Disney Songs the Satchmo Way

By Keith Mahne

In 1966 it was Walt who invited music giant Louis Armstrong to record an album of Disney songs.
Armstrong had already appeared in a 1962 episode of Walt Disney Wonderful World of Color called Disneyland After Dark (released to DVD on the Walt Disney Treasures collection, Disneyland U.S.A.). He had also worked with Disneyland and Buena Vista Records A&R Director Tutti Camarata. However it came about, Disney Songs the Satchmo Way is pure gold. (I just added the whole album to the Disney Avenue music player. Feel free to click on the playlist above and scroll down to the bottom and have a listen while your reading the rest of this article)…

Louis Armstrong playing on the Mark Twain Riverboat

The album’s musical style is unlike any of Disneyland/Vista’s releases at the time (though George Bruns’ earlier release, Deep in the Heart of Dixieland, comes close). Some star performers, when recording songs they might see as “kid stuff,” took a less sophisticated, “cuter” approach, but Armstrong and the musicians play these songs with the same verve and fervor as any other great tunes.

Disneyland Records President Jimmy Johnson chose to release Disney Songs the Satchmo Way in the Buena Vista’s “FantaSound” series, inspired by the Oscar-winning stereo sound system created for Walt Disney’s Fantasia. These were a line of Buena Vista albums aimed at adult audiophiles that included Broadway and film scores, classical music and popular vocals. As Johnson wrote in 1975:

Sometimes recording dates are sour from the very first note and nothing seems to go right. Other times they go happily and well. The dates with Louis were among the happiest I can remember. He had been quite ill and had gone on a rigorous diet. He was very thin but looked well and full of energy. He not only sang on the album, he blew his horn – something he hadn’t been doing much in recent days. 

Louis enjoyed the sessions too. He wrote a letter to Tutti Camarata, producer of the album which read, in part: 

“This goldarned ‘Wish Upon a Star’ is so beautiful and more than that, man—I listen to that tune three or four times at night. Man, did you know I’m a doggoned long-time wishing cat? Well I am, man.

“Tell Maxwell (Davis, who did the arrangements) what a great job he did. That man’s got a soul. (A soul Br’er!) Tutti you are in there yourself. Being one fine trumpet man yourself, you’re bound to get the right sounds ‘n everything “nice” musically in your inimitable way. (Did that come out of me?) That’s it Daddy – nobody mess with those “ears” you have for music. 

“I haven’t enjoyed anything better than our recording sessions since — well, I can’t remember when.”

Satchmo gives a moving and very personal rendition of “When You Wish Upon a Star” on the album, but my personal favorite is “Chim Chim Cheree”, which runs for over five minutes and is marvelous all the way.

Louis never did a voice part in a Disney cartoon but he came close. At the time we made the album the studio was voice casting for The Aristocats. There was a made to order voice part for Pops as the swinging musical cat who befriends Thomas O’Malley, Duchess and the kittens.  

I suggested to Woolie Reitherman, the producer, that Louis would be just right. Woolie agreed and several story meetings were held with Louis. But he became ill again and had to bow out. The part was finally voiced by Scatman Crothers.

Tutti Camarata in the studio with Louis Armstrong during the 1968 sessions for Disney Songs the Satchmo Way. Tutti: ‘When Louis finished recording, I got a letter from him, thanking me for letting him sing ‘When You Wish Upon a Star, Makes No Difference Who You Are …’ I almost cried when I saw that.

Recently, the soundtrack album of Mary Poppins was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, alongside the soundtracks of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio and Fantasia. Several of Louis Armstrong’s records are in the Hall of Fame, too, including “What a Wonderful World.” Perhaps Disney Songs the Satchmo Way should be next.

Now go enjoy Disney Songs the Satchmo Way, being someone who lives in New Orleans, I can tell you with certainty that Armstrong’s take on these songs will have you tapping your feet and singing his versions all day long!

