The Disneyland Story

Thoughts While Watching: The Disneyland Story, 1954

Hello and welcome back to Thoughts While Watching, my ongoing series where I react to (mostly) retro Disney media! Some of the most interesting videos relate to the development of the theme parks, and it doesn’t get more classic than Disneyland. While it’s hard not to source ALL of my Thoughts While Watching posts from Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color*, it’s important to mix it up, no? Still, when we get to watch an episode, it’s always a good time. * Or whatever you want to call it. This week we start from the very beginning, kids! Remember...

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Unwrapped Disney Delights

Thoughts While Watching: Unwrapped’s Disney Delights

Hello and welcome back to my Thoughts While Watching series, where I react in real time to Disney media old and new but mostly old! This next one is oldish – and I hope you’re hungry. It’s time to dive into another “Unwrapped” episode and Disney snacks! I gave the first Disney “Unwrapped” episode, simply titled “Walt Disney World,” the TWW treatment just under a year ago. I think it’s from like 2005, which is just outdated enough to be a good time. The subsequent “Disney Delights” episode came out 5 years later, which makes it… also pretty outdated....

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Walt Disney and his dinosaur friend

Thoughts While Watching: Disneyland Goes To The World’s Fair, 1964

And we’re back with another entry in my Thoughts While Watching series! Marvel as I drop pithy comment after pithy comment about vintage Disney media in real time! I hope! (I hope it’s pithy, anyway; I’ve given up on time.)* * More thorough explanation here. Today we are diving into a most intriguing “World of Color” episode entitled “Disneyland Goes to the World’s Fair.” Given that it first hit television in 1964, I think it’s safe to say we’re heading to New York. If you’re any kind of Disney fan – and if you’re here that seems likely –...

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Thoughts While Watching: WDW Grand Opening

Thoughts While Watching: The Grand Opening Of Walt Disney World TV Special

Heavens to Betsy, I haven’t added to my Thoughts While Watching series since the beginning of February! Which is understandable – late February through early April were packed with races and WDW trips. The bad news: I’m back. The good news: I’m back! Time for some quality filler between-Disney-trips blogging with a new Thoughts While Watching entry. Lest you forget, in these posts I watch old Disney parks media and document my thoughts in real time. Yes, laughing at my jokes counts as charity work. So grab a snack and a drink and maybe a sleeping bag, kids, because...

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The Wonderful World of Disney

Thoughts While Watching: From Pirates Of The Caribbean To The World Of Tomorrow

Hey guys! It’s been a minute since I added to my Thoughts While Watching series, so here’s a quick refresher: I dig up Disney media – old and archival for preference but there are exceptions – and jot down my thoughts as I watch them in real time. It’s a fun way to skip down memory lane, even (especially?) when Memory Lane extends several decades beyond my own existence. The last couple entries have featured more recent Disney productions, but for our historic entry #10 we’re returning to our roots in an old episode of Walt Disney’s own “The...

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Decorating Disney

20 Thoughts I Had While Watching Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic

After another one of my endless trip reports pushed it aside, my Thoughts While Watching series is back and ready to tackle its December entry! We’re going v. thematically appropriate with Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic, which you can find on Disney+ here. Don’t worry, next time around we’ll go vintage again, but I couldn’t resist the easy Christmas cheer. Fire it up and let’s get to thinking, shall we? 20 Thoughts I had While Watching Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic 1. I know Whoopi Goldberg when I hear her! 2. Wait, is the Grand Floridian Gingerbread house styrofoam or something...

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Muppets Haunted Mansion

21 Thoughts I Had While Watching Muppets Haunted Mansion

Normally my Thoughts While Watching posts revolve around vintage park media, like the Disneyland opening day TV broadcast or, most recently, the 1993 WDW vacation planning video. Muppets Haunted Mansion, by contrast, just came out last week, but I think it’ll still work for the brief: normally we are viewing the Disney parks through the lens of the past, and all we’re doing now is shifting that lens. Now, we’re viewing The Haunted Mansion through the lens of the Muppets! Now that I’ve got you all on board, let’s get to the meat of the piece. Muppets Haunted Mansion...

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Mickey Winking

Thoughts While Watching: The 1993 Walt Disney World Vacation Planning Video

I had thought for my next Thoughts While Watching entry I would look for something back in the early days of Disneyland again. But during my search I came up the 1993 Walt Disney World vacation planning video, and doesn’t that just sound fun? 1993! I mean, the fashion alone should be worth the price of admission! Do you think Eisner insisted someone perform a freestyle rap? I can only hope. Come along with me on this 45 minute journey to the perfect early nineties Disney trip. Was it really simpler back in the day? Even I’m surprised by...

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WDW Unwrapped

23 Of My Thoughts While Watching: WDW Unwrapped

Hello and welcome back to my Thoughts While Watching series, where I watch old-to-ancient Disney media and react in real time. For the first few entries, I’ve stuck to historical videos, like the Opening Day Broadcast and Tenth Anniversary special. But for this post, I decided to dig up an odd little gem that is near and dear to my heart. My Walt Disney World fixation began in earnest in the summer of 2005. I had always been a theme park fan, but that year I stumbled upon the phenomenon of WDW trip reports and got hooked. I was absolutely obsessed,...

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Disneyland Partners Statue

39 Thoughts Jenn Had While Watching The Disneyland Tenth Anniversary Special

We’ve done the pre-opening report. We’ve done the opening ceremony broadcast. Today in my ongoing Thoughts While Watching series we’ll be rounding out the old school parks trilogy with Disneyland’s tenth anniversary television special. Watch along because I think it’s well worth your time – Pirates, the Haunted Mansion, tons of rare characters, fun behind the scenes footage, a gazillion Imagineers, and a greater understanding of why so many retirees find the #MeToo movement confusing. C’mon, press play. And now! 39 Thoughts Jenn Had While Watching Disneyland’s Tenth Anniversary Special: Awww, it’s the “World of Color” theme song! Cue the...

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