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P resented here, for your enjoyment, is a magical and musical virtual Audio tour of the Happiest Place on Earth, both past and present. From this comprehensive collection of rare Audio recordings, the stay at home listener is granted their very own 'E' Ticket to adventures that recreate the ambiance and simulate the you-are-there sensation of an actual trip to the park. Just close your eyes and let your mind run free. It won't be hard to imagine you are really inside the Magic Kingdom for an exciting day at Disneyland, the place where dreams really do come true... 11 - MASCOT - 175

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1 - Sleeping Beauty Castle Drawbridge - When You Wish Upon a Star  03:17

 

The magical symbol of the Magical Kingdom is the majestic and enchanted Sleeping Beauty Castle, representing all that makes Disneyland the Happiest Place on Earth. As guests cross over the drawbridge and pass through its towering medieval gateway, they hear the song that best exemplifies the true spirit of the entire Walt Disney organization.
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2 - Walt Disney Takes You to Fantasyland - Fantasyland Suite  08:13

 

Walt Disney welcomes visitors to the land nearest and dearest to his heart, Fantasyland. Above all other lands in the Magic Kingdom, this kingdom of childhood imagination is where the spirit of Disney enchantment truly resides, where guests are invited to literally step into the magical settings found in many of Walt Disney's classic animated films.
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3 - Your Trip to Disneyland on Records - Fantasyland  01:53

 

This rare recording was part of a set of short playing cardboard picture discs positioned within an accordion booklet with a colorful map of the park. Released shortly after the 1955 opening of Disneyland, it provided children with a narrated tour of Disneyland, land by land, including Fantasyland, with Tinkerbell, Mickey, Donald and Goofy.
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4 - Disneyland Song Parade - Fantasyland  19:14

 

These songs, encapsulating the imaginative spirit of the land of make-believe, come from a children's album produced by Golden Records in the 1950's. This was one in a series of four albums, each containing a special song to introduce youngsters to one of the four themed lands found within Disneyland, including this salute to Fantasyland.
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5 - Fantasyland Theme Instrumentals  10:53

 

There are so many classic Walt Disney songs that come to mind when contemplating Fantasyland. Throughout his movie-making career, Walt often returned to the thematic elements of fairytale magic, romance, faith in dreams and wishes coming true, and the music from his animated films are heard everywhere throughout his fantasy kingdom.
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- Fantasyland in TV Land -

 

The format of the original Disneyland TV series mirrored Disneyland the Park, with a rotation of episodes coming from each of its themed realms. For Fantasyland, content was selected from Walt Disney's vast library of classic animation. In addition, many Fantasyland episodes took audiences on a tour of the Magic Kingdom, which always included a look at the enticing attractions found in this realm of dream comes true.
 
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6 - Disneyland Pre-Opening Report - Fantasyland  09:09
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7 - Dateline Disneyland - Fantasyland Grand Opening  11:54
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8 - Disneyland USA - Fantasyland  08:22
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9 - Disneyland the Park - Fantasyland  03:40
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10 - An Adventure in the Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland  06:15
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11 - The Sounds of America - Fantasyland  09:52
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12 - The Magic of Fantasyland  01:36
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13 - A Dream Called Fantasyland  00:44

 

The aesthetic of original Fantasyland was quite different from what we see in Disneyland today. The majority of attraction's had façades resembling medieval tournament tents, adorned with brilliant striped and checkered canopies, assorted shields of armor, each emblazoned by a royal coat of arms and countless flags in all colors, shapes and sizes.
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14 - Fantasyland at Disneyland - Super 8 Home Movie  07:20

 

Before home video, there were home movies. Beginning in 1974, Kodak offered Super 8mm souvenir films, sold at gift stands throughout the park. These were also available with recorded narrative and music for those with sound projectors. The eight minute travelogue highlighted Fantasyland's many attractions and visual points of interest.
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15 - Fantasyland Attraction Preview - Jack Wagner  01:59

 

Jack Wagner describes the many attractions found in original Fantasyland. Here, guests could ride a stately carousel stallion, a magical flying elephant, a madly spinning tea cup, a colorful circus train, a mine cart into the dwarf's diamond mine, a flying pirate ship over moonlit London or a canal boat through a miniature storybook garden.
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16 - A Day at Disneyland - Fantasyland  03:14

