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Tiny details

Monday, October 28th, 2013

One of the things we love most about Disneyland is the little details. In the new Fantasy Faire area, we noticed this for the first time on our last visit:

Rapunzel tower

Off in the distance, behind the Royal Theater, it’s Rapunzel’s tower peeking over the top of the canopy! This is such a lovely bit of statuary that we immediately went to City Hall and requested that it be moved somewhere to make it more centrally visible, but even if Disney keeps it where it is it’s a delightful treat when discovered!

Autograph mania hits a new low

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

When we were young, characters wandered the streets of Disneyland with the same happy, care-free abundance that rodents wandered the streets of London before it was learned that they spread the plague. True, the analogy suffers because we like Disneyland characters but dislike plague rats, but the point stands.

All of this changed when guests realized that characters would politely sign autographs for those who requested them. Today, characters are often mobbed to the point of inaccessibility by autograph seekers, and the line to wave a pen at Peter Pan might be an hour long (or half that if FASTPASS is available).

Not long ago at the park, we witnessed a scene that made us realize that the autograph situation had completely lost control:

Ariel asks Aurora for his autograph at Disneyland

Yes, you can believe your eyes: Ariel is asking Aurora for her autograph.

Why, you ask, would a princess need another princess’ autograph? Particularly a princess who lives beneath the ocean and therefore can’t take an autograph book home without it becoming instantly waterlogged? And if this bizarre perturbation of roles is allowed, what next? Guests performing safety inspections? Shops staffed entirely by feral cats? Disneyland executives actually seen in the park? The mind boggles.

Please forward, Facebook, tweet, post, re-post, Instragram, Spotify, blog, pin, e-mail, link to, and share this photo as much as possible. We hope that, should it gain enough publicity, we will be able to get an official statement from Disney of their policy on character-to-character autographing interactions.

Five-Legged Goat

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

On our most recent trip to Disneyland, we noticed that the park was showcasing its famous “five-legged goat” for Halloween. Nice to see it back!

Disneyland's five-legged goat

Photoland: “it’s a small snapshot”

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Our last picture in this series is of an attraction that needs no introduction. In fact, it’s so iconic, that we don’t even need to tell you it’s name (“it’s a small world”):

Photoland: it's a small snapshot

At the time we took this picture, the attraction was closed (which is why there are grumpy and/or crying children stomping through the foreground), but the older picture shows it in happier days, filled with laughing children and with a train passing through. Sharp-eyed readers may even be able to catch a glimpse of one of the old topiary hedgehogs in the flowerbed (which are no longer produced, since they are too difficult to cultivate and were often “borrowed” by mischievous guests).

We hope you’ve enjoyed this photo tour through Disneyland history. Thanks for visiting the past with us!

Next up: Nothing

Photoland: Now You’ve Seen Most Everything

Friday, March 15th, 2013

This photo…

Photoland: Now You've Seen Most Everything

…is one of only a very few that we have of Fantasyland. It’s very difficult to match up photos of the original Fantasyland with today’s Fantasyland, since the current version was a completely new design and construction, made necessary when the original Fantasyland was packed up and moved to Disneyworld’s Magic Kingdom.

Next up: One last little thing

Photoland: Out of Toon

Friday, March 15th, 2013

This photo makes us a little bitter:

Photoland: Out of Toon

The old picture was taken during a dark, dark time in Disneyland history when management was unwilling to spend more money on park upkeep than was absolutely necessary and the bulk of the park’s electricity came from a dynamo powered by Walt Disney spinning in his grave. Paint is chipped, the Mickey clock is showing the wrong time, and look at how drab and faded everything looks when compared to the bright, beautiful, whimsical Toontown of today!

Thank goodness those days are long gone and we can have pride in our park again!

Next up: Kind of a dumb one

Photoland: Golden Horsephotos

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

We have two from the Golden Horseshoe Saloon this time. First, an exterior:

Photoland: Golden Horsephotos exterior

Sadly, most of those advertisements and props for the original show are no longer there. But even though the original Golden Horseshoe Review has moved into the history books, the Billy Hill and the Hillbillies show…

Photoland: Golden Horsephotos interior

…has taken its place as a beloved Frontierland mainstay. What’s particularly nice about this photo is that you can see one of the current performers at the left in the current photo, and in the central picture see what he looked like in his younger days!

Next up: Toon in tomorrow!

Photoland: Columbia Down Under

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

The below-decks area of the Columbia opened a few years after the ship itself first took sail on the Rivers of America. Here, guests could see how real sailors lived in days of old. For example, there’s this pot of fish stew…

Photoland: Columbia Down Under fish stew

…that’s been cooking for several decades, and the captain’s quarters…

Photoland: Columbia Down Under captain's cabin

…which teach us that we should never try to take a heavily backlit picture of a photo printed on cheap paper with a home photo printer while standing in a dark room using a consumer-grade digital camera. But we bet a real sailor would have known that already!

Next up: All that glitters

Photoland: Columbia Pictures

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

There’s not much to say about the Columbia:

Photoland: Columbia Pictures

It hasn’t changed a lick over the years — at least not on the outside. Things are a little more interesting below decks, though, and we’ll have something to say about that tomorrow.

Next up: Something to say something about

Photoland: Chief Waves-a-Lot

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

This animatronic Indian chief…

Photoland: Chief Waves-a-Lot

…has been waving to park guests for almost half a century. He waves to passing boats, turns to wave at passing trains, then turns to wave at passing boats again. Observant guests will notice that he can only can turn in a clockwise direction, which explains why he is programmed to only switch from his “train” to his “boat” position when nobody is looking.

Next up: The gem of the ocean