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Friday Find: Commemorative Toontown Ticket - 1996

This week marks the 25th anniversary of Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland. I found this special ticket that was made available to Cast Members as a special purchase. It came in a special enevelope. 

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It is a very long ticket and measures 13.5 inches in length. The artwork is very fun and colorful. It features Toontown's most famous resident, Roger Rabbit 

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Here is back of the ticket. Yes, in January of 1996, a one day ticket was $30.00. My ticket is still good and would be honored today for general admission for Disneyland but I think I will just keep it as is and say "Happy 25th, Toontown!."

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Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: DIsneyland Castle Night Light

One of my favorite Christmas gifts that I received was this beautiful nightlight. My family knows me so well. I have to ask my sister-in-law where she got it and get more info.  

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I love that it is the Disneyland castle. The fireworks make it even more magical. Gotta love the added detail of the Mickey head firework.

It kind of looks like ceramic but feels like some kind of sturdy paper mache. It is very lightweight. Here is a front and back view. 

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Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Disneyland Parks Halloween Eats Chart & Checklist - 2017

UPDATED: Oct 5th. Fixed a typo. Thanks for letting me know :)

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WOW! The Disneyland Resort has really outdone themselves with the Halloween food offerings this year. I think it is the most and most varied that I have seen. There are sweet treats, spicy stuff, and all kinds of libations (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). There are also several themed food containers that are available from various vendor carts and locations. 

I made this chart and checklist based off of this Disney Parks Blog post. You are welcome to download the PDF, print and share. 

Happy Eats!

-Daisy

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Friday Find: Disneyland 35th Anniversary Pin Set

I found this Disneyland 35th Anniversary Pin Set in one of my boxes that I was cleaning out. It was a Cast Member exclusive. I love that it celebrates the lands of Disneyland. The designs show off a recognizable image or icon as it relates to the themed land. The pins are very flat on the front surface. Remember, this is 1990 and it's just before Disney figured out their "pin" brand.

 Disneyland 35th Anniversary Pin Set - Cast Member Exclusive

Disneyland 35th Anniversary Pin Set - Cast Member Exclusive

Here is an image of the back of one of the pins. It reads "Company D at Disneyland" which the name of the Cast Member store. 

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Disneyland's 35th anniversary was my first big celebration and event that I was able to experience as a Cast Member. I have a lot of great Disneyland memories associated with 1990. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Large Disneyland Postcards from the 1990s

With the rise of technology, specifically social media and email, sending vacation postcards to friends and family has slowly become a thing of the past. It's pretty rare to receive fun snail mail in the form of a personal letter or postcard these days. Most people will just post their vacation in real time on their social media accounts. So, finding postcards at the Disney Parks has become increasingly difficult due to the lack of demand of people wanting them. 

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I dug through a box I had and found some postcards that I purchased at Disneyland. Most of these measure 5 by 6.75 inches. I remember selling these in the early 1990s. I always had to tell Guests that these bigger postcards required regular postage vs. postcard postage. 

I bought this postcard to remember my first Christmas working at Disneyland. The back reads: "This artwork was inspired by Walt Disney's Christmas Greeting from 1939."

 he back reads: "This artwork was inspired by Walt Disney's Christmas Greeting fro 1939."

he back reads: "This artwork was inspired by Walt Disney's Christmas Greeting fro 1939."

The back of the following postcards reads: "Jimney Cricket Finds that even the littlest guy can have a giant appetite for the taste sweets offered in the candy shop at Main street, U.S.A.

 Extraordinary Confectionary

Extraordinary Confectionary

This next postcard featuring Disney villains. Remember these postcards are from the early 1990s so that is before movies like The Little Mermaid, Lion King or any of the Pixar movies came out. These are Disney villains from the 1930's-1980s. Can you name them and what movies they are from ?

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Disney Villains

 Postcard from Walt Disney World, 1999.

Postcard from Walt Disney World, 1999.

The following postcards are probably several of my favorites. They used to to offer a special cancellation stamp on Disneyland's actual birthday, July 17th. The US Post Office would actually be available and offer commemorative postmarks. There would be postcards to purchase and then the US Post Office would be there so you could purchase stamps and get these special postal marks. You could mail these to special Disney friends. 

 Disneyland postcard for Disneyland's 35th annivsersary. 

Disneyland postcard for Disneyland's 35th annivsersary. 

 Back image of 35th anniversary postcard, 1990.

