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Orange Bird Photo Hunt



2 Fantastic Disneyland Scale Models


There are not many scale models of Disneyland so when I come across one I'm like a kid at... Disneyland.  The two shown here are particularly exciting.

The one on the left is on display in the Opera House on Main Street.  If you remember the old lobby outside of Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln, there was an animatronic owl that used to talk to us as we waited, the model is now in his place.  It shows us what the park looked like on Opening Day in 1955, to the best of anyone's knowledge.  The model was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Disneyland and remains on display today for our enjoyment.  The park was underdeveloped by today's standards but it was still oh so wonderful.  It's fun to study and imagine was was (and wasn't) around when the gates first opened.

A brand new model was recently unveiled to the Disneyland-loving world.  It is the centerpiece of the new $100 million (family-funded) museum in San Francisco.  This highly-detailed 12' model represents "the Disneyland of walt's Imagination".  Translation: Disneyland as is was when Walt Died (1966) plus things he had in planning stages before his death which were later installed- Pirates, Mansion, Space Mountain, PeopleMover, etc.  Check out Space Mountain.  Just like the early concept art.

Related Links:
Walt Disney Family Museum on CBS Sunday Morning News
Inside Walt's World- Wall Street Journal report
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Trick or Treat Donald Duck Cartoon

Remember when Donald was a jerk to his nephews when they came to his door?  He gives them explosives and dumped water on them and laughed.  Awesome.

I love the lyrics of the title song.  Things like, "better not be stingy or your nightmares will come true”.

Check out the opening credits.  It's only fitting that Yale Gracey (of Haunted Mansion fame) be on the production crew.  Classic Bill Justice animation is always fun to watch.


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You do not have to be an experienced or polished writer.  You just have to have entertaining Disney or Disney theme park-related opinions.  Once submitted, we’ll review your article and if selected, you get great exposure.

Here are some sample article titles to get the old creative juices flowing [feel free to rip off any or all of these for your articles]: 


“Why Do I Cry When I Watch 8mm Disneyland Films? “ 

“My Favorite People Are All Animatronics”  

“It Took One Year For Seven People to Create ‘it’s a small world’ From Scratch and 3 Years for 40 People to Ruin It”

“So Long, Mickey’s Toon Town Fair… You Will Not Be Missed”

"Horizons... You Will Never Be Forgotten" 

“California Adventure: The Little Brother Disneyland Never Wanted” 

“According to Today’s Tomorrowland, the Future is Covered in Tacky” 

“Remember When Tour Guides Were All Cute Girls?” 

“Matterhorn, Don’t Ever Change” 

“Mutoscope Movies: The Best Penny You’ll Ever Spend”

“Jack Skellington, Knott’s Scary Farm is Right Down the Road. Go There” 

“Hidden Mickeys are Stupid so Let’s Stop Looking for Them”

“Ever Notice There are Things Other Than Three Little Circles You Can Look For?”

“Happy 27th Anniversary, Epcot”

“Let’s Go to What’s Left of River Country!”

“Does Anyone Else’s Wife Not Want Animatronic Tiki Room Birds in Their Living Room?”