 

In 1982, Walt Disney Home Entertainment released a special video tour of Disneyland exclusively for sale in the park as a take home souvenir, but was soon available for rental at video stores nationwide. A highlight of this thirty minute park overview included a look at Fantasyland, featuring the Storybook land Canal Boats and It's a Small World.
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17 - Family Reunion Parade - Fantasyland Montage  03:02

 

Disneyland's 25th Birthday Parade was divided into seven sections representing each of the park's themed lands. In addition to performances by live bands, several pre-recorded musical medleys accompanied the floats for each themed section, including a delightful segment representing Fantasyland featuring a menagerie of Walt Disney characters.
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18 - The Disneyland Band - Fantasyland Castle Concert  07:55

 

The Disneyland Band is not only a popular feature of Main Street USA, but can be spotted all over the park every day. In addition to performances on the bow of the Mark Twain, or aboard the galloping horses of King Arthur Carrousel, they frequently perform favorite Walt Disney songs in their signature style in front of the Fantasyland castle gateway.
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19 - Tinker Bell Toy Shop  00:00

 

Located in the shadow of Sleeping Beauty Castle, in the Fantasyland courtyard, this magical merchandise location featuring Madame Alexander dolls, costumes, games, souvenirs and toys, was originally known as the Fantasy of Disneyland Shop. It became the Tinker Bell Toy Shop in 1957, operating under that name for the next 45 years.
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20 - Merlin's Magic Shop  06:33

 

Located in Fantasyland's castle courtyard is a small gift store that has undergone multiple changes throughout the years, but was originally a novelty magic shop named after the famed sorcerer of the round table. A magician was often on hand to demonstrate the merchandise, and famously, this position was once held by comedian Steve Martin.
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21 - Fantasyland Court Jester  00:00

 

Except for special occasions, using costumes borrowed from the Ice Capdes, during Disneyland's early years of operation walk-around Disney characters were instead supplemented by assorted themed entertainers, who were essentially the citizens of the lands they appeared in. Fantasyland guests would often encounter a royal court jester.
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22 - The Fantasyland Royal Brass  00:00

 

The charming storybook architecture found throughout Fantasyland's castle courtyard reminds Disneyland guests of a quaint little European village on the day the royal circus has come into town, so a performance by a colorful and lively om-pah brass band serves as the perfect musical compliment to this festive Fantasyland Bavarian carnival.
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23 - Sleeping Beauty Castle - Original Walk-Through Diorama  06:28

 

The interior of Sleeping Beauty Castle was inaccessible to guests until 1957. After the eviction of a clowder of feral cats, its tight spaces were cleverly transformed into a walk-through self guided tour. The dioramas therein featured scenes previewing Walt Disney's 16th full-length animated feature, "Sleeping Beauty." which would premiere in 1959.
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24 - The Story of Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty  00:00

 

Fantasyland's famous castle was originally going to belong to Snow White, but it was later decided to name it in honor of another Disney princess who would feature in the up and coming animated film "Sleeping Beauty" which went into full production at the same time as Disneyland. Unlike Disneyland however, the film was not completed until 1959.
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25 - King Arthur Carrousel - Original Fantasyland Band Organ  09:11

 

King Arthur Carrousel was an opening day Fantasyland attraction. It was originally built in 1922 and located at Sunnyside Beach Park in Ontario, Canada, with additional horses sourced from the Looff carousel in Coney Island. The wood carved carousel, and each of its 72 wooden steeds, were completely refurbished and refitted for Disneyland.
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26 - 1968 King Arthur Carrousel - Fantasyland Band Organ  00:00

 

The soundtrack of the original King Arthur Carousel resonated live from a fully restored Wurlitzer #157 band organ, which surprisingly did not play any Disney songs, but stuck to a more conventional program of circus music and traditional marches. Here is a sample of the type of music one would typically experience in those earlier days.
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27 - Snow White's Grotto Opening Ceremony - Disneyland '61  01:07

 

One of those magical hidden details, that elevates Disneyland above other parks, is this enchanted grotto tucked away at the eastern end of Sleeping Beauty Castle. It features a set of elegant Italian marble statues, anonymously gifted to Walt Disney, representing Snow White and each of the Seven Dwarfs. It was officially dedicated in April of 1961.
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28 - Snow White's Wishing Well  02:20

