Park History

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…

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…

Corridor of Murals

Corridor Of Murals

On my last trip to Disneyland, I stopped for a moment to think about Tomorrowland; I realized it has the fewest hidden gems of any land in Disneyland. And then it hit me: of course it does. Tomorrowland is constantly changing, to stay updated futuristic, and somewhat imaginary. With so much growth and change, not […] Read more…

Happiest Homecoming

Happiest Homecoming On Earth (50th Anniversary)

Disneyland always throws a good party. So when the 50th anniversary arrived, guests couldn’t wait to see the park pull out all the stops. This massive celebration, known as the “Happiest Homecoming On Earth”, set a precedent for over-the-top anniversaries in the park, a tradition carried on for the Diamond Jubilee in 2015. PREPARING THE […] Read more…

Pendleton Woolen Mills Dry Goods Store

Pendleton Woolen Mills Dry Goods Store

 Source: Pendleton July 1955 – April 1990 LOCATION Frontierland – Pendleton Woolen Mills Dry Goods Store (what a mouthful!) had a central location in Frontierland. The shop’s massive storefront, complete with a porch, stood between the Golden Horseshoe and the corner Frontier Arcade, later another shop. Today, the storefronts in Frontierland’s square connect into a […] Read more…

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