Thursday, May 13, 2021

Another Amazing Disneyland Auction!


Hello collectors and memorabilia fans! This one's for you! Once again, Van Eaton Galleries is having an auction full of Disneyland goodies. From actual used in park items, to artwork, to Cast Member costumes, there's so much to look at! Whether or not you're actually interested in buying (this stuff can get PRICEY), I recommend going through and checking out the catalog for yourself because there's some amazing park history. The actual auction takes place on May 22 and 23. 

I know you're all busy people, so I've taken the liberty of going through and picking out my favorites for you to look through. Also, Van Eaton has a store where you can buy some smaller souvenirs directly (without waiting for the auction or bidding) and there are some fun options there too.

Look through and let us know what looks best to you!

Up for Auction!

Is your name Bob? Have I got something for you! Check out this set of Cast Member name tags, mostly engraved for Bob. Value is estimated at $400-$600.

One man's trash is another man's treasure...literally. This is an ORIGINAL Fantasyland trashcan used up until the Fantasyland remodel in 1983. I could see using this at home!!! Value is estimated at $6,000-$10,000.

For the gamers. Who wouldn't want to own a Fix It Felix Jr arcade game?? This was specially created for Disneyland to be used in the Starcade after Wreck It Ralph was released. Value is estimated at $7,000-$10,000.

Love Disneyland Costumes? This is a Disneyland costuming department board game. I don't even know where to begin with this one. I didn't even know games specifically for Cast Members was a thing. Imagine landing on a space that says "Garment lost in Disney Warehouse, lose 2 turns." I may have to bid on this one! Value is estimated at $100-$200. 

Ever want to be Disneyland security? Wear this security badge, hat, tie bar, and money clip! Value is estimated from $100-$500, depending on which piece you're looking at. 

Lots of parking lot signs! I grabbed a picture of Donald because he's one of my faves, but there's also Eeyore, Bambi, and Flower. Can you imagine putting this in your garage or driveway to mark where your parking space is??? That's what I'd do! Value is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

Remember hand stamps??? All you need is your own black light stamp pad and you can pretend you're leaving the park 20 years ago! One is Merlin and one is Copper. What a cool piece of Disneyland history! Value is estimated at $400-$600.

Arrive at the Disneyland Hotel (whenever it reopens!) in style. This bag is vintage from the 1960s and calls the Disneyland Hotel the "Pleasure Headquarters in Southern California." Value is estimated at $200-$400.

Look at this amazing blanket for your Queen size bed! I remember when this was used at the Disneyland Hotel in the early 2000s and I always loved it! It combines a floral pattern with attraction images. Value is estimated at $200-$400.

All aboard! Perfect for the train lover, this is a hat from the Railroad conductor costume in the 1990s. It even has the rare silver badge across the front. Value is estimated at $400-$600.

Serve your dinner on a Plaza Inn tray! This is dated as the late 80s and has the logo for Columbian Coffee, which sponsored the restaurant at the time. Value is estimated at $100-$200.

Want to pretend you're visiting Club 33? Drink your coffee in these Club 33 espresso cups! Value is estimated at $200-$400.

Win Halloween as a Haunted Mansion Ghost Host! You could even be Maynard, the best Ghost Host ever. Value is estimated at $500-$700. 

Have you ever looked at a wall in your home and thought, "Gee, this space could sure use a Disney mosaic."
This one is for you! This Sleeping Beauty tile mosaic was displayed on the castle up until the 1983 Fantasyland refurb and is still in pretty good condition! Value is estimated at a whopping $30,000-$50,000.

Its the top of an Autopia ride vehicle! I'm not sure what happened to the insides or the bottom, but the top is here! Value is estimated at $6,000-$8,000.

Were you one of the, like, 10 people who rode on Superstar Limo or one of the, like, 5 who enjoyed it? They've got a set of two hood ornaments from the ride that lasted less than a year. Value is estimated at $200-$400.

For the Cars fans! There's one of the license plates that's on display in the queue for Mater's Junkyard Jamboree. Value is estimated at $300-$500. 

Buy it Now!

If you were interested in the items you can buy without bidding in the auction, here are some personal favorites. 

A plate used in Disneyland restaurants in the 70s and 80s. Buy it now for $100.

Vintage Salt and Pepper shaker souvenirs.
Buy it now for $150.

"New Fantasyland" pennant from the 1983 Fantasyland refurbishment. Buy it now for $200. 