Back image of 35th anniversary postcard, 1990.

This postcard of Walt Disney is really interesting. The Disney characters on this postcard would have been the ones that existed during Walt's lifetime. Mickey Mouse is the sweetest cuddling up to the image of Walt. 

 The back reads: "I only hope that we never lost sight of one things - that it was all started by the mouse."

The back reads: "I only hope that we never lost sight of one things - that it was all started by the mouse."

 Special cancellation for Disneyland's 40th birthday, June 17, 1995. 

Special cancellation for Disneyland's 40th birthday, June 17, 1995. 

Finally, this last postcard is traditional postcard size. There used to be a college football series called Pigskin Classic that took place in Anaheim from 1990 - 1994. There was a cancellation stamp available for this event.  I thought this simple postcard of Mickey Mouse in front of the castle was appropriate for this postage mark. 

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I think it is intersting how the orientation of the back of this particular postcard is different from the image that is on the front. 

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When I travel with my family for vacation, I usually try to find a postcard and send it from that location to our home. It's kind of fun to receive fun snail mail and it reminds us of our fun trip and memories. It's also great to get a postmark from somewhere far. 

If you are at one of the Disney Parks and find a postcard, get one and send it to yourself, your kids or other Disney friends. Bring your own postage and find a mailbox located in the Parks. The Parks do not have their own location specific cancellation stamp. For example, when you from Disneyland Park, it will just be postmarked "ANAHEIM". If you want to have extra fun, get a character to sign your postcard and then put it in the mail.

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: 40th Anniversary Cast Member Letter & Trading Card

I was going through some of my files and came upon this fun letter that was sent to all Disneyland Cast Members in the summer during Disneyland's 40th Anniversary (1995). I love looking at official Disneyland stationary and letterhead. It's also fun to see who was in charge of Disneyland in certain years. 

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The Indiana Jones Adventure attraction debuted in 1995 so Disneyland embraced the theme and incorporated its style into the 40th Anniversary theme. Trading cards used be a big deal and the fact that these cards were made by a famous trading card company, Skybox, was a big deal. This card was also special because it was the "41st" in the series. They would give out trading cards at the turnstile so you could collect them. So there were a total of 40 trading cards for the 30th anniversary with this Cast Member exclusive card as the extra special card. 

 Back of trading card. 

Back of trading card. 

There was also this fun decoder card that I found in my file that relates to the Indiana Jones Adventure ride. They used to distribute these decoder cards at the ride. You can still see words and phrases around the Indiana Jones attraction/queue area today. 

 Front of decoder card. 

Front of decoder card. 

 Note that AT&T was the official sponsor of the attraction when it opened and remained as a sponsor until 2002. 

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Hope you find some kind of adventure this weekend! 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disneyland Store Business Cards

When I worked (Main Street Merch) at Disneyland back in the early 1990's, all the stores had business cards available to give to Guests. I remember giving them out when someone was interested in a particular size, style or merchandise item. 

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Remember, this was before the internet was a thing. Many of the stores at Disneyland had some very specific items and very different merchandise than today. For example, the China Closet sold Lladró and Snowbabies collectibles. 

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This last business card is really fun. By the time Marian was my supervisor, she had been there awhile. I think she had started in the early 1970s and worked her way up. I think this particular business card was one of her older cards as proof of the colors and castle design. The blue and gold remind of "it's a small world."

It's always fun to look through Disneyland business ephemera. I love looking through the design and logo changes. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disneyland Souvenir Book written by Marty Sklar

I was saddened to hear the passing of Disney Legend, Marty Sklar. He was fresh out of college when he started his career at Disneyland about one month before it opened. He retired after 53 years but he was an active "Disney Ambassador" and fan favorite. He is one of the few who had been present at every Disney Park opening (Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai). I always tried to attend any local event that he spoke at because there is just something about hearing from a person who was an actual witness and participant to Disney history. Marty had a lot of stories to tell and he was always willing to share them. 

Digging through my Disney library, I remembered that I had gotten this old Disneyland book. With a publication year of 1969. 

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The book is loaded with great vintage photos and stories. According to the inside cover, this Disneyland souvenir book was written by Marty Sklar.  

