Park History

Sideshow Kaa

Sideshow Kaa

With the official retirement of Paradise Pier last week, I’ve been looking through some of my photos from the boardwalk. This beautiful land didn’t skimp on the details, and the Victorian theming wasn’t its only nod to the past. In fact, one of the shop signs paid tribute to a 1960s Disney classic: The Jungle Book. […] Read more…

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Play It!

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – Play It!

 Source: Wikimedia September 2001 – August 2004 LOCATION Hollywood Land – Who Wants To Be A Millionaire occupied Hollywood Land’s soundstage, in the backlot section of the area. The entrance sat to the left of Monsters, Inc., behind Sunset Boulevard (the main walkway). Today, this space rotates purposes for seasonal events. BACKGROUND California Adventure faced […] Read more…

Submarine Voyage

Submarine Voyage

 Source: Pin IMG June 1959 – September 1998 LOCATION Tomorrowland – The Submarine Voyage toured Tomorrowland’s lagoon, between the Matterhorn and Autopia. Today, the lagoon has an updated version of the attraction: the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. BACKGROUND In 1959, Disneyland went through its first major expansion. The area between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland completely transformed, […] Read more…

Castle Heraldry Shoppe

Castle Heraldry Shoppe

Fall 1994 – January 2017 LOCATION Fantasyland – The Castle Heraldry Shoppe started out within the castle, where the Enchanted Chamber currently resides. From 2008 until its closure, the shop moved across the courtyard, next to Peter Pan’s Flight. Today, this space houses the Castle Christmas Shoppe. EXPERIENCE Details: Merchandise – Family crest merchandise, collectible […] Read more…

Lands After Dark: Paradise Pier

Lands After Dark: Paradise Pier

When the sun sets at the Disneyland Resort, most visitors start streaming back into Disneyland. It’s a shame, though, because California Adventure does neon lights like nobody else! Paradise Pier was one of my favorite places to spend the evening in California Adventure. The gorgeous glow brought new life to the boardwalk, and of course…World of […] Read more…

Boardwalk Bazaar

Boardwalk Bazaar

April 2009 – January 2018 LOCATION Paradise Pier – The Boardwalk Bazaar was hidden on the back side of the pier. To find this shop, visitors would head behind California Screamin‘s track, between Midway Mania and Mickey’s Fun Wheel. You’d see the shop along the boardwalk, between Sideshow Shirts and the boardwalk games. EXPERIENCE Details: […] Read more…

Golden Dreams

Golden Dreams

 Source: OC Register February 2001 – September 2008 LOCATION Paradise Pier – Golden Dreams played in a large theater on the waterfront of Paradise Pier. Today, this space has been transformed into an aquarium, which houses The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. BACKGROUND When Imagineers began designing a park celebrating California, they wanted to include […] Read more…

Lagoon Mermaids

Lagoon Mermaids

Tomorrowland’s lagoon always captures the attention of passing guests. The deep blue waters, squawking seagulls, and circling submarines stand out from the overwhelmingly large buildings nearby. When the lagoon opened in 1959, the park also debuted a brand new attraction: the Submarine Voyage. Though the vast majority of this attraction took place underwater, Disney added […] Read more…

Lands In Pictures: Paradise Pier

Lands In Pictures: Paradise Pier

California Adventure’s entire purpose is to celebrate the best of California. And what’s more Californian than a gorgeous seaside boardwalk? Paradise Pier sprawled across 14 acres, making it the largest land at the resort. And every section of Paradise Pier had something fun for everyone: roller coasters, tamer rides, boardwalk games, snack carts, and live […] Read more…

Flower Market

Flower Market

In the early years of Disneyland, Main Street USA used to sell a munch broader variety of goods. Along with standard souvenir fare, Disneyland sold tobacco, lingerie…and magical flowers that never wilted. How did Disney accomplish this impossible feat? All of the flowers were made of plastic!  Source: Mousetalgia The Flower Market filled the western […] Read more…

Dixieland Bandstand

Dixieland Bandstand

Disneyland uses all kinds of storytelling techniques. These extend far beyond the actual architecture and appearance of every land. Sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch all work together to transport visitors between imaginary worlds, which we believe are real. A key piece of the storytelling puzzle is music. Each land in the park has a […] Read more…

Grandma's Baby Shop

Grandma’s Baby Shop

 Source: Gorilla’s Don’t Blog July 1955 – September 1955 LOCATION Main Street USA – Grandma’s Baby Shop stood on the northern end of the street, next to the former lingerie store. Today, this space is home to the famous Silhouette Studio. EXPERIENCE Details: Merchandise – Baby clothes, shoes, and accessories Unique Features – Doll window […] Read more…

Fine Tobacco

Fine Tobacco

 Source: Frontierland Station July 1955 – June 1990 LOCATION Main Street USA – Fine Tobacco once boasted a coveted storefront at the entrance of Main Street USA, right next to the Main Street Cinema. Today, this space is home to the 20th Century Music Company. EXPERIENCE Details: Merchandise – cigarettes, cigars, pipes, souvenir lighters and […] Read more…

Minnie's Fly Girls

Minnie’s Fly Girls

 Source: Disney Parks Blog January 2012 – October 2013 LOCATION Condor Flats – Minnie’s Fly Girls took the stage on a small platform in Condor Flats, directly across from the entrance to Soarin’ Over California. Today, this space is part of the widened walkway through Grizzly Peak. BACKGROUND After “Golden State” split into several different […] Read more…

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