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This page is to help you quickly jump through this picture set. Below you will see a listing of the pages and the captions on that page.

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    As we waited for the morning of Day 2 to begin they played some old TV clips.
    The first session of the morning featured Tim and Rob talking about Disneyland on television.
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    First up was a pre-opening report.. then we got to opening day.
    At this point they had everyone stand up and recite the dedication speech with Walt (this seemed to be a crowd pleaser)
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    Now they went through a series of TV shows and commercials.
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    I believe this one is from 1974.
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    Also from 1974 I think.
    Jumping ahead a few years to when the unlimited passport was introduced.
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    1985 and the 30th anniversary.
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    The hosts.
    Some of the entertainment (Alabama)
    Everyone knows him..
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    The second panel of the morning took a look at Imagineering artwork.
    The host was Dave Fisher. (Note he is a USC Alum... FIGHTON!).
    Started off with the Disneyland story and how the park came to be. How Walt said the park had been in development (or an idea) for 15 years. So started with the story of his daughters that we all know.
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    Some of Walts inspiration. This is Griffith park.
    And his trips to other parks around the world.
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    Walts railroad
    His traveling show that was in the works (but never finished)
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    The initial ideas for a park across from the studios. (believe this was 1952)
    The park grew a bit.
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    By 1953 work had begun on the plans for a larger park elsewhere.
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    The future home of Disneyland taken in the summer of 1953.
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    The famous drawing for the bankers was done in Sept 1953 by Herb Ryman
    Announcements of the TV show, that secured the funding for the park.
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    The plans continued to evolve
    The property in 1954 as construction got underway.
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    A blueprint for the castle.
    The interesting thing here is the date on it. Its hard to make out but it is 2/2/55 less than 6 months till opening day!
    The original artwork for the train station, notice the single entrance tunnel. He said they did not have any artwork with the dual tunnels that were actually built.
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    Main Street artwork.
    Notice the buildings at the end of Main Street.
    Is this the first shot of the Haunted Mansion?
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    The castle
    And its inspiration
    Some concepts for the original Fantasyland.
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    It was scaled down due to budget.
    Then simplified again. The original park budget ws 3.5 Million. By Nov 54 it was $7 and on opening day it peaked at $17 million dollars.
    Dumbo concept art.
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    The Mad Tea Party
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    An Old Mill attraction (never built)
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    Some other attractions that were never built.
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    One of the more famous never built attractions, Candy Mountain.
    We move into Tomorrowland.
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    Now on to lands that were not built.
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    Notice the sign... still waiting for this street to open.
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    Other concepts for the space behind Main Street
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    The concepts look familiar? Looks like some were reused in later attractions.
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    Later it became the Gay Nineties Street
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    And Liberty Square (which did get built in Orlando)
    A photograph with the new street added.
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    More attractions that were never built.
    But this concept later became the Storm Chaser in Tokyo.
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    Or how about this one from everyones favorite film.
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    The boat design did show back up in Norway at EPCOT.
    Or how about where this concept later resurfaced.
    A slide that brought a chuckle from the audience about a future transport system that was never built! (or was it?)
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    Two last tidbits from his talk. He recently worked on a new spiel for the Mark Twain that will be in place when it comes back from its current rehab and he is working on Buena Vista Street and says to keep an eye out for the Candy Mountain in one of the stores.
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