Mickey Mouse

The Park – Innovation at Disneyland

vintage-mickey-disneyland-med

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.

Read More »The Park – Innovation at Disneyland

Mickey Shorts Theater a fun companion attraction to Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Mickey Shorts Theater opened today at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the one-of-a-kind animated short featuring Mickey and Minnie, “Vacation Fun.” The attraction makes a nice companion to the bigger Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway ride as both feature the new style animated Mickey Cartoons. The… Read More »Mickey Shorts Theater a fun companion attraction to Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Officially Opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios opened the first ever ride-through attraction featuring Mickey Mouse last night. Mickey’s & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, located behind Disney’s recreation of the Chinese Theater was dedicated in the fashion of a grand Hollywood premiere with Mickey & Minnie and their pals along… Read More »Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Officially Opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Magic Happens at Disneyland as new daytime parade steps off Feb 28

“Magic Happens” is a new daytime parade that will highlight some of Disney’s most iconic and awe-inspiring moments of magic found at the heart of is animated classics. The parade features all-new floats, new music, and costumes for the parade performers. This new parade, led… Read More »Magic Happens at Disneyland as new daytime parade steps off Feb 28