 

A small bridge leads to a quiet courtyard in front of the Snow White Grotto, where passers by encounter an enchanted wishing well. Every quarter hour guests will hear the echoes of a wishful love song, sung by the fairytale princess herself. Coins tossed into the well are periodically fished out and donated to children's charities around the world.
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29 - Snow White and Her Adventures  00:00

 

Snow White and Her Adventures was one of three original dark rides that premiered in Fantasyland on opening day. Each of these rides was designed so that you represented the hero of the story, but the concept was never fully understood, and many were left puzzled as to why Snow White was not seen anywhere inside her namesake attraction.
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30 - Snow White's Adventures - Old Hag and Original Sound Effects  00:00

 

Each of Fantasyland's original dark rides represented one of three aspects of childhood imagination, fear, beauty and joy. With its dark scenes, and startling appearance by an evil hag, the Snow White ride represented said childhood fears. This proved problematic, and in time, warning signs were posted near the entrance stating "Beware of the Witch!"
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31 - Peter Pan Flight  00:00

 

Another of the three original Fantasyland dark rides, within the lexicon of childhood imagination the Peter Pan experience represented beauty. Based on the, "You Can Fly," sequence Walt Disney's 1953 animated masterpiece, guest boarded a pirate galleon and soared over London, passing the second star to the right and straight on to Neverland.
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32 - Peter Pan Flight - Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Mr. Smee  00:00

 

The early Fantasyland dark rides may be considered primitive now, but they were highly advanced for their day. Key scenes were enhanced by recorded dialogue playing on a repeating loop. Peter Pan shouted "Here we go!" as guests flew out the nursery window, and a comical back and forth enhanced your meeting with Captain Hook and Mr. Smee.
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33 - The Mad Hatter Hat Shop  00:00

 

Specializing in souvenir hats of all shapes and sizes and the ever popular mouse ears, the Mad Hatter is proprietor of not one, but two hat shops in Disneyland, one in Town Square and the other in Fantasyland. At the original Fantasyland shop between Peter Pan and Mr. Toad, guests could have their purchase embroidered with their name, free of charge.
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34 - Mad Hatter Tea Cups  00:00

 

Based on the tea party sequence from Walt Disney's 1951 animated classic, "Alice in Wonderland," the Mad Hatter Tea Cups have been whirling guests around Fantasyland since the day Disneyland opened. The attraction was originally located directly behind King Arthur's Carrousel. In 1983 it was moved next to the Alice in Wonderland dark ride.
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35 - Welch's Grape Juice Bar  00:00

 

The Welch's Grape Juice Bar is a fondly remembered refreshment stand from the original Fantasyland. It was located beneath a purple polka-dotted canopy between the Snow White dark ride and the Fantasyland Theater. It featured a hand painted mural depicting the mythological Pastoral sequence from Walt Disney's animated classic, "Fantasia."
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36 - Welch's Vintage Commercials  00:00

 

Since the day it opened, Disneyland has partnered with outside corporations to sponsor many of its shows, attractions, gift shops, restaurants and other guest service facilities. Welch's had an early presence in Disneyland. At their Fantasyland snack location they served fresh concord grape juice and frozen juice bars, a popular favorite on a hot day.
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37 - Fantasyland Art Corner  00:00

 

The Art Corner was located in the back corner of Fantasyland. A larger sister location would later open in Tomorrowland the following year. Here guests could watch visiting Disney cartoonists at work, pose for a caricature, or purchase original animation cels. A regular guest artist was big Mooseketeer Roy Williams, of Mickey Mouse Club fame.
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38 - Fantasyland Pearly Band  00:00

 

Disneyland's Pearly Band was inspired by a scene from the 1964 musical fantasy, "Mary Poppins." Pearlies are a tradition derived from the British music halls of the mid 19th century, and are so named for their colorful costumes adorned in white mother-of-pearl buttons. This brassy musical troupe has performed throughout Fantasyland for decades.
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39 - Fantasy Foods - Area Background Music  00:00

 

Original Fantasyland was dotted with dozens of outdoor tables bedecked with colorful umbrellas. These tables provided seating for two large fast food stands located on the east and west end of Fantasyland proper. Resonating from these structures in the round, guests in line would hear various instrumentals from classic Walt Disney films.
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40 - Mickey Mouse Theater - Cartoon Cavalcade  13:43

