Disneyland re-opens its gates after shutting them to control overflowing crowd

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24 hours of Disney: ‘Snow White’ Dopey glow-in-the-dark shirts among special Disney merchandise flying off the shelves.

The park had closed its front gates to newcomers at about 2:30 p.m. On a rainy spring night, Disneyland technology guru Chuck Davis paced along Main Street, overseeing a rehearsal of a new fireworks and light show for the park’s 60th anniversary celebration.

ANAHEIM – Guests are getting Dopey over the new merchandise at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure that trumpet the 24-hour day they are enduring.The new “Disneyland Forever” is a 14-minute firework spectacular that ends with a new song, “Kiss Goodnight,” by legendary songwriter Richard Sherman. Projectors, lasers, fireworks and audio equipment were assembled to create a show that displays well-known Disney characters on the facade of Main Street buildings while music blares and fireworks rocket over Sleeping Beauty Castle.

That’s no small feat! “It’s amazing to contemplate all that Disneyland has come to mean to so many people around the world,” Tom Staggs, COO of the Walt Disney Company, recently told the official Disney Parks blog. “For 60 years, millions of guests have come here to celebrate their special occasions, and now we’re excited to invite everyone to share the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration with us.” Mickey’s Toontown opened on Jan. 24, 1993. – The most spectacular idea that Walt Disney has come up with in thirty years of profitable daydreaming will become reality a week from tomorrow when his one-man world’s fair, Disneyland, opens at Anaheim, Calif. There is Friday’s date on the items, too, a quote: “Being up all night makes me Dopey.” Joy Nocos, 38, of San Francisco, picked up seven shirts for five kids and two adults. I’ve just taken a tour of this unique, $17,000,000 wonderland that Disney beamingly refers to as “160 acres of happiness.” My guide was the boss himself. But the music booming through the outdoor speakers was cutting in and out, and the animated images were not perfectly aligned on Main Street’s buildings.

Like a kid who’s got the toy he wanted, 53-year-old Walt bubbled with boyish pride and excitement as he ushered me into his brand-new world of make believe. “It’s a fabulous playground,” he answered. “Something of a fair, a city from the Arabian Nights, a metropolis of the future, a showpiece of magic and living facts, but above all, a place for people to find happiness and knowledge. Sixty years after Walt Disney opened the Anaheim theme park powered largely by gas engines, electric motors, pulleys and gears, Disneyland is jumping into its seventh decade with heavy use of laser mapping, high-definition projectors, LED lights and infrared technology to tell Disney’s classic stories. At the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney, guests flooded the 60th anniversary souvenir table, many already dressed in 24-hour T-shirts and carrying multiple shopping bags.

It’s something I dreamed up years ago.” We entered the grounds through an old time railroad station and climbed into a scaled down replica of the locomotives that puffed their way west three-quarters of a century ago. The heavy reliance on digital wizardry gives the park the flexibility to upgrade its attractions primarily by installing new software instead of having to tear out steel beams, mortar and plywood. “It’s like a movie house. Colglazier said park managers spent the past six months getting ready for the Friday/Saturday 24-hour party that officially kicked off Disneyland’s 60th anniversary celebration. The most-prized items seemed to be anniversary sweatshirts, T-shirts, trading pins and, of course, the 60th-anniversary edition of Mickey Mouse ears; these are blue and silver with sequins. “We bought one style of the 24-hour and then the 60th T-shirt, the Pandora (bracelet), ears, pins, lanyards and a purse,” said Jenn Maloney, 42, from Stockton, who was with her family. “I got a bunch of the new 2015 pins,” said daughter Maya, 10, while holding out her lanyard covered in the new pins, each featuring a different character.

The Storybook Canal is water now, but when it was being built it was empty and visitors walked across it. “I rode Autopia, Dumbo and the Tea Cups,” she said. “I remember going on the pirate ship, which was sponsored by StarKist at that time, and eating tuna fish sandwiches for lunch.” Stanton has passed on her love of Disneyland to her two children and grandchildren. Inspired by Walt Disney’s hometown of Marceline, Mo., Main Street, U.S.A. was designed to resemble the center of a turn-of-the-20th-century American town. She’s booked a stay for the opening of Shanghai Disneyland in spring 2016. “This is a place I felt like I can take my children and have fun,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what age you are – you can be 69, 80 or 8 – this is a place where you can be a kid again.” Sharing the engineer’s seat with Disney was a grinning Mickey Mouse, the first product of Disney’s boundless imagination and founder of his fortunes. During our ride Walt directed part of his conversation of me and part of Mickey, calling him “Casey Jones.” Back at the station, he called attention a reproduction of state town Main Street of the last century. “Complete even to horse-drawn streetcars that the visitor can ride,” Walt said proudly.

The Matterhorn is transformed several times – once into Mount Wannahockaloogie, from “Finding Nemo,” and another into Elsa’s ice palace in “Frozen.” Scented snow from the rooftops that smells like cinnamon also begin to fall during the “Frozen” portion. Attendance grew nearly 10 per cent in 2013 — better than the 1.5 per cent increase at neighboring Disneyland, according to an estimate by the accounting and engineering firm Aecom. Each has four walls and a roof and is scaled down to 80% of full size, though the one-fifth reduction in dimensions is not noticeable until your attention is called to it.

