Sunday, March 25, 2012

Main Street Electrical Parade Farewell Party Commemorative Ticket

I've posted several items from the Main Street Electrical Parade farewell party before, but not the actual ticket from the event.

The envelope the ticket came in.
The farewell party was held on October 17, 1996 and was billed as the final showing of the Main Street Electrical Parade. The party was exclusive to annual passholders only. I should also point out that the actual final showing took place on November 25th, 1996 at a private corporate party in Disneyland. At the time of the party I was 15 years old and had an annual for a few years at this point. While all my other friends got girlfriends or did other fun and exciting things I was a full blown Disneyland rat. The annual passholder parties Disney held in the 90s were always a good time because of the low crowds.

This is the front of the actual ticket. It has beautiful artwork of all the floats that appeared in the MSEP. The zig-zags at the top of the ticket was die-cut and is a bit fragile.

The back of the ticket has the typical legal information found on almost every theme park ticket. Also the date which was stamped upon entry to the park that night. On the left you can see the serial number, mine is 6010. The price of the ticket was $25 per a person, that's around $36 when adjusted for inflation.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Disney News magazine Spring 1992: WESTCOT and vintage ads

I've posted from this issue of Disney News twice now. In September I posted the feature story about the making of Fantasmic, and this awesome one called "Galactic Gifts From Tomorrowland." One of the other features articles in this issue gave early information on the never-built second gate for Disneyland called WESTcot.

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WESTcot is a sore subject for Disneyland locals because we could have had a worldclass second gate but instead we got Disney's California Adventure. Now that 10 years have passed since DCA opened (and the completion of a 4 year, billion dollar expansion) the memory of how awful the park was when it opened may start to fade from memory. If you need a refresher read the post I did about the opening day guide map or, better yet, take a look at the Yesterland website for photographic evidence. Back to WESTcot, the park was going to be the west coast sibling of the incredible EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World. Its icon would have been a giant golden sphere that housed an updated version of Spaceship Earth. Many many many websites have done articles on WESTcot over the years (it also has its own Wikipedia article) and it still remains a popular subject with Disney fans.

When I do a post about this issue of Disney News I like to include some of the great ads that were in the magazine that month. Here are some of the interesting ones:

This insane ad for the Disney Channel show Adventures in Wonderland shows the things nightmares are made of. Besides the hip hop Tweedledum and Tweedledee or the half man half white rabbit the thing that scares me the most is the March Hair character that is covered head to toe in Zubaz.

Back when Disney Channel was known as THE Disney Channel. Back in 1992 the network still aired a show called EPCOT Magazine which has a fantastic intro.

I only included this Disneyana Convention ad because it was the fantastic logo for the Contemporary Resort at WDW. 1992 was the first year Disney hosted an official Disneyana convention of their own. The company stopped hosting the official convention in 2003 but there are still dozens of Disneyana fan conventions around the country. 

Forget everything about this ad and just look at the hat on the woman in the bottom left picture. Its gigantic! The hat is so big it looks like the brim could reach from would shoulder to the other!