Disneyland’s Two Cigar Store Indians

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He’s very short! The Main Street Cigar Store Indian wears a blue cape.

When Disneyland first opened in 1955, there was a Tobacconist Shop on the east side of Main Street. It closed in 1990 and was replaced by the Music Company, but its Cigar Store Indian is still presiding over Main Street USA.

Most small towns in 1900 America had a tobacco shop so, to be authentic, turn-of-the-century Main Street USA had to have one as well.

Cigar Store Indians or Wooden Indians were used as advertising means to draw men into smoke shops. The idea derives from the fact that North American Indians first introduced tobacco to Europeans.  In fact, Christopher Columbus wrote about tobacco in his diary in 1492.

The Tobacconist Shop sold an international selection of cigarettes, pipes, pipe tobacco, cigars, and accessories. They also distributed complimentary match books to guests.

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The Frontierland Cigar Store Indian wears a reddish cape.

Disneyland has a second Cigar Store Indian over in Frontierland, where he draws attention to the Westward Ho Trading Company, a shop with an emphasis on Disney trading pins.

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Effective May 1, 2019, the Disneyland Resort Parks (Disneyland and Disney California Adventure) became 100% smoke free. Also, the Esplanade (the area between the main gates to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure) as well as the Downtown Disney District are smoke free, as are the three hotels of Disneyland Resort:  Disneyland Hotel, The Grand Californian, and Disney’s Paradise Pier.

In the early days of Disneyland, smoking was permitted everywhere in the park except on the attractions themselves and in their wait queues. The park brochure at the time stated: “You can put out your cigarette in the ashtrays conveniently located at the entrance to every attraction.” In 1955, 52% of men and 24% of women were smokers, whereas today only about 14% of adults smoke. Walt Disney himself was a heavy smoker who eventually died of lung cancer.

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No cigarettes here.

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balloonsWe’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Fire at Disneyland Last Night

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fireA small fire erupted in a backstage area of Disneyland on Thursday night.

No one was injured in the fire, which occurred near the park’s iconic Fire Station building, the location of Walt Disney’s Apartment overlooking Main Street.

The fire station is not a real, working station, so a fire crew from the Anaheim Fire Department responded, putting out the fire within minutes.

The park remained open, but parts of Adventureland were closed due to an electrical outage.  The Walt Disney Railroad also suspended operations.

The fire was described as a “vegetation fire”, but we saw this exact spot during our Walk in Walt’s Footsteps Tour two weeks ago and there are some storage buildings there, along with a cast member break area.  When we were there, there were a few generators being stored there.

Video link:  Fire at Disneyland

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The lamp is always lit in Walt’s Fire House.

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Me and mom inside Walt’s apartment two weeks ago.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Walk walking outside his firehouse. 1960s

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Meeting the Boss at Disneyland!

 

 

Reviewing the New Tropical Hideaway at Disneyland

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The Tropical Hideaway at Disneyland

We always try and do something new on every trip to Disneyland, and The Tropical Hideaway at Disneyland is brand new.

We love it!

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Plenty of tables and chairs, very roomy!  Covered seating.

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We love all the plants and decor.

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Christian looking over the menu

They have an extensive list of flavored Dole Whips and steamed Baos.

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Very reasonable snack prices.

Christian and Ian tried the chicken and beef bao snacks.  They were very good.

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Chicken Baos, $5.99 each or 3 for $15.99

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The perfect afternoon snack.

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Orange/pineapple Dole Whip, $5.99

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Souvenir cup and spoon.

I loved the location and how nice it is to have a sitdown place to relax for a few minutes in Adventureland.

It’s especially nice if you’re waiting on your Fast Pass time to arrive.

It’s just so nice!  We went there after seeing the birds perform at the Enchanted Tiki Room.

They desperately need a place like this at the Magic Kingdom!!!

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So tropical! So relaxing!

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Close your eyes and you’ll think you’re in Hawaii!

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Rosita keeping guests entertained.

A Tropical Outpost for All

Explore the wilds of Adventureland and then kick back and enjoy delish dishes amidst this lush, trader’s market.

Nestled at the crossroads of Adventureland, The Tropical Hideaway is a new quick-service location featuring exotic eats and a place to rest for weary world travelers. Soak in the sights and sounds of this bustling bazaar-style atmosphere with a variety of food vendors offering sweet and savory meal options. It’s an exotic Adventureland experience like never before!

Wonderful Wildlife and Flickering Tiki Torches

Grab a bite, relax on the open-air dock along the Jungle Cruise waterfront, and meet Rosita, a friendly feathered “entertainer” who’s embarking on a solo career away from the bird chorus at Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.

