Greetings fellow Disneyland time traveler! It's Spring 1977 and you're a Cast Member at Disneyland. You've been handed a big envelope from park management with your name on it. Is this what you think it is? As soon as you get home, you open it up... Yes! You had heard the opening date rumors for months as final construction took place on the massive new Tomorrowland … [Read more...]
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Take a look at this terrific WED Enterprises recruitment ad from 1980. As mentioned in the copy, over a billion dollars was being funneled into massive Imagineering parks projects in Florida, California and Tokyo, which necessitated the hiring of many (what we might call today) Entertainment Designers. What was going on at Disneyland specifically during this … [Read more...]
Coming up with exact design and construction costs for Disneyland attractions would require a CPA, mountains of old public financial statement filings, or access to Disney Imagineering's Quickbooks account--none of which we have available here at TheHappiest.com. So we'll have to settle for fuzzy figures from a mix of "official" and random unofficial sources. The original … [Read more...]
Ronald Reagan is shot by John Hinckley. The very first DeLorean rolls off the production line. Donkey Kong I is released by Nintendo. And you're headed to Grad Nite at Disneyland! Say what you will about the 1980s, but you can't deny it was a great time for fashion! Okay, maybe you can. But look, at least back then teenagers weren't wearing pajamas out in public. Take a look … [Read more...]