Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Happy 52nd Birthday, Disneyland!

First off, in the category of "Ask and ye shall receive": It now sounds as though the Sleeping Beauty dioramas may be returning from Yesterland!

Al Lutz of MiceAge reports "...there's now a tentative plan to revamp and reopen the Sleeping Beauty diorama walkthrough in the Castle. Using new lighting and audio technology, the walkthrough would reopen as a 21st century take on the 1957 original Eyvind Earle version of the attraction..."

Security concerns may be taken care of with the installation of hidden cameras. More details can be found in Al's anniversary update, which is chock full of news.

More good news is that John Lasseter has put legendary Imagineer Tony Baxter in charge of Disneyland. Among the promising rumors: "The most current plans for Disneyland are more about tweaking what is already there, and adding back some of the things that were lost over the last ten years... The PeopleMover beam is an obvious choice, and new proposals drafted for it two years ago continue to gain momentum. The 3-D version of Star Tours originally proposed for Tokyo Disneyland may also be heading stateside, and Tony would like to tackle that one especially. The Disneyland Opera House, the Rivers of America and the Tahitian Terrace are also areas that have caught Tony's eye...the plan is to add even more ride capacity to Disneyland."

If they get that PeopleMover track running again and the castle reopened, I will be beyond happy. :)

A side note with some bittersweet news: The Disneyland Hotel's Bonita Tower is soon to be renamed. The Tower was named for actress Bonita Granville, the wife of the hotel's former owner, Jack Wrather. Granville's other hotel namesake, Granville's Steakhouse, was also recently renamed and is now Steakhouse 55. If the name Bonita Granville doesn't ring a bell, her '30s NANCY DREW movies were recently released on DVD.

For a look back at souvenirs from past Disneyland anniversaries, see my post of July 17, 2006.

Happy Birthday, Disneyland!


Blogger Kori and Ken Pellman said...

Glad I've found this blog posting. Yes, things are looking up at the Disneyland Resort, and I think Tony will do a wonderful job, especially if he is backed up by the powers that be. -Ken

7:12 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Ken,

Thanks for stopping by! Took a peek at your blog -- always nice to "meet" a fellow O.C. Disneyland fan. Please come again!

Best wishes,

8:51 AM  
Blogger Wolf Flywheel said...

Don't know if you'll be back to this post to see this, but there was actually some disheartening news coming from Disney's other American theme park at this link: click me You may have already seen it. I just thought it surprising to see such things at such a happy place.

5:09 PM  
Blogger Irene said...

Hi Laura,
I have been busy with my brother here the last few days and have not checked your blog.

We went to the park on Tuesday for the birthday. I am doing a trip report on the Disneyland Resort page. Look for poster Wendygirl and Happy Birthday Disneyland as part of the title. This morning it was on page 2. I am doing it in parts and have gotten to the afternoon section. I will be posting more later today after I resize the photos. It was a fun day and the talk amongst the Micechatters was Al's article :) Good news all around.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Irene, I started reading your great trip report -- I'm putting the link here for anyone else who would like to enjoy it too:


Lots of photos!

There was so much good news in Al's article! Any other good tips you heard rumored amongst the MiceChatters?

We made a short trip to the park today (7/19) which I'll be posting later on.

Best wishes,

5:06 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Wolf, that was a pretty sad article -- I guess there are a few people out there who are bound and determined to be miserable even at one of the Happiest Places on Earth.


5:07 PM  

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