Friday, December 20, 2013

So Long, 2013

Today was my last day at Disneyland until 2014. My annual pass is blocked until January, so I'll see you then!

This has been a monumental year. In fact, Disneyland Report didn't even exist until this past March. I never thought my material would be received by thousands of people around the world, so thank you all for your support! In the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and that next year brings even more to celebrate and be thankful for.

~Josh~

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

MagicBand Admission at Walt Disney World


Disney World in Orlando, Florida seems to be ahead of the amusement park curve when it comes to admission technology. Before, we were introduced to thumb-print scanners that recognized and granted guest entry with forensic technology. Now, Disney World has implemented the MagicBand, a rubber wristband that allows the wearer easy park access, hotel room entry, and even Fastpass privileges.

The MagicBand is not just a band, it contains computer data not unlike a Disney World annual pass. Gates have been updated throughout the Disney World park accommodating MagicBand technology. The MagicBand also has little holes on the underside where the user can pin decorative tokens to personalize their band.

Disneyland isn't nearly as large or as populous as Disney World, so I don't expect that we'll need a hands-free technology like this any time soon. I imagine that the MagicBand cuts down monumentally on wait-times all over the park. However, it would be pretty cool to see an efficient system like this being used at Disneyland too.

Friday, December 6, 2013

It's a Small World Animated Series

The Series' Title Card
An animated series based on the popular Disney attraction, It's a Small World, launched today. A pilot which aired on Disney's website in November was the first look at this new series.

It's a Small World is a colorful and musical boat ride that appears in every Disney Park. The imaginative product of Walt Disney and Mary Blair, it celebrates diversity of all cultures throughout the globe, characterized by singing children and animals.

The premiere episode features a traveling group of children from all walks of life as they are introduced to the exotic customs and traditions of India. Check it out here.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas 2013: Jingle Cruise Reaction


Over Thanksgiving break I managed to find time to check out some of the new Disneyland features and attractions. Anyone visiting the Magic Kingdom these next couple of months is sure to know it's winter, since the warm Southern California weather doesn't quite give it away.

As one would expect, the line for Jungle Cruise was packed. Patrons were eager to take in the holiday-themed attraction in its debut month. In terms of decorations however, only the queue showed up for the holidays. The rest of the ride seems to be exactly the same.

Don't get me wrong though, it's always refreshing to hear new jokes from the skipper on Jungle Cruise. Though they try to update the spiel every so often, frequent riders get tired of the same jokes over the years. At least for this short window of time, we'll get a new ride experience. With the minimal amount of changes done to the ride overall, I wonder if changing Trader Sam's name to Trader Santa really warranted a new poster.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

New World of Color and Passholder Event


Likely to promote Disney's upcoming animated film, Frozen, World of Color will have a winter-themed show coming next month called World of Color: Winter Dreams.

Annual Passholders will be able to get Fastpasses by showing up at the Fastpass distribution near Grizzly River Run. Remember that Fastpasses are one-per-passport, so make sure everyone has their Annual Passports with them if you all want to be able to catch the show from up front.

World of Color: Winter Dreams will be shown at 9PM on 11/15, 11/16, 11/17, 11/22, and 11/6, and 7PM on 11/18, 11/19, 11/20, 11/21, 12/2, 12/3, 12/4 and 12/5.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Jingle Cruise Poster Unveiled, Still No Changes to Ride

The ride poster for the holiday edition of Adventureland's Jungle Cruise has officially been unveiled.

Anyone else find it funny that there's snow in an African jungle?
This is obviously an altered version of the original poster (seen below). But this poster isn't the only thing to receive a Christmas makeover. The queue of the ride is now adorned with Christmas lights and ornaments, and a flag with the ride's slogan, "Jungle all the Way". Strangely however, the ride has not yet been decorated, or changed in any way. Still, it's a little early in the season for Christmas anyway, so we'll have to wait and see what the Jingle Cruise has in store.

Original poster

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Billy Hill and the Hillbillies to Retire in January

The day has finally come, folks. Frontierland's beloved country-inspired comedy act, Billy Hill and the Hillbillies, is set to do its final run on January 6th, 2014.


Billy Hill and the Hillbillies will soon make their final appearance in a 21-year long run. Anyone who's visited the Golden Horseshoe since 1992 will likely remember their humorous impressions, country music performances and parody songs. If you haven't yet seen their routine, there's still time to see them perform at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree this holiday season. You won't regret it.

