Dumbo

Dumbo, the Flying Elephant

In 1939, through the magic of animation, Walt Disney showed us that, miracle of all miracles, a very special elephant named Dumbo could actually fly (with the aid of a magic feather, of course). It was reasonable to assume that, if only we could somehow climb aboard our lovable pachyderm friend, perhaps we could share in his magnificent flying adventures. Years later, when Walt built his first theme park, he remarked that anything was possible at Disneyland. As it turns out, even a ride on Dumbo, the Flying Elephant. Continue reading...

Tron

Tron

Hardly a film is made today without the extensive use of computer generated imagery. The practice is so commonplace that most moviegoers take such wizardry for granted. Back in the late 70s, however, things were still done the old fashioned way, until a Hollywood animator named Steven Lisberger took notice of the skyrocketing video game industry and decided to bring these artificially concocted environments to the big screen. The result was the 1982 Disney Film, Tron. Continue reading...

Chilling Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House

Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House

When it comes to Halloween, The Monster Mash may be the unofficial anthem, but Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House has served as the holiday’s soundtrack for nearly five decades. Released by Walt Disney Productions in 1964, this novelty record is beloved by millions of former kids for its spooky sound effects and campy skits, and has been played at countless Halloween parties over the years. Continue reading...

The Enchanted Tiki Room

The Enchanted Tiki Room

“All the birds sing words and the flowers croon, in the (tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki) Tiki Room”.So sayeth the theme song to one of the most beloved attractions in Disneyland, located at the entrance to Adventureland. With over 250 animated birds, flowers, and statues to serenade and delight guests, it isn't any wonder that people have been flocking to see The Enchanted Tiki Room since 1963. Continue reading...

Motor Boat Cruise

Motor Boat Cruise

It was a proposition sure to widen to eyes of any little tyke with nautical aspirations, an opportunity to navigate their very own motorboat and skillfully navigate through treacherous boulders and hairpin turns with the skill of a seasoned sailor. For over three decades, Disneyland's Motor Boat Cruise provided countless voyages for millions of delighted kids. Today, it resides only in the memory of those that once had the pleasure. Continue reading...

Swiss Family Robinson

Swiss Family Robinson

Apparently, most of America did indeed dream of a house in the trees. Disney's version of Johann David Wyss' Swiss Family Robinson allowed audiences to live that dream vicariously, and they responded by making the 1960 film Disney's biggest live-action hit to that date. Continue reading...

Peoplemover

Peoplemover

Never mind those pesky jet packs or flying cars from The Jetsons. In the future, man will travel in groups of four, roughly at the pace of a hurried snail. At least that was the vision put forth by Walt Disney, with his futuristic transportation system called the Peoplemover. While this form of transportation never quite caught on in the real world, it did provide a nice, leisurely journey through a section of Disneyland. Continue reading...

Disneyland's Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion

The following scenario plays out dozens, if not hundreds of times a day in front of Disney’s Haunted Mansion:Small Child: “I don’t want to go inside there.” Parent: “It isn’t scary. It’s fun!” Small child: “No, it isn’t.”And back and forth they go, the young child unable to reconcile their parents’ reassurances with the menacing-looking house that stands behind an eerie wrought iron fence and is purported to be haunted by 999 happy haunts (with room for one more). Continue reading...