Before this colorful cockatoo spreads her wings to tour the world, Rosita will tell jokes, deliver witty one-liners and recalls a time when The Tropical Hideaway was an unknown terrace frequented by locals. At sundown, the ambiance is transformed by flickering torch lights that illuminate your way through this truly enchanted setting!

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Recognize this floor tile???

Insider Tip:  This is located at the old Aladdin meet and greet location.  The tiled rug is still right in front welcoming you!

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We met Aladdin and Princess Jasmine there several times.

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Cheers to the new year!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Have a magical day!

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We love Dole Whip!

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February 2020 menu

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Lots of sodas and bottled water available.

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And look what we found for sale in the mercantile!!! Minnie Ears straight from Aulani!

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Straight from Aulani!

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❤ We love Dole Whip! ❤

 

Meeting Princess Aurora at Disneyland

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Meeting Princess Aurora. She’s very pretty!

We were surprised to see Princess Aurora greeting guests in front of the Wishing Well at Snow White’s Grotto in Disneyland last week.

It’s such a pretty, calm place and there was no line to meet her.

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Princess Aurora waiting to meet a guest.

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It was chilly and she was wearing her fur-trimmed costume!!!!  ❤

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So pretty!

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Twinning!

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She had to leave right after we met her.

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Princess Aurora walking back into the Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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Christian making a wish.

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January 16, 2020: It was such a light post-holiday crowd day, with the threat of rain in the afternoon, which held off until 10pm. We had the park to ourselves and got to ride on everything, some of the rides 2x even.  We really recommend going to Disneyland in January!

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Disneyland roses in bloom.

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Who wore it better????

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Princess Aurora looking over her Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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Christian at Disneyland.

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Interested in Disney Bounding as Princess Aurora??

It’s easy!

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Disney Bounding in Aurora’s pink outfit.

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Disney Bounding in Aurora’ cottage outfit.

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We were lucky to meet her a few years ago at Disney World during Christmastime:

Meeting Princess Aurora at the Magic Kingdom’s Candy Cane Garden

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Meeting a very pretty Princess Aurora.

During the holiday season, Princess Aurora can be found on Main Street USA near City Hall at the Candy Cane Garden in the Magic Kingdom.

We were excited to meet her for the first time.

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Elly and Aurora taking a selfie together.

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Selfie time!

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You can meet Princess Aurora during the day in the Candy Cane Garden.

Christmas will be here soon!

The Christmas Countdown sign.

Mailbox for Santa letters in the Candy Cane Garden.

Mailbox for Santa letters in the Candy Cane Garden.

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Meeting Princess Aurora for the first time.

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The Candy Cane Garden is very festive.

Bonus Tip:  If you’re at  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party  (a hard ticket event during certain nights Nov.-December), you can meet Santa here before the Holiday Celebration Parade!!!  Expect long lines.  He’s only there until December 24th, then he returns to the North Pole!  ❤

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Santa and Mrs. Claus!!!

Candy Cane Garden

The Candy Cane Garden is open daily through the holiday season, 10am – 5pm.

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Cheers to the new year!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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2020: It’s Disney’s ‘Year of The Mouse’!

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Mickey and Minnie greeting guests in their new costumes.

From now through Feb. 9th, celebrate the 2020 Chinese Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park!

Ring in the Year of the Mouse with spectacular entertainment, festive eats and family activities that welcome another year of good fortune for you and your family.

Encounter favorite characters in their pretty Lunar New Year-themed attire.

Watch the new video: 2020 Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park

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2020 is Disney’s Year of the Mouse.

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lunar new yearWe got to see it last week:

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Mulan and Mushu

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We had the best room at Paradise Pier!

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All the decor is up for celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Every light post has new banners on it.


Lots of interesting food.

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All the decor is so red and pretty.

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Minnie’s new Lunar New Year ears. So pretty!

Special pins:

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New 2020 pin.

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2020: The Year of the Mouse

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Now, actually it’s the Year of the Rat……why didn’t Disney go with Remy???

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Remy the rat from Ratatouille.

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Sneak peek at the ride cars for the new Ratatouille attraction opening at Epcot this summer.

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Caroline holding a little Remy.  He’s a cutie!

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Remy pin.

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2020: The Year of the Rat.

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Caroline meeting Mushu.

      

Disneyland’s Walk in Walt’s Footsteps Tour

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We got to take the Walk in Walt’s Footsteps Tour at Disneyland last week.

Tickets are hard to get.  Only two tours are offered a day, limited to 24 people per tour.

You can book tickets 30 days out, $124/ticket.

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Walt, now one of the 999 spirits at the Haunted Mansion.

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We were on the 9:30am tour. There’s usually 2 morning tours a day, rain or shine.

Starting the Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps Tour

We arrived, as instructed, about half an hour before our tour start time and checked in at 9am. We selected our lunch meal for the end of the tour and were handed a pair of customized buttons to wear and our earpieces.

