It won’t just be dozens of glow merchandise carts and the Headless Horseman that precedes the nightly parade at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this year, Main Street USA will be home a new dance party the “Not So Scary Street Jam!”. This interactive… Read More »New Dance Party Added to MNSSHP Pre-Parade
There is literally nothing sweeter on Main Street than the Candy Palace. Disneyland park candy maker Rob McHargue has worked in the park for 30 years and knows a thing about making candy. In this video, Rob tours us around his “office” in the newly… Read More »A Tasty Tour of Disneyland’s Main Street Candy Kitchen
Believe it or not, I have fond memories of camping out in Disneyland’s Town Square for most of the day just to catch a semi-obstructed view of the train station while Michael York or some other celebrity narrated the traditional Candlelight Ceremony and Processional. It… Read More »Disneyland Extends Candlelight Processional to Lengthy 20 Nights
When Walt Disney first opened Disneyland, they trained the horses to prepare for huge crowds by having them walk in a tent with loud noises blaring at them through speakers. The horses currently housed at Circle D Corral still go through a process to introduce them to being on-stage, but the blaring speakers are long gone.
There are four horse-drawn streetcars on Disneyland’s Main Street. Each is a reproduction of 19th century streetcars that were used in major cities such as Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia or New York.
The horses used to pull the streetcars are from the larger breeds like Percheron, Belgian, Clydesdale, or a cross between Shire and Percheron. Each horse gets a minimum of 30 hours of training before going “On Stage.” Their work days are four hours long and they get a two-day weekend just like you and me.
Below the cut is a second video with a closer look at the Circle D Corral
The Welte Orchestrion has called the Main Street Penny Arcade home for decades. Originally it was modified to work with nickelodeon rolls and made into a coin operated machine. During the recent refurbishment of the Penny Arcade side of Main Street, the Disneyland electromechanical team… Read More »Musical Star of Penny Arcade Returns to Disneyland after Second Rehab
I’ve been out of circulation from the various the Disneyland collectors groups for a few years, but I recognize Alex George as a kindred spirit. George has put together the following video of his project to make the Main Street Electrical Parade run down the miniature Main Street USA as recreated by artist Robert Olszewski.
First, I’m just impressed that George has the complete set of Main Street Disneyland miniatures from Olszewski. But to then take it to the next step and bring the MSEP to life is awe inspiring.
Below the cut is the actual parade running, in miniature, through the Olszewski version of Disneyland’s Main Street:
A new food location rising in the location of the original Plaza Pavillion Restaurant (and one time AP processing center) is getting plenty of rave reviews from guests. Not only is the Mary Poppins inspired Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe at Disneyland full of great tasting… Read More »Hidden Details of Disneyland’s Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
In part one of this week’s update we visited The Main Street Firehouse which has its firefighter badges back, Storybook Circus which is moving steadily toward a spring opening, and then the construction across from Peter Pan where new restrooms will go. We’ll pick up right there, remember the photos have larger versions if you click on them…
This brown wall is where a second access to Fantasyland will be located. I’m a bit unclear how traffic patterns are going to work in this area with the haunted mansion queue often taking up this whole space in the summer. But I’m sure they’ve thought of that… right?