Sunday, June 7, 2015

Celebrate America! 60 Days to 60 Years - Disneyland 1976

This is a video of America on Parade, the 1976 Bicentennial parade at Disneyland.  Welcome to another installation of 60 Days to 60 Years! I'm honored to be one of the guest bloggers to tell of Disney's history.  My first visit was in 1971 and my second was in 1977.  I thought it was '76 and that is why I volunteered for 1976! 

The thing I remember about 1976 is the Bicentennial!  Everyone was celebrating it, everywhere, recreating it in little towns, festivals, dances, etc.  Disneyland was no exception.  America on Parade was the parade that taught about America's history. 



When I told friends I was doing this, the first question they asked me is what did it cost to go to Disneyland?  Well, thanks to the internet, I can give you that answer!  I'd like to thank Vintage Disneyland Tickets Blog, for having pictures of a 1976 ticket book!

Photo: Disneyland Tickets Blog

Photo: Disneyland Tickets Blog
I would have had to buy more than 1 ticket book!  11 tickets with over 40 attractions!  How did you choose? Would you like to see what you had to choose from?  I hope so!  Because,  again, Vintage Disneyland Tickets has photos of the guide book.  Which in today's terms are the park maps. I think these guide books are a gem!

All Photos: Disneyland Tickets Blog

I find it amazing that Adventureland had Enchanted Tiki Room, Jungle Cruise, and Swiss Family Tree House as the 3 attractions.  

Aside from the Bicentennial Disney Imagineneers were looking to the future.  According to  there were all kinds of expansions that never came to light.  I'm not going to copy his work but the article is very interesting if you want to read it!
You have to remember, in 1976, Disneyland was 21 years old and WDW was 5 years old.  The Disney company had to plan how to grow the company the best way.  They were I'm sure planning a big 25th party for Disneyland and didn't want the park torn up.  But I'm not going to step on another year!

So, this is what Disneyland looked like in 1976.  It was stable and celebrating America!

Cozyflier/Carrie Funk

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - a little late!

Disney Parades - One of the best parades Disney did was at Hollywood Studios, called Block Party Bash.

This parade focused on Pixar characters

It was an interactive parade - the kids loved it!


Focused on the Magic


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Merry Christmas!

 From our blog to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Toward the end of January we were in our favorite place, Walt Disney World, with our friends, Steve and Davenna :-)

Dining at the Land
AJ with PUSH, it's a Disney thing!

Magic Bands were still new!

AJ's 15th B-Day!

 March found AJ turning 15, getting his permit and then we drove to Arizona Spring break.  Just a quick weekend trip to visit Gail and Gary.  Had to go to Hole in the Rock!

Amelia at the top of Hole in the Rock, Gal is down by that white van!

Back side of Hole in the Rock.  Notice, Lion King Homage?

 And the Kitchen remodel that started last Halloween, that should have taken 6 weeks, went on and on and on!

It was finally completed around Mother's Day!

In July, Kevin needed CME.  A conference in Montana had us heading that way.  We went through Yellowstone, took the northerly route this time.
Upper Falls

AJ got up close and personal with an Elk!

In Montana we zip-lined,  white water rafted, and horse back rode!
Family horse back ride, 1st time for the kids!

 Driving home, Jackson Hole, WY.

 Jackson Hole has lots of statues to take pics with!

 It may have been out of the way, but we wanted to show the kids Four Corners!

End of August was time for school.  Amelia and AJ  continued with online schooling, K12.

1st day of class!
1st Day of school!

Comi Con
Everyone loves R2D2!

In October we went to Irving for a Fan Days Comi Con!  It was so much FUN!  We met many CELEBS!

If you are a Whovian, you will know that this is a life size replica of the T.A.R.D.I.S.

Elijah Wood from Lord of the Rings

Ray Park- Darth Maul

Potter fans should recognize the Phelps Twins, who played the Weasleys!

We had our Halloween Party!

And this was Thanksgiving!

So, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season, whatever you celebrate :-)