Category Archives: Disneyland

One Man’s Dream at Disneyland

The 1990 One Man's Dream stage show at Videopolis in Disneyland
The 1990 One Man’s Dream stage show
at Videopolis in Disneyland

This is NOT a black and white photograph. It’s a full color photo of the ultra-creative way the classic One Man’s Dream stage show began in Disneyland. The music would build and almost instantly the set and characters appeared in full color. The 30 minute show, which was only at Disneyland in 1990, was truly magical, and featured dancers and Disney characters in a revue of brilliant song and dance numbers from Disney’s classic animated features.

One’s Man Dream culminated with a truly grand finale of all the dancers and Disney characters coming together in song, donning their traditional costumes but in sparkling gold!

One Man’s Dream was performed at the Videopolis stage in Disneyland, which today is known as the Fantasyland Theatre. The show was also a big hit in Tokyo Disneyland, and a newer version, One Man’s Dream II: The Magic Lives On, delights audiences daily.

Create Your Own Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Video

Create your own personalized video for Disneyland's Diamond Celebration.
Create your own personalized video for
Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration.

Disney Parks Blog shared a way for you to celebrate at home with some of your own favorite memories from Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration. You can upload your personal pictures and videos and make this wonderful video to share.

To see my video, click here. At the end, you can make your own!

Share your videos on my Facebook page! I’d love to see them!

 

Save up to 20% on Premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa or the Disneyland Hotel

Save 20% on Premium rooms at Disneyland Resort This Fall
Save 20% on Premium rooms at Disneyland Resort This Fall

When you stay at a Disneyland Resort hotel you are right in the middle of the magic. And, when you upgrade to a 2-night or longer vacation package, including Theme Park tickets, you can enjoy a variety of magical extras!

Book now and you can save up to 20% on Premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa or the Disneyland® Hotel on select Sunday – Thursday nights.* Contact me to reserve your room today.

Booking Window:
Now – Sept. 3, 2015
Travel Window:
Aug. 16 – Sept. 24, 2015

 

For other current Disney vacation deals, click here.

 

 

*Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday nights. Valid for travel between 8/16/15 to 9/24/15. Book from 7/15/15 through 9/3/15, with travel completed by 9/25/15. Savings on Premium rooms are available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Paradise, Artisan and Regal Suites. Ask about savings on other hotels and room types. Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required to enjoy the Parks.

 

Flashback Friday: Disneyland’s 40th Anniversary Celebration in 1995

20 years ago today, in 1995, Disneyland celebrated it’s 40th anniversary. Shani and I were there to celebrate, too. Hope you enjoy these pictures from that day. Can’t believe it’s now the 60th!!

Disneyland's entrance for the 40th anniversary
Disneyland’s entrance for the 40th anniversary
The Disneyland Anniversary Time Castle
A Disneyland Anniversary Time “Castle,” a time capsule in the shape of a castle, was buried, to be opened in 2035. Various pins, passports, and other memorabilia were included, as well as a laser disc (hope they can play that!) video recap.
Placement of the Disneyland 40th Anniversary Time Castle in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle
Placement of the Disneyland 40th Anniversary Time Castle in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle
Here's another shot of Disneyland's entrance as it looks for the 40th anniversary.
Here’s another shot of Disneyland’s entrance as it looks for the 40th anniversary.
A DIsneyland 40th Anniversary banner adorned the Matterhorn.
A Disneyland 40th Anniversary banner adorned the Matterhorn.
John Hench and Shani Wolf
Here’s Shani with Disney Legend,
Disneyland designer John Hench.

The (original) Disney Gallery

The Disney Gallery sign at the bottom of the entry stairway
The Disney Gallery sign at the bottom of the entry stairway

28 years ago this week, on July 11, 1987 to be exact, the Disney Gallery opened in Disneyland above the Pirates of the Caribbean entrance. The space was originally being designed as a space for Walt Disney to entertain guests and dignitaries, however all worked ceased after Walt passed away in 1966. When the Disney Gallery opened, it gave Guests the chance to visit this previous inaccessible area, and to see unique Disneyland artwork and artifacts, with new exhibits regularly. I remember the gallery as a wonderful relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle downstair, with multiple rooms, a quiet outdoor seating patio, and the friendliest of Disneyland Cast Members. I thought you’d enjoy some of my old Gallery photos. While the Gallery no longer resides in that area, there is still a Disney Gallery by the lobby of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.

The entrance to the Disney Gallery, just above the Pirates of the Caribbean entrance.
The entrance to the Disney Gallery, just above the Pirates of the Caribbean entrance.
The Disney Gallery in Disneyland
The Disney Gallery in Disneyland

RIP Disney Legend Blaine Gibson

Blaine Gibson, Shani Wolf, Scott Wolf and Harriet Burns
Blaine Gibson, Shani Wolf,
Scott Wolf and Harriet Burns

by Scott Wolf

It saddens me to tell you that Blaine Gibson passed away yesterday at the age of 97. Blaine was a true Disney Legend in every sense of the word. Beginning as an inbetweener on the Pluto cartoon short, “Bone Trouble,” and then on “Fantasia” and “Pinocchio,” an as an assistant animator on “Bambi.” Blaine then sculpted for Disney. He did the carousel horse heads in “Mary Poppins,” the pirates and ghosts for Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean respectively, the dolls for it’s a small world and even the Partners statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse.

This is a photo of Shani and me with Blaine and another Disney Legend, Harriet Burns at the Disney Studios. Blaine and Harriet were dear friends who both lived near each other in Northern California until Harriet’s passing in 2008.

Blaine was so kind and maybe the most humble person I’ve ever met! It was great fun talking with Blaine about his Disney days, and I’m so grateful he let me record some of those conversations! It is my pleasure to share this conversation with you: http://blog.mouseclubhouse.com/interview-blaine-gibson-haunted-mansion-pirates-if-you-had-wings/

 

Disney Vacation Tips #1

Shani's Disney Vacation Tip number 1

 

DISNEY VACATION TIPS #1

While at Disneyland Park, avoid crowds by viewing fireworks and parades at it’s a small world.

Want to avoid crowds? View Disneyland Forever fireworks at it's a small world.

Disneyland Forever fireworks show projects animation on Sleeping Beauty Castle. To avoid crowds, view the fireworks from it’s a small world and see the same animation.

 

 

 

 

paint-the-night-parade

Disneyland has two showings of Paint the Night, the new Electrical Parade. To avoid crowds, view the second parade. I recommend waiting by it’s a small world.

BONUS TIP: Since Fantasmic! is shown at the same time as the first parade, take advantage of shorter lines for most attractions!

 

 

As a former Disney Cast Member and current travel consultant specializing in Disney destinations, I have learned many vacation and travel tips over the years. I’m excited to share some of those tips with you here on our blog. Each week, I will post a new Disney Vacation Tip. Follow me by mail and never miss one. Also, email me if you have any questions about Disney vacations. I’m happy to help!!!

Interview: Jack Gladish (His career; Walt Disney; Disneyland and World’s Fair attractions)

Jack Gladish worked as an engineer, responsible for submarines, dinosaurs, railroad locomotives and much more. Attractions include the “Carousel of Progress,” “Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room” and much more.  During his career he headed the plastics and fiberglass shops at the MAPO department of Walt Disney Imagineering.

Jack Gladish works on a caveman for Disney's Magic Skyway attraction for the World's Fair, working Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and a 2014 visit to Walt Disney World
Jack Gladish works on a caveman for Disney’s Magic Skyway attraction for the World’s Fair (left), working Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln (middle), and a 2014 visit to Walt Disney World (right)

I just posted my interview with Jack Gladish on my Mouse Clubhouse website.  In this conversation, Jack discusses his career, helping to create attractions such as Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln for Disneyland the 1964/’65 New York World’s Fair.  CLICK HERE for the interview