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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: Disneyland, Anaheim, 1963

When Walt visited the Park, he always created quite a stir behind the scenes. As soon as he drove through the back gate, the offices were abuzz. Phones would ring “Walt’s in the Park! “, “Who’s he talking to?” “Where is he now??” To us,… Read More »The Park: Disneyland, Anaheim, 1963

Video of rehearsal for new Disney animation-themed Cirque du Soleil show

Ever since the Disney animation-inspired concept was officially revealed at the D23 Expo in Anaheim earlier this year, we’ve been anxiously waiting for more news on the upcoming new Cirque du Soleil show coming to Disney Springs. The show will feature Cirque’s usual mix of… Read More »Video of rehearsal for new Disney animation-themed Cirque du Soleil show

Two Disney Talks from Disney Historian Dave Bossert

The Walt Disney Company has come a long way in the last 96 years. It started as a little storefront studio in Hollywood where Walt Disney and his brother Roy brought in a few artists to start making animated shorts and commercial movies. Since then… Read More »Two Disney Talks from Disney Historian Dave Bossert

Meet the pioneers who settled Disneyland in new book from David Koenig

“The 55ers: The Pioneers Who Settled Disneyland” is an important collection that looks at the cowboys, jungle explorers, Anaheim pioneers, and shopkeepers who came together to help make Walt Disney’s dream of Disneyland a reality. It’s one part deep dive into the first two years… Read More »Meet the pioneers who settled Disneyland in new book from David Koenig