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Starting our 3-hour tour at the Firehouse.

Walking in Walt’s Footsteps Tour

The heart of the Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps Tour is an approximately three-hour walk around the only Disney theme park in the world that Walt was able to set foot in during his lifetime.

The tour guide uses the park as a “living storybook” to tell the history of Walt’s life and his creations.

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January 17, 2020. Very light post-holiday crowds.

Our tour began on Main Street U.S.A., where we heard about Walt’s boyhood in Marceline and Kansas City, which influenced Disneyland’s idealized Main Street USA.

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Listening to Walt’s dedication speech.

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The Disneyland Opening Day dedication speech that Walt gave July 17, 1955.  It’s January and the tulips were blooming!

We stood at the Town Square flagpole while Walt’s opening day dedication speech from July 17, 1955 was played through our earpieces. This was the first of many archival audio clips that are incorporated into the tour.

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Yes, that’s announcer Ronald Reagan doing the opening day ceremony broadcast.  Many years later, he would be added to the Hall of Presidents at Disney World.

“To all who come to this happy place, welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here, age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”     –  Walt Disney

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The window for Elias Disney.

As we walked up Main Street U.S.A., our guide pointed out the windows memorializing legendary Disneyland designers, imagineers, and cast members.

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The Sleeping Beauty Castle got a new paint job and gold trim last year. Very pretty.

Standing in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, we heard the introduction to the original Disneyland television show.  About half of America’s population (60 million people!) watched Disneyland’s opening day TV special.

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We walked right on, walking up the exit ramp.  We like this ride!

Inside Fantasyland, we heard the familiar tale of Walt being inspired to build Disneyland after taking his daughters to the Griffith Park carousel. Next, we were “back-doored” onto the Alice in Wonderland ride, bypassing the 15-minute queue out front.

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It’s from Colorado too!

Over in Frontierland, we heard about Walt’s love for his wife, Lillian, which led to the petrified tree trunk purchased for her as an anniversary gift.

Our next destination was New Orleans Square, where our guide shared the secrets of Club 33 and the 21 Royal suite, neither of which we were allowed to enter. We also heard clips of Walt describing future plans for Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion, both of which debuted after his death.

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When we first arrived two days ago, the holiday holly and decor was still up on the train station! But, it was gone today.

Next, it was all aboard the Disneyland Railroad, as we boarded at New Orleans Station and steamed around to Tomorrowland. After a long restroom break – we were way ahead of schedule because there were no crowds anywhere – we heard stories about long-gone attractions like the Midget Autopia and Carousel of Progress.

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Up until the submarine voyage ride opened, the Disneyland ride ticket booklets only went A – D. With this attraction, they added an E Ticket.

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When this attraction opened on June 14, 1959, it was called Submarine Voyage.  A major portion of the ride simulated the voyage under the Arctic Ocean’s polar ice cap undertaken by the nuclear submarine USS Nautilus on August 3, 1958. Now, it’s Finding Nemo.

We stood beneath the snowy peak of the Matterhorn and learned about Disneyland’s first-ever E-ticket attraction, Submarine Voyage, which opened in June 1959.  It was quickly followed by two other new E ticket attractions…can you guess what they were???

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Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

Our tour concluded in the exit hallway of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, which we had never seen before. Our guide shared stories about Walt’s final dream of EPCOT, and his untimely death from lung cancer in 1966.

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Walt himself wrote and directed this. He greatly admired President Lincoln.

Walking back to the firehouse with the background audio of “Feed the Birds” from Mary Poppins playing in our ears was wonderful.

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Back at the Firehouse.

Walt’s Firehouse Apartment Tour

At this point, our tour group got to spend about 15 minutes visiting Walt’s private apartment above the Main Street Firehouse.

For serious Disney fans simply seeing up-close the lamp that’s left eternally lit in Walt’s honor – not to mention his personal grilled cheese griddle – almost justifies the cost of the entire tour.

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Me and mom in front of Walt’s sofa bed. The apartment is very tiny, only 500 sq. feet.

You’re not allowed to take any personal photos or videos inside the apartment, but your guide will take one posed shot of you with your own camera. The framing is less than ideal because, by agreement with the Disney family, they are only allowed to photograph one specific corner of the room.

We did manage to sneak in a few photos while waiting our turn for a posed shot:

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The apartment’s docent.

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Walt’s sofa bed. It still has the 60 year old mattress inside!

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Lillian’s matching sofa bed across from Walt’s.

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A close-up of the Victorian carpeting. The designer of the apartment’s look also worked on Mary Poppins. Not surprised.  Not a fan of the decor.

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Walt’s 1960s TV that he could watch his Disneyland TV show on ABC on.

