Ever thought about the history behind “The Happiest Place on Earth?”
Disneyland, Walt Disney’s magical metropolis, opened on July 17, 1955. Costing a total $17 million, the theme park was built on 160 acres of former orange groves in Anaheim, California.
Today the park is host to more than 14 million visitors annually, who spend close to $3 billion each year.
With the amount that the Disney Empire has grown, it is easy to forget the park’s humble beginnings.
Now we can relive all the early memories, thanks to over an hour of vintage video footage collected by Disney’s former Senior Vice President of Creative Development, Tony Baxter, for a presentation at the 2011 D23 Expo in the Anaheim Convention Center.
The film documents the construction and renovation of Disneyland, with scenes of Imagineers building and decorating the Pirates of the Caribbean galleon as construction workers tightrope-walk on the Monorail tracks.
The nostalgia is palpable in Baxter’s presentation, vintage reels showing opening day, as thousands of excited visitors waited in mile-long lines to enter the park.
A heartwarming walk down memory lane, the footage brings to life a sense of delight and excitement felt by park’s very first visitors.
Do you know what A-113 is? Then you might be missing out on something important, or maybe not… See for yourself:
Disney Has Been Hiding Something From You In Plain Sight. I Can’t Believe I Didn’t Notice It Before
Does the code “A113″ ring a bell? It probably doesn’t, but odds are good that you’ve seen several of these movies where it was used for some small detail. Pixar has used the number in many of their films, but what’s the meaning behind it? Let’s take a look:
Does this code look familiar? It’s the license plate of Andy’s mom in Toy Story, but that’s not the only Pixar movie you’ve seen it in.
There was also that box in A Bug’s Life…
The diver’s camera from Finding Nemo…
The coordinates of Mr. Incredible’s cell in The Incredibles…
On a train and Mater’s license plate in Cars…
On a tag in Ratatouille…
It was the code for the Abandon Earth protocol in WALL-E…
The courtroom number in Up…
On Siddley’s tail, a screen, and (once again) on Mater’s license plate in Cars 2…
Engraved in Roman numerals above a doorway in Brave…
On this door in Monster’s University…
And it’s even in non-Pixar films, such as Lilo & Stitch…
The Iron Giant…
The Princess and the Frog…
The Brave Little Toaster…
As well as TV shows like American Dad…
And in live action movies, like The Avengers.
So what’s the secret?
A113 is a classroom number at the California Institute of Arts, where many talented animators studied. First-year graphic designers and animators studied here before they went on to work for Disney and Pixar, and the mark that classroom has made was left on many of our favorite films and TV shows.
In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Disney Chairman Alan Horn spoke about the progress on the development of the budget for the film.
We actually don’t even have the completed budget yet, but it will be in that range. These large, tentpole kinds of movies, on the expensive side, are in the neighborhood of $175-200 million, that kind of a number — some are more, some are less. We need to give the audience, essentially, a full meal in return for their affection and devotion and love for these properties.
$200 Million is a very big budget, one that is higher than the average budget for Disney’s current biggest source of blockbuster income: Marvel Studios. Disney obviously has high faith in the success of this film, and feels safe in using this kind of money on the franchise.
Granted, this is Star Wars which can guarantee even the biggest disaster to be a success, however Disney has made this kind of gamble before with John Carter and still come out on the short end of the stick.
Last week, it was confirmed that parts and scenes were already underway with filming and initial production.
Miley Cyrus Humor (Warning: Some Jokes Are R Rated)
Ok, hope this Miley collection leaves you smiley, though many will probably just make you groan.
Unfortunately, she keeps promoting Molly in her songs. (Molly, short for molecule, is considered to be pure MDMA, unlike Ecstasy, which generally is laced with other ingredients, such as caffeine or methamphetamine.)
Ok, this is gross…
Grumpy Cat on our side
Scary Pumpkin art
Former Lawrence Welk viewers expecting bubbles…
Not fair, Miley no longer has braces.
Jim Carrey, wow, separated at birth?
Watching Miley, like getting hit with a phaser on stun
Even Liam Hemsworth is done…
Even the bears are not happy with her depiction of a bear
Not enough Snickers in the world…
Mean Girls reference
Nope, we still hate you as Batman
That dog is twerking it
Disney – so happy with its progeny…
This just cracks me up
The sorting hat chooses – Slytherin
You will never look at soggy bread the same
The reason behind the Scream
Even my Vulcan training cannot prevent an emotional shock from this…
Some finger maker just switched from Stadiums to Adult Shops
Mjolnir takes a licking…Just because you are dating my brother…nooooo!