This legendary quartet will surely be missed.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Jungle Cruise to Become Jingle Cruise for Holidays

For the first time ever, the Jungle Cruise is getting a holiday makeover.

The Jungle Cruise, which first opened in 1955, has never been quite as festive as most other rides. But this holiday season it will be adorned with Christmas-themed decorations. Additionally, skippers will add some holiday-themed jokes to their arsenal. Keep your eye opened for these upcoming changes beginning next month at both the Disneyland and Disney World resorts.


Friday, October 18, 2013

100th Post!

This marks the 100th post in Disneyland Report history. Thank you to the thousands of readers who have been viewing the blog and sending us messages! We appreciate every one of you.

If anyone out there has any suggestions, things they'd like to see us write or even improve upon, don't hesitate. Let us know how we can make the next hundred posts even better.

Josh

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy


Every year around Halloween time, Disneyland makes some pretty big changes. One noteworthy makeover takes place in Space Mountain. Each fall, the ride portion of the beloved attraction becomes spookier than usual.

You enter a dark tunnel -- pitch black -- and are greeted by a fiery skeletal ghost. You're followed all around by demons chasing you through the galaxy. At the end, there's a startling surprise.

Unlike the Haunted Mansion's Halloween decorations which make it a fun and cheerful experience, Space Mountain becomes even scarier at this time of year. So if you're looking forward to some Halloween thrills with the kids, or if you like quality amusement park entertainment, check out Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy before it's too late.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Market House Starbucks Review


Finally, after much ado, I've made some time to visit the park during this busy school semester. The first thing I wanted to visit was the brand new Starbucks that just opened on Main Street, USA.


As expected, they've gone with a vintage look, just like the location on Buena Vista Street. But the quaint, old-town exterior doesn't quite reflect the cafeteria-like setting indoors.


As you can probably tell, the Starbucks is much more popular than the coffee shop that used to be here, with a queue set up that snakes around the entire building. There are several cash registers and only one pickup counter, which is a total nightmare. While waiting for our drinks I saw at least four people return their orders. I was amazed at how friendly the staff was amid so much heavy traffic.


Although I didn't expect much at all, I was pretty underwhelmed by how poorly the place was set up. If you really need coffee in the morning (which many of us do), I recommend that you pick some up outside the park. I personally detest Starbucks coffee, but it's convenient enough that I'll get some once in a while from the DCA location. Go there instead if you have an annual pass or parkhopper. On the other hand, the coffee cart outside Frontierland makes fantastic coffee. All I know is, I'll probably stay away from this Starbucks at least until the hype dies down.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Disabled Guests Will No Longer Enjoy Shorter Wait Times

This is why we can't have nice things.

Disneyland announced recently that guests suffering from disabilities will not have the privilege to cut lines anymore. A longstanding rule once allowed guests with a handicap pass to skip long wait times, so that they might not have to endure pain or an aggravated condition.

Unfortunately, it was rather easy to obtain these passes. It became common practice for parents without disabled children to hire kids with obvious physical limitations as a child or playdate friend, so that their kids could abuse the system. Even more common was the exercise of lying about an internal disability, that might prevent one from standing around for extended periods of time. As no medical papers or tests were required, it was easy for kids to obtain these passes, forcing actually handicapped guests to wait even longer than necessary.

Maybe they'll bring the handicap pass back, but for now it seems that those suffering from diseases or disabilities will have to wait in line with the rest of us.

Update: Thunder Mountain Reopening Pushed Back

In what's been a slow couple of weeks, (even with Mickey's Halloween Party going on), we finally have an interesting story. The much-anticipated grand reopening of Thunder Mountain Railroad has been delayed. For reasons that aren't yet fully clear, the nearly year-long refurbishment will take another few months.


For those unaware, Big Thunder is undergoing a massive overhaul that had it closed even during the entire duration of summer, the park's biggest season. It was scheduled to reopen in mid-October. But things have changed, and we won't be seeing this ride until the Winter of next year, which could even mean as late as March 2014.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Big Changes to Club 33

Disneyland's secret club, known as Club 33, is about to undergo major refurbishments.


Club 33 is located in a discreet New Orleans Square building adjacent to Pirates of the Caribbean. Members pay a whopping $25,000 initiation fee, on top of a $10,000 annual admission fee. That does not include admission to Disneyland, or the meals served in Club 33. Reservations must be booked months in advance, and a meal alone typically costs around $150.

