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Disneyland Home Videos from 1955 – Spectacular New Video

Major kudos to the Disney History Institute for their latest contribution to our knowledge of early Disneyland. They’ve compiled a video of color footage from 1955. The video is more than just home movies edited together, it reveals how the park would have looked to… Read More »Disneyland Home Videos from 1955 – Spectacular New Video

Global Themepark Attendance For 2012 Via TEA Report

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TEA has released its 2012 Theme Park attendance estimates listing the 25 most attended theme parks in the world. Disney has the top 8 spots and 3 others in the top 20. Not a lot of surprises if you’ve been following developments last year:

1. Magic Kingdom: 17,536,000 (+2.3% change)
2. Disneyland Park: 15,963,000 (-1.1% )
3. Tokyo Disneyland: 14,847,000 (+8.5%)
4. Tokyo Disney Sea: 12,656,000 (+8.5%)
5. Disneyland Park, Disneyland Paris: 11,200,000 (+1.9%)
6. Epcot: 11,063,000 (+2.2%)
7. Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 9,998,000 (+2.2%)
8. Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 9,912,000 (+2.2%)
9. Universal Studios Japan: 9,700,000 (+14.1%)
10. Islands of Adventure: 7,981,000 (+4%)

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What’s Behind The Disney Parks Ticket Price Increase

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As they say on ABC’s hit show “Once Upon A Time,” magic has a price. If the magic you want to experience is one of Disney’s theme parks, that price has just increased… again. This time with tax and fees it now costs more than $101 to buy a one day, one park ticket to Disney World. Disneyland is a little cheaper at $92 (no sales tax on theme park tickets in California). With attendance at both resorts still very strong, I’m not surprised by the move.

At Disneyland the cost to buy a one park, one day adult admission is now $92 while 9 and under is $86. The adult price is a 5.7% increase. If you want to hop between the two gates at Disneyland you’ll have to pay $137 for an adult (a 9.7% increase) or $131 for a child. With a stiff increase like that, Disneyland must want to discourage park hopping.

At Walt Disney World an adult one day, one park admission is now $95 and 9 and under is $89. Disney World wants to encourage you to stay longer, so a 5 day one park per day pass only went up five dollars to $265 (9 and under is $244). That’s a much more reasonable $53 a day admission price. Read More »What’s Behind The Disney Parks Ticket Price Increase

Animated Recreation of Disneyland’s America Sings

James Lopez is best known as an animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios and an instructor at CalArts. He’s worked on a bevy of great film characters including Timon from The Lion King, Pain from Hercules, and Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog.… Read More »Animated Recreation of Disneyland’s America Sings

State panel reduces Disneyland’s Safety Violations and Fines

As we reported earlier, Disneyland closed three attractions voluntarily after a CAL/OSHA report that fined the resort $234,850 for violations. Space Mountain was down the longest, three weeks, but all three attractions have now reopened. Disneyland’s voluntary actions have also saved having to pay that… Read More »State panel reduces Disneyland’s Safety Violations and Fines

Disney Parks Then and Now

Earlier this month, I posted a marvelous photo of Walt Disney standing on the steps of the Main Street Train Station in 1955 looking out into the present. The component parts of that picture came from a amazing collection of photos that capture how Disney… Read More »Disney Parks Then and Now

Lea Thompson Meets Tow Mater at Cars Land

Anyone else here a fan of Lea Thompson? Not only is she starring in the hit ABC Family series, “Switched at Birth,” but she also was in so many films of my youth (Back to the Future, Red Dawn, Space Camp, (yes even) Howard the Duck, and Caroline in the City (one of my favorite sit-coms)). Not only that she still looks like she did on the set of Back to the Future. Amazing.

So I can’t resist sharing her photo from when she stopped by to experience Cars Land at Disney California Adventure with her family and friends. Here she is with Tow Mater, who knows something about time travel himself, in Radiator Springs. I’d love to see her voice some characters for Disney, perhaps in a future Pixar film? Who knows. Read More »Lea Thompson Meets Tow Mater at Cars Land