Off To Never Land....

Think of a wonderful thought....
the Dapper Dans, churros, fresh hot popcorn, the Flag Retreat Ceremony, the wildest ride in the wilderness, sitting at the Hungry Bear waving at passerbys on the Mark Twain, the brakes needing a little work, the room actually stretching, nightly fireworks, the Frontierland music loop, Shrunken Ned, Dole Whips, Scot Bruce rocking and rolling at the Tomorrowland Terrace, and on and on....all of the wonderful things Disneyland contains that remind me of never growing up.
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The architectural style of the Hollywood Tower hotel is referred to as “Pueblo Deco.” This was a popular form of design in the 1920s and characterized by the clean, geometric shapes common to Art Deco design. This design style differs from Art Deco because it borrows elements from southwestern Native art and includes things like radial sunbursts, arrowhead shapes and thunderbird motifs. This type of architecture was popular in the 1920s and a prime example of it is the Los Angeles City Hall building.

During a 16 hour operating day at Disneyland, the “It’s a Small World” song is played approximately 1,200 times.

During a 16 hour operating day at Disneyland, the “It’s a Small World” song is played approximately 1,200 times.

There were two kinds of employee badges used in the first seven years Disneyland was open. Regular employees had a badge with their employee number. Supervisors and managers had their full names on their badges.

The supervisor badge in the photo above was worn by James Warrick, who came to the park in 1955. The Coast Guard required an on-site captain to be in charge of all the water craft at Disneyland. Mr. Warrick filled this role until 1959, when the requirement was dropped. At that time, he transferred to Disneyland’s Department 41, Maintenance Management, and became the supervisor.

In these early years, the name badges worn at Disneyland were not plastic but metal. They were manufactured by the Los Angeles Stamp and Stationery Company (LASCO), which made many products using stamping presses and dies, such as coins and tokens for local businesses. They also made badges for law enforcement agencies, including the Los Angeles Police Department and the California Highway Patrol.

It’s been reported that the metal badges were used at Disneyland from 1955 through 1962, when the switch to plastic nametags was made. Actually, 1962 was not the absolute end of the metal badges at Disneyland. That same year, LASCO went out of business and sold off its dies and presses. Since no more of the metal badges could be made, Disneyland just decided not to issue any more of them.

Disney decided it would be more cost effective to switch to plastic nametags that could be engraved onsite whenever a new employee was hired. So Disneyland, Inc. contracted with Western Plastics in Long Beach, CA, to make the plastic nametags for Disney Cast Members, which that company did for nearly the next 30 years.

It’s hard to say exactly when the final switch was made to the plastic nametags for all Cast Members at Disneyland. In the 1966 film of the grand opening of It’s A Small World at Disneyland, Cast Members standing behind Walt can clearly be seen wearing the first plastic Disneyland nametags.
Finally, by the arrival of the New Tomorrowland in 1967, all the Cast Members in the park had switched to the plastic nametags.

In the early years of Disneyland, there were live performers that were associated with particular areas of the park. In Frontierland, Sherrif Lucky (named after retired Los Angeles police officer Lucky Fauntz who originated the role) helped keep law and order even if it meant four gunfights a day with a crooked goateed gambler named Black Bart. Over those early years, several different performers played those roles.

Robin Hood and some of his Merry Men, inspired by the 1952 Disney live-action movie, sometimes hung around by Sleeping Beauty Castle, which at one time in the early planning stages of the park was going to be named Robin Hood Castle.

In Tomorrowland, there was a Space Man and a Space Girl who greeted guests. Over the years, several different performers played those roles and the costumes changed, as well.

The Disneyland Monorail was the first operating monorail system in the Western Hemisphere and the very first monorail system to cross a public street.

Mark I (1959 - 1961)
capacity: 82 guests
colors: monorail red, monorail blue

Mark II (1961 - 1968)
capacity: 108 guests
colors: monorail red, monorail blue, monorail gold

Mark III (1968 - 1986)
capacity: 127 guests
colors: monorail red, monorail blue, monorail gold, monorail green

Mark IV Monorail trains were only located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Mark V (1986 - 2008)
capacity: 145 guests
colors: white with colored stripes; monorail red, monorail blue, monorail gold, monorail purple

Mark VI Monorail trains are only located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Mark VII (2008 - present)
capacity: 110 guests
colors: monorail red, monorail blue, monorail orange

In 1987, Disneyland was the first of the Disney Parks to have a pressed penny machine. The penny pictured above is credited as the first Disney pressed penny ever on-stage, that is, the first coin within the grasp of general admission guests.

There were two machines placed on-stage in Disneyland in 1987: The Mickey Rays penny and the Bear Country penny.

The first and last photo of many a guest’s Disneyland visit is taken in front of the world renown Floral Mickey.

It takes over 4,500 plants to make Mickey’s face. The whole display can take around 7,000 plants. Flowers used depend on the season, of course. Violas are good during cooler seasons and Asylums for warmer temps. From a distance, these colors appear to be black and white.

Have you noticed…

Inside Disneyland’s Main Street USA Train Station, look for the poster map of Disneyland.
Looks like just a map of the park, right? Look a little closer.
The map shows the trains running around the park. The trains are illuminated. The map is showing the actual position of each train around the park. The lights change as the trains move from station to station. You can see how many trains are running that day and how far away the next one is.

Per request, here’s a little vintage Disneyland for your day.

Disneyland Lingo…

When anything is broken or inoperable at Disneyland, it is given the code 101.