 

Where the Pinocchio attraction resides today, the original Fantasyland had a large indoor theater where classic Walt Disney cartoons were always on the playbill. At the Cartoon Cavalcade of the 1950's, three classic Mickey shorts from the 1930's were featured continuously, "Mickey's Trailer," "Thru the Mirror" and "The Band Concert."
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41 - Fantasyland Theatre - Mickey Mouse Club 3-D Jamboree  23:23

 

One early offering at the Fantasyland Theatre was called the Mickey Mouse Club 3D Jamboree. It starred the original Mouseketeers from the popular television series who appeared in third dimension to introduce two colorful 3D cartoon shorts... Working for Peanuts, starring Donald, Chip and Dale, and a special musical short called Melody.
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- The Fantasyland Theater - Special Events -

 

In addition to its rotation of classic cartoons, the Fantasyland Theater often presented special live entertainment with top level performing artists. The world famous Papotin puppets once made a limited time appearance, and throughout the 60's there were two weekly concerts presented here in an ongoing series. Humdinger presented the latest in popular sounds, and Hootenanny capitalized on the current folk music revival.
 
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42 - Papotin Revue  00:00
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43 - Humdinger Concert Series  1:20:24
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44 - Hootenanny Concert Series  60:00
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- The Fantasyland That Never Was -

 

Several attractions planned for Fantasyland remain but a dream that never came true. Some of these were included in the original blueprints for Disneyland, but were later cut as budgets were slashed during the push to open the park on time. Later concepts were put on hold, time and again, as other projects overshadowed the notion to improve Fantasyland. Here are many of those imaginative ideas that never came to pass.
 
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45 - Lilliputian Land  00:00
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46 - Monstro the Whale - Shoot the Chutes  00:00
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47 - Duck Bumps  00:00
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48 - Crocodile Aquarium  00:00
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49 - The Old Mill  00:00
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50 - Rock Candy Mountain  00:00
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51 - Rainbow Road to Oz  00:00
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52 - International Land  00:00
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53 - The Enchanted Snow Palace  00:00
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54 - Fantasia in Fantasyland - Fantasia Gardens / Garden of the Gods  00:00
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55 - Mary Poppins Carousel  00:00
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56 - Dumbo's Storybook Circus  00:00
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57 - Dumbo Flying Elephants  00:00

 

A popular favorite among the stroller crowd, and a rite of passage, Dumbo the Flying Elephant is one of the most iconic Disneyland attractions of all time, and has remained a Disney theme park staple since 1955. Gliding high above Fantasyland, Dumbo is a reminder to all, be they six or sixty, that if you believe, you can soar above the clouds.
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58 - Casey Jr. Circus Train  04:02

 

Casey Jr., the friendly little engine with a great big heart, first appeared in the 1941 Disney animated classic "Dumbo," and has been chugging his way through Fantasyland since 1955. As Casey approaches the steepest hill in all of Storybook Land, his mantra of "I think I can! I think I can!" and the power of positive thinking always sees him through.
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59 - Canal Boats of the World  00:00

 

Walt Disney planned a special boat ride for Fantasyland, that would take guests past miniature world landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Taj Mahal, but time and budget left the shores barren on opening day. A running joke was that the scenes were miniature, you could not see them. One year later the attraction evolved into Storybook Land.
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60 - Storybook Land Grotto - Area Background Music  05:01

 

Fantasyland's opening day boat ride was, to say the least, not a favorite among guests, so Imagineers quickly refurbished this less than impressive attraction, turning it into one of the most charming areas in all of Disneyland. Instead of an international theme, it was decided to feature many of the memorable settings from Walt Disney's animated classics.
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61 - Storybook Land Canal Boats  08:03

 

Sailing through the belly of Monstro the Whale, passengers drift into an enchanted land filled with the miniature dwellings of many beloved Walt Disney storybook characters, including The Three Little Pigs and their homes of straw, sticks and bricks, Snow White's forest cottage, Cinderella's castle, Toad Hall, the old Dutch mill and Geppetto's village.
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- Storybook Land Stories on Disneyland Records -

 

The miniature dwellings represented in Storybook Land all originate from classic Walt Disney animated films, which in turn were based on classic bedtime stories penned by the likes of Hans Christian Anderson, Lewis Caroll, and the Brothers Grimm. Here is a collection of classic recordings from the Disneyland record label, retelling the long enduring children's fables that are represented in this beloved Fantasyland attraction.
 
