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Ron Howard Goes To The Haunted Mansion

Happy Halloween week, kids! I can think of no better way to celebrate than by going to the Haunted Mansion. If you’re in the parks right now, you’re obligated. If you’re not? Never fear; I have you covered! Sure, we could watch a few on-ride videos, or even dig up some archival material. But since we’re all groovy dudes, I’d like to bring to your attention some vinyl records. Both were produced officially by Disney in the ’60s to promote the upcoming/new Haunted Mansion attraction, and they’re absolute musts for any Haunted Mansion fan (Me! Me!).  CHILLING, THRILLING SOUNDS...

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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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Thoughts While Watching: The 1955 Disneyland Opening Day Broadcast

I hope that in the flurry of excitement over my most recent trip report you haven’t forgotten about my Thoughts While Watching series – I know I haven’t! Last time we watched The Pre-Opening Report from Disneyland, so I thought it would be appropriate to follow it up with a viewing of the 1955 Disneyland Opening Day Broadcast, which was televised live on the very first day of Disneyland’s operation. This one’s a little longer at an hour and thirteen minutes, but well worth the watch for any Disney parks enthusiast. Presided over by Uncle Walt alongside a smattering of reporters...

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Thoughts While Watching: The Pre-Opening Report From Disneyland

Today I am excited to continue my Thoughts While Watching series, where I document my thoughts while watching old school Disney parks media. I thought it might be good to tackle the next batch in chronological order, so today we’re going to start with The Pre-Opening Report from Disneyland. We’ll follow it up with the opening day broadcast and ten year anniversary special, but for now, cast your mind back to when Disneyland had yet to open its gates…. It’s more fun when you watch along! The Pre-Opening Report from Disneyland can be viewed on Disney+ here if you have a subscription, or...

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Thoughts While Watching: 1970’s “Disneyland Showtime”

I had a ton of fun doing my last Thoughts While Watching about the EPCOT film, so I decided to do another one! And just as I threatened in that last post, I tracked down the Kurt Russell episode of The Wonderful World of Disney, which is called “Disneyland Showtime.” Sadly, Kurt does not wear that suit the whole time, but it was interesting nonetheless. Watch along here: And now: 47 Thoughts Jenn Had While Watching “Disneyland Showtime:” I’m getting a strong “A Salute to All Nations But Mostly America” vibe from this opening. Did the old monorail have...

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The Favorite Photos: WDW & Disneyland, 2013 – 2016

Continuing with the hardest portion of my Disney album audit, my favorite photos. (See also: First Photos and Last Photos.) The year: 2013 The companion(s): Moon The title of the album: I Know Every Mile Will Be Worth My While The why: I mean, they liked our hats. The year: 2013 The companion(s): My mom The title of the album: Look for the bare necessities The why: Cream of the crop, tip of the top, it’s Mary Poppins and there we stop. The year: 2014 THE PLACE: DISNEYLAND! The companions: Moon The title of the album: You can fly!...

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The First Photos: WDW & Disneyland, 2013 – 2016

Finishing up the Disney portion of my First Photos series. (And catch my Last Photos series here.) The year: 2013 The companion(s): Moon The title of the album: I Know Every Mile Will Be Worth My While The why: An otherwise mundane photo, but Moon and I tremendously enjoyed that our Magical Express driver’s name was Rockland Steel. ROCKLAND STEEL. The year: 2013 The companion(s): My mom The title of the album: Look for the bare necessities The why: I was all confused and out of sorts stepping away from my beloved Pop Century, so I grounded myself with a...

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The Last Photos: WDW & Disneyland, 2013 – 2016

Continuing my Last Photos series, because I can never get enough nostalgia. This catches us up!   The year: 2013 The companion(s): Moon The title of the album: I Know Every Mile Will Be Worth My While The why: The trip that started it all: Princess Half Marathon 2013! As we left our scene of triumph to be whisked away by a Magical Express bus, we passed magnificent chalk art by a very talented Cast Member.   The year: 2013 The companion(s): My mom The title of the album: Look for the bare necessities The why: The only trip in this list without a race attached. Sitting...

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In Which Jenn Sees Julie Andrews In Person

I have been working for a performing arts center for over three years. Never in those three years have I been as excited as I was when this very special booking came through: JULIE. ANDREWS. THAT’S RIGHT – last weekend I saw Julie Andrews speak. Like, actual, legit Julie Andrews. Like, Mary Poppins Maria Von Trapp Cinderella Victor Victoria ONE MAN’S DREAM REMEMBER DREAMS COMES TRUE JULIE ANDREWS. Are you listening to me??? JULIE! ANDREWS!!!! Tragically, restrictions on the number of people backstage made it impossible to meet her personally. But I did take a seat in the orchestra...

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