Hello everyone! Tommy here again with a special trip report for you! Recently, our friends at Catalina Express and the Descanso Beach Club invited us over for the day to take a tour of Catalina Island. This laid-back retreat is just a few miles off the coast and can be seen on a clear day from some of our local beaches. There are several ways to get here from the Howard Johnson Anaheim, so make sure to speak to the front desk so they can help you plan your trip.
RETRO DISNEYLAND HISTORY
Did you know there used to be a helicopter service to Disneyland? From 1956 to 1972 there was a helicopter service between Disneyland and Los Angeles (and points in between). You could fly into LAX and then take a quick helicopter trip directly to Disneyland. Initially one would land near Tomorrowland and in later years in the front of the Disneyland Hotel.
Disneyland opened in 1955 and since opening day, each cast member has worn a name tag. Some without an actual name printed, but all wore a tag. Here’s a great set of photos taking you through the basic name tags of the past and present. They have certainly morphed, but more or less have kept the same familiar shape. Of course there are many, many themed badges for special events, birthdays, marketing messages, contractors, etc., but you can always tell a real cast member badge from the promotional varieties.
This metal tag was used from opening day in 1955 through the early 1960s. In the late 1950s if the full name was imprinted, it signified a salaried worker or area supervisor. These with the full name were not as common.
Happy Easter everybody! If you haven’t tried the Easter Egg hunt at the Disneyland Resort, I highly recommend it! You can pay $5 for a map and you get a prize at the end, or just go around hunting for free and you can get a pat on the back. There are 12 eggs in each park and I have the locations of the Disneyland Eggs below so stop reading if you want to hunt for yourself. Here we go!
Tinkerbell can be found by the Partner’s statue in the Hub:
RETRO DISNEYLAND HISTORY
Remember the Viewliner? Very few do! This narrow-gauge, miniature train ran along parts of the Disneyland Railroad main line and made loops through Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. It only ran from mid 1957 to late 1958 when construction began for the Matterhorn and the Submarine Voyage. It was billed as both the “fastest miniature train in the world” and – now – also as one of the shortest-lived attractions in Disneyland’s history! The Disneyland Monorail System took its place in 1959.