The birth of Disneyland provides not only insight into the thinking of Walt Disney, but also the starting point of a tradition that has lived on for 50 years.
As the Happiest Place on Earth marks its golden anniversary in 2005, 21st-century Southern California presents a complex tourism picture, with seemingly endless appeals for regional and international…
Back more than 50 years ago, I used to take my daughters to a place called Kiddyland, over near La Cienega and Beverly Boulevard near Beverly Hills. It was a very small, flimsy carnival where the…
Sleeping Beauty Castle has received a makeover. Space Mountain is back in business. And, for Disneyland's 50th birthday, Mickey Mouse hat ears have been dipped in gold.
An old mansion in Los Angeles was dismantled so that its interior wood paneling, stained glass windows, crystal chandeliers and staircases could be used in Disneyland restaurants and on Main Street…
Presidents. Foreign leaders. Super Bowl winners. Olympic athletes. Celebrities. Disneyland has hosted them all in its 50 years. An instant classic upon its launch, the theme park has survived some of…
Nearly everyone wants to come and play with Mickey Mouse in his back yard. While the company will not officially release attendance numbers, Amusement Business magazine estimates 13.4 million people…
Eric Jacobson Senior VP, creative development, Walt Disney Imagineering Shining achievements: Jacobson is the director of the teams responsible for improving old favorites like Space Mountain, or…
Planning at Disneyland is tied directly to Mouse House movies, a 50-year-old practice. "It's simply part of our tradition and really won't stop," says Jay Rasulo, head of Disney parks and resorts.
Leonard Maltin remembers the first time he took his daughter, then 4, to Disneyland. "She saw Minnie Mouse, let go of my hand, went running toward her, grabbed her around the waist and gave Minnie a…