Released July 18, 2014
Jim Hill stops by to set the record straight on the Disney Villains theme park rumor. He also talks about attractions that were almost built: Mary Poppins, The Sword In the Stone, The Legend of Sleepy Hallow, and a Villains themed version of Splash Mountain! And if that’s not enough he share details about the upcoming Frozen attraction!
"Sandy Duncan robs the Disneyland Haunted Mansion in this super bizarre but extremely valuable historical document. Bet you never thought you’d see the Haunted Mansion with no Doombuggies in it! From Sandy in Disneyland (1974). Also starring the music of The Happiest Millionaire. Because, why not?"
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Walt Disney messenger service
Few people now recall that Uncle Walt was actually a magical ghost and could disappear and reappear at will, shedding his corporeal form. That’s how he got the best work from his animators and theme park designers: they never knew if he was listening, even if they couldn’t see him around - he might be right behind them, watching.
Hong Kong Disneyland - Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars.
Interesting combination of Big Thunder and Expedition Everest, in terms of overall ride experience, along with ‘cute bear mascots’ (thankfully not cartoonified though in the ride) of which there is plenty of merchandise I believe.
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Enchanted Tiki Room patio, after Disneyland park closing. Love the atmosphere and music waiting for entrance to the show…
Corridor of Goons pop-up, Sleeping Beauty Castle. These little guys are sadly overlooked mostly, given delay on them that exists and people just rush by the doors - also too bad as how narrow this hallway is, hanging out there less feasible if mom/dad and the kids shoving by if you hang out to watch and wait for the effects, or have to press right up against the doors for photos and no room for other folks to wait so much if they want to see.
The Train that started it all
This has always been one of the most inspirational things Disney did. RIP Lillian’s garden. :)
Named after Walt Disney’s wife, Lillian, The Lilly Belle train car can be found making its way around the Disneyland Railroad on most days of the year (she’s not brought out if it’s raining to preserve the carpeted interior from becoming muddy). The Lilly Belle is the former “Grand Canyon” observation train car from Disneyland’s earliest days. It was converted to this beautiful Victorian Parlor style VIP car during the 1975-1976 American Bicentennial and re-christened the Lilly Belle in Lillian’s honor.
The car features velvet seats, including a “love seat” for two; images of Walt & Lillian; glass knick knacks; flower arrangements; books; and even one of Lillian’s robes displayed on a hanger. There are beautiful light fixtures, and there’s even a guest book you can sign! A cast member stays in the car with you and talks about the train’s history while you circle the park.
The Lilly Belle IS open to the public. In order to ride, you must head straight to the Main Street Train Station at park opening to ask about getting a seat (it’s pretty popular). If the car is out for the day, you can sign up for a time slot to come back and ride. There is no extra fee and you even get a cool souvenir if you ride: Lilly Belle tickets!