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I love that he has his formal name on the book. It makes sense that Marty would have been the one to write such book. Before Marty was hired at Disneyland, he was the student editor for the UCLA Bruins. Then he was the one to create The Disneyland News which was a Main Street tabloid style newspaper. Marty was pretty much Disneyland's first Marketing and Publicity employee. Digital cameras and computers were not a thing yet. There are a lot of words in this book so it has been a really great read. The book is loaded with information about each land with accompanying photos. There is history about how Disneyland came to be and all that it was up against. It tells Disneyland's story in those first 15 years. 

Here is one of my favorite pages from this souvenir book. It is an introduction by Walt Disney. 

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According the introduction page, the first DIsneyland souvenir book was published in 1964. Walt died in 1966. I have to believe that this particular souvenir book, was not only written by Marty, but also had Walt's input and approval during its creation. 

Luckily, with the technology there are lots of video clips and interviews that you can find on the internet so you can hear Marty's stories and passion for all things Disney. Just as good, grab one of his books, One Little Spark: Mickey's The Commandments and the Road to Imagineering and Dream It! Do It!: My Half Century Creating Disney's Magic Kingdoms. You'll get to read about Marty's personal stories, learn about Disney history and enjoy lots of anecdotes. 

Thanks for the magic, Marty! 

-Daisy

Friday Find: Fantasmic! Media Book & Button

One of my favorite Disneyland night time shows is Fantasmic! It has been dark for a long time as the Rivers of America prepared for the new Star Wars themed land, Galaxy's Edge. I was there when it first premiered in 1992. I remember thinking, "WOW! That is some Disneyland show!" as it took over the Rivers of America space and immersed its audience in music, fireworks, characters, and the magic of Disney storytelling. It was captivating. 

So I am super excited that Fantasmic! made its appearance this past Monday, July 17th, on Disneyland's birthday. I actually got a sneak peek at a special showing last Saturday and it was fantastic! It's been updated technologically and has some minor adjustments but overall, I am happy that it was returned. 

I found a couple Fantasmic! items in my Disneyland stash. I do have a Cast Member exclusive watch that I featured back in this post. Here is a big sized- button that I have. I should have taken the picture with a coin beside the button so you can see how big it is. It might be a 3-inch size button. 

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Next is this media or press book that I have. The guts are very similar to this other media book that I have that I wrote about here. They just added a Fantasmic! section and updated some dates, milestones, and characters. 

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"Dream of fantasmic dreams!"

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Wednesday Words Brought to you Walt Disney

I found this postcard in my Disney box and thought it would be a fun one to share with you this week since it is Disneyland's birthday week. It was distributed to Disneyland Cast Members during the 45th Anniversary year (2000). 

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"The era we are living in today is a dream coming true." - Walt Disney

 

Friday Find: Disneyland Name Tag Cloisonne Pins

I found a small box in one of my drawers and opened it to find these two fun Disneyland cloisonne pins. I do remember purchasing these at Company D (Cast Member store). 

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The one with "MICKEY" commemorates Disneyland 45th Anniversary (2000) and the theme being "45 Years of Magic." The larger one, "MINNIE" is in the likeness of the new 2001 nametags that celebrated the opening of Disney California Adventure. 

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I have a Cast Member nametag from these periods so here they are placed side by side with the cloisonne pins so you can get an idea of how small (and cute) they are.

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Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disneyland New-Hire Cast Member Handbook c.1990s

I was cleaning out a drawer and found these two books. They are Disneyland new-hire Cast Member handbooks. 

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The top one (white cover) of the photo is probably mid-1990s while the other one (grey cover) is early 1990s. The one that has the name tag, DAVID, actually belongs to my husband. He began working at Disneyland sometime in 1990. My brother worked at Disneyland very briefly so I am guessing that the white cover handbook belonged to him,

It was fun looking through these two books to see differences and similarities, especially in terms of content and photos/graphics. Viewing them side by side made for an interesting read. 

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The older handbook (grey cover, 'Disneyland & David') is dated 1990. That was the 35th anniversary year of Disneyland. When you opened the flap to this particular handbook, it explains that this version has "reprinted guidlines from the original 1955 Orientation handbook."

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Instead of photos, there is more artwork to give the book the flavor of 1955. 

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In 1955, the training manual stated that the "Four Keys to Guest Happiness" was "Safety, Show, Courtesy and Capacity". The Four Keys eventually evolved to "Safety, Show, Courtesy and Efficifency."

 Top book is 1990 handbook; bottom book is c. early 1990s

Top book is 1990 handbook; bottom book is c. early 1990s

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These are my two favorite pages from the 1990 handbook.

