Disney themeparks around the world are now flooded with signage and merchandise (see the LaughingPlace Store for the best selection) to honor Disneyland’s 50th anniversary. But the one collectible publication everyone will need this year isn’t even produced by the Walt Disney Company. Nope. It’s issue two of the new magazine Tales from the Laughing Place a publication of LaughingPlace.com (of which this website is affiliated with and I’ve written articles for).
Issue 2 contains exclusive images and information from
Disneyland, past and present. Articles cover such diverse historical topics as
the history of Town Square, the Opera House and the Golden Horseshoe Revue.
Tales coverage of the 50th anniversary includes both new parades at Disneyland
Resort, namely Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams and Block Party Bash, the new
fireworks spectacular Remember….Dreams come True and the re-imagineered Space
Mountain that will debut July 15 2005. A highlight is undoubtedly an extensive
interview with Randy Thornton about his 6-CD box set, A Musical History of
Disneyland. In addition, Issue 2 will feature a thorough article about the new
Space Mountain: Mission 2 at Disneyland Resort Paris.
Creative Director Lindsay Cave elaborated on the contents
for Issue 2, "We have been very fortunate to receive images from the Disneyland
Archives of significant events in Disneyland history. In addition, we are the
only publication to be given access to photograph the Walt Disney’s Parade of
Dreams floats prior to its official launch. Tales was also given unparalleled
behind-the-scenes access to Disney Creative Entertainment cast members such as
John Addis and Steve Davison, Imagineers like Chrissie Allen and a whole host of
others. This issue will be the ultimate resource for any Disney enthusiast for
the 50th anniversary celebrations!" (via)
I’m very happy for the team at LaughingPlace.com. Issue one of Tales was a huge success and a publishing and artistic masterpiece. I can’t wait to get issue two in my hands (expected to ship late April to subscribers). If you’re a fan of Disneyana or just want some inside scoop on the Happiest Celebration on Earth be sure to order your copy today.