
The official 
Disney Parks Blog reported that a sneek peek of the upcoming movie, "Tomorrowland", will be previewed, appropriately enough, at the Tomorrowland Theater.

"The Disney Parks-exclusive “Tomorrowland” sneak peek begins in mid-April at Epcot and Disneyland park. With every second that ticks by, the future is running out, so be sure to take advantage of this special opportunity before “Tomorrowland” opens in theaters on May 22, 2015."

Smokejumpers Grill has an update that included the opening of Smokejumpers Grill, which was formerly Taste Pilot's Grille.

It's the first phase of the Grizzly Peak Airfield re-theming of the Condor Flats area. Smokejumpers Grill honors the brave men and women who fight wildfires in our California forests.

Disney Kingdoms Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has a review of this new comics offering from Disney's Marvel.

"The story takes place in 1878 in the Arizona Territory (101 years prior to the attraction opening at Disneyland Park). We are introduced to Abby Bullion, daughter of Barnabas T. Bulliion. If that name is familiar, he is the character that was added to the official backstory of the attraction in 2012."

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Show Number 149 - Theme Park Designer and President of the

Disneyland Alumni Club

In this episode we welcome Richard Ferrin to the show. Richard was King Lion in the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland, now a theme park designer and president of The Disneyland Alumni Club. The club puts on some great events often throughout the year, and a big one coming this August. The events are not only for Disneyland Alumni, but open to the public. Here is a link to their website: Disneyland Alumni Club

Disneyland Resort Current Events

It's a Burnt World - Small Fire at It's a Small World on Saturday, February 28th
From Orange County Register:
Around 9:20 p.m., the tiny blaze broke out on a tree during the theme park’s nightly fireworks show. Disney workers quickly extinguished the fire. There were no injuries or ride damage.

Disney suspects the fire was fireworks related.

The Disney Blog:
​That there is the occasional fire from Fireworks fallout is to be expected. Consider how many shells Disney launches each night and then multiply that by a year’s worth of fireworks shows. A small fire or two is bound to happen.

By all accounts Disney cast members acted swiftly and correctly that night. Guests were evacuated from the danger zone and the firefighters who are on hand every night for the fireworks display had the fire extinguished in less than 20 minutes.

The good news is that the main show building for “It’s a small world” received no damage. Nor did the train tracks, which are actually much closer to the fire location.

Now Is the Time to See Innoventions - Will It Be a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow?​
From the 
Orange County Register:

Disneyland’s Innoventions attraction is closing March 31... and rumors are already flying that "Star Wars" attractions could end up there.

Some are speculating on social media that Disney will do a tie-in attraction with the "Tomorrowland" movie coming out in May. Others are saying Disney may expand the Marvel theme and create a Marvel S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters.

Others say it could be the start of creating a long-awaited "Star Wars" Land. Star Tours, a simulator-ride based on the movie franchise, is nearby.

Condor Flats is Being Turned into Grizzly Peak Airfield
​From the 
Disney Parks Blog:

New Smokejumpers Grill Opens March 20, Part of Grizzly Peak Expansion at Disney California Adventure Park

The first phase of this expansion, the all-new Smokejumpers Grill, opens March 20. This new quick-service location takes inspiration from the brave men and women who fight wildfires in our California forests. In addition to a whole new look, the location will feature an updated menu with tasty items like a Bacon Cheddar Burger, Grilled Chicken & Jack Sandwich and Chili Cheeseburger!

This is just the beginning of the Grizzly Peak expansion, which will bring new building exteriors, landscape features and more to the former Condor Flats area. Lush pine trees will bring cool areas of shade, making our guests feel they have been transported to California’s High Sierras.

When the rest of the area opens later this spring, Soarin’ Over California will also reopen with updates to its screen and projection system.

It's Becoming an Annual Thing - The 24-Hour Party!
It will include nighttime shows, including the new version of "World of Color", and the new "Disneyland Forever" fireworks and "Paint the Night" parade.

From the 
Disney Parks Blog:
24-Hour Event to Launch Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, May 22-23

The all-day/all-night celebration will begin at 6 a.m. on Friday, May 22 and will conclude 24 hours later at 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 23. The event will include dancing and special character encounters at locations in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, along with enchanting Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration décor throughout the resort.

Your regular theme park admission is all that’s needed to attend (park-hopper capabilities needed if you want to enjoy both parks, of course). This is the third year in a row for the 24-hour event.

Although crowds tend to thin out toward the end, expect it to be fairly crowded. But don’t let that stop you. Many guests dress up in Disney Cosplay or Disney Bound outfits and the atmosphere is one of a good time being had by all. Plus how often do you get a chance to see the sunrise from inside Disneyland?