Fantasyland Ride Vehicle set from the now discontinued Walt Disney Classics Collection. My favorite thing is characters riding their own rides, so this is a clear winner! Buy it now for $1500.

My very favorite...a vintage 1960s ashtray holder featuring Tinkerbell and the castle. Why is this my favorite, you may ask? I bought one at a garage sale years ago for next to nothing! Buy it now for $250.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Pics from Disneyland's Grand Reopening!


It's been 412 days, but Disneyland officially reopened to the public today!!! We're not there (boo!) but we've collected our favorite pics from those lucky enough to be there to share with you. 

First of all, check out the people lined up at the crack of dawn to get in! They're keeping the park at very low capacity, so it has to be the fact that the groups are staying 6 feet apart that the line stretches out so far...right???

I absolutely love the welcome back signs!

Cast Members were ready to greet all the guests on their way in this morning, and they even held a flag raising ceremony.

Characters are out (although distanced)!

I love the special reopening merch. The magic is back!!!

A couple of special new treats to try. The "Magic is Here" cupcake and the Dole Whip cookie look especially good!

The April/December portrait is back at the Haunted Mansion.

And basically, things look amazing all around!

If you, like us, aren't there and are just living vicariously through everyone who gets to be at Disneyland today, we hope all these photos made your day a little better!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Imagineering Challenge!


Now that we are days away from Disneyland reopening let’s have some fun! Who hasn’t walked around the park and said to themselves, family members, friends, cast members, or anyone who would listen, “What Disneyland really needs is an attraction of .........” or “I wish they would bring back .........”

Now’s your opportunity! Take an attraction from Yesteryear and re-imagine it or re-theme it. You are presenting and pitching your idea to Walt!!

Channel your inner Marc Davis, Ub Iwerks, Mary Blair, Marty Sklar, Tony Baxter, X Atencio, Joe Rohde, and Bob Gurr. (Or one of your favorite imagineers - Bob is mine.)

Don’t just say, “I wish this attraction came back.” Really dive into it and get creative. 

I’ll go first! (I saw the idea on another blog and liked it.)

Bring back Adventure Thru Inner Space in the Star Tours area and change it to when Ant-Man goes into the quantum realm. The queue could be changed and have Michael Douglas as Dr. Pym talking about the dangers of going that small. 

Let’s see who’s idea Walt would get excited to remake!

Friday, April 16, 2021

What to Eat When Disneyland Reopens!


Who got their tickets to Disneyland??? I mean, not me, but that's ok. I'll just live vicariously through all of you! Whether you plan on going right on April 30th or waiting a while (thinking of you, non-California residents), it's always fun to talk about Disney food. Mmmm....I can taste the Dole Whips already...Where was I? Right, the food!! Here's what you can expect to reopen with Disneyland and California Adventure in just two weeks. 

Thanks to the Disney Parks Blog for the yummy food pics.

Disneyland Park

What's Open (** denotes mobile ordering available)

  • Bengal Barbecue **
  • Cafe Orleans 
    • Open with limited seating
    • Advanced reservations or walkups (over the Disneyland App) available
  • French Market **
  • Galactic Grill **
  • Gibson Girl Ice Cream **
  • Jolly Holiday Bakery **
  • Little Red Wagon **
  • Market House
  • Milk Stand **
  • Mint Julep Bar **
  • Plaza Inn **
  • Red Rose Taverne **
  • River Belle Terrace (reservations available)
  • Ronto Roasters **
  • Ship to Shore Marketplace
  • Stage Door Cafe **
  • Toon-Up Treats
  • Various Outdoor Vending carts for ice cream, churros, drinks, etc.

Our Food Recommendations

  • While the Tiki Juice Bar (and the Tiki Room) will be closed, the full Dole Whip menu along with their other usual goodies will be available at the Tropical Hideaway.
  • All the weird churro flavors are back! Look for fluffernutter, strawberry cheesecake, milk and cookies, and s'mores. 
  • The classic hand-dipped corn dogs are available at the Little Red Wagon AND the Stage Door Cafe. 
  • The amazing Cauliflower Sandwich, flatbread pizza, the Gray Stuff, and more will all be back at the Red Rose Taverne.
  • If you can get a reservation at the Riverbelle, the Skillet Brisket Mac and Cheese sounds incredible!
  • No better way to end your day at Disneyland than with a Firehouse Sunday at the Gibson Girl!! Wait times might even be better than we're used to there since they've added mobile ordering. Fingers crossed!

California Adventure:

What's Open (** still means mobile ordering available!)

  • Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats **
  • Angry Dogs
  • Award Wieners **
  • Cappuccino Cart **
  • Carthay Circle Lounge (reservations available!)
  • Cocina Cucamonga **
  • Cozy Cone Motel **
  • Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe
  • Flo's V8 Cafe **
  • Ghirardelli Soda Fountain
  • Hollywood Lounge **
  • Lamplight Lounge 
    • Open with limited seating
    • Advanced reservations or walkups (over the Disneyland App) available
  • Pacific Wharf Distribution Co **
    • For a limited time mobile ordering will be available through Cocina Cucamonga
  • Poultry Palace
  • Rita's Baja Blenders **
    • Mobile also available through Cocina Cucamonga for the time being
  • SmokeJumpers Grill **
  • Sonoma Terrace **
  • Studio Catering  **
    • Mobile ordering temporarily through Hollywood Lounge
  • Various Outdoor Vending carts for ice cream, churros, drinks, churros, etc.

Our Food Recommendations

  • Award Wieners is now exclusively hand dipped corn dogs, hot link corn dogs, and cheese stick (cheese corn dog?). I'll miss some of their other hot dog offerings, but I'm dying for a hot link corn dog!
  • Flo's Menu is looking a lot more limited, but the Fried Chicken is always amazing, and I'd be interested in an impossible burger!
  • Smoke Jumper's Grill is keeping popular menu items from Touch of Disney, including a 1/2 Monte Cristo sandwich (since Blue Bayou will remain closed), brisket mac and cheese (like we saw at the Riverbelle), and a s'mores shake!
  • This just in! The Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill's menu now entirely consists of:
    • Asian style tacos
    • Banyan Beef Skewer (from the Bengal BBQ)
    • Bengal Beef Skewer (also from the Bengal BBQ)
    • Chieftain Chicken Skewer(again from the Bengal BBQ!)

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Attraction Updates When Disneyland Reopens!


Photo Credit: Disney

Disneyland's reopening is two weeks away, and of course there will be some major changes. From masks to distancing, the world is different than it was when the parks closed down over a year ago, so some new rules are to be expected. 

But that's not what we're here for today! Today is all about the behind-the-scenes changes that have gone on during the past year, and what attraction changes you can expect when April 30th rolls around. 

Snow White's Enchanted Wish

Goodbye Snow White's Scary Adventure, hello Snow White's Enchanted Wish! When last we reported, finishing touches were still being made on the updated version of this original Disneyland attraction. But now it's all complete and ready for reopening! 

*Updates to look for*

  • A newly designed animatronic Snow White who can dance along with the dwarves in the opening scene. Instead of passively watching from the stairs, our heroine is in on the action, and we're so here for it!
  • There'll be updates to the whole look of the mine scene, complete with projections and a fantastic looking Dopey animatronic with diamonds in his eyes. 
  • We'll also have a new ending scene. Rather than the witch dies and the ride is over, we'll actually get to see Snow White reunited with the Dwarves and the Prince.

King Arthur's Carousel

While this one is just a standard refurbishment, the Carousel is really the central focus of Fantasyland when you first come through the castle and should always be in peak form. 

Photo Credit: Disney

*Updates to look for*

  • The canopy has been freshly painted with a new color scheme.  
  • They've added shields around the outside of the carousel, representing the Knights of the Round Table.
  • Every horse has been repainted, had its jewels touched up and reset,  and had gold leaf accents added to really enhance the look. 

Haunted Mansion

What I love about updates to the Haunted Mansion is that, unless they're incredibly large focal points like the Hatbox Ghost was, they are often tough to spot since the mansion is dark and very full to begin with. It can be almost like a treasure hunt! Which of these updates do you think will be obvious and which will enhance the overall experience whether you notice them or not?

Photo Credit: Disney

*Updates to look for*

  • The April/December portrait is back! Once one of the main paintings in the haunted hallway after the stretching room, this one has been missing for years but is has returned in an updated form and will be hanging in the space just before you board your Doom Buggy. 
  • The garden area just to the right of the mansion when you're waiting in the queue has new landscaping and new statues of dearly departed pets.
  • You may have seen other sites posting that the hanging man may be removed from the stretching room scene, but until it's confirmed, we're not reporting it as fact. If we hear something real, we'll let you know - we promise. 

Coming Shortly after Opening

Even with a year closed, not everything could be ready for opening day. Here's what changes are coming shortly after the parks' reopening.

  • Avengers Campus - Opening June 4!
  • Jungle Cruise Update - no date announced yet but changes are already underway!