So with all that extra cash, it's quite expected that Disneyland should update the famous club. Members can expect to see a completely new atrium, kitchen, lounge, new furniture. The menu is also to be updated, but no specific changes have been announced. The club is scheduled to close for half the year beginning in January, so hang tight, 33ers.

Of course, if you're not one of the few members of Club 33, you will not experience any changes whatsoever. But don't worry, Disneyland has probably got something in store for all of us.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Coming Soon: Mickey's Halloween Party

In just two weeks, prepare for Halloween at Anaheim, California. Every year around late September, Disneyland dresses up for Halloween, in a spectacular month-long event known as Mickey's Halloween Party. The party is complete with Halloween-themed decorations, parades, and countless activities.

Basically, the park will close at early hours (6-7:00 PM), and guests with a Halloween Party pass will be allowed to stay until midnight. Those times are when the activities begin. Below is a pricing guide for the events.

This year for the first time, guests will get to experience the Monsters U dance party at the Tomorrowland Terrace, as well as two new locations on the trick-or-treat tour. Many rides will even receive Halloween makeovers. Jack Skellington and the rest of the beloved characters from Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas will grace the halls of the Haunted Mansion, and Space Mountain riders will get to experience my personal favorite addition, Ghost Galaxy (review to come).

Don't be afraid to dress up in your costume (as long as it doesn't frighten too many children) and show up to the park from September 27th until Halloween, because this even lasts all month long.


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Launch Party

In 1999, video game developer Square Enix's producer Shinji Hasimoto stepped onto an elevator where a Disney executive happened to be waiting. Some creative ideas were bounced around and thus was the birth of Kingdom Hearts, an epic video game crossover between the world of Final Fantasy, and the universe of Disney. The player follows a young protagonist named Sora, as he battles his way through a dark fantasy world where Disney characters ranging from Mickey Mouse to Jack Sparrow live together.

This Tuesday, the world of Kingdom Hearts will come alive once more, and to celebrate the re-release of these fantastic games, Square Enix held a launch party at the Anaheim Convention Center today, a short walk from Disneyland.

Having played these games in my childhood, I decided to swing by and pick up an early copy of the game, and perhaps some more giveaways. The event began at 12, and people were handing out t-shirts, posters, and exclusive Disneyland pins. Included with the video game was a limited edition art book of concept drawings from the game.


This event turned out to be one of the most poorly organized catastrophes I have ever attended. Prospective attendees were able to RSVP through Facebook, seemingly so that the organizers could get an idea of how many people would show up. Over 3,000 RSVP'd and an additional 1,500 put down "maybe". How many copies of the game did they hand out? A thousand. Not to mention that t-shirts and pins were gone within the hour. By the time most people were inside, only posters were left.


I really wish I could have anything at all pleasant to say about this experience, but it was mostly torture. I was lucky enough to acquire a copy of the game and some artwork, but it wasn't worth waiting in line and I wish I had stayed home instead. All-in-all, I learned my lesson and will not be attending one of these again. However, I urge you to check out this game if you enjoy RPG's or Disney characters, because it is a true classic.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix for PS3 hits the shelves on Tuesday, September 10th.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Segway Update


Back in late July, we reported that progress was being made in the lawsuit related to Segway access in Disneyland. Well, the court has made their ruling, and it's no surprise. Disneyland will not have to accommodate segways as a form of transportation. They are simply too fast and hard to control, to allow them to be in the presence of heavily crowded areas.

As it is right now, strollers cause daily accidents. Imagine a motorized deathtrap like a Segway tearing through the streets of Fantasyland. Good for the Appeals Court for standing their ground.

Barker Bird Changes

The Barker Bird from the Tiki Room is still in the lobby of the Opera House on Main Street, but now they've added a photograph so guests can see what he looked like in his heyday.


If you recall from the previous article, the Barker Bird greeted Disneyland-goers at the front entrance of Adventureland for a brief period, before he was removed. Though he no longer sits on his Tiki Room perch, you can see just where he was located in this vintage photograph. Maybe this means that Disneyland plans on leaving the historical Tiki Room exhibit for quite a while longer.

Closeup of the photo

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

UPDATE: Main Street Starbucks

The Starbucks location on Main Street, USA is finally starting to take shape. As you can see in this photograph, they decided to use the original retro logo to keep in line with the vintage feel of Main Street. A poster on the front door says that construction will be completed in Fall of 2013.

