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Monday
Sep172012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Matterhorn Hidden Mickey Coat of Arms

Posted along the Matterhorn queue are actual crests or shields symbolizing several Switzerland's twenty-six cantons, or states. A red and white coat of arms featuring a stylized key, represents the Swiss canton of Obwalden. Concealed on the Obwalden coat of arms is a miniature Hidden Mickey, a classic three circled shape painted in black.

Obwalden Coat of Arms in Disneyland's Matterhorn queue.

Although the key's head is also reminiscent of a Classic Mickey, the actual Mickey appears at the base of the key's stem. The Matterhorn facade features two shields with this striking red & white design. This crest, which includes the Hidden Mickey, is displayed in the Fantasyland side of the Matterhorn's queue.

A Hidden Mickey appears on the Obwalden Coat of Arms in Disneyland's Matterhorn queue.

Friday
Sep142012

Flashback Friday: Mickey's Halloween Party Family Edition

Today officially kicks off Halloween Time 2012 at Disneyland! Here is a flashback of our family's Disney themed costumes since we started attending Mickey's Halloween Party in 2009. This year our baby daughter gets to join in the fun! Who will we be? You'll have to wait and see! :)

Phineas and Ferb 2011

UP 2010

Alice in Wonderland 2009

Monday
Aug272012

Hidden Disneyland Details - The Three Marionettes

As Disneyland guests exit Pinocchio's Daring Journey, they pass by an often overlooked window display. Featured in a little workshop-inspired vignette are three marionettes, Pinocchio, a girl in a green dress and an unpainted wooden figure.


Three Marionettes in Fantasyland, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Probably added during Fantasyland's 1983 refurbishment, the three marionettes are meant to symbolize Disneyland. Pinocchio, the star of Walt Disney's 1940 animated feature, is a reminder of Disneyland's storied past. The doll in the green dress is a dressed like a Fantasyland Cast Member. The Cast Member marionette symbolizes the present day and the people who make Disneyland such a happy place. The unfinished marionette represents the infinite possibilities in Disneyland's future.

 

Monday
Aug202012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Storybook Land - Canal Boat Hidden Mickey

 

On July 17, 1955, Canal Boats of the World opened as one of Disneyland's original attractions. However, the attraction was only partially completed, as money was tight and the construction deadlines even tighter. After a couple months, the lackluster attraction was closed to be remodeled. When the ride reopened on June 16, 1956, it featured Disney-inspired miniatures, improved landscaped and a Monstro the Whale for the boats to sail into. With its storybook-themed villages, the attraction was renamed the Storybook Land Canal Boats.

Each of the cute little canal boats has been christened with a Disney name and decorated to match. Belle features paintings of Mrs. Potts, Lumiere and other Beauty & the Beast characters painted onto the hull. Sebastian and Flounder have beem painted onto Ariel's namesake, which carries a seafoam green, Little Mermaid-themed paint scheme.

Hidden Mickey hunters should keep an eye out for Flora, named after one of Sleeping Beauty's fairy godmothers. The predomninantly pink canal boat features floral-themed embelishments. A small, purple Hidden Mickey has been hidden along with all of Flora's flowers.

Saturday
Aug112012

Hidden Disney Details - DCA's Red Car Trolleys

In 1901, real estate mogul Henry Hunington purchased several small Southern California transportation providers and consolidated them into the Pacific Electric Railway. He boosted ridership by extending the light rail routes throughout Los Angeles County and into the adjacent Orange, Riverside and San Bernadino Counties. Under Hunington's leadership, all of the Pacific Electric's urban cars were painted red, leading to the iconic Red Car nickname.

At its height, more than 900 Pacific Electric cars served approximately 100 million passengers a year. Although the light rail system enjoyed its busiest year in 1944, the advent of the automobile led to a steep decline in ridership post World War II. The icon's luster finally faded on April 8, 1961, as the Red Car Trolley made its last trip on the line connecting Los Angeles and Long Beach.

A Red Car takes passengers from Buena Vista Street to Hollywood Land.When Walt Disney moved to Hollywood in August of 1923, he would have seen dozens of the Southland's iconic Red Car Trolleys. Before the evolution of Southern California's freeway age, Red Cars were a transportation fixture. From 1901 to 1961, the electric Red Car system covered more than 1,000 miles of track throughout Los Angeles and its neighboring counties. Inspired by the Red Cars of the 1920's and 30's, Disney's Imagineers paid homage to the past by installing a trolley line between Buena Vista Street and Hollywood Land.

Passengers board Red Car Trolley #623 in Hollywood Land.

Buena Vista Street's Red Car Trolleys are based on the light electric rail cars operated by the Pacific Electric Railway in urban areas like Hollywood. DCA's Red Car Trolley #623 is patterned after the St. Louis Car Company's 600-series of trolleys that were comissioned by the Pacific Electric Railway in 1922 & '23.

The 23 in #623 refers to 1923, an important year for Walt Disney. His Laugh-O-Gram Studios in Kansas City, Missourri had gone bankrupt in July, so in August of 1923, Disney decided move to California. The great storyteller traveled to Hollywood, determined to try his luck making films.

Red Car #717 on DCA's Buena Vista Street

Red Car Trolley #717 is a direct tribute to July 17, 1955, Disneyland's Opening Day. The numbering for 717 is also inspired by the trolley's type, since it is patterned after the St. Louis Car Company's 700-series of trolleys, used in city areas by the Pacific Electric Railway in the mid 1920's to 30's.

In recent years, high gas prices and heavy auto traffic have led to a resurgence in public transit. Several of L.A.'s current Metro Rail lines even follow historic Red Car routes. To acknowledge its transportation history, the Port of Los Angeles operates a restored 1.5-mile trolley route called the Waterfront Red Car Line.