Park History

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…

Catch A Flave

Catch A Flave

 Source: Disney Mouse Links February 2001 – September 2010 LOCATION Paradise Pier – Catch A Flave overlooked the bay and California Screamin’s launch point, on the far side of the land. Today, this space houses Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company. EXPERIENCE Details: Service Type – quick service Seating – nearby benches Entertainment – none Catch A Flav […] Read more…

Holidayland

Holidayland

 Source: The Disney Blog  June 1957 – September 1961 BACKGROUND From the beginning, Walt and his Imagineers knew Disneyland would grow. They envisioned a resort, rather than a single park, much like we have today. So within two years of the park’s opening, Disneyland debuted an adjacent “land” outside of the park gates: Holidayland. This open […] Read more…

Honey, I Shrunk The Audience!

Honey, I Shrunk The Audience!

 Source: Disney Pal May 1998 – January 2010 LOCATION Tomorrowland – Honey I Shrunk The Audience! used the Tomorrowland theater, located beneath Space Mountain. Today, this theater space routinely changes between Star Wars film clips, Disney movie trailers, and limited-time releases, including the return of Captian EO. BACKGROUND Honey, I Shrunk The Audience! began in […] Read more…

Souvenir 66

Souvenir 66

 Source February 2001 – June 2009 LOCATION Paradise Pier – Souvenir 66 was the old-fashioned souvenir shop along the waterfront, across from the Golden Zephyr. Today, the structure remains, but has been rethemed as Seaside Souvenirs. EXPERIENCE Details: Merchandise – Assorted Disney collectibles, including pins, toys, hats, books, etc. Unique Features – Lighthouse roof, highway […] Read more…

Carnation Ice Cream Parlor

Carnation Ice Cream Parlor

Source: Matterhorn 1959 July 1955 – January 1997 LOCATION Main Street USA – Carnation Ice Cream Parlor occupied prime real estate on Main Street, at the corner intersection where the road opens up into two alleyways. Today, this space is used by the Carnation Café. EXPERIENCE Details: Service Type – table service Seating – indoor […] Read more…

Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

June 1986 – February 1996, April 2004 – January 2016 LOCATION Frontierland – Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue drew in visitors wandering between Fantasyland and Frontierland, on the trail circling Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Today, this space is part of the entryway into Star Wars Land. EXPERIENCE Details: Service Type – table service (buffet style) Seating […] Read more…

Club Buzz

Club Buzz

Source: Lost World June 2001 – October 2006 LOCATION Tomorrowland – Club Buzz occupied the outdoor stage in Tomorrowland, sitting in the center plaza. Today, the Jedi Training Academy uses this stage, as well as periodic nighttime performances by various local bands. BACKGROUND When Toy Story 2 became smash hit in 1999, Disneyland saw an […] Read more…

Muppet*Vision 3D

 Source: WDW Info February 2001 – November 2014 LOCATION Hollywood Land – The Muppets ruled Hollywood Land’s “Sunset Theater”, tucked in the back lot. Visitors arriving from Buena Vista Street (or its predecessor, Sunshine Plaza) would find the show on the left-hand side of Hollywood Land, around the corner from Award Wieners. Today, this theater […] Read more…

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