I like the decision to use the old Starbucks logo, to make Main Street's first chain-location seem less intrusive.


On another note, the neighboring Disneyana store is still operating next to the Opera House. No word yet on when it will return to its former location, though we can assume it will be when Starbucks opens.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

California Adventure's Back Entrance Bars Regular Guests

A relatively unknown and never-crowded entrance to Disney California Adventure, located near the courtyard of the Grand Californian Hotel, has recently been changed to disallow regular guests before the hour of 11:00 AM.


This may seem like a minor setback, but it is entirely unfair. I'd love to stay at the Grand Californian, but I already drop $500 on myself alone each year for an annual pass. I live relatively close-by and have no reason to stay overnight on park grounds. So why should I be denied entry?

To be fair, the entrance has always been intended to allow hotel guests easier access to the park, but it has never excluded non-hotel guests. I guess maybe I'm getting a bit riled up over it, especially since the entrance is open to all guests after 11, but I still think this is another ploy to get more money out of us.

Now, if my entering the park in any way interfered with the hotel guests, or made it less convenient for them to get into the park, I would understand. But I tried to get into the park one morning with nobody else in line, and was told to turn around and go to the main entrance. Come on guys, let's be reasonable to the customer.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Mickey-Shaped Pretzel


We've previously covered the Mickey Mouse-shaped frozen desserts sold around the park, but a more filling snack would be the Mickey-shaped pretzels. They are classic salted pretzels, baked on location and delivered fresh out of the oven. Seriously, grab a wad of paper napkins unless you want your hand to be scorched.

The novelty of biting into Mickey's face is a nice touch, but the real selling point of these pretzels is how fresh they are. The jalapeño cheese and cream cheese pretzels aren't bad, but the standard Mickey pretzel is my personal favorite. Ask them to throw in a cup of cheese dipping sauce if you're looking for a richer flavor.

Price: $4.00 (+$1.00 for cheese sauce)
Location: Anywhere

We're Back!

It's good to be back in California. After a brief hiatus (visiting family on the east coast), I have finally returned to Disneyland. So now that we're getting back to business, expect the content to return to its normal pace as soon as possible.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Monorail History


One of the most quintessential features of the Disneyland Resort is its groundbreaking monorail system. The monorail itself was first introduced as far back as 1820 in Russia, and didn't find its way to the US until the 1950's. In 1959, the Disneyland ALWEG Monorail System was first constructed. It circled the Disneyland park perpetually, being the first daily-operating monorail in the Western Hemisphere.



The Mark I monorail system was initially a ride, having only one station and two three-car trains. By 1961, it was upgraded to four cars per train and a third train was added. In addition to being able to accommodate more guests, the track was expanded to meet a station at the Disneyland Hotel, and the monorail's primary function became transportation. This was the beginning of the Mark II.

The newly enlarged Tomorrowland Station was extended once again in 1968 to hold four, five-car trains. Known as the Mark III, this was the most drastically changed model to date, as it no longer had an observation bubble, glass windows were added, and the doors were pressurized. After the Mark III monorail, the quantity of cars became five-per-train, and it remains that way to this day. However, four trains appeared to be too many, and the number was shortened back to three in 1988, during the lifespan of the Mark V.

But it seems that the Monorail jumped from Mark III to Mark V. Was there ever a fourth model?

The Mark IV monorail was introduced at Walt Disney World in 1971, and only existed in that park. It held an astonishing 10 trains, half with five cars and the other half with six. It came to Disneyland in the form of the Mark V, a slightly improved Disney World monorail that was German-manufactured. In 1998, the Disneyland Hotel station was demolished, and the Downtown Disney station that stands today, was erected.


The Mark IV/V is perhaps the model that most guests will remember, as it boasted the longest lifespan of any Disneyland monorail. The white chassis and colored stripe were an icon of Disney Park culture, as the design (introduced in 1971) is still employed on the Disney World Mark VI monorail today.

However, in 2008, Disneyland adopted the Mark VII, the most advanced Disney monorail to date. Its sleek design is a throwback to the original Mark I monorail, with likenesses of the red and blue trains that debuted in 1959. It also added a third, orange monorail to the fleet more recently in 2009.


