When Disneyland Was Being Built: Rare Color Video (& Narration) Of Disneyland’s 1954-1955 Construction

Disneyland took exactly one year to build. Yep, the entire park. Times are, of course, very different now but if you think about how long it takes to build just one attraction nowadays (Seven Dwarfs Mine Train took 4 years), to say nothing of a whole land or park (hello, 6 years each for Pandoraland and California Adventure), the fact that it was done in 1 year is just amazing.

There’s been some footage that’s been shown time and time again, like Walt walking around the construction area.

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And even Disney Parks official website has posted some circa 1954 footage, like this:

That “official” video was just a minute or so of the hundreds of hours of “Disneyland Construction” footage that was discovered in Pennsylvania in the early 2000s. Yep; it was a film canister with the word “Disneyland” scribbled on the front, and someone found it and returned it to Disney.

Instead of archiving the footage somewhere where it would never see the light of day again, Tony Baxter of Walt Disney Imagineering was given the OK to go through it all and pick out the best of the best.

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The Unusual Evolution of Disney’s Space Mountain

One of my most favorite attractions at Walt Disney World, and especially at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland, is Space Mountain. It was the first “big” roller coaster I ever went on and, as a 12-year-old, it was very exciting.

It wasn’t until years (decades, really) later that I learned about the history and evolution of Space Mountain. The original concept and various design changes back in the 60s. How it was supposed to open at DL but wound up being delayed and then opening at WDW first, followed by an opening at DL a couple of years later. Why/how the scenes you go past on WDW’s exit came to be. Lots of other stuff, like this…

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How’d An X-Wing Fighter Show Up On FlightAware?

I’m a big fan of FlightAware. It’s one of the seven travel apps you need to have when traveling. It’s also the app I use to spy on family and friends when they’re traveling.

So the last thing I’m expecting to see when I pull up FlightAware is an X-Wing on the map.

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The People Have Spoken & For Once, The Disney Parks Have Listened (Yay Free Stuff!)

The Walt Disney Company is at a place in its existence where it rarely answers to anyone or anything; the company calls the shots, usually with no meaningful explanation and definitely without apology. We’ve seen it happen time and time again with the closing of the Virtual Magic Kingdom online game, Pleasure Island at Walt Disney World and the Country Bear Jamboree at Disneyland.

The only time they seem to backtrack on decisions is when a small division of the company is suddenly losing money because of the change, or when it garners so much ill will that it makes Disney look bad.

Such appears to be the case of FuelRods.

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Everything You May Or May Not Have Known About The Haunted Mansion At Disneyland & Walt Disney World

Happy Halloween to all of our travel friends who are celebrating!

I have to admit that Halloween is one of my most favorite holidays. Instead of giving out candy, we give out toys. This year it’s roll back ghost racers but in past years it’s been monster stress balls, monster rubber duckies, pumpkin whoopie cushions, etc. We’ve also been told that our decorations are the best in the neighborhood:

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I know that has nothing to do with travel, so thanks for indulging me for a paragraph.

Anyway, besides Halloween being one of my favorite holidays, The Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World and Disneyland is my #1 favorite attraction ever.I’ve already posted a few things about the HM:

There’s a whole lot of folklore surrounding the Haunted Mansion that runs the gamut from what it was originally supposed to be, to the secrets behind what the attraction eventually wound up being. Like these…

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