Disneyland

FIRST LOOK: Characters bring fun to A Touch of Disney, DCA’s limited-time event

Virtual menus, safe queues, mobile ordering, delicious food, carefully cleaned tables, and socially distanced encounters with some of your favorite Disney characters? That’s A Touch of Disney, the new limited offering special event at Disney California Adventure. We were really excited to see some of… Read More »FIRST LOOK: Characters bring fun to A Touch of Disney, DCA’s limited-time event

When will Disneyland Reopen?

3/5 Update: The state of California has decided to allow Theme Parks to reopen in the red tier. What that means for Disneyland in our latest update. The California plan for reopening ties loosening of restrictions to decreased transmission of the virus in the community.… Read More »When will Disneyland Reopen?

March is Legacy Passholder month at Downtown Disney District

Disneyland extends discounts for resort Legacy Passholders. If you possessed a valid Disneyland Resort annual pass when the parks shuttered one year ago, congratulations, you’re a legacy passholder. Of course, the corresponding bad news, is that the entire passport program has been discontinued. But keep… Read More »March is Legacy Passholder month at Downtown Disney District

Disneyland Legacy Passholders Downtown Disney Discount Extended

When Disneyland decided to discontinue their annual passholder program, one benefit they left for their biggest fans was a merchandise discount good at select locations throughout Downtown Disney and on Buena Vista Street inside Disney California Adventure. Although the two Disneyland resort theme park attractions… Read More »Disneyland Legacy Passholders Downtown Disney Discount Extended

The Park – Innovation at Disneyland

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In addition to creating “The Happiest Place on Earth”, Disneyland was innovative in many other ways. In the 50’s, believe it or not, waiting lines at banks or airports were traditionally a straight line. Sometimes a movie theater would bend them around a corner; the Department of Motor Vehicles would simply open the front door and run the line out onto the sidewalk.

Think what it would look like if security checkpoint lines at airports were linear instead of the sinewy system in use today! I had never seen a waiting line that snaked back and forth like the lines for attractions at Disneyland, where they created a holding pen that economized space.  Such was the system introduced by Walt Disney’s Imagineers.

They also thought of a way to use existing technology to create the Disneyland Monorail System. In 1959, it was the first daily operating monorail in the Western Hemisphere. Though the park was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in the off-season, visitors could board at the Disneyland Hotel and still see the Park (though quiet on those days) from a bird’s-eye view. Now, monorails are common at places like metro airports, transporting passengers swiftly from terminal to terminal.

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The Park: The Celebrity Treatment – Sophia Loren

Now that Andy Warhol’s prediction that everyone will have 15 minutes of celebrity in their lifetime seems to have been proven true, celebrities are the proverbial dime a dozen. But back in the 60’s, spotting a real live movie star in public was quite a… Read More »The Park: The Celebrity Treatment – Sophia Loren