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DISNEY FIX: HELICOPTER TO DISNEYLAND?

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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.

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DISNEY FIX: DISNEYLAND NAME TAGS – 1955 TO NOW

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.

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DISNEYLAND NEWS: EASTER EGG HUNT 2014

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:
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DISNEY FIX: THE VIEWLINER TRAIN

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.

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DISNEY FIX: MICKEY MOUSE CLUB THEATER

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RETRO DISNEYLAND HISTORY

On August 27 1955, The Mickey Mouse Club Theater officially opened to the public in Disneyland near the famous tea cups and King Arthur Carrousel. Continue reading