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62 - The Story of The Three Little Pigs  00:00
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63 - The Story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs  00:00
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64 - The Story of Pinocchio  00:00
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65 - The Story of Dumbo  00:00
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66 - The Story of The Wind in the Willows  00:00
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67 - The Story of Cinderella  00:00
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68 - The Story of Alice in Wonderland  00:00
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69 - The Story of Peter Pan  00:00
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70 - Lullaby Land  00:00

 

In addition to scenes from Walt Disney's full-length animated features, several classic Silly Symphony shorts were represented in Storybook Land, including the 1933 short "Lullaby Land." Blanketing the rolling storybook hillsides was a giant patchwork quilt made up entirely of colorful desert flowers and "sewn" together with giant stitches.
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71 - The Old Mill  00:00

 

Another classic Silly Symphony represented in Storybook Land was the Oscar winning 1937 short, "The Old Mill." As guests passed by a quaint little pasture with rows of crops, irrigation canals and three Dutch windmills, your hostess described the middle structure as the famous mill that once sheltered the local animals during a fierce winter storm.
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72 - Mr. Toad's Wild Ride  00:00

 

Guests have been traveling the road with Mr. Toad since 1955. This classic attraction, based on the "Wind and the Willows" segment from Walt Disney's 1949 package feature, "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad," was the third of the original Fantasyland dark rides. representing laughter and the joyful aspects of childhood imagination.
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73 - Mr. Toad's Wild Ride - 1955 Sound Effects  00:00

 

On Mr. Toad's Wild Ride motorists board an antique motor car as they race through Toad Hall, the English countryside and the streets of old Londontown. After crashing directly into an oncoming train, as punishment for their mortal sins these unlucky travelers find themselves in a hell of a place, surrounded by giggling little red devils with pitch forks.
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74 - Captain Hook's Pirate Galleon - The Chicken of the Sea  01:24

 

A long gone, but fondly remembered landmark from the original Fantasyland was Captain Hook's pirate ship, better known as, "The Chicken of the Sea." Docked within a small lagoon, this grand galleon replicated scenes from Walt Disney's classic 1953 animated feature, "Peter Pan." The ship's galley functioned as a seafood restaurant.
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75 - Long John Silver and Polly Parrot  00:00

 

In the early years, Disney walk-around characters were not an every day Disneyland experience, only making rare special appearances. Instead, the park was populated with its own original characters, tying into the theme of each land. Fantasyland had a royal court jester, circus clowns and a popular peg lagged pirate with a live talking parrot.
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76 - Chicken of the Sea Vintage Commercials  00:00

 

Chicken of the Sea, national provider of canned seafood products, was the long-time sponsor of the original pirate ship restaurant in Fantasyland. Their advertising mascot, Catalina, a blond mermaid with a golden scepter, served as the figurehead for Captain Hook's galleon. The menu included seafood salads and the ever popular tuna burger.
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77 - Skull Rock Cove - Area Background Music  00:00

 

In 1960, the small lagoon where Captain Hook's galleon had long been anchored underwent a major transformation. The ship was now docked within a mysterious sandy cove, amidst steep coral cliffs, waterfalls and an imposing rock formation reminiscent of a pirate skull. A new waterfront dining area was also added to the port side of the vessel.
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78 - Three Cute-Lasses - The Pirate Trio  08:36

 

In the 1960's, a trio of young ladies, referred to as "Three Cute-Lasses," would often perform live aboard a small raft anchored in the lagoon next to the Chicken of the Sea restaurant. Dressed in appropriately themed, yet somewhat provocative pirate garb, their musical repertoire included sea shanties and other recognizable songs of the sea.
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79 - Alice in Wonderland Grand Opening  00:00

 

The first ever addition to the roster of Fantasyland dark rides came in June of 1958, based on Walt Disney's classic 1951 animated feature, "Alice in Wonderland." For the grand opening ceremony, Mouseketeer Karen Pendelton made a special in park guest appearance dressed as Alice, and was presented a key to Wonderland by Walt Disney.
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80 - The Original Alice in Wonderland  00:00