Today's monorails are a far cry from the ones that were introduced in the 1950's. They stand as a testament to both the longstanding technologies that Disneyland pursues with each passing decade, and to the space-age transportation that Walt Disney envisioned to be the defining path to the future.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Rides Closing This Fall

This fall, many attractions are scheduled to close for maintenance. Among the attractions that will face refurbishment are Space Mountain (9/9 - 9/12), Pirate's Lair (9/3 - 9/4), and Matterhorn Bobsleds, (first from 8/19 - 8/22, then from 9/3 - 9/5). If you plan on visiting the park in September, make sure you take note of these events.

However, these closures are routine, and should not be of concern. On the other hand, some rides are scheduled to undergo long refurbishment periods. The Haunted Mansion will be closed between the 26th of August until the 12th of September. Mickey's House in ToonTown will be closed from 9/3 to 9/26. And lastly, King Arthur's Carousel will not be operational from 9/3 to 10/10.

As of yet, it appears no plans have been announced to make much-needed repairs to Splash Mountain. Hopefully this winter, during Splash Mountain's slowest season, they will finally fix all of these flaws.

And finally, on a lighter note, Big Thunder Mountain will reopen the day before Halloween (10/30), bringing an end to a dreaded 296-day refurbishment. More info to come as the deadline approaches.

Additionally, Mad Tea Party will be closed from 8/19 to 8/22.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Old Characters Returning to Disneyland

In a rare occurrence, Disneyland fans will get to vote on which old costumed character will make a return to the park. Guests can vote on any of the previously retired characters from classic Disney films including Robin Hood, Hercules, and Lilo & Stitch.


So before the voting ends on Monday, make sure to cast your vote and bring your favorite Disney character back for "limited time magic", and you might get the photo op or autograph you've been missing.

You can vote on the official Disney blog here.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Liberty Street and Edison Square


There have been many planned attractions in Disneyland, to never see the light of day. Branching off of Main Street, USA, there were to be several other streets set in-line with the theme of grand, old-fashioned America that was represented by Main Street. Such streets included, Edison Square, Chinatown, International Street, and most notably, Liberty Street.


Liberty Street hearkened back to the days of Colonial America, inspired by New England storefronts and cobblestone streets with a harbor and stationary flagship. Walt Disney's fascination with history and progressive thinking, led him to envision many tributes to the early and pivotal days in America. While Main Street represents the "turn of the century", Liberty Street would showcase the setting for settlers of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, as would have been seen in the 18th century.


Edison Square was a bit like Liberty Street, though based instead on the days of Thomas Edison. Edison was a genius inventor whose practices today wouldn't have been so well-received. He is credited with the invention of the phonograph, the lightbulb, and even movies. Edison Square was not only a tribute, complete with a statue of Edison, but again, an exhibit that replicated the everyday life of Americans as they discovered new technologies like the automobile, and electric lighting.

Guests readied for the grand opening of Liberty Street and others. Signs decorated the closed-off pathways to the future sites. The maps were marked and illustrated with what was to come.


But the years went by, and we still never saw any of these planned attractions. They were left to the imagination.


I believe that if these ideas had come to fruition, Disneyland would have gone in a completely different direction. Rather than having such a focus on Disney franchises and characters, it would have better kept alive the rational Walt Disney dream of creating a timeless universe where visitors can visit different timelines of the past, present, and future. Frontierland would perhaps have become more alive with the spirit of adventure akin to the worlds of Davy Crockett and Tom Sawyer. With Liberty Street, there would be little need for the maritime streets of the much later New Orleans Square, and perhaps the pirate theme would have been a less dominant feature of Frontierland. Whereas today's pirates in Frontierland have all but assimilated the original pioneer and American Indian themes (see Pirate's Lair).

But who knows? All we can do is look back on what could have been. But if they never built Liberty Street and Edison Square, then what took their place?


Perhaps the future isn't so bad after all.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hidden Gems: Haunted Mansion Bullet Hole



I guess we'll keep this short, since Disney Parks officials have confirmed very little information on this subject to the public. That said, a rather disturbing truth stands that around the summer of 1974, a guest concealed a firearm within the park and fired off multiple rounds. The two confirmed gunshots struck both the ballroom wall in the Haunted Mansion, and a snowflake on Adventure Thru Inner Space, respectively. A third hole was found in the Primeval World diorama on the train, and is speculated to have been made by the same culprit.