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EPCOT Origins

By EPCOT Explorer

Thanks to a loyal reader, I’ve fortunately come into some fantastic and rare pictures of EPCOT Center in its formative years. The photos you are about to see are from all years of EPCOT’s construction, dating back to 1979, and just up to a few months before the turnstiles were thrown open to the Vacation Kingdom’s second gate. Continue after the page break and have a look at these amazing pictures…

The first picture is perhaps the most alien and unrecognizable of all of them, despite being related to one Walt Disney World’s most iconic landmarks and structures. Those concrete pylons in the ground are the support system for Spaceship Earth, which will soon rise nearly 180 feet into the air. Spaceship Earth is supported by six legs, in three groups,  though each are connected to one another so as to equally distribute the structure’s weight and allow the sphere to gracefully “float” above the ground. Two of the groups above are the familiar blue legs that stand at the entrance to Future World, while the third leg group sits behind the sphere and is hidden by the Earth Station structure, which houses the loading, unloading, and post show areas. That leg also houses the mechanics for the assent and descent ramps.

This next picture gives us a great look at this system in action. The legs, now with vertical supports, are beginning to support Spaceship Earth’s “core” structure, with provides the weighted center of the building. This core column is the heart of the building itself, with the rounded and spherical edges being “hung” and constructed off of that much simpler structure. The picture below illustrates that point in a much clearer way, as you can see the vertical and cylindrical support core, and Spaceship Earth’s spherical body being formed around that. Also note the fantastic view into the structure itself, the spiraling flooring being constructed up and down the sphere’s body will soon house the mechanics for the omnimover ride and its show scenes.

This one is also notable for being taken from The Land’s roof, leading me to believe that this picture is from mid 1981, when The Land would have been structurally complete, and awaiting its show elements. The Universe of Energy is also nearly complete and visible in this shot.

The Land is also our subject for the photo above and below. The one above shows off EPCOT’s third geodesic structure under construction for Listen to the Land’s greenhouse. EPCOT’s other two geodesic structures can be found in Spaceship Earth: The interior and waterproof hull of the building (as seen in black in the last photo)  follows a triangular pattern, and of course, Spaceship Earth’s silver alucobond skin, which in itself is a separate structure, attached to the sphere’s side. A gap of several feet exists between the silver tiles and Spaceship Earth’s interior building.

This one is a wonderful vista of the interior of The Land and Walter Peregoy’s original atrium murals. Walter Peregoy was one of Walt Disney’s early animators and had been with Disney since the first productions at the studio. Peregoy is also known for painting the whimsical murals in Journey into Imagination’s loading zone.

This next photo shows off Canada’s rocky façade under construction, at the ground level to the pavilion, just where the entrance is to the CircleVision 360 theater is, today.

And finally, these next two photos feature some great views of France, in 1982 and almost to opening day and late in 1981, with still a bit of work to go. Note that Chefs de Paris does not have its expanded dining room yet, as that won’t be added on until the mid 1980s. Also interesting is the great view of the model of the Eiffel Tower, unceremoniously tacked on to the back of the Impressions de France theater. The earlier picture doesn’t have the Eiffel Tower constructed yet, though you can see its base, ready and waiting. The bottom photo also has a look at both England and Canada being pieced together, as Spaceship Earth is beginning to be clad in its triangular skin, as I mentioned earlier.

Thanks again to the reader that sent these along- these are delightful images of EPCOT Center in the making and proof of how intricate and daring the original park was. Enjoy!

EPCOT Explorer has been visiting the Walt Disney World Resort since he was 2 years old and has recently just made his first visit to Disneyland. EPCOT Explorer’s first ‘Disney’ interest is the history of EPCOT Center of his youth and the brand of optimism, futurism, and culture that was originally found in the park. Other interests include the thematic interplay of design elements in Disneyland and the Magic Kingdoms that make these theme parks repositories of culture and Americana. EPCOT Explorer is also interested in the World’s Fairs for their connections to EPCOT and tiki culture, since the return of the Enchanted Tiki Room to Walt Disney World in 2011. EE’s writings often focus on the minutia of Disney’s enterprises and attempt to uncover how and why the parks function in the manner that they do. EPCOT Explorer is currently a graduate student and Teaching Assistant in History at Florida International University. EPCOTEXPLORER.TUMBLR.COM

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A Walk in the Park: Walt Disney World Edition – Destination D

By Krista Joy

Last weekend Disney fans had a chance to go back in time. D23, the official fan club of Disney held an event called Destination D: Attraction Rewind. This special event was held at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The programming was wonderful, and I think just about all of us present learned some things we did not know about Disney History. No video or photography was allowed as presentations were given by the current and past Disney Imagineers. However we were allowed to take photos of a special exhibit called Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives. The exhibit featured collectibles and memorabilia from Disney Parks, as well as Disney collectibles from the 1964-65
New York World’s Fair. Continue after the page break and have a look…
Items in the exhibit  included a figure of the purple dragon Figment, a horse and a pig that were featured in the World of Motion attraction at Epcot, and a vintage Disneyland Toy Factory MOLD-A-RAMA machine where guests at the World’s Fair could have their favorite Disney character made in a plastic mold for just 25 cents!


