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Fall 1967
Vol. 2, No. 4
September, October, November 1967
16 Pages

Disney News Fall 1967On the Cover
Disneyland's New Tomorrowland, featuring "transportation systems of the future and new attractions presented by major American corporations."

Inside Highlights
"Even in Restaurants, Disneyland Excels" (Page 1)

A look at the more than 25 restaurant and fast food choices within Disneyland, spotlighting Main Street, U.S.A.'s Plaza Inn, Adventureland's Tahitian Terrace, the Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square, Casa de Fritos in Frontierland, and the newly-opened Tomorrowland Terrace.
     Fun Fact:  Known today as the Blue Bayou Restaurant, the bistro that overlooks the Pirates of the Caribbean waterway was originally called the Blue Bayou
Terrace.

"Services--A Specialty at the Magic Kingdom" (Page 2)
Disneyland isn't just rides and restaurants.  It's lots of services as well.  From stroller rentals to baby stations to first aid.  In the spotlight is Ken-L-Land, where guests can room their pets while they visit Disneyland.  Pet owners bring not only dogs, but also "monkeys, ocelots, snakes, squirrels, turtles, tropical fish and even a lion cub."

Grandma Audio-Animatronic"WED's 'Audio-Animatronics' Progresses With Disneyland" (Page 4)
Checking out the latest Audio-Animatronics technology four years after the debut of the Enchanted Tiki Room, Imagineer Marc Davis hails the advances WED Enterprises has made at Disneyland: "The technology keeps right on moving forward.  We started out hoping to make the GE (Carousel of Progress) families live up to the pirates.  Now--with the new equipment and experience we have proved out in the pirate show--the GE figures already can do some things even the pirates can't.  And the Mission Control flight director in the McDonnell Douglas (Flight to the Moon) pre-show will probably take another step forward . . . because we keep on building and plussing as we go along."  And, apparently, they taught Grandma from the Carousel of Progress how to read too.

"Vaudeville's Not Dead at the Magic Kingdom" (Page 6)
The Golden Horseshoe Revue passes 17,000 performances at Disneyland.  Originally opening in 1955, the show stars comedian Wally Boag as the Traveling Salesman/Pecos Bill and Betty Taylor as Slue Foot Sue.  Irish tenor Fulton Burley and the dancing Golden Horseshoe Girls round out the cast.
     Fun Fact:  The Golden Horseshoe Revue ran continuously at Disneyland from 1955 until 1986.  Boag himself performed in over 40,000 Revue shows at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.  He retired in 1982.  Boag, Taylor and Burley were each named Disney Legends in 1995.

"Power of Park:  Disneyland Generates Dollars by the Second" (Page 10)
In the 12 years since Disneyland opened, an estimated $1.28 billion in tourism revenue has been generated in the Anaheim area--a rate of $3.40 per second.  There are 94 hotels with 4,300 rooms total, a 44,000-seat baseball stadium and a newly-opened 9,000-seat multipurpose convention center.
     Fun Fact:  Today, there are nearly 500 hotels with 55,000 guest rooms in the Anaheim/Orange County area.  The current Angel Stadium of Anaheim has undergone several renovations over the years and is now a baseball-only facility seating just over 45,000.  The Anaheim Convention Center has grown to become the largest facility of its kind on the West Coast with 1.6 million square feet of meeting rooms and exhibit space.

"Disneyland Railroad Dates Back Farther Than Company" (Page13)
A brief history of the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad details how the first engines were designed from plywood "mockups," then assembled at the Disneyland roundhouse.  Engine No. 1, the C.K. Holliday, is named for the founder of the Santa Fe Railroad.  Engine No. 2, the E.P. Ripley, is named for an early president of the railroad.
     Fun Fact:  In explaining Walt Disney's lifelong passion for trains, the article incorrectly notes that Walt was born in Kansas City and got his first job as a "news butcher" on the railroad.  In fact, Walt was born in Chicago and first worked for his father, delivering newspapers. 

Other Articles
"Park's Shooting Galleries Get New Paint Job Daily" - Disneyland's Frontierland and Adventureland shooting galleries, with real guns shooting real lead pellets, are repainted every morning at 7:00 before park opening.
"'World of Color' Features New Format for 1967-68" - With Walt's passing, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color changes the format of its introductory lead-ins, which Walt had previously done.
"Beautiful Landscaping Part of Park's 'Show'" - Disneyland's unique landscaping covers a wide range of flora and fauna.  "There are bamboo and rare coral trees in Adventureland; pepper trees, olive trees, assorted flowers, and ivy on Main Street, U.S.A.; California poppies, marigolds, and yucca in Tomorrowland; date palms and flowering peach trees in Fantasyland; cactus and joshua trees in Frontierland; and, of course, thousands more throughout the Magic Kingdom."
"Disneyland Wardrobe: From Fantasy to Fashion" - Disneyland's wardrobe department creates some new looks for cast members working in the revamped Tomorrowland.  All told, there will be "more than 20,000 outfits in nearly 400 different styles" used throught the park during the summer.
"Studio Readying Finest Motion Picture Release Schedule Ever Offered" - Walt Disney Productions vice president Card Walker touts the upcoming lineup of films: The Happiest Millionaire, The Gnome-Mobile, The Jungle Book, Blackbeard's Ghost, Never a Dull Moment and The One and Only Genuine Original Family Band.
"At Disneyland, Even the Queues are Fun" - "'People,' as Walt Disney said, 'don't like to be left standing there.'"
"Film Distribution: Important But Little Known Part of Movies" - Buena Vista Distribution delivers about 400 prints of any given Disney film for distribution in the U.S.  They also have a say in what films are shown with them.  Says district manager Don Conley, "We simply can't allow a theater owner to run an objectionable picture with ours--one that would be undesirable to parents and their children.  We've cancelled many engagements for that reason."
"Bell System Girls Have Unique Employee Program" - An "all-girl crew" of 54 staffs Disneyland's Bell Telephone exhibit in Tomorrowland.  They each participate in a six-month program to develop management and presentation skills.
"Disney Dubbing Means Quality in Any Language" - Rather than use subtitles that can't be read by young children, Disney dubs its movies and television shows into as many as 14 different languages.
"Park's Ambassador Joins Snow White and Dwarfs on Twenty-Day Promo Tour" - To promote the fifth theatrical release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disneyland ambassador Marcia Miner embarks on a 20-day, 18-city U.S. tour--with the costumed Seven Dwarfs in tow.
"Through the Disney Lens" - Photos of Magic Kingdom Club "Families of the Month" during their visits to Disneyland.

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