Not an actual photograph
Many rumors have circulated that perhaps it was a kid causing trouble, or maybe a drunk that snuck into the park at night. All we know for certain (thanks to an Anaheim police investigation) is that it was indeed a .22 caliber round in both cases, due to bullet fragments matching at both scenes. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but it still makes one question if park security has heightened since the event. It was 39 years ago, so I don't think we have to worry. Bag-checking customs and incognito security guards are everywhere.

So can you still see the bullet holes? Not exactly. But next time you ride the Haunted Mansion, when you leave the ballroom scene with dancing ghosts just before entering Madame Leota's room, look out for a spiderweb on the glass in front of you. That was Disney's solution to covering up the incident. Supposedly the pane of glass is so large, that replacing it would mean destroying the roof of the building.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Golden Age of Disneyland


Disneyland is perhaps the most celebrated, and certainly the most iconic amusement park on planet earth. More than 16 million guests of all ages walk through those gates each year, to live the dream that Walt promised on opening day - that Disneyland would be "a source of joy and inspiration to all the world."


Last week, Disneyland commemorated its 58th anniversary. It has enchanted guests for nearly 60 years. I decided that to celebrate the occasion, I would look back on all 58 years of park history and single out Disneyland's best year. Obviously I haven't been around to experience all 58 years of Disneyland, so this choice is subjective. I will be choosing the best year based on what attractions were present in the park, thus, what year was the most ideal to visit Disneyland. Let's begin.

In the 1960s, the park was just beginning to come into form. The cherished It's A Small World came in 1966. New Orleans Square and Pirates of the Caribbean appeared in 1967. The Haunted Mansion came in 1969. However, the only true thrill ride in the park was the Matterhorn Bobsleds, and by 1969 it had already been around for a decade. In addition to the Matterhorn, 1959 had also brought about my all-time favorite ride, the Submarine Voyage. Disneyland had only just begun pandering to its older guests by the end of the 60s.

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, which opened in 1963
Well, the 1970's were probably the biggest decade in Disneyland history. Long-haired males were finally allowed into the park, following the lifting of the ban that tried to keep hippies out. To start things off in 1970, the "yippies" invaded Disneyland, forcing the riot squad to show up and close the park early. In 1972, a copy of Disney World's Country Bear Jamboree appeared in Bear Country. Though Splash Mountain wasn't to be seen for many years, Tom Sawyer's Island and Frontierland now offered more than just hayrides and live animals.


America Sings replaced the Carousel of Progress in 1974, so the Carousel Theater was being put to more use than ever. As we all know, Tomorrowland is currently in desperate need of renovation. But in the mid-1970s, Tomorrowland was in its prime. Following the moon landing in '69, the popularity of space age technology and culture was in full swing.


The Rocket Jets soared above Tomorrowland. The Peoplemover was as vibrant as ever. The awesome Adventure Thru Inner Space was still in operation, and would remain so until 1985. Tomorrowland was still relevant, and still futuristic. Imagine a time when Tomorrowland truly felt like an advanced world, and not a dilapidated remnant of what the 80's would consider futuristic. So we can easily say that Disneyland's prime was sometime after 1974.

Unfortunately, the beloved Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland disappeared in 1977. It was said to be one of the most popular rides in history, and Walt Disney's personal favorite ride. Being one of the most classic and inventive attractions in Disneyland's history, the day the Mine Train shut down was a dark day in Disneyland. So I suppose we can determine that Disneyland's best year was between 1974 and 1977. But how to narrow it down further?


It seems that yet again, Space Mountain is the game changer. Space Mountain debuted in 1977, between the short window of Mine Train's closing and the birth of the 1980's. With this, it stands to reason that 1977 was indeed, the best year in Disneyland history.

Let's recap:


Frontierland
•Tom Sawyer's Island
•Country Bear Jamboree
•Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland
•Mike Fink Keel Boats
•Rivers of America












Fantasyland
•Vonroll Skyway
•Motor Boat Cruise
•Storybook Land Canal Boats
•Dumbo
•King Arthur Carousel
•Captain Hook's Galley








Tomorrowland
•Submarine Voyage
•America Sings
•Rocket Jets
•Adventure Thru Inner Space
•Mission to Mars
•Space Mountain
•Peoplemover









Adventureland and New Orleans Square
Swiss Family Treehouse
•Jungle Cruise
•Enchanted Tiki Room
•Pirates of the Caribbean
•Haunted Mansion

So there you have it folks! Whether it's 1977, or 2013, Disneyland will always be a special place. Let's hope the next 58 years are just as magical.