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  1. Guardians Conversion Kicks Off with Movie Premiere

    Disney California Adventure’s plan to retheme the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror early next year as Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout is supposed to be the first step in gradually converting most of the park's Hollywood Land to a Marvel-centric universe.

    What’s supposed to remain untouched are the Hyperion Theatre, Disney Animation building, and Off the Page—creating an