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Disneyland Donates California Zephyr Locomotive to Western Pacific Railroad Museum

Despite having California right in the title, the park known as California Adventure has never had a coherent theme. Was it a movie studio? A fantasy-take on the golden state? or a wistful glance at the history of seaside amusement parks? There was no one theme, but it was trying to capture the gestalt of California. The new ‘theme’ is even less coherent (but that’s a different article) and it requires the removal of everything that greeted guests and set up the park’s original story.

The new story (about Walt’s arrival in California) doesn’t need railroads (despite the very important role they played in the early life of Walt Disney, including his arrival). So that means it’s time for the California Zephyr to hit the road. But some good will come of it, the Disneyland Resort has donated the California Zephyr train previously located at the entrance to Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, CA.

The train and related artifacts, which were part of the entrance to the theme park, arrived at their new home August 6 and will become part of the museum’s Zephyr Project collection. Plans for a gallery dedicated to sharing the legacy of the California Zephyr are underway.

“Walt Disney’s love of trains made this donation perfectly fitting,” said Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis. “The expansion of Disney California Adventure park provided the opportunity for us to make this meaningful donation and we are thrilled the train will offer museum visitors and train enthusiasts an immersive experience, much like it did here.”

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California Adventure Begins Dismantling Entrance Icons

The giant Sun icon and California mosaic that were intended to be California Adventures welcoming icons are now being removed. Entrance to California Adventure will be remade to be more evocative of Southern California at the time Walt Disney first moved to Hollywood. “Affectionately” known… Read More »California Adventure Begins Dismantling Entrance Icons

Win A Trip to the Inaugural D23 EXPO

I don’t know why I’m sharing this with you since it lessens my chance to win and, face it, I’m not making it out to California any other way in this economy. But hey maybe one of you will win and send me a collectible postcard or something.

Disney.com is offering you a chance to attend the inaugural D23 EXPO, where the world of Disney will come together under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center in California from September 10-13, 2009. Enter exclusively through Disney.com’s mobile Web site by texting D23 to DISNEY (347639)* now through August 21, 2009. The winner will receive the ultimate Disney fan experience including travel accommodations, tickets the to the D23 Expo and Disneyland Resort tickets for a group of four.**

Running September 10–13, the D23 Expo will transform the Anaheim Convention Center into the single largest gathering of all things Disney ever assembled in one place at one magical time. Many more details about D23 EXPO entertainment, events and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans can keep up with all the news by visiting www.D23EXPO.com, as well as by signing up for mobile alerts from Disney.com by texting D23 to DISNEY (347639).*

Still not convinced? Check out this video from the folks at D23 with a special look at some of the Disney archives items that might show up at the expo.

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Carnage Numbers Revealed for Disney Parks Layoffs

The Walt Disney Company revealed it has recently eliminated 1900 positions through a combination of layoffs, severance, and the closing of open positions at its Disney theme park locations (Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and a few other suppot locations). That works out to be about… Read More »Carnage Numbers Revealed for Disney Parks Layoffs