50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination

President Kennedy visited Disneyland only once; as a senator in October of 1959. In this picture he greets the President of Guinea, Ahmed Sékou Touré, by the Disneyland Railroad. 

Here we have a sign displayed at the park’s front entrance informing guests that Disneyland would be closed in observance of the president’s death. This marked the first time Disneyland had been closed unexpectedly. Since then this has only happened twice, once in 1994 after the Northridge earthquake and then most recently in 2001 following the September 11 attacks. 

Concept Art for Discovery Bay 

Discovery Bay was a concept for a new land along the Rivers of America set in the 19th century. Dreamed up by Tony Baxter in the 1970s it would have featured attractions based on the inventions of the 1800s, Jules Verne novels, and the film The Island at the Top of the World. However because EPCOT and Tokyo Disneyland were being developed at the same time, the project was never realized. 

If you want to read more about Discovery Bay click here 

Tony Baxter is Getting his Window on Main St. Today!

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     For those of you that don’t know, getting your name on a Main St. window is one of the highest honors an imagineer can receive. While you don’t have to be an imagineer to get one, windows are reserved for people who have played an instrumental role in creating the magic at Disneyland. Tony already has a window at Disneyland Paris but if you ask me this window at Disneyland is long overdue!