Harry Potter – about to be Twerked
Lumberg right for a change, not even the two Bobs would disagree
For those who don’t know the term, an ‘easter egg’ is something that programmers/artists put into code or media that are somewhat hidden or hard to find, but meant to be fun. Disney studios got into trouble when it was found that in every Disney video, the artists put in an inappropriate frame. The human eye cannot see the frame unless you put the video on frame by frame slow motion. It is kind of an inside joke, fun thing. This reached the public awareness when it was noticed that not so well hidden on the cover of the Little Mermaid video was a phallic symbol disguised poorly as a castle tower.
For gamers, often you have to reach certain achievements or do certain things in the game to ‘unlock’ an easter egg. Sometimes, they are put in out of the way places or simply in plain site. Here is a collection made of some Easter Eggs in the newest Grand Theft Auto version – number 5. Enjoy!
Brother Bear – Nemo makes a quick cameo in the scene where Kenai disrupts the salmon fishing.
The Little Mermaid -Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are among the crowd during King Triton’s entrance.
101 Dalmatians – Lady and Tramp make a quick cameo during the Twilight Bark scene.
Aladdin – The Beast appears as one of the Sultan’s toys.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Aladdin’s Magic Carpet, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Pumbaa from The Lion King, are seen on the street surrounding Notre Dame during the “Out There” scene.
101 Dalmatians – Peg, from Lady and the Tramp, appears in the window of Percy’s Pet Shop during the Twilight Bark scene.
The Great Mouse Detective – Bill the Lizard, from Alice In Wonderland, is part of Ratigan’s gang.
The Little Mermaid – The King and The Grand Duke, from Cinderella, are guests during the wedding scene.
Oliver & Company – Jock, Peg, and Trusty, from Lady & The Tramp, make a quick cameo.
The Black Cauldron – When Taran, Princess Eilonwy, and Fflewddur Fflam discover the Fair Folk and their underground kingdom, Tinkerbell appears among the fairies.
Oliver and Company – Ratigan, from The Great Mouse Detective, and Scooby Doo are hidden among the photos in the “Perfect Isn’t Easy” scene.
Hercules – Scar is the slain Nemean Lion.
The Princess and the Frog – Aladdin’s Magic Carpet can be seen in the opening scene of the movie.
Tangled – Pinocchio is hidden up in the rafters above Flynn Rider during the “I’ve Got a Dream” scene.
Lilo & Stitch – When Lilo is watching the falling star, a Dumbo toy sits in the background on the art easel.
The Princess and the Frog – Louis pulls on some swamp grass and imitates Madam Mim from The Sword and the Stone.
Tangled – As Rapunzel and Flynn read in the library, three classic Disney movies appear in book form: A Sleeping Beauty storybook is displayed next to the window, a copy of Beauty and the Beast lays on the ground, and the Little Mermaid sits atop a side table.
Oliver & Company – Princess Aurora can be seen walking in the background.
The Princess and the Frog – King Triton appears as a Mardi Gras float.
Tarzan – Mrs. Potts and Chip are in Porter’s camp
The Rescuers – Bambi and his mother during the “Someone’s Waiting For You” scene.
The Princess and the Frog – While Mama Odie sings “Dig a Little Deeper,” she throws around a few items, one of which is Genie’s Magic Lamp from Aladdin.
Lilo & Stitch – A Mulan poster hangs on the wall of Nani’s room.
Beauty & the Beast – When Maurice and Felipe are lost in the woods they find a road sign, two of the routes on the sign read Anaheim and Valencia. (Anaheim: Where Disneyland is and Valencia: Where California Institute of the Arts is located)
Treasure Planet – A Stitch doll sits on Jim’s shelf.
The Fox and the Hound – Wart (in squirrel form) from The Sword in the Stone makes a cameo.
Lilo & Stitch – The ball from Pixar’s Luxo Jr. can be seen in the background.
The Mad Prince Ludwig II of Bavaria had built the beautiful castle of Neuschwanstein during the latter years of the Victorian Period. It was used as inspiration for the Disney Cinderella’s Castle. Here first are the original photos taken during construction, then the pictures of it now, inside and out.
Construction of Neuschwanstein Castle
“Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany, was commissioned by Ludwig II as a homage to Richard Wagner.
“In 1868, the ruins of existing medieval twin castles were demolished; the old keep was blown up. The palace was built in brick and later encased with other types of rock. For about two decades the construction site was the principal employer of the region. The heirs of the 30 construction casualties received a small pension.
“In the end, Ludwig II only lived in the palace for a total of 172 days.”
George Lucas just sold the rights to Star Wars to Disney along with Lucasfilm, Inc., for $4.05 Billion! So what would you do, now unfettered from all financial worries, 68 years old, $4 billion bucks wearing a hole in your pocket?
That’s right! Get up each morning, go to Starbucks and KNIT! Er, what? I know the joke “knit-wit” is too obvious… I can think of 4 billion things to do BEFORE I would turn to knitting in public, but to each their own. I have a bad feeling about this…