 This is a replica page that was included in the 1955 Orientation handbook. 

This is a replica page that was included in the 1955 Orientation handbook. 

 This is the last page of the 1990 handbook. 

This is the last page of the 1990 handbook. 

Here are two interesting pages from the other handbook. 

 Interesting photo of salon dancer from Golden Horseshoe show.

Interesting photo of salon dancer from Golden Horseshoe show.

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Comparing these two welcome pages was fun. It is notable that it comes from Dick Nunis who was President of Walt Disney Attractions at this point. Nunis actually worked with Walt Disney and was instrumental in creating the Disneyland Orientation and Training program. Nunis would go on to have a 44 year career with the Walt Disney Company and retired in 1999. 

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Being a Disneyland Cast Member back in the 1990s was magical. It was a different time and era. There were lots of Cast Members, both salaried and hourly, who were there when Walt Disney was around and could tell you lots of fun stories. You got a lot of training and direction that were directly influenced from people who were there on Opening Day. Don't forget that there was only one Disneyland Park since Disney California Adventure did not open until 2001. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disney Cookbooks (c. 1990 & 2004)

I was looking for a particular recipe for a weekend dish and came upon these two Disney cookbooks. 

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Both cookbooks feature signature and most asked for recipes from Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The red spiral book titled "Cooking with Mickey Around Our World" is a book that was available at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World in the 1990s. The way that it is organized reminds of those old school cookbooks that you would buy at church fundraisers or find in you mom or grandmother's cookbook collections. There are no photos of the dishes. 

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The artwork under each tab is so fun. Very 1980s early 1990s Mickey Mouse look. Here are several examples. 

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My favorite things about this book is seeing restaurants that are no longer around due to all the changes and growth in the Disney Parks. It's equally fun to see how long some resturant favorites have been around. 

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The more recent of my Disney cookbook has a 2004 publish date on it. This one is titled "Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs". It includes recipes from the DIsney California Adventure, DIsney Animal Kingdom and Disney Cruise Line. However, there are also no photos of the dishes in this book. 

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There have been several more current editions since 2004. You can find find them at the Disney Parks, Amazon or other book sellers. With the popularity of cooking, rise of celebrity chefs, and food blogs, there are now a lot of Disney official and unofficial cookbooks out there. There are specific ones, too, that focus on Disney desserts, Disney copycat recipes and more. 

 Page from "Cooking with Mickey Around the World" book (red spiral).

Page from "Cooking with Mickey Around the World" book (red spiral).

Happy Eats!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disney Afternoon Map/Poster (Disneyland)

In 1990, Disney Afternoon debuted on Disney syndicated channels. It was a two-hour block of Disney animated shows like Duck Tales and Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers. There were even new Disney characters that debuted like Gummi Bears and Darkwing Duck.

Disney Afternoon was a hit and in the summer of 1991, Disneyland temporarily transformed the "it's a small world" mall area to Disney Afternoon Avenue. This is the area near the Matterhorn up to Small World. At this point, Toontown was not around yet.

I think these maps were an insert included in the Disneyland Park map. 

 Image of folded map.

Image of folded map.

The following is an image of the Disney Afternoon map when open. There were blank spots fo you could get a stamp when you found the characters.  It is fun to see some of the Disney Afternoon characters but it's even more fun to the Motor Boat Cruise on the map. This now retired attraction was transformed into Motor Boat to Gummi Glen in a nod to the Gummi Bears. It was an interactive map to discover new characters.

 Image of map when open.

Image of map when open.

Of course it wasn't just a map, but also marketing poster to help you remember to watch Disney Afternoon. There were actually costumed characters that you can visit with and get a photo with at Disney Afternoon Avenue. 

 Image of opposite side of map to depict Disney Afternoon poster. 

Image of opposite side of map to depict Disney Afternoon poster. 

If you are a child of the 1990s, Disney Afternoon was something that probably that you watched. If you are a fan of Disney Afternoon, then you'll be happy to know that a major reboot of Duck Tales is coming soon...woo-hoo!

I don't remember too much about Disney Afternoon Avenue. In summer of 1991, I worked on Main Street as a Merchandise Host so I rarely went up towards Fantasyland since there was no reason to. You also never went anywhere in costume if you didn't belong in that area. I have friends who worked as Disney Afternoon characters and they had some good times. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy