Monday, March 10, 2014

Thirft Store Finds II: Adventureland Fall 1966

So far, this is one of my favorite finds. I found this gem while looking through some old magazine bins at a thrift store. This issue of Vacationland is from fall 1966. I really wish Disneyland would still publish these sort of magazines. I know Disney has the A.P. magazine (I don't know if they still publish it though) but that magazine is not as great as Vacationland.

For your viewing pleasure, here are some of my favorite pages from this issue. I did scan the entire magazine and you can view them on my Flickr page. Enjoy!

Mark Twain. One of my favorite Disneyland attractions and this picture is perfect.
Smile kid, you're going to Disneyland!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Then and Now: New Orleans Square's One-of-a-Kind Shop

The One-of-a-Kind Shop was located in New Orleans Square at Disneyland. The shop was different in that it offered authentic antiques (some sold for over $1000!). This unique store lasted 30 years, 1966 to 1996, until it was closed to make way for Disney-branded cooking merchandise. The current resident of this location is Port Royal, which sells generic Disney merchandise.


Friday, January 31, 2014

Short Docmentary: "The Disneyland Locals"


If you were to ask me what is the biggest difference between Disneyland and any other Disney park in the world, I would tell you: the local scene. This is something you won't see at any other Disney park in the world. Most of the people that you see at Disneyland are local passholders.This Disneyland local scene started to boom in the mid 90's.There was a documentary, of sorts, that was created to give people a glimpse into the 90's Disneyland local scene.

I would like everyone to know that I don't condole anything these individuals did in the video. However, it's pretty awesome to see 90's Tomorrowland and how much of a transformation it has gone through. Also, these videos are NSFW.





If you want to learn a bit more of this 90's Disneyland local scene, here is an article from the Examiner that gives some more details. After revisiting these videos and reading about the Disneyland locals it really reminds me of the shift that social media has made on Disneyland culture. It is so much easier for people to meet-up and hangout at Disneyland. This sort of Disneyland local scene is coming back in the form of social clubs. I won't comment on how I personally feel about these social club,s but I foresee Disneyland derezzing these social clubs out of the parks sooner rather than later.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Thrift Store Finds: McDonald's EPCOT Millennium Cup


Many people won't believe that in the 80's through the early 2000's McDonald's and Disney went together like ketchup and fries. McDonald's had a contract with Disney to promote movies, TV shows, and theme parks. McDonald's would have Disney themed Happy Meal toys and collectable glasses.

McDonald's and Disney's relationship came to an end in 2007. One of the main speculations on why Disney ended their relationship with McDonald's is because Disney didn't want to be associated with a company that has, and still is, being linked to childhood obesity. Disney and McDonald's still state, to this day, that the break-up was mutual.

Since McDonald's and Disney parted ways it's somewhat difficult to find McDonald-Disney items. Which is why they are one of my favorite items to collect. I also get very nostalgic when I see a McDonald-Disney item. As a child I had to have whatever Disney Happy Meal toy or collectible glass that was available. That is why when I found this gem I had to have it. See the detailed images after the jump.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Five Random Disney Theme Park Postcards

Last weekend I was in Anaheim at Beach Ball Comics for their Seekers of the Weird signing event. Seekers of the Weird is a comic based off of Disney Legend Rolly Crump's concept art for Haunted Mansion and Museum of the Weird.

Rolly signing my comic book!

What does all of this have to do with Disney postcards? I'm getting there, just hang on. Like I said I was at this comic shop and somehow in this tiny strip mall in a slightly ghetto part of Anaheim exists THREE comic/action figure/Disney collectible stores. I couldn't believe it! 13 year-old Guy would have freaked out. Anyway, one of the stores was called My-D Pins & Collectibles. This shop mostly specialized in Disney pins but they also had a nice collection of super hero and movie action figures. The shop was huge but tucked away in one corner was a box that said "POSTCARDS $1 EACH." As I was looking through I found some gems commemorating the good and bad of Disney theme parks. It was tough only limiting myself to five postcards, but somehow I managed. 