Krista Joy is an a former Disney cast member, current head author at Disneyways.com and a co-host for the Disney Parks Podcast. She was born, raised, and has never lived any where else but in the heart of Orlando Florida. Not knowing what it’s like to be away from Walt Disney World for very long – the magic has truly become a part of who she is. Krista’s Disney dream is to bring magic and fun to the every day lives of her fellow Disney fans – while sharing some laughs along the way. She is very grateful to Keith and the team at DisneyAvenue.com for helping her to make this dream a reality! You can read more about Krista at http://disneyways.com/connect/

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Disney Avenue Podcast – Show #8 – Alice Davis

The Disney Avenue Podcast returns with a fantastic interview with Walt Disney Imagineering’s original “designing woman” Alice Davis. Married to Disney Legend Marc Davis, she enjoyed a fashionable Disney career of her own, designing and dressing animated figures for such beloved Disneyland attractions as it’s a small world and Pirates of the Caribbean. Continue after the page break and enjoy the show…

One day, she received a call from her former art instructor and future husband, Marc. He needed a costume designed and created for Helene Stanley to wear for some live-action reference footage being filmed to inspire his animation of the lead character Briar Rose in Sleeping Beauty. That job led Alice to design costumes for Disney’s live-action motion picture Toby Tyler.

In 1963, Walt Disney recruited Alice to contribute her skill to the attraction it’s a small world for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. Collaborating with art designer and Disney Legend Mary Blair, Alice researched, designed, and supervised the creation of more than 150 highly detailed costumes for the Audio-Animatronics children of the world.

During this time, Alice also formulated costuming procedures, set up a manufacturing base, and developed quality control refurbishing techniques, which established the standards for three-dimensional characters in rides and shows created by WDI.

In 1965, she translated the pirates’ attire from Marc’s original drawings of the shiver-me-timbers cast and crew into clothing designs and patterns for all of the costumes featured in Pirates of the Caribbean. Two years later, when the attraction opened at Disneyland, guests were dazzled by the animated figures and their colorful, textured pirate-wear. Later, Alice contributed to General Electric’s Carousel of Progress and the Flight to the Moon attractions.

Married in June 1956, Alice and Marc enjoyed a Disney fairy-tale-romance-come-true for 44 years until Marc’s death in 2000. Alice has continued to consult for the Company, and remains a frequent face at Disneyland events. She was honored with a window on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland—next to her husband’s window—on May 10, 2012.



The Disney Avenue Podcast would like to thank Geren Piltz and Brian Vermillion for their contributions to this show!
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Motion Mondays: Widescreen Vintage Disneyland

By Keith Mahne

This week’s Motion Monday article features some widescreen vintage Disneyland shots! From Disneyland USA At Radio City Music Hall (1962). It was a special cinerama presentation that included some interactions between Walt Disney and an on-stage Mickey Mouse. Continue after the page break for some truly breathtaking shots…

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Christmas Time at Disney Avenue

Editor’s Note: Friends it is finally the most wonderful time of the year again here at Disney Avenue and I just wanted to wish everyone a joyous Holiday Season and to let you know that we added some wonderful Christmas music in the music player above. Simply click on the playlist tab on the top right and scroll down to the bottom for hours of wonderful Holiday time park music that is sure to get you in the spirit. Stay tuned for some amazing Christmas time posts, pictures and podcasts. Happy Holidays everyone!!!

