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I’ve Been Looking For This Photo For Years

I’ve Been Looking For This Photo For Years

Holiday Hill - June, 1958Here’s a photo that I’ve been looking for for—well—years.  What is it?  This is a 20-foot hill that used to rest beside the castle (more-or-less where the Matterhorn is now positioned).  It was known as Snow Mountain or Holiday...

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Painting the Matterhorn – 1959

Painting the Matterhorn – 1959

I've been working on a couple short videos about the history of the park.  But I realize I haven't posted up anything for over a week.  This image is from May, 1959--just four or five weeks before the attraction opened to the public.  The Matterhorn is...

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Phantom Boats!

Phantom Boats!

Phantom Boatsby Todd James PierceAs long as we're on the subject of boats, I recently was going through a box of 1955 / 1956 Disneyland slides and found a nice never-before-published image of the shortest-lived attraction at Disneyland--the boats in...

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Clowns in the Magic Kingdom

Clowns in the Magic Kingdom

Clowns in the Magic Kingdomby Todd James PierceSo what do we have here? A clown, battery-powered model boats, and two-dozen Mousketeers. An odd event that would happen only once in the history of Disneyland.In partnering up with outside companies, Disneyland opened...

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How to Capture a Disneyland Dragon

How to Capture a Disneyland Dragon

How to Capture a Disneyland Dragon by Todd James Pierce Back when Disneyland was new, the company would regularly allow sponsors and partner-companies to use images from the park to advertise their products. A few of these ads—such as for the Hudson Hornet—would...

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The Ghost and Yale Gracey

The Ghost and Yale Gracey

The Ghost and Yale Graceyby Todd James Pierce [Note: This article is also available as part of the DHI Podcast, Episode 004,with audio from Disney Legend Rolly Crump.  Click HERE. ] What is the most compelling story about the construction of the Haunted Mansion?...

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NEW DHI FEATURE: Walt Disney News

NEW DHI FEATURE: Walt Disney News

A NEW DHI WAY TO ENJOYWALT DISNEY HISTORYBy Paul F. Anderson Check out the new page in our Institute Lineup titled "Walt News."  I've been meaning to do this for sometime, and have a few other concepts like this that Todd and I will launch here at the Institute...

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THE CARTOGRAPHY OF DISNEYLAND MAPS

THE CARTOGRAPHY OF DISNEYLAND MAPS

Sam McKim Disneyland 1961 Souvenir Map. (Click On Image For Glorious Detail.)THE DISNEYLAND MAPS FEATURINGTHE CARTOGRAPHY OF SAM McKIMBy Paul F. AndersonSorry for being absent from the airwaves for so long, I was otherwise preoccupied with some family matters. A few...

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