Disneyland’s Club 33, open only to members & their guests, features an exquisite restaurant filled with numerous items selected by Walt Disney himself.
Since it’s debut at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, the “it’s a small world” attraction has delighted guests of all ages. Let’s take a look at some of the history and trivia which make this attraction so special.
Even from the very first sketches of plans for Disneyland, Walt Disney always wanted to include a haunted house attraction in his park. Unlike haunted houses at other amusement parks, Walt’s haunted house would have a lighter, friendlier, comedic feel to the attraction. He originally planned to make his haunted house a walk-through attraction. Guests would stroll through at their own pace, taking in the sights and sounds of Walt’s haunted house. After further research, this walk-through attraction posed a few problems; How would the imagineers ensure a high enough capacity to allow each guest a chance to experience the attraction? How you the direct the guests’ attention to certain the elements of the attraction?
In their search for an efficient way to guide guests through Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction, the imagineers turned to a ride system which had previously proven itself on Adventure Through Space – the omnimover. This type of attraction vehicle consisted of a continuous chain of ride vehicles which would move throughout the attraction as one unit. The individual vehicles would be able to turn in any direction. The Haunted Mansion’s onmimover vehicles, affectionately called Doom Buggies, are the perfect ride vehicle for directing guests’ attention throughout the attraction and enhancing the eeriness of the Haunted Mansion.
I remember walking through Fantasyland, and there it was – an abandoned lagoon. I had never seen a submarine sail through its waters, and I never would. How could what must have once been a fascinating excursion into the deep now sit off-limits, never to be experienced by another guest?
The story of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Submarine Voyage began long before any Disney parks were constructed. In fact, it began many years prior to Walt Disney’s birth. In March of 1869 author Jules Verne introduced the world to the story of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus. The story was serialized in a French publication and ran until June 1870.
Verne’s description of the Nautilus was well ahead of its time, accurately describing many features of modern submarines. Because of this, the story has stood the test of time. In the late 1930s, when many Hollywood film studios were looking to create new Technicolor films based on classic novels, Disney secured the rights to 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Unfortunately, the project was put on hold due to World War I. The project was resumed years after the war ended and the completed film released in 1954, just one year prior to the opening of Disneyland.
Due to the success of It’s A Small World Holiday and The Country Bear Christmas Special, two other Christmas attraction overlays at Disneyland, the imagineers decided they wanted to install a Christmas overlay to the Haunted Mansion. They initially considered a theme centered around A Christmas Carol but ultimately chose a more sinister theme for the attraction.
Both Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland and Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World are a magical sight to see. For many park guests, this sight alone lets them know they have finally returned “home” to the Magic Kingdom. For children and adults alike, the Disney castles are a symbol of wishes, magic, imagination, dreams […]
Sixty years ago today, the Happiest Place On Earth opened its gates to the public for the very first time. Despite a few setbacks on opening day, Disneyland quickly became a magical destination for the young and young at heart. The park has gone through quite a few changes over the years. We’ve seen some […]
The beginning of 1967 marked the beginning of the first year in Disney history without Walt. Though he was no longer there to lead the company, Walt’s dreams lived on. At Disneyland, 1967 saw the unveiling of an attraction which has gone on to become a Disney classic, as well as, the addition of one new land […]
Recently, my mom found her old View-Master along with some View-Master reels. Like a couple of big kids, we both proceeded to take a look at the reels. It reminded me of ordering dessert at the 50’s Prime Time Café, except we didn’t have any reels showcasing delicious desserts. I was thrilled to find a […]
When Disneyland opened in 1955, many of the stores on Main Street, U.S.A. were leased to outside companies to help fund the park. Last week, I shared about the Tobacconist store on Main Street; if that wasn’t unusual enough for you, the store we’re discussing today, definitely will be. Located in what is now part of […]