Friday, August 29, 2008
Did you know that before Fantasmic! was Fantasmic!, it was Imagination? Now you do!
Here is an article from the February 12, 1992 Disneyland Line detailing the Fantasmic! marketing tour that was about to kick off. Disneyland was still big on big balloons in 1992. 1990 had given us the big balloons of Party Gras (or was it Party Gras!); 1991 followed with Surprise! Celebration over at WDW. Even Tokyo Disneyland got in on the act with a big balloon parade. Big balloons have apparantly gone the way of car giveaways and gift machines-just ask Ursula.
Yes, remember Ursula? She was Fantasmic!'s very own big balloon.
Anyway, enough with the suspense:
And as a special bonus (although not as cool as this bonus):
Poor Fantasy Waters. They didn't last long after Fantasmic debuted. Perhaps they should have changed the name to Fantasy Waters!!! Because if one exclamation point is good, three must be best!!!
Next week I'll have more Fantasmic! for you. It's already pre-posted and everything!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
A memorial service will be Sunday for Earl Raymond Jackson, dubbed "the voice of Disneyland," who died April 30. He was 72. He moved with family to California in 1967, working in the Entertainment Division at Disneyland. After producing and announcing many live shows, including the premier of Disneyland on Parade, Jackson was dubbed "the voice of Disneyland" by Walt Disney.
Survivors include Patricia Jackson, his wife of 49 years; daughters Beverly and Catherine; son David; and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pickwick Gardens, 1001 Riverside Drive Burbank. Memorial contributions may be sent to the HealthCare Foundation at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
The right-of-way for the railroad is still clearly visible from the air. The Santa Ana River forms another border.
The city of Garden Grove has proposed building a Hard Rock Theme Park on the site; Santa Ana has proposed a soccer stadium. My guess is the neighbors want neither!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
State Fair was first held in the Fall of 1987. Here are some scans of the Disneyland Line Employee Newletter from 9/24/08 (click the scan to read).
Purists were most offended by the carnival atmosphere exuded by the midway games on the Plaza and Small World Mall, the Ferris Wheel on the Hub planter, and another Ferris Wheel at the Disneyland Railroad Main Street Station (the Railroad was closed for Splash Mountain construction). My confession is that I sort of liked State Fair. Please don't shoot me.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Lesser known facts about the murals:
Their title was "The Spirit of Creative Energies Among Children".
The north mural was themed to communication.
The south mural was themed to energy.
According to Yesterland the murals were not damaged when they were covered, but I have memories of steel beams being planted in the south mural when it was being covered and several openings were cut in the lower right-hand corner for doors.
The lower left hand corner of the south mural was the controversy referred to in the title of this post! The circle on the left is signed by Mary Blair; the triangle contained the first names of other artists.
So what was the controversy? Allow Marty Sklar to explain it in his own words:
(click on the picture to read)
The scans are from the February 19, 1976 Disneyland Line Employee Newsletter.
Does anybody know the current status of Free Enterprise?