— Keith Mahne

What I haven’t Done: Halloween in WDW

By Ryan Reed

Obviously I am obsessed with Walt Disney World – it’s what has driven me to blog about it on a continual basis.  You know something is a passion of yours when you can’t keep your feelings inside and need to share them with whomever will listen.  I’ve vacationed in my favorite place in the world over twenty times and each time I leave I want to go back more than the previous time.  It’s a sickness (but in a good way).  Having said all that, I have barely scraped the surface on what this amazing place has to offer.  I like to consider myself a Disney aficionado but that certainly doesn’t mean I’ve done everything.  In fact, what I haven’t done has driven me to become infatuated with this place.  I want to know more and more about it and I look forward to experiencing something new each time I visit.  When I started to blog I only focused about things I’ve done myself; I felt like I wanted to share my feelings on what I know I love.  But now I think it’s time for a little self-deprecation and admit to things I haven’t done (and probably should’ve done by now!) and share why I can’t wait for my next opportunity to experience them.  I really hope to hear from some of you who have done what I haven’t in each one of these posts! Continue after the page break for more…

In this segment, the first of many, I want to focus on something I’ve missed out on my entire life and plan on experiencing soon (hopefully next year!).  It’s my favorite time of year in my favorite place in the world: Fall, or more specifically, Halloween in Walt Disney World.


I know, I know, the timing of this post is a little late but who is upset about extending Halloween just a little bit longer?  I’m specifically talking about Halloween because Autumn is way too broad of a time period; that includes a few other things I haven’t done that need posts specifically for themselves.  Anyway, back to Halloween!  This time of year has such an awesome vibe as it is.  I mean, it’s so much fun up here in Upstate New York, it has to be incredible in Disney World.  I love the spooky decorations, the scary movies, and (obviously) the food that comes with the season.  So lets take a look at some of the offerings Disney has for its guests during the Halloween season that I have, painfully, never experienced.


Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

This is obvious.  How can you be in Walt Disney World during this time and not take advantage of this??  Just reading about it sounds like an amazing time.  I’ve only heard great things from friends of mine who go every single year.  So you apparently you dress up (typically as your favorite Disney character) and go trick or treating around a beautifully decorated Magic Kingdom while eating Reese Cups? TAKE MY MONEY, I’M IN!  The best place in the world throws a ridiculous Halloween party every year and I haven’t experienced it yet.  I should be ashamed of myself; believe, I am. 


The Entertainment

This is one parade I’ll set aside time for.

From what I understand, the entertainment is only Halloween themed during nights of Mickey’s Not So Scary but that doesn’t mean I can’t look forward to it.  I’m not usually a big parade guy but Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” looks way too cool.  Headlined by the Headless Horseman and appearances by your favorite Disney characters in costumes of their own make this one unique parade.  Not to mention the gravediggers making their way from my favorite attraction: the Haunted Mansion.  This is one parade I will gladly wait for in order to get a good spot and enjoy every second of it.  Oh, I have heard part of the “Boo-to-You” song and already can’t get it out of my head.

Wishes is amazing every single night of the year and I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying it on multiple occasions.  What makes this sounds even better is the takeover by Disney Villains and an eerily lit Cinderella’s Castle.  Disney doesn’t just throw things together; this spooky nighttime event has the makings of something incredible. 

As Usual, the Theming and Ambiance


Mickey enjoying his own not-so-scary party.

As I’ve mentioned above, I love this time of year.  There’s something about the spookiness and general vibe about this holiday.  I’ve also talked about, on a few occasions, how much I adore the Disney theming.  The thought of having these two things combined and having Disney decorate the Magic Kingdom in Halloween fashion makes me giddy.  I’ve only seen pictures, but the pumpkins, the spooky yet fun spirited decorations, and the attractions now decked out in Halloween garb make this a must do at some point. 


I love the Halloween decorations with a Disney twist.

This must look so cool as you approach the Magic Kingdom on the Monorail.

The Haunted Mansion some how manages to get even better during Halloween.

The Food!

A Halloween inspired treat on Main Street USA.


Now, let’s be honest with ourselves: we get just as excited for the food as anything else in Walt Disney World.  In the spirit of Halloween, Disney offers some specialty treats that cater to your sweet tooth more than anything else.  I’m not one to rave sweets (unless it’s a Reese Cup) but some of these offerings look incredible. 



Halloween themed Candy Apples.



The Candy Apples in Disney are out of this world.  I had my first one back when I participated in the Disney College Program and since then they have been my favorite guilty pleasure to enjoy while vacationing there.  It’s the perfect mixture of sweet (and sometimes salty), crunchy, chocolate, and caramel to create this ooey-gooey mess.  Take that and turn it into a Mickey Jack-O Lantern and you’re talking the perfect treat. 


I’m now craving a visit to Epcot and a Disney cupcake.

