Featured Attractions

Featured Attractions

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Without DISNEYLAND....

.... there would be no Disney.

The Original DISNEYLAND in Anaheim often gets overlooked, but the Walt Disney Company would not be the large multimedia empire it is today were it not for Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom. When Walt Disney first presented the idea of a theme park to his company, there were many who doubted its viability. So many insiders felt that he was risking everything and they worried about their futures. In fact, if the company had thought to officially license the use of Walt Disney’s name prior to the 1950’s, DISNEYLAND might have never been built. Roy Disney agreed to go forward with the project as long as Walt formalized the use of his name in the company. 

The big risk paid off handsomely. As it turned out, television was changing the economics of Hollywood and much larger studios were floundering to adapt. DISNEYLAND provided solid financial footing for the entire company, giving it the stability it needed to prosper and grow. 

Without DISNEYLAND, Walt Disney Productions probably would have not survived the death of Walt Disney, becoming a division of another company at best or just a movie catalog at worst. Without DISNEYLAND, there would be no Walt Disney World, no still operating movie studio, no Pixar. While Disney didn’t create Marvel, it gave the company a stable source of financing that has enabled Marvel’s Cinematic Universe to reach ever higher heights. All because of the Magic Kingdom in Anaheim.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Once Upon A Time...

“Once upon a time there was a Magic Kingdom made of hopes and childhood fantasies. A timeless place where every land was filled with wonder. A place where everyone who entered its gates would be given the gift of the young at heart, the power to wish upon a star and unlock its magic.”

-Julie Andrews

“We believed in our idea - a family park where parents and children could have fun- together.”

-Walt Disney

"Just imagine- if you were standing right here over 60 years ago, you'd be standing in the middle of an orange grove. One visionary man stood right where you are now, but instead of orange trees, he envisioned a Magic Kingdom. This man's name was Walt Disney. And his dream would be called DISNEYLAND."

“Yesterday, a man walked up to me and said, ‘Isn’t it a shame that Walt Disney couldn’t be here to see this?’ and I said, 'He did see this, that’s why it’s here.'"

-Art Linkletter

“The greatest thing about DISNEYLAND is that its magic stays with you forever.”

-Ralph Castaneda

“Today, Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom has grown to become the happiest place on earth to millions the world over. A place where anything is possible. Where every dreamer may wish upon a star."

-Julie Andrews

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

DISNEYLAND Anniversary Week: Forever The Land Of Dreams Come True

“Think beyond your lifetime if you want to
do something truly great.”

-Walt Disney

Monday, July 15, 2019

DISNEYLAND Anniversary Week: A Dream That Never Ends

I first saw the site for Disneyland back in 1953, In those days it was all flat land - no rivers, no mountains, no castles or rocket ships -  just orange groves, and a few acres of walnut trees.

- Walt Disney

Saturday, July 13, 2019

DISNEYLAND Anniversary Month: Walt & Lilly Celebrate

On this day in 1955, DISNEYLAND was just days away from opening. It was also Walt and Lilly Disney’s 30th Anniversary. To celebrate both the anniversary and show off DISNEYLAND to their friends, the couple hosted a huge party in the Golden Horseshoe.

Friday, July 12, 2019

DISNEYLAND Anniversary Month: Harriet Burns

There is literally nowhere one can go in DISNEYLAND without seeing a project that Walt Disney Imagineering’s first female Imagineer has worked on. Harriet Burns was originally brought in to work on the miniature houses in Storybookland, impressing Walt Disney with her ability to bring his visions to life. 

No matter what challenge Walt presented her with, Harriet was able to accomplish it. One of her biggest responsibilities was to build elaborate models based on the sketches provided to her of proposed projects. Walt Disney often said that he didn’t trust the paper sketches he was provided, but he always trusted Harriet’s models, only approving the plans after he saw them. Harriet worked on attractions that remain popular to this day, including the Matterhorn, it’s a small world, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Enchanted Tiki Room.

Harriet Burns’ work is still enjoyed by millions of people every year in Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom. I was fortunate enough to meet her and she told me that she loved hearing how the projects she had worked on were still loved by children and she felt privileged to have been a part of the team.