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Walt’s lamp that is never turned off.

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Me and mom.

Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps Meal

The meals, dessert, and drinks we selected at the beginning of the tour were boxed up by Jolly Holiday Bakery and delivered to the Tour Gardens, where we were able to sit down and relax in the chilly shade after walking around Disneyland for 3 hours.

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All lunches come with a bottled drink, water or soda.

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Mom’s lunch.

My turkey sandwich with house-made potato chips was delicious, and the best part of the meal was the massive Matterhorn Macaroon.  Yum!

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Yum!

Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps Parting Gift and Final Thoughts

As we finished our lunch, our tour guide gave us one final gift: an exclusive pin with Walt’s dedication speech engraved inside. Perfect.

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Walk in Walt’s Footsteps pin.

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It’s a miniature of the dedication plaque at the town square.

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Some Disneyland photos from Then and Now:

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Photo of Walt taken the year he died, 1966.

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Walt walking outside his firehouse. 1960s

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Main Street

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The petrified tree anniversary gift Walt gave Lillian.

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Everyone hates these trolley rails at Disneyland!!!

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Pinocchio’s Whale in Storybook Land.

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Walt overseeing the original planting of Storybook.

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Walt and Mickey.

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Have you seen this spike???  We have!

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Two Disney Sisters at Disneyland

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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Meeting the Boss at Disneyland!

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The lamp is always lit.

 

Are Those Real Skeleton Bones at Disneyland???!!!

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That skull & bones are real!!!

That skull and crossbones in the Captain’s headboard at Disneyland are REAL!!!

For most Disneyland fans, there is a lot of joy in finding hidden secrets about the Park that we all love to visit.

Today, we present to you a very interesting fact about the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in Disneyland:  The skull and the crossbones that sit above the bed in the Captain’s Quarters treasure room are actually real bones!!

Super Creepy!!!

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The Pirates of the Caribbean ride definitely has the most skulls and bones!!

Back in 1967, just after Walt Disney had passed away, the Pirates of the Caribbean first set sail at Disneyland. But along with singing pirates and fair maidens, it held a dark secret.

Disney lore has it that while the ride was still under construction, the Disney Imagineers were unhappy with the look of the fake plastic skeletons placed about the ride. They didn’t think they looked authentic enough.

The solution was simple: Use real human bones!

They asked around and the UCLA medical school provided cadaver skeletons to Disneyland from men who had donated their bodies to “science”, which were then positioned in the classic poses we see today on the ride.

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Skeletons playing chess.

There’s a pair of skeleton friends playing chess, one sitting atop a mountain of gold coins, a dead captain with a sabre in his ribs… While it may seem grotesque using real bones, they remained for quite some time.

Disney hasn’t officially confirmed exactly when the skeletons were replaced with fake bones, but they slowly were swapped out and the human remains returned to UCLA during the various ride refurbishments throughout the years.

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Yup, they’re real!

But, they didn’t remove them all!

Although the Captain’s skeleton laying in bed looking through a magnifying glass are no longer the remains of a deceased man, the bones on the headboard behind him are real!

That is a genuine skull and human crossbones!

It’s unknown why Disney chose to leave them there when the others were removed.  (Possibly, they came from a different source than UCLA and couldn’t be returned.)

If you look closely, you’ll notice that they’re darker and more aged than the rest of the skeletons on the ride. It’s the skull and leg bones of a Caucasian male.

Human skeletons were never used when the next Pirates rides were constructed at the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in 1973, or at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, or at Disneyland Paris in 1992.

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Captain Skeleton sailing into a hurricane!

Yo ho, yo ho!   Dead men tell no tales!  😉

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We got to see Pirate Redd for the first time this week.

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Pirate Redd drinking some rum….

A few years ago when we went to Disneyland with a first time visitor he was like: “What’s with all the skeletons everywhere at Disneyland?”

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We don’t remember this scene at all! It must be new. 🙂

When you think about it, there are skeletons all over Adventureland, in lots of scenes in Pirates of the Caribbean,  some over in Fantasyland on Peter Pan’s Flight, a skeleton hanging in the stretching room of the Haunted Mansion, the pile of animal bones signaling the entry to the piranha pool in Jungle Cruise, and a dinosaur fossil in Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

No bones about it, that’s a lot of bones!!!  😉

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We think that Walt would have loved all the ghosts and skeletons at all the Disney Parks around the world!

Disneyland Fact:  Opening on March 18, 1967, the Disneyland version of Pirates of the Caribbean was the last attraction that Walt Disney himself participated in designing, debuting just three months after his death.

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Cheers to the new year!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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Once upon a time…

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Yes, we did!!! 🙂 #TwoDisneyPrincesses

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Pirate Mickey walking around Adventureland