 

A Wonderland walk-through attraction was in the early plans for Disneyland, but would not make it to opening day, later evolving into a dark ride experience. The majority of the attraction is located on the second floor, utilizing unused real estate above Mr. Toad. At the end of the ride, guests travel down a row of garden leaves to return to ground level.
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81 - Alice in Wonderland - 1958 Sound Effects  00:00

 

Aboard giant sized caterpillars, the original Alice in Wonderland dark ride took guests through the strange residence of the White Rabbit, where everything was upside down. They then entered a magical garden of live flowers and traveled through the mysterious Tulgey Wood. The final scene was at the table of the Mad Hatter's nonsensical tea party.
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82 - Mickey Mouse Club Circus - Area Background Music  58:30

 

Walt Disney loved the circus as a boy. This fond memory became part of his early plans for Disneyland, and this is certainly why he presented a full-scale circus on the outskirts of Fantasyland. However, much to Walt's dismay, it never quite caught on, as most guests didn't want to invest their time in a two hour circus with a whole Disneyland to see.
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83 - Mickey Mouse Club Circus  02:21

 

Thursday afternoons were known as "Circus Day" on the original Mickey Mouse Club TV show. This concept would soon be brought to Disneyland as well in the form of The Mickey Mouse Club Circus, a three-ring, big top extravaganza that opened in late 1955. The show featured traditional circus acts, animals, clowns and the real Mouseketeers.
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84 - Professor George J. Keller's Jungle Killers  01:27

 

Although The Mickey Mouse Club Circus ran for only one season, one very popular act from the three-ring show would return for another year: Professor George J. Keller and his ferocious jungle cats. This was presented as a scaled down and shortened variant of the original full scale circus, and was staged under the same circus tent throughout 1956.
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85 - Disneyland Railroad - Fantasyland Station  00:00

 

There were originally two stations along the Disneyland Railroad, and each of the two original trains only stopped at one of these stations, providing round trip service only. The train did not serve as a mode of transportation until 1957. Guests were then able to board and deboard at four stops along the line, including a new depot in Fantasyland.
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- The World of Tomorrow Meets the Land of Fantasy -

 

The east end of Fantasyland shared a border with Disneyland's land of the future, and due to this proximity, there was a bit of themeing overlap. Some of the attractions in this area would be more at home in Tomorrowland, but were technically located across the Fantasyland demarcation line, including The Motorboat Cruise, The Viewliner which had a separate station in Fantasyland, and several iterations of the Autopia motorways.
 
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NEW  86 - Junior Autopia  02:00
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NEW  87 - Midget Autopia  00:56
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NEW  88 - Fantasyland Autopia  00:41
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NEW  89 - Fantasyland Viewliner  01:28
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NEW  90 - Motor Boat Cruise - Area Background Music  11:31
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NEW  91 - Motor Boat Cruise  01:59
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92 - Discovery Bay Preview  00:00

 

The merry-go-round shaped food service counter on the west side of Fantasyland was later converted into a souvenir stand. In the mid 1970's it also served as a preview center for the future, yet never built, themed area to be called Discovery Bay, which would have been based on the 1974 Walt Disney Production, "Island at the Top of the World."
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93 - Skyway Dedication Ceremony  00:00

 

On a trip to Switzerland, Walt Disney visited the Von Roll Company to see the testing a new prototype gondola system. He was so impressed, that he immediately purchased an earlier model to place in his new park. It became one of earliest additions to Disneyland. A dedication ceremony was held at the new Swiss chalet in Fantasyland in June, 1956.
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94 - Skyway to Tomorrowland - Swiss Chalet Terminal  02:45

 

The Skyway was a photographer's dream come true, giving guests a bird's eye view of Disneyland as it soared high above Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. On the exterior of the Swiss chalet terminal in Fantasyland were stenciled the Dormouse's poetic words from Alice in Wonderland... "Up above the world you'll fly, like a tea tray in the sky."
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95 - Holiday Hill  00:00

 

Before there was a Matterhorn for the Skyway to pass through, it originally passed over a grass covered mound known as Holiday Hill. Landscaped out of the leftover diggings from the Sleeping Beauty Castle moat, this shady hillside was ideal for picnicking, but soon gained a more notorious reputation as a lover's lane for young romantic couples.
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96 - Matterhorn Grand Opening - Climb the Mountain  05:51