I’ve always been in awe of the detail Disney puts into its attractions, themed buildings, and hotels.  The way they obsess over the most minute information and the way they cleverly pay homage to their history make this place special.  I look for this detail every single time I’m down there.  What I didn’t realize, however, is I was constantly overlooking something they pour detail (and sugar) in on a daily basis: their cupcakes.  I mean, look at these things!  You can find these specialty cupcakes year round and some exhibit great detail.  They certainly don’t scale back the detail when it comes to their Halloween inspired cupcakes either. 

This could be the first time I wouldn’t be disappointed by Candy Corn.

How great is this?

I’m sure I’ve missed some pretty great parts of the Disney/Halloween experience but these are a few specific things that get me excited.  As I mentioned, I have a few more posts in mind that touch on Disney experiences I haven’t had and cannot wait to cross off my bucket list.  In the mean time, I’d love to hear from some of you that have been lucky enough to visit during the Halloween season.  Leave me your thoughts, experiences, and opinions in the comment section below!


Ryan Reed is from Upstate New York and grew up in a suburb just west of Rochester.  He graduated from the College at Brockport with a Bachelors of Science in Philosophy; he also plans to go back to school to acquire his MBA within the next couple of years.  For hobbies, Ryan spends his time staying active and just recently ran the 2014 Boiler Maker 15K for the first time.  Also, he is a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan who thinks every year is “our year”.  Basketball is, without a doubt, his favorite sport and shares the same interest with his father.  They both bond over being Boston Celtics fans and regularly make trips to the New England area to watch them play.  Ryan’s interest in craft beer is shared amongst his friends and girlfriend; they enjoy touring, learning, and experiencing everything brewers have to offer.  His ties to Walt Disney World started before he even was a year old.  As a child, his family took him back year after year and has continued to go back almost yearly.  At first, his love for Disney World was due to the attractions that he had never experienced elsewhere.  Then he began to be intrigued with how the parks, rides, and restaurants came to be – the sheer size of what they were able to build fascinated him.  In his sophomore year of college Ryan took part in the Disney College Program.  He worked at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Fantasmic! as well as Rock N’ Roller Coaster.  This experience allowed him to see a whole new side of Disney and gained an appreciation for what they do more than ever before.  Now Ryan looks for any information he can to understand the history of Disney World and how it came to be.  He has witnessed Disney go through a lot of changes but his interests and appreciation for the parks evolved along with it.  His favorite ride is the Haunted Mansion but a close second is Tower of Terror.  Epcot has become his favorite park; there are so many different things to experience – each visit seems like a new adventure.  His favorite time at Disney is dusk; each park transforms into something completely different once the sun sets.  His favorite Disney movie is Toy Story and favorite Disney character is Tigger.  Ryan’s articles will discuss tips about Disney World, some “best of” pieces, as well as history of both the parks and resorts.


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Disneyland’s Future Image Problem

By Mark Landucci

…..This is what I remember. On a visit to Disneyland a couple of years ago, I was hunched over in Town Square on Main Street USA, trying to adjust my backpack. I was listening to the music, smelling popcorn, hearing laughter and just becoming immersed in the setting. With my backpack on, I stood up and faced north, looking directly at Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. I took a deep breath and then I heard something. I heard someone crying, who was this? I turned to my right and saw a man, about 30 years my senior, crying. He wasn’t hurt, these were tears of joy. He was also looking at Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. He said, “There it is…there it is…after all these years of seeing this on television, I never thought I’d be able to see this….” And with that, he took numerous pictures and then took off. He wasn’t talking to me in particular, he was just making a statement to himself. I just shrugged this off and went about my day. It wasn’t until a year or so later that I revisited this scene in my head and then my thoughts started to come together about this man’s statement and how at some point Disneyland will have a big emotional problem. Read more to learn about this theory, shall you?

Disneyland does not have it now, but at some point, they will. What is it? An image problem. What’s that?? Really?? Yes…you see, there are very few things in this world that are as iconic and meaningful as the image of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. I know, every Disney park has one, right? No big deal. Well, for some people, it is a big deal. Let’s remember something, there’s still a generation or two of people who were alive before the park(s) opened. To them, this image means something.