The Disneyana Auction Raises Almost Enough for a Premiere Annual Pass: $1.7 Million
From the 
Orange County Register:
Nearly 1,000 pieces of Disneyland’s past, from 1950 to 1980, went for over $1.7 million, double the art gallery owners’ estimate.

Annual Share Holders' Meeting
Bob Iger announced that there are plans for expansion of the two existing gates, but no plans are currently being pursued for a third gate.​


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Show Number  148 - The Golden Horseshoe Saloon

In this episode we talk about the history of The Golden Horseshoe Saloon at Disneyland. We look at the actual building, performers, shows and more. Such a great piece of Disneyland history that you can still visit today and it hasn't changed a whole lot. Here are some links you may want to check out:

The Golden Horseshoe Revue (1962)

​The Golden Horseshoe Revue (Part 1)

​​The Golden Horseshoe Revue (Part 2)

​The Golden Horseshoe Revue (Part 3)

The Windy City from Calamity Jane (1953)

Disneyland Resort Current Events

Price Increases!
Brian Krosnick breaks it down at Adjusting for inflation, the prices have tripled since 1955.
Price Breakdown

See this update from, which includes details of the price increases.
MiceChat Details on Prices

New Chairman for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
Bob Chapek has been named Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, the part of the Walt Disney Company that includes Disneyland.

Read more at The Disney Blog

​the story of Disneyland and exhibition and sale
Van Eaton Galleries Disneyland Collection Auction
See online catalog, order a copy of the catalog, bid, or just watch this amazing event. 
Here at Van Eaton Galleries


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Show Number  147 - Sam Gennawey and Universal Vs. Disney

In this episode we welcome back author Sam Gennawey. Sam is the author of Walt and the Promise of Progress City, The Disneyland Story, and his latest Universal VS. Disney. Our discussions episode is mainly about Universal, but don't let that keep you away. There is some great topics discussed here, and Sam knows how to tell them!

​To get a copy of Sam's wonderful book or many other great Disney related books, go to our 
Selected Reading page and just click on the link.

Disneyland Resort Current Events

Monday, February 16 is the Last Day For Luigi’s Flying Tires in DCA

The Flying Tires were a nod to the Flying Saucers that were in Tomorrowland in the 1960s. The same basic system was employed - think riding on a giant air hockey puck.

In its place will be a completely new attraction in early 2016. The new attraction will feature a new ride system and ride vehicles. 

People have been likening it to the Auquatopia from the Tokyo Disney Resort.

Read more at 
Disney Parks

​The Mad T Party Returns to DCA for the 60th Anniversary Celebration of the Resort

This will be replacing Frozen's Freeze the Night.

Read more at 
Disney Parks


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Show Number  146 - Disneyland Restaurants of the Past

In this episode we take a look at the restaurants at Disneyland. We learn where these food locations were and what they served.


Disneyland Resort Current News


It's all about the announcement of plans for the Disneyland 60th Anniversary!


​All-New World of Color' Show coming to Disney California Adventure for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, Beginning May 22nd.


Disneyland Forever' Fireworks Spectacular announced for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration


Paint the Night' Parade starts May 22nd as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration


​Disneyland land Resort 60th Anniversary Celebration Rundown by MiceCaht.


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Show Numer  145 - Disneyland 1985

In this episode we take a look at the year 1985 at Disneyland. We learn about what attractions were there at that time, which were not yet, and some that went away. We talk about some of the differences at the park, along with new management, and what it may have been like to go to Disneyland in 1985. Hope you enjoy!

Disneyland Resort Current Events

Disneyland inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend

Disneyland continues to host running events. And that's all I have to say about that.


Latest Ticket Offers

The official Disney Parks Blog has info on the latest Special Ticket Offer for Southern California Residents. 


The first time this was done, the tickets were $20, but there was just one park.  ​


"Southern California residents may use the special tickets to visit one park per day (either park) or purchase Park Hopper tickets for a two- or three-day period. The offer has four purchase options: a 2-day ticket with choice of one park per day for $139; a 2-day Park Hopper ticket for $178; a 3-day ticket with choice of one park per day for $169, or a 3-day Park Hopper for $208. With these limited-time tickets, Southern California residents have the flexibility to make memories with family and friends over two or three days, from January 7 through May 21, 2015.* (Dates blocked are March 20 – April 4, 2015.) The sooner you purchase your tickets, the more time you will have to return for a second or third visit!"


Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

Also from the official Disney Parks Blog comes word of an Unveiling of Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. It's booked up, but at least we know when word will be out about plans for the celebration. "A limited number of Disney Parks Blog readers have been invited to join a special event on Wednesday, January 28, at the Disneyland Resort. At this event, guests will get a look at what we have in store for this year’s Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, marking the 60th anniversary of Disneyland."

Finally, the Resort has been in the news for reports of measles cases traced back to the Resort. You can read about that at the 
Disney Parks Blog.