 

On a trip to Switzerland during the filming of the live-action production, "Third Man on the Mountain," Walt Disney was so impressed by the unique beauty of the alpine wonder that is the Matterhorn, that he mailed a postcard back to his design team with the simple words "Build this!" One year later it became one of the park's first 'E' Ticket adventures.
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97 - Gala Day Matterhorn Run  01:01

 

The Matterhorn was dedicated on June 14th 1959. After it was scaled by professional climbers, a musical number was performed at the base pf the mountain featuring both Swiss folk dancers and American square dancers, as this was a Swiss mountain built on American soil. Later the first passengers embarked on an exciting bobsled run.
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98 - Matterhorn Mountain Climbers Announcement  04:46

 

Rising 145 feet tall, the majestic snow-capped Matterhorn is the highest point in all of Disneyland. It is also a 1/100th accurate scale replica of the original Swiss peak, and the first man-made mountain ever constructed. Adding even more authenticity, the mountain is often scaled by professional mountain climbers during peak operational seasons.
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99 - Fred Burri: Swiss Yodeler  17:07

 

Throughout the 50's and 60's Disneyland had its own official Swiss yodeler, Fred Burri, who added the perfect atmospheric musical compliment to Fantasyland's Matterhorn area. Burri would perform traditional Alpine folk music on his accordion as he yodeled along, and was often accompanied by Swiss bell ringers and the echoes of alphorns.
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100 - Fantasyland Polka Band  01:15

 

Donning lederhosen, knee high stockings and feathered hats, a live Polka Band would entertain guests at designated areas throughout Fantasyland, often in the shadow of the Matterhorn. This Oktoberfest style ensemble would perform both traditional German, Austrian and Swiss folk songs, as well as polka variations of popular Disney tunes.
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- Meet the Disney Characters -

 

The Disney characters have been meeting and greeting with Fantasyland guests since opening day in 1955. Over time they have evolved, as the cast has grown in numbers. These huggable friends represent that special sort of magic that sets the Disney parks apart from the rest, allowing youngsters to meet their favorite animated pals in person, and giving adults a chance to recapture special memories from their own youth.
 
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101 - The Three Little Pigs  05:49
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102 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs  09:02
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103 - Pinocchio and Friends  06:01
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104 - Alice in Wonderland and Friends  07:02
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105 - Peter Pan and Friends  06:55
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106 - Walt Disney and the New York World's Fair  00:00

 

With the unparalleled standards in outdoor themed entertainment set by Disneyland, Walt Disney was called upon to create four major exhibits for the 1964 New York World's fair, including the beloved Disney attraction, "It's a Small World," which was sponsored by the Pepsi-Cola Corporation in partnership with The United Nations Children's Fund.
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107 - It's a Small World Demo  00:00

 

Originally, Walt Disney planned to have the children of Small World sing the national anthem of each country they represented. When a mock up was tested at the WED studio, the results were chaotic at best. The Sherman Brothers were quickly enlisted to compose a singular tune that could be performed in multiple languages and international styles.
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108 - The Tower of the Four Winds  04:04

 

Legendary Disney Imagineer Rolly Crump designed a wind-powered kinetic sculpture to tower above It's a Small World, landmarking the UNICEF pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair. Due to prohibitive cost, when the attraction was shipped back to Anaheim for its Disneyland instillation, the once iconic landmark was not among the cargo.
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109 - It's a Small World - World's Fair Instrumentals  00:00

 

From the moment fair guests approached the UNICEF pavilion grounds, and began to hear the namesake anthem of It's a Small World, it was apparent they were about to enter a world touched by Disney magic. Beneath the Tower of the Four Winds, passengers disembarked aboard colorful boats for an enchanted international excursion.
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110 - It's a Small World - Guided Tour with Walt Disney  04:55

 

Shortly after the opening of the 1964 New York World's Fair, Walt Disney presented a special episode of his weekly primetime TV seines to promote the new attractions he and his Imagineering team had designed for the international exhibition, highlighted by a ride through tour of It's a Small World, narrated by the master showman himself.
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111 - It's a Small World - Disneyland Records  23:57

 

