Darth Vader Visits Disneyland

On June 3, 2011, in Disney, Disneyland, Star Wars, by John Giaconia

Possibly the greatest videos I have ever enjoyed on YouTube. Darth Vader killing time before Star Tours’ re-opening.

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Partners at Night

On August 25, 2010, in Disney, Disneyland, Photography, by John Giaconia

Partners at Night, originally uploaded by DonGiaconia.

A long nighttime exposure of the Partners Statue in front of the Castle at the hub in Disneyland.

Ahoy down there! For this week’s Photo Tuesday, we have a waterfall frozen in a nautical night shot. This shot is of one of the Finding Nemo Nautilus Submarines passing through the waterfall at the end of the Finding Nemo attraction at Disneyland. This picture was taken at night with the help of the handrail to steady the shot.

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Paradise Pier Reflected, originally uploaded by DonGiaconia.

I took this shot from the Boardwalk while waiting for the World of Color to begin. It was one of those ‘Take 30 Shots and hope one of them comes out clear’ situations.

This picture was taken during my trip for Disneyland’s 55th anniversary weekend. While waiting to get onto the Matterhorn (which took quite a bit to convince my dad that it didn’t flip or have any crazy drops to make him lose his stomach) along came Monorail Blue. It’s amazing how much quieter the Mark VII monorails are than previous models.

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Opening Day At Disneyland

On July 24, 2010, in Disney, Disneyland, by John Giaconia

B&W and Color Footage

While visiting Disneyland for its 55th Anniversary last weekend, one of the special things they did to commemorate the day was to replace the B&W Mickey and Minnie Cartoons in the Main Street Cinema with Disneyland Opening Day footage.  Some of the footage is black and white and some is in color. There were a few different reels they had playing, and I did my best to grab a few. This is the first reel that I captured.  I added some audio to the silent films and I hope you enjoy these seldom shown recordings.

Opening Day At Disneyland from John Giaconia on Vimeo.

Black and White and Color footage from the Main Street Cinema at Disneyland. On July 17th, 2010 they replaced the standard Mickey and Minnie B&W cartoons with opening day footage of Disneyland. Here’s one of the video loops with some added audio.

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Disneyland’s 55th Birthday

On July 10, 2010, in Disney, Disneyland, by John Giaconia

The Emerald Anniversary

Next week, on July 17th, Disneyland will be celebrating it’s 55th Birthday.  Today, the Disney Parks blog announced the schedule of events for commemorating Disneyland’s anniversary including a dedication ceremony at noon, a birthday sing along at 4:15, special Retro-designed park maps,  and a special set of Mickey Ears available only on July 17th that reads: “D 55th,” July 17, 2010.  I was there last year for the 54th Anniversary and I recorded a somewhat shaky video of the commemorative ceremony with The Mayor of Mainstreet, the Disneyland Band and Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

As you can see, the festivities were rather simple, but special none-the-less.  It seems like they do a bigger deal when the anniversary mod 5 = 0. :)  Or, in non-engineer speak, anniversaries that end with a 5 or a 0.  During the 50th Anniversary, they celebrating for 2 years and we ended up with the wonderful fireworks show called Remember… Dreams Come True as narrated by Julie Andrews.  I absolutely adore Julie Andrews — for me, listening to her speak is like a warm voice-hug. The 50th anniversary also brought us the Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams once again, narrated by Julie Andrews. Both of these  were strongly imbued with Walt’s touch when they chose to include audio recordings from his Original Dedication of Disneyland Speech.  If there ever was a time you could feel Walt’s presence up above the Firehouse, it’s listening to Walt’s Dedication on the Park’s anniversary.  And the Park never looked so beautiful as when it was all decked out with Mickey 50’s.

Sleeping Beauty's Castle - 50 Anniversary

Shooting Expo - 50th anniversaryTrain Station - 50 anniversary

May you always stay young at heart. And may your Dreams continue to be inspired by imagination. And may you forever treasure this very special day at the Happiest Place on Earth.

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