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Show Number  144 - The Matterhorn Bobsleds


​​In this episode we take a look at The Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland. We learn what was in its spot before this great attraction, who designed and worked on it, and the changes over the years. Plus some cast member stories, and current events of the week.


Disneyland Resort Current Events


The end of the holiday season, and a brand new year. 2015 will bring the Disneyland 60th Anniversary.


Magic Bands at Disneyland???

The Orange Count Register reports on something that should be no surprise: My Magic+, which has been in place at Walt Disney World, is coming to Disneyland in the not-too-distant future.​"


MyMagic+ is a technological system that allows Disney guests to customize their in-and-out-of-park experiences via a small wristband, the MagicBand, and/or via a phone application."


MyMagic+ serves as a visitor’s park ticket, Fastpass for rides, can make dinner reservations, pay for food and merchandise, and could even be used as a key to enter hotel rooms with a single tap of the wrist."


​In Florida, the bands costs $12.95, although if you stay at a Disney Resort hotel, or are a passholder there, they are free."


Ken says: I think there are a lot of possible benefits with this, but I feel like there is a downside, too, largely tied in with the general FastPass method as well as the dining plans/reservations, and that is the loss of spontaneity. When you're pressured to plan a lot of details for your trip, such as where you'll be eating dinner on a certain date or which attraction you want to be riding at 11 a.m. on a given date, months in advance, it becomes an entirely different kind of experience than when you set aside a day or days to go, reserve a hotel room, and just think about the different things you might want to do.



Both theme parks at the Resort now have Frozen-related elements for guests who are fans of the movie to enjoy. For example, it is now part of the Storybookland Canal Boats. California Adventure has also had some additions, as reported at the Disney Parks Blog and at .


Club 33!

Membership perks were cut for Club 33 members. This report comes from The Members of Club 33 received a letter from the club saying these benefits would be reduced and it made the mainstream news media.


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Show Number  143 - Lynn's Disneyland Trip Report

In this weeks episode Lynn talks about his most recent trip to the Disneyland Resort. Although it rained two out of the three days he and his family was there, they had a wonderful time. Hear about it in this weeks episode. Plus a familiar voice to our listeners joins us for some news discussion. Don't forget to order your Sweep Spot T- Shirt.


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Show Number  142 - Disneyland Main Street Projects

That Never Happened with Jim Korkis

In this episode we first take a look at our current events of the week, and welcome a friend of the show Jae Brattain, who is here to share with us his new food tour of Disneyland. Then we welcome to our show author, Disney historian Jim Korkis to discuss some areas of Main Street that never came to be, plus more.


Disneyland Resort Current Events


The Holidays at have arrived in full force at Disneyland. See these updates at MiceChat: 
MiceChat: The Holiday Season Arrives at DisneylandHiro and Baymax Meet and Greet in TomorrowlandMiceChat: Big Hero 6 Meet and Greet at DisneylandIn Tomorrowland, a new meet-and-greet for Hiro and Baymax from Disney’s Big Hero 6 is themed as Hiro’s garage workshop from the movie, takes up the back portion of the Starcade, effectively ridding the arcade of its remaining video game cabinets.MiceChat Notes the The Passing of Marion Knott MontapertApril 22, 1922 – November 13, 2014MiceChat: Celebrate Marion Knott MontapertIt is impossible to have a thorough history of Disneyland without a mention of Knott's Berry Farm, and it is impossible to talk much about the history of Knott's without talking about Marion Knott, the youngest daughter of Walter and Cordelia Knott, founders of Knott’s Berry FarmAs their parents aged, the Knott children and grandchildren headed various management positions with Marion leading as the director of design, planning, and entertainment. Her attentions focused more and more on the amusement aspects of the Farm and, under her direction, a new themed area, Fiesta Village, was added to the growing Ghost Town in 1969. In 1974, sensing the public’s growing desire for bigger and faster thrills, she began shopping for the world’s most unusual thrill rides and gave the world its first Corkscrew roller coaster and later a 20-story Sky Jump. A subsequent revamping of Fiesta Village in 1978 added the ultimate shuttle loop ride, Montezooma’s Revenge to Knott’s array of thrill rides.Marion served as the first female director on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and led the way for other working women. She was acutely aware of the need for role models for women and spoke frequently to women’s groups through the 1970s and ‘80s to encourage them “to reach for higher goals, to make them see that they are limited only by their own thinking.”As a generous supporter of women, children and education, Marion’s philanthropy has helped many others within her community. Marion is survived by her husband of 35 years, Anthony Montapert, two children, and four grandchildren.TEASpeaking of IAAPA, as we record, their annual convention just ended. So, we had some announcements from the Themed Entertainment Association about their annual award winners. As reported by the Disney Parks Blog…Disney Parks Blog: Disney Parks Honored with Several Industry AwardsOn Tuesday, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced their annual Thea Award winners. Among the honorees, TEA announced that “it’s a small world” at Disneyland park, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, is the recipient of the Thea Classic award, honoring attractions that have withstood the test of time and have endured for 20 or more years. TEA said in their announcement that the attraction “continues to captivate audiences around the world with pure charm, melded with a profound message deceptively hiding in a simple and astonishingly catchy song … This timeless classic continues to engage generation after generation. Surely “it’s a small world” is the very definition of a Classic.”The annual Candlelight Ceremony will be held Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and has a detailed explanation of the new Fantasmic Fastpass and Dining options.Mouse Planet: Fantasmic Fast Passes at DisneylandStarting December 12, 2014, Fantasmic will move to a Fastpass system similar to the one used for the World of Color show in Disney California Adventure. With Fastpass comes a new Fantasmic Dining Package program, with four different options ranging from a grab-and-go picnic at Aladdin's Oasis, to a new 3-course table service dinner offering at River Belle Terrace.All together, there will be 6 different ways to see Fantasmic, and as many as 6 different viewing areas. The workings of this new program are so detailed that Disney published a 6-page guide for cast members, including answers to 44 likely questions from guests. 
Plus Jae Brattains Magical Food Tour of Disneyland : If you want to take a 2 plus hour tour and eat, and learn something then join Jae on this tour visit his website for more info plus listen to this episode for all the info as he tells us how it all works. The first 20 people to sign up for the tour on his website with the promo code SWEEPSPOT30, gets the biggest discount then there after SWEEPSPOT20 and still recieve a discount just for our listeners.



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Show Number  141 - History of the Disneyland Hotel

In this episode we welcome frequent guest and friend David Smith. We take a look at the history of The Disneyland Hotel. This hotel has been serving guests since 1955, but many changes have happened over the years and you can learn about those in this episode.




Disneyland Resort Current Events


Goodbye Halloween, Hello ChristmasYes, Halloween is over and that means the Christmas season is upon us at reported that the switch to the Christmas and Winter holidays began before Halloween: also reports that the holidays will be in full swing November 13: 
Ken remembers when the Christmas decorations and such didn't go up until the week of Thansksgiving. Ken looks at the history of the holidays at Disneyland and a fan DVD that celebrates them - "Holiday Time at Disneyland".
Kenversations(TM): Expanding Holiday Season at Disneyland Park ​
Changes to Fantasmic! ViewingThe official Disney Parks Blog reports that new "viewing options" are coming to Fantasmic! at Disneyland. "Disneyland park guests will be able to experience the popular nighttime spectacular “Fantasmic!” with new viewing options beginning December 12. Similar to the options for “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park, “Fantasmic!” will feature reserved and stand-by viewing as well as several all-new dining packages."
​Disney Parks Blog


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Show Number  140 - Tony Baxter Interview

In this episode we are very happy and luck to have such an amazing guest. He is former Vice President of Creative Development at Walt Disney Imagineering, he is Tony Baxter. Tony is responsible for such attractions as Star Tours, Splash Mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and much more. In this interview we try to ask him questions you may not have heard him talk about on other podcasts. Enjoy this rare interview with Tony Baxter.


To see the pictures for this show click HERE to visit Show Pictures.


Disneyland Resort Current Events


The Original Splashtranauts - by Ken Pellman and Bob Barber write about how Tony Baxter and Splash Mountain Show Producer, the late Bruce Gordon, gave them the first ride on the not-yet-opened attraction in June 1989 (Laughing Place)   ​ On Tony Baxter and His Window Dedication - by Ken Pellman (Kenversations)    Current Events  ​It's still Halloween season at Disneyland as we recorded the episode and soon enough it will be Christmas season. Appropriate for Halloween, John Frost of The Disney Blog has requested the restoration of a tribute tombstone at the Haunted Mansion. (The Disney Blog) Imagineer Vic Greene was a grandfather to John, essentially the head architect of the Haunted Mansion, and John writes:  I don’t know when the grave marker was removed from Disneyland, but what I was told was that after he died in 1972 from cancer, his widow asked that it be removed to lessen the pain the family felt. I totally understand and respect that.It has now been 42 years and a new generation of Vic’s descendants are enjoying the parks. I think they should get to see his credit restored to the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland…   According to the Disney Parks Blog, Anna & Elsa's Boutique at Downtown Disney will give you the chills. (The Disney Parks Blog)   A new Disney Kingdtom Series (comic books) will be featuring Big Thunger Mountain Railroad. Look for it in the Spring of 2015. (The Disney Parks Blog) MiceChat reports:  The on again off again plan to add the Hatbox Ghost to Haunted Mansion is on again with a budget carved out from the 60th funds, and the regular January refurbishment of Haunted Mansion will include prep work to prepare for the Hatbox Ghost to be installed at the last minute next May.  (Mice Chat Hat Box Report) MiceChat is also reporting: The new backstage crowd control alleys behind Main Street will be done by Halloween, and should be pressed into service a few hours each day by the operations team in November. While the alleys were designed to improve crowd control during the 60th night parade, they’ll come in handy this holiday season for the Christmas parade and snowy fireworks that have always caused headaches on Main Street for Cast Members and visitors alike   Be sure to read more at


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Show Number  139 - Tour of Disneyland in 1974

This week we continue our series looking back at Disneyland over the years. This week is 1974, and will conclude our series for this year. Next year we look forward to visiting Disneyland in 1955, 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, and possibly 2005. This weel though Disneyland in 1974 is an interesting time period. At this time Walt Disney had only been dead now for 7 years, and we were still almost 10 years away from the Eisner years. We take a tour of Disneyland and find out which attractions were there then and which were not yet. It is always fun to look back at these days of Disneyland and explore the history. 


Disneyland Resort Current Events


Check out our new T-Shirt Designs. Our friend and listener AnaKaren Aguirre did these wonderful designs, and there will be more to come. Check them out at TeePublic User: thesweepspot




New Eastside Passage Replaces Backstage Route for Overflow Crowds on Main Street The new crowd overflow Eastside Passage behind Main Street is in place, with the northern (Hub or Central Plaza) entrance between the Main Street buildings and the NEW NEW NEW First Aid and Wish Lounge facilities. The old First Aid and Wish Lounge buildings, as you may recall, were of somewhat temporary construction, even though they were in use for decades.  MiceChat


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Show Number  138- Before and After the Show at Disneyland

In this episode we have lots to look forward to. First we have our current events of the week, then we have an interview with author, podcaster Jeff Baham, then live from Disney California Adventure with Russell Flores (Author, webmaster for Sweep Spot), then the main segment David Smith (the novel author) joins us to discuss what the park was like before it opens and after it closes, plus going to the parks now as a ex-cast member.


Jeff Baham, Author of The Un-Authorized Story of Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion



Jeff's can also be found on the Mousetalgia Podcast or at the web page Doombuggies.


To see the pictures for this show click HERE to visit Show Pictures.


Disneyland Resort Current Events

"If all goes well, we should see the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage return tomorrow morning, Saturday the 27th.  This refurbishment, as we have pointed out before, lasted a long 9 months, most of which time absolutely nothing was done to the attraction.  That is very close to one third the time it took to renovate and rebuild the attraction when it reopened it 2007.  What will we find when this behemoth of a ride returns?  Will it be sparkly and new? Will the long non-functional props, such as the Angler Fish, be fixed?  Or will it be just good enough to skate by through the 60th celebration?"


***NOTE: THe submarines are back!!

"As far as we know, there has never been a case of a bridge jumper from Disneyland’s Castle. Still, safety changes have recently been made to make it harder for you to intentionally or accidentally fall from the bridge into the water below. The benches have been removed from the castle bridge for fall safety reasons and new railings look to be on the way. While the resulting space looks mostly fine for now, there’s indication of future changes which could significantly change the look of the bridge."

The Disney Blog

Don't Forget! Thanksgiving is Between Halloween and Christmas!
Here's an official rundown on the "seasonal delights" associated with Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving reservations will be taken beginning Sunday, Sept. 28, and reservations for Disneyland Hotel dinner available beginning October 8.


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Show Number  137- Stores on Main Street at Disneyland Part 2


In this episode we continue our look at the stores on Main Street at Disneyland. This time we look at the west side. We learn what shops were in which location over the past 59 years.


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Disneyland Resort Current Events

After legendary wait times for the Else and Anna Meets & Greet, things have been changed to a modified FastPass. It is first-come, first-serve and there is NO stand-by line.

Frozen FastPass!

MiceChat’s Halloween Happenings – Fantastic Fall Events

Disneyland Resort Brings on Halloween Time fun!

Disney News Round Up: Halloween and Frozen in the Disney Parks

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is coming to DCA. He'll be there as of the release of this podcast.


The Submarine Voyage Lagoon has water in it again, and as far as I know, there is no sign of Jar-Jar Binks


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Show Number  136- Stores on Main Street at Disneyland Part 1


Stories of Main Street Disneyland - East side.In this episode we take a look at the stores on Main Street in Disneyland. Over the years there has been so many changes in the stores, due to many reasons we will discuss and see as we take this journey down Main Street USA.


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Disneyland Resort Current EventsHalloween stuff is showing up in Disneyland and more is on the way. You know how it goes: decorations, food and treats, merchandise, events, entertainment, and attraction overlays.   As of our taping, the Haunted Mansion is closed through September 11 to install the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay.   Space Mountain will take three days, September 8-11, for the Ghost Galaxy overlay.   Space Mountain – closed September 8–11 for installation of the Ghost Galaxy overlay   MiceChat - New Boo for You ***** You can now get a digital version of that picture they take of you on Splash Mountain. This seems like a no-brainer. Won't we eventually have a digital scrapbook offered to us as part of our vacation packages or annual passes? Your whole trip will be depicted with images and video clips.   ***** Disney is telling people to visit on their mobile phone because they can make dining reservations, get attraction information, and get a new Disney eTicket (which is NOT to be confused with legendary "E" coupons. You buy your admission through this eTicket system, and then scan your Disney eTicket directly from your mobile device right at the park turnstile.   You can even prepay for parking. And, considering how prices might increase substantially at any moment, prepayment can be a very good idea.   You can book your hotel room.   It's through the browser. No apps necessary. Disneyland Parks Blog - New Disneyland Resort Mobile Site Makes the Magic Easy with Disney eTicket and More

  *****   It was in the news that Disney Parks has sought patents for using drones in entertainment at the parks. I'm waiting for a Mr. Bluebird to fly around Splash Mountain.   ***** The Legends of Frontierland LARP was supposed to end September 1st but has been "extended" for "a bit longer", whatever that means.  Disneyland Parks Blog -‘Legends of Frontierland’ Extended at Disneyland Park

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Show Number  135 - History of Tom Sawyer Island and a Movie about Walt Disney


In this episode we take a look at the history of Tom Sawyers Island at Disneyland with friend and author David W. Smith. Also we sit down and talk to film director of the up coming film As Dreamers Do. Logan Sekulow directed a great movie that I recommend you see if you are interested in the beginning of Walt life. Plus some short current events at the Disneyland Resort. Hope you enjoy this episode!


We have decided with Tommy's leaving to no longer have a formal news segment. We still will be mentioning events and significant news events.


For more info on the movie As Dreamers Do, click HERE


Disneyland Resort Current Events

If you're listening to this after August 27, 2014 you're too late. But if you're listening before, you may be able to enter a contest tying in to the Disneyland 60th Anniversary celebration next year.


Share your Disneyland photo memories by using the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest and include the decade in your entry description. Post your photos on Twitter or Instragram using that hashtag. Hashtagging an old Instagram photo will not count.
​Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the 1990s

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Show Number  134 - Disneyland 1964


In this episode we take a look at Disneyland in the year 1964. We look at which attractions were there at that time, and notice which ones that were not there yet. It is interesting to take a tour of the park and try to visualize it during this time period. We also have the Disneyland Resort news with Tommy. This is Tommy's last show as a regular news contributor. Tommy has been with us for over 80 shows and he has his plate full and it is time to cut some things out of his life, and unfortunately the podcast was one of them. We thank Tommy for his hard work he put in every episode and the humor and friendship he brought. He will be back periodically as time permits. Good luck Tommy in all you do!

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Disneyland Resort News With Tommy


1. New Haunted Mansion Merchandise Announced - The Disney Parks Blog share with it’s readers photos of the some of the new items that will be for sale in the fall celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. Apparel which will include both long and short-sleeved options for women, men and children that resemble the Cast Member costumes from the attraction. Some of the shirts will also include a glow-in-the-dark element. For accessories, Guests will soon find several new jewelry items including awesome bat stanchion earrings. Also, women’s shoes that use the infamous purple wallpaper pattern from the attraction. That wallpaper pattern will also be used on three new Dooney & Bourke items. The home décor team will add to their assortment of amazing things. The original nine items were incredibly detailed and these new items follow in that tradition. This fall, Guests will find new drinkware, dinnerware (plates, bowls, wine glasses), figurines, bookends, cloth napkins, tablemats, and a unique bat stanchion ice cube tray. In total there will be 100 new items. Look for these items in select locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts in the coming months. Select items will also be carried on the Disney Parks online store.


2.  Another New LARP Game Comes To Disneyland - A new merchant is opening soon for a limited engagement beginning August 1. Adventure Trading Company will be a provisions and publications company with a knack for selling goods that send the buyers on wild adventures. At the end of these adventures are Adventureland relics known as Juju. These unique artifacts reflect the ancient traditions and importance of storytelling in Adventureland. Collect Juju! Collect adventures! Collect stories! See Disney Parks story here.


3. Special Priced Military Theme Park Tickets Available - This week Disney announced their special pricing for members of the U.S. Military.
 Disneyland Resort – from August 25, 2014, through October 1, 2015, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses can purchase: Disneyland Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $132 each. These tickets may be used September 28, 2014, through October 3, 2015, except that the tickets may not be used December 25, 2014 – January 4, 2015 and March 29 – April 9, 2015. Active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets for themselves and up to five additional family members or friends. No more than six Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased by any eligible member of the U.S. military (or spouse) pursuant to this offer. All tickets and options are non-transferable and must be used by October 3, 2015.
See Disney Parks story here.