Classic View of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle from Main Street

Now, in the world of Disney, there are a few iconic images within the realm of Disneyland that spark up emotions for the guests. However, nothing resonates as strong as Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. For decades (and generations) this image has been the focal point for families to meet and be photographed. Its been used for park books and brochures, it’s the central point of the nightly fireworks show, its been the gateway into a land of fantasy and its also been something else….

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle During the Holidays

If you were born after 1955, then you don’t know of a world without Disneyland. However, if you were born prior to 1955, then you can recall a world in which Disneyland was not a part of your mental landscape. Let’s take this a notch further…what if you were born in the late 1940’s and were growing up in a time where you were enticed by the lure of this ‘Magic Kingdom’?  You waited every Wednesday evening for a progress report on this far off land, just to get a glimpse what was going on there. I can imagine that if you were on the west coast at the time, then the possibility of going to Anaheim would be realistic. However, if you were growing up in the mid-west or east coast, then seeing these images of a castle being constructed, rivers being trenched, railroad tracks being laid out must have been overwhelming.  Getting back to those Wednesday evenings, The Wonderful World of Disney. Now, quickly, most people will say that this show was on Sunday evenings, they would be correct if they were talking about the show from 1960 and onward. However, from 1955-1958, it aired on Wednesday evenings. Then it moved to Friday evenings in the fall of 1958 to the fall of 1960. Eventually, it settled on Sunday evenings after that. However, one thing was consistent, and that was the imagery used to promote the park. In the following image, what is the focus of this picture?


What child or young adult wouldn’t want to enter the gates of this castle? So what exactly does this (or did this) image represent to an adolescent in the 50’s and 60’s?

To them it may have represented a sense of hope that maybe someday they could visit and explore this realm of fantasy. To others, it may have sparked a sense of curiosity and wonder. To others yet, it may have reinforced the dream that the characters in their childhood fairytales were real…and that maybe they (the characters) lived in this castle.

Again, this is a hard concept for most of us to grasp. But the power of television in the late 50’s was something of an uncharted territory. Suddenly people from all across America could tune in and watch the park being built. Walt would give weekly updates on his show, eventually cumulating into Dateline Disneyland, which was a live broadcast of the official opening of the park. I think, as humans, we’re inherently nurturing. We like to see things from concept to completion and we like to care for things. And for that generation that witnessed this first hand, Disneyland became a part of them. At least, it tapped into something that struck a chord with them. And nothing really at the time represented Disneyland as much as Sleeping Beauty’s Castle did. The image of the castle has been used as a logo for Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Television, Disney Music Group and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Iconic Logos

There are guests today that still remember this. That still hold this image close to their hearts. This was witnessed by me when that gentlemen had tears in his eyes.  Contrastingly, I think guests that are from the post-Disneyland era, who enter the park, may sometimes take things for granted. Maybe that’s not fair for me to say. At the least, we don’t (and can’t) look at Disneyland through their eyes. Mainly because I (or we) don’t know of a world that didn’t have Disneyland in it. But for those that can remember a world before Disneyland, then certainly they don’t take things for granted. I do sense that they appreciate the symbolism and the meaning behind such iconic things like Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. For me, to be honest, I don’t have that connection with Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. It’s just something that hasn’t resonated with me. However, I do understand the significance and importance it played in helping to shape a culture.
First Generation Disneylanders
My gist of this is that I know we aren’t close to that point yet, but at some point we will be there. The point being that the magic link between the first generation of Disneylanders and this iconic image is broken. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think there will ever be an issue with Disneyland drawing crowds of people each year. The issue will be if the people in those crowds understand and appreciate the significance.

In closing, Disneyland is full of magic; however, its greatest trick will be for them to grow with each generation. For some, it’s Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. For some it’s the Matterhorn or It’s a Small World. However, that unique connection between Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and the first generation of Disneylanders will be hard to replicate. 

Mark Landucci comes to us from Northern California where he’s lived his entire life. He has a degree in Journalism from Sacramento State and continues to be a professional writer. Mark’s interest in Disneyland can be traced from the late 70’s when he made his first visit to the park. Instead of buying balloons, candy, t-shirts or hats, Mark’s only souvenir requests were the large park maps. He’d bring them home, open them up on the floor and stare at every detail. This is something he may (or may not) admit to still doing! Mark had a yearly subscription to the E-Ticket magazine and continues to look for missing magazines to fill his collection. In addition, he likes to read books about Disneyland as well as biographies of some of the men and women that built the park. Additionally, he listens to podcasts centered around Disneyland and Disneyworld. He is eager to discuss any facet regarding the design, history, future, attractions and social importance of the parks. In fact, Mark often offers a different view of the parks and what they mean. While he favors Disneyland, he’s warming up to the idea of Disneyworld. Maybe he’s humidifying up to the idea of Disneyworld J. Either way, he believes they both offer something unique.