The searchlights criss-cross, creating diamond-shaped lights. “He’s the one who came up with the idea of having fireworks at the end of the night,” Sherman said in an interview. “He wanted to give the folks who were leaving after a day at the park a little extra gift from him, and that was why he called it ‘a little kiss goodnight.’” In addition to the new fireworks show, Disneyland will launch the “Paint the Night” parade, which uses 1.5 million LED lights attached to floats and dancers, with the lights pulsating to the rhythm of the music. Kids love The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride, and families can paddle their way around Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island in search of adventure using Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes. Tomorrowland is identified by a towering, pylon-like space rocket. “The symbolizes the scientific achievements that will be as familiar to the young people of tomorrow as Main Street is to you and me,” he replied. “Kids and grown-ups too can take a trip to the moon from here. Well, at least they can board a passenger rocket and have all the thrills of such a trip – and in accord with the latest scientific theories on interplanetary travel.” Timid souls who don’t care to risk outer space can peer at the U.S. from an inner space, man-made satellite orbiting 500 Disney miles above the earth.

Using lasers that scan the surface of the buildings and structures, technicians created a virtual 3-D landscape that was uploaded into a Disneyland digital server. To go back into history you pass through the gates of an old log blockhouse guarding Frontierland, where Indians decked out in skins, beads and feather grunt “How!” at visiting palefaces who have obtained a safe-conduct by paying $1 at the main gate. Western-type stores and buildings – the marshal’s office, the jail the general store and every other enterprise you’ve ever seen in a horse opera – line the board walks of the town.

Laser lights that shoot out from behind the castle were also added, as well as fake snow that drifts onto the crowds on Main Street during a segment featuring music from the blockbuster Frozen. Disney has even banned beer, though the suds makers made him some mighty tempting offers. “I could have got most of my costs back with beer concessions alone,” Walt told me. “A lot of adults will come here, but Disneyland is primarily for children and I don’t think kids and liquor mix.” Thirsty visitors will be directed to the Golden Horseshoe, the “longest little bar with the tallest glassful of pop,” which faces on a river dock in Frontierland. Its current attractions include Astro Orbiter Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Monorail, Space Mountain and Star Tours – The Adventure Continues, among others. More than any other land, Fantasyland makes people feel like kids again, thanks to attractions like Dumbo the Flying Elephant, “it’s a small world,” King Arthur Carousel, Mad Tea Party, Mr.

There’s the Peter Pan that takes you flying over a moonlit London in a pirate galleon to a Never Never Land of mermaids, buccaneers, Indians and lost little boys. They’re the creation of Bob Matte, who built the giant squid for Disney’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Next year Walt plans to build International Street, an exhibit depicting a portion of each of the world’s major cities except those behind the Iron Curtain. In effect, he’s built himself a dream world which will be paid for by the millions who are expected to flock in, and by the concessionaires who’ll cater to them.

Right now there are 5,000 more acres in various stages of annexation. “They’re saying around here,” Perry said “that people out number oranges two to one in Anaheim. Since the advent of Disneyland we’re now calling ourselves the new center of Southern California.” A number of money-minded men, among them Jack Wrather, the oil millionaire and movie producer who married Bonita Granville, grabbed opportunities to ride on the Disneyland gravy train. Noting that the immediate area was short on first-class hotels, Wrather leased a 30-acre orange grove across the street from Disneyland and is building a $10,000,000, 650-room motel on the property. To clinch the trade he will offer day and night nursery service and staff sitters to stay with the kids when mama and papa tire of Disneyland and want to step out for a night in the gin mills. There are engineers, architects, landscapers, carpenters, scenic artists, painters, steam fitters, cement mixers, pavement contractors, bricklayers, interior decorators and representatives of every known art, craft and profession.

This fall Walt is starting a new series of 26 shows, carrying in his historical adventure theme in two features: “Johnny Tremaine,” the story of a boy who lived during the Revolution and witnessed Paul Revere’s Ride, the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington, and “Children of the Covered Wagon,” in which Fess Parker will discard his bar rifle for a prairie surgeon’s scalpel. Also scheduled for the autumn is “The Mickey Mouse Club,” an hour-long, five-a-week children’s newsreel in which Mickey will be master of ceremonies. “Our photographers all over the world will send in film showing what children in other lands are doing,” Walt said. “As soon as we are accredited at the White House I expect to see the Mickey Mouse newsreel filming the President. “We have all kinds of ideas. Or if a girl wants to be a nurse, we’ll enroll her at a hospital and let her go through the routine.” Though in TV up to his neck, Walt is not neglecting his movie work.

His “Lady and the Tramp” is on theatre screen now and “Sleeping Beauty” is upcoming, along with a wide-screen release of “Fantasia,” which flopped the first time out a good many years ago. You’ll soon be seeing “The African Lion” and, shortly thereafter, “The Little Outlaw,” filmed in Mexico with an all Mexican cast. “I used to rest on Sundays, but it became a terrible bore to loaf around all day,” he said. “I can skip that now because Disneyland gives me a fine excuse not to rest. He lets his brother, Roy grapple with the financiers. “I just tell him how much I need,” he said, “and he always comes up with it.” Everybody connected with Disneyland expects to make a pile o money.

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