4. New Cars Land Merchandise Coming to DCA - The new car culture couture lifestyle collection featuring ‘Pinstriping by Ramone’ can be found at Ramone’s House of Body Art. You’ll love the fine pin-striping detail that appears on adult and youth tees, fleece, hats and more, bringing Disney•Pixar “Cars” characters like Mater, Lightning McQueen and Sally to life with a little bit of an edge. See Disney Parks story here.


5. Disneyland Marks it 59th Birthday - A low key celebration marked Disneyland’s birthday July 17th with the Mayor of Main St., the Dapper Dan’s and 59 Disney characters. The Dan’s started the short celebration by singing highlights of Disneyland attraction songs, the playing Walt’s opening speech, and everyone singing Happy Birthday to Disneyland. The Mayor also announced that next year will be Disneyland’s 60th Diamond Anniversary/Birthday with a surprise display of the new logo along with daytime fireworks and streamers. 


​6. Bits and Pieces:  ***Napa Rose at the Grand California Hotel will be closing August 1st  for a refurbishment of their kitchen. ***Club 33 reopened July 18th despite there is still some finishing work still being completed on the outside. Many guests have been raving compliments over the new menu that Andrew Sutton has brought to the club.  ***Now through August 31, you can get a Guards of the Galaxy exclusive poster print with any single purchase of $30 or more at Redd Rocket’s Pizza Port in Tomorrowland in Disneyland . (That’s before tax and after any discounts.) Supplies are limited. ***Justin Beiber was at Disneyland this week, in a wheelchair, apparently he had injured his knee while playing basketball. ***Britney Spears also visited Disneyland recently - she was not in a wheelchair. 


7. This week in Disneyland History - On July 27, 1962  The Firehouse Five Plus Two (a spare-time Dixieland group made up of writers, animators, producers and directors at the Walt Disney Studios) are recorded live at The Golden Horseshoe in Disneyland. Their performance the following day will also be recorded and eventually be released on Good Time Jazz Records.8. Tweet of the Week - @andreadt wrote: “Can famous people stop going to Disneyland?” 


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Show Number  133 - Talking Disneyland with a Former Senior Custodial Cast Member


In this episode we are happy to welcome former Disneyland custodial cast member Vern Hoiland to our show. Vern was my and Kens first lead and worked at Disneyland from 1969 until 2006. He is a wealth of info on what it was like to work in the park back then, and some special things he was able to do while working there, plus Disneyland Resort News with Tommy. his weeks episode we look back at some of Disneyland's birthdays. Disneyland has always made a big deal out of celebrating its birth from 1955 to 2015 for the 60th. Ken and Lynn talk about some of these past promotions and television shows that went along with these celebrations. Below are some links to some of these.


Disneyland Resort News With Tommy


1. The Music of Nashville is Galloping into Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree - Fans of country music and the ABC hit show, “Nashville,” will want to get their boots polished up for an all-new entertainment experience, coming this summer to Disneyland park. Beginning July 18, Big Thunder

 Ranch Jamboree will be home to “The Music of: Nashville” every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this summer. Popular local country band, The Kelly Rae Band, will headline this concert experience, performing original tunes from the television show along with some of your favorites from the country music charts. Fans of “Nashville” will be treated to trivia and behind-the-scenes stories about the creation of the show’s music. And don’t miss the return of all-new episodes of “Nashville,” Wednesdays this fall 10|9c on ABC!


2. “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush” - A new LARP (Live Action Role Playing) game has started this week at Disneyland.

3. Disneyland’s #GetHappier Campaign Makes Mondays Happy - Are you following @DisneylandToday on Twitter and Facebook? You should be! During this summer on Mondays, followers of @DisneylandToday will notified of special events and surprises via Twitter and their hastag, #GetHappier. You never know what will be in store for guests each Monday, so follow along.



4. Halloween Time at Disneyland is Coming! - September 12th - October 31st.


5. New Wines and New Menu Come to the Alfresco Tasting Terrace at Disney California Adventure.


6. New Menu Revealed for Club 33 - broke news today revealing the new menu offerings from Chef Andrew Sutton  for Disneyland’s most exclusive club.


New Club 33 menu revealed as Chef Andrew Sutton takes over in exclusive Disneyland restaurant


7. Bits and Pieces:  The first aid station has moved temporarily to the Main Street Lockers until Fall 2014 due to refurbishment of it’s location. ***Alice in Wonderland has reopened July 4th and the new lighting and special effects look amazing. ***Grizzly River Run has also just reopened just in time to help cool off guests from the summer heat. ***Blue Sky Cellar remains closed now for over seven months.
8. This week in Disneyland History - Looking forward toward July 17th, we celebrate the grand opening anniversary of Disneyland 59 years ago! At 2:30 p.m. a very hot Sunday afternoon Walt Disney dedicated the theme park with these words: “To all that 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 hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”


9. Tweet of the Week - @Disneyland - “Have you tried the savory fried chicken from Plaza Inn Restaurant at Disneyland Park?” - Is your mouth watering yet?