Being the father of two daughters, he seems to live vicariously through them when they go to the parks. And daily conversations about the parks, including trivia about the parks is quite commonplace. I think they get annoyed with Mark, but don’t tell him that. Mark will write somewhat humorous articles that cover: attractions, history, design and maybe delve into the esoteric elements that Disneyland has to offer.

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A Walk in the Park: Disneyland Edition – The Jingle Cruise

By Daisy Sparks

“The World Famous Jungle Cruise” is one of the few Disneyland attractions that has been in operation since Opening Day back on July 17, 1955. It has not changed much and the Skippers continue to deliver their jokes. This cheesy factor is one reason why the ride is much beloved by many fans. Last year was the first year that The Jungle Cruise received a holiday overlay and became, “The Jingle Cruise.” Continue after the page break and let’s have a look…

While the boats, dock and queue area received some holiday decorations, the jungle itself remained untouched.

This year, it looks like the Skippers enjoyed the festive tone from last year and decided they need more holiday cheer. According to Adventureland Correspondent, Tallahassee Glover, the shipment of holiday decorations went missing. (source Disney Parks Blog)
The queue has lots of details that you have to watch out for.

There are a variety of signs that you see while you wait in line to let you know that the Skippers are missing their holiday shipments.

While waiting your turn, you see how the Skippers have given their boats holiday-themed names. You have to appreciate the details that went into the themed decorating with each particular name. For example, a cookie sheet was used to create Gingerbread Gal’s boat ID.

There was even a boat that left the dock with a special distinction of being labeled as follows:

When you finally get on board, you can start to see some tinsel and garland strewn everywhere. Looks like the shipment may have been found…but not by the Skippers.

The strong scents after passing the gorilla camp are a mix of cinnamon and vanilla. You get an idea of where certain shipments were found by different animals. It made sense that the Bengal tiger, who is a big kitty, happened to have found all the yarn.

It looks like every animal in the jungle discovered some kind of holiday cheer among missing shipments. The attention to detail is evident here, too. The elephants found the giant jingle bells while the lions found the plastic reindeers. The puns in the holiday decor and where they are placed are pure Disneyland fun.

Just as my cruise rounded its way through the African veldt, we got stuck by the safari group who are trying to get away from a charging rhino. Our Skipper, Victoria, was good at keeping us entertained with not only cheesy Jungle Cruise jokes, but awkward silence, too. It seemed appropriate and you couldn’t help but laugh. She informed us that there was a malfunction of sorts with the boats and we were instructed to head back to the dock. Our Skipper had to steer the boat backwards to get there.

It was a first for me. Sharing my video so you can experience “The World Famous Jungle Cruise” – backwards.

When we got off the boat, I noticed one more fun holiday sign.
I loved the holiday overlay at The Jingle Cruise. It’s fun to see a classic attraction get some attention and another experience. Every Skipper can also make minor adjustments to their spiel so every Jingle Cruise is a little different. Since my cruise that day was cut short, I guess I will have to go back again to see what happened to the rest of the holiday shipments.
Daisy Sparks grew up in Southern California and Disneyland was a regular part of her life. While in college, she started working at Disneyland as a Main Street Merchandise Host. Her “college job” led to 12 adventurous years working with Mickey Mouse. She was a trained Magic Demonstrator, Hat Writer and was even signed off as a Disneyland Monorail Ride Operator. Daisy loved every minute of it while she held various management positions in Merchandise, Business Operations and Attractions. 
Daisy is married to her college sweetheart, David (a former Jungle Cruise Skipper). David solicited Daisy’s Duck’s help in memorable engagement proposal that took place at Disneyland’s Club 33. Daisy left Disneyland in May 2001 to raise her two daughters. She continues to visit the Disneyland Resort multiple times a week as a Guest. Daisy particularly loves the Disneyland heritage because of all of the little details and stories that make it “the happiest place on earth.”
You can read more about Daisy’s Disneyland adventures over on her personal blog at DisneyDaze .

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