Retired Hidden Gems

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…

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…

Magnolia Park Bandstand

So much of Disneyland takes place in fictional worlds: enchanted kingdoms, an all-encompassing jungle, an outer planet. But Main Street USA brings you right back home to classic Americana. Main Street boasts quaint popcorn carts, horse-drawn trolley cars, and in the 1950s, a magnificent bandstand.  Source: Farm 4 Originally, Walt and his team envisioned the […] Read more…

Clock Of The World

Disney designed each land in Disneyland so that guests knew instantly they were stepping into a distinct world. Tomorrowland, the land of the future, was no exception. This land’s center courtyard was the gateway to the future, ushering guests into the world of 1985. And this courtyard had a special hidden gem as its centerpiece: the […] Read more…

Court of Angels

Court Of Angels

The Court of Angels opened as part of New Orleans Square in 1966. This hidden gem was actually one of the last features Walt Disney designed before his death. For over 40 years, the Court was a popular spot for family photos, engagements, and even occasional character meet & greets, but most of the time […] Read more…

Pioneer Cemetery

Pioneer Cemetery

If you’ve ever taken the time to explore Tom Sawyer Island, you know there are tons of trails, caves, and swinging bridges to discover. But did you know that the island had its own hidden gem, buried amid the pirate’s treasure and shipwrecks? Past Pirate’s Lair and Fort Wilderness, up on the hill, visitors stumbled across […] Read more…