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Show Number  132  America Sings


In this show we discuss the former attraction at Disneyland called America Sings. Ken and Lynn have fond memories of this attraction.


Disneyland Resort News With Tommy


Tommy is on vacation this week so we did an abridged news segment.


You can listen to show 132 on iTunes or go here.


Show Number  131  Disneyland Past and Future Anniversary celebrations


This weeks episode we look back at some of Disneyland's birthdays. Disneyland has always made a big deal out of celebrating its birth from 1955 to 2015 for the 60th. Ken and Lynn talk about some of these past promotions and television shows that went along with these celebrations. Below are some links to some of these.


Disneyland Resort News With Tommy

1. runDisney’s Star Wars Half Marathon Registration Zooms into Hyperspace - In less than 3 hours this last Tuesday, June 10th, thousands of running fans registered online for the inaugural Star Wars half marathon events at the Disneyland resort - all the races had sold out. The January 12th -15th races are now the 4th RunDisney event being held now in 2015 at the resort. Combining the popularity of Disney with it’s successful IP’s and healthy living has become a lucrative niche for Disney. Expect to see more of this in the near future. Despite all the races being sold out, there are still a small block of registrations available through Disney Travel Providers and Charity Groups. Visit  


2. Fortune Magazine Bestows Honors Upon Bob Iger -  Fortune named Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger as a “Fortune 500: Tech Top Visionary.”  along with Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, Mark Zuckerberg and others. The Fortune 500 issue hails Bob on his commitment to staying at the forefront of technology. “Iger’s legacy at Disney will always include his plays for intellectual property: He bought Pixar, Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm,” author Erin Griffiths writes in the article. “But in 2013, he made a bold play for digital-first content, paying almost $1 billion for Maker Studios, a multi-channel network which runs a number of popular YouTube channels. Iger will be personally involved in Disney’s new startup accelerator, which will seek to infuse the organization with an entrepreneurial spirit.”


3. Captain EO Closes For Movie Preview - Starting on July 4th the Magic Eye Theater will host the Marvel Studios movie preview “Guardians of the Galaxy”. You will experience a 3D exhibition with unique in-theater special effects. This sci-fi/comedy adventure is coming to theaters August 1st, 2014. Captain EO is expected to return at a later date.
4.  Celebrate Haunted Mansion’s Upcoming 45 Anniversary with New Merchandise -
New Haunted Mansion Merchandise Materializing This Fall at Disney Parks


5. Missed Picking Up Special Gift at Disneyland? Check out Disney Marketplace Co-Op online - Here you will find the Disney Centerpiece collections, Cherry Tree Lane purses and bags, and the Beautifully Disney make-up products: The Disney Store Market Place


6. New DIY Project!  - Got old park maps and tickets? Check out this neat idea: Show Your DIY Disney Side: Disney Parks Guide Map Coasters


7. Bits and Pieces: ***On June 9th Donald Duck turn 80 years old. ***Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction celebrated its 55th anniversary this week. ***Disneyland Annual Passholders can now get 30% off rooms at Disney’s Hawaii resort, Aulani this summer. New opening dates were announced this week for Alice in Wonderland - July 4th and Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage - September 27th. ***Anna and Elsa begin their pre-parade journey today, June 13th prior Mickey’s Soundsational Parade. ***Club 33 is almost finished with it’s renovations and will reopen July 18th.
8. This week in Disneyland History -  April 13th 2012, Actors and singers behind the scenes of Cars and stars of the ABC network and Disney Channel walk the red carpet for the premiere party for Cars Land at Disney California Adventure. Cars Land is a major part of the $1 billion makeover designed to create an excitement and allure of a comparable caliber to that of the theme park's sibling, Disneyland Park. The new and expansive attraction opened to the public Friday, June 15th. ***Club 33 is almost finished with it’s renovations and will reopen July 18th.

9. Tweet of the Week - @BrianLynch - “Maybe Chewbacca is one those therapy dogs.”


Links to videos on past Disneyland celebrations.


Disneyland's 10th Anniversary (1965)
Disneyland's 25th Anniversary (1980)
Disneyland 30th Anniversary Highlights
Disneyland 35th Anniversary
Disneyland's 40th Anniversary 1995
Parade of the Stars
Disneyland 50th Anniversary - May 4, 2005 Disneyland Press Event Package



You can listen to show 131 on iTunes or go here.