Postcard #1: DCA's Golden Dreams
 
How could I not buy this postcard commemorating a chunk of extinct Disney California Adventure? This card shows the facade of Golden Dreams, which was replaced by Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure. The rotunda on the right was saved but the rest of the building was completely torn down. This postcard gets bonus points because the rotunda has the banners that do not feature the star of the show, Whoopie Goldberg. In fact, I don't think the banners on this postcard were ever used in the park. At some point they changed to a banner that actually featured Whoopie because I guess they though seeing a giant banner of her face would get more people in to the theater. You can see what I'm talking about on Yesterland.

Postcard #2: Animal Kingdom's Countdown To Extinction

I've always been fascinated with Animal Kingdom's Dinosaur. I mean, I think it's a fun ride but I'm more interested in its history. Like, why did it open as Countdown To Extinction, but then change its name after a couple of years? Why did Dinosaur get a major theme park attraction when so many other Disney films did not? Besides these questions there are some curiosities about the actual ride itself, like the hundreds of  effects in the ride that haven't been used for years (Really! Watch Martin's Ultimate Tribute to see what I'm talking about). Also, have you noticed at the end of the ride your vehicle drives towards a mirror? This was supposed to feature a pepper's ghost effect of the Iguanodon riding on the back of your Time Rover. One thing I want to point out on the back of this postcard is the pun "NO ESCAPE CLAWS"

Postcard #3: Alice From Magic Kingdom's The Mickey Mouse Revue

Ok, now we are getting in to the good stuff. This postcard features Alice and the singing flowers from The Mickey Mouse Revue in Magic Kingdom. If you're not familiar with this show it is basically Enchanted Tiki Room, but with Disney characters. MMR is near the top of my list of attractions that I wish I could have seen before it was retired. The detail on these figures is stunning. Legend has it that in the early 80s when Oriental Land Company was picking what attractions they wanted for Tokyo Disneyland they chose Mickey Mouse Revue. But to save money it was decided that Magic Kingdom's show would be moved to Tokyo. The Revue lasted all the way up until 2009 when it was closed for Mickey's PhilharMagic.

Postcard #4: Herb Ryman's Tokyo Disneyland Concept Art

Any words that my feeble brain manages to squeeze out wouldn't be able to do Herbert Ryman justice. Moving on.

Postcard #5: DISNEYLAND'S MAIN STREET OMNIBUS!!!


Over on the TouringPlans blog I frequently call the Omnibus "The Greatest Disney Attraction Of All Time" and I'm not joking. A ride up or down Main Street on the Omnibus is pretty much the greatest thing in the world. Obviously, the Omnibuses of today are beautiful but they were even better back in the day. Check out the attraction posters advertising other Disneyland attractions. Also, like the rest of the Main Street vehicles, the Omnibus used to run later in the evening. These days they usually stop in the early afternoon as crowds start to pick up but I dream of one day being able to ride the Omnibus at night. I really enjoy the description on the back of this card: "Camera fans especially like the unique angles the Omnibus' second deck provides." So true.

I hope you enjoyed these five Disney postcards. I'll pick up another batch of cards next time I'm in the area and we'll do this again.



Friday, January 17, 2014

Yukon Klem: A True Long Lost Friend

        

I was in Northern California this past weekend spending time with my girlfriend's, Katie, family for her  brother's birthday. Her brother, Peter, is also a DisHead™ (yes, that is a term I just created and traded-marked. You're welcome) and he shared with me some pictures from their past Disneyland visits. Their family used to go to Disneyland a lot when he and his sister were children.

While I was looking through their photos I noticed a character that I have never seen before: Yukon Klem. They only have two pictures with this character from when they stayed at the Disneyland Hotel in1989. I did some research and talked to Peter about this mysterious character. Here is what I learned. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

90's Nostalgia: Disney Advnetures


It's hard living in Seattle and being a Disney fan. This is why I have become a sort of a collector of nostalgic Disney items. Most of the items I buy are from thrift and used bookstores. I usually go looking for Disney items a couple of times a month, and since my childhood took place in the 90's (man I'm old) I really look for 90's Disney items (mugs, magazine, toys, etc.). If I find anything 80's or 90's EPCOT, it's an instant buy for me.

While on one of my shopping adventures I found a couple of Disney Adventures from 1991. Disney Adventures and Nintendo Power were the only magazines I cared about when I was a kid. I thought I would share some of my favorite pages from these two pieces of classic American literature. Let's jump back to the year, 1991.