This original soundtrack long-playing album featuring a narrated tour of It's a Small World was released in 1964 during its original run at the New York World's Fair. The narration was provided by Winston Hibler, who many will instantly recognize as the same voice-over narrator from Walt Disney's True-Life Adventure nature film series.
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112 - It's a Small World - Storyteller Album  04:55

 

Disneyland Records produced a series of albums for children who could read along with a full-color illustrated book that followed a narrated story. These "little long-playing records" are often remembered for Tinker Bell's little bell, that rang when it was time to turn the page. Among the vast catalogue in this series was the story of It's a Small World.
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113 - It's a Small World - The Disneyland Children's Chorus  28:53

 

The Disneyland Boys Choir was a full-scale choral ensemble reminiscent of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They recorded this album of popular folk songs from around the globe for Disneyland records in 1964, coinciding with the premiere of It's a Small World at the New York World's Fair. It was also the first ever album to include the Small World theme.
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114 - It's a Small World Opening Day Parade  16:34

 

A gala parade was held in 1966, ushering in the Disneyland debut of It's a Small World. Echoing parades of Disneyland's past, several international organizations were invited to share the customs of their native lands through costume, dance and procession. The event culminated in a special grand opening ceremony at the Small World waterways.
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115 - It's a Small World - Disneyland Grand Opening  00:00

 

In May of 1966, It's a Small World was officially dedicated in Disneyland. For the grand opening, dozens of international children were invited to participate. Wearing their native costumes, each poured their homeland waters into Small World's seven seaways. Walt Disney joined in as well, pouring waters from Disneyland's Rivers of America.
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116 - It's a Small World - Ticket Booth Announcement  00:51

 

When It's a Small World premiered in 1966, a special prerecorded announcement resonated from the loud speakers positioned atop the Disneyland main entrance ticket booths. This provided a colorful description of the all-new E Ticket adventure, to inform that it was a "must-see," and generate excitement for guests visiting the park that day.
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117 - It's a Small World Attraction Preview - Jack Wagner  02:55

 

Before we embark upon the happiest cruise that ever sailed the seven seas, Jack Wagner provides a preview of the many wondrous sights and sounds we can expect to see and hear along our musical journey, including a colorful cast of hundreds of internationally costumed animatronic dolls, representing playful children from around the world.
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118 - The Disneyland Band - It's a Small World Fanfare  01:59

 

Composed by the Academy Award winning song writing team of Richard and Robert Sherman, "It's a Small World" has become the most internationally recognized song ever written for a Disney attraction. Often, the Disneyland Band will pause in front of It's a Small World to play one of the best known and beloved Disney anthems of all time.
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119 - It's a Small World - Area Background Music  04:19

 

An instrumental overture to the It's a Small World soundtrack can be heard as a musical backdrop within the whimsical gardens located in the surrounding queue area. Found among these grounds is a meringue of more than a dozen lovingly manicured topiary animals which are most certainly the pride and joy of the Disneyland landscaping staff.
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120 - Small World Clock 1966  00:00

 

Surrounded by its whimsical topiary gardens, the kinetic façade of It's a Small World contains a series of stylized icons depicting famous world landmarks. At the center is a thirty-foot animated clock tower. Every fifteen minutes, the timepiece wildly springs into motion as a parade of twenty-four internationally themed figures march around its base.
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121 - It's a Small World Ride-Through  00:00

 

It's a Small World promotes an optimistic message of international peace, a reminder to all that we share this earth. In this world of imagination, love and laughter, passengers set sail on a musical expedition to visit the happy children of the world, each singing the Small World anthem in the many languages and musical styles from their native lands.
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- It's a Small World - Continent By Continent -

 

As guests travel the seven seaways of It's A Small World, they pass through a series of giant showrooms, each themed to geographical area spanning the globe. The attention grabbing scenic elements throughout the attraction contain bold color combinations mixed with heavily stylized shapes and forms. These graphic design elements are the brainchild of famed children's illustrator and legendary Disney artist, Mary Blair.
 
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122 - Scandinavia  01:39
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123 - Europe  07:47
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124 - Asia  05:39
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125 - Africa  04:51
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126 - South America  04:51
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127 - The Tropical Rain Forest  01:02
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128 - Polynesian Islands  01:33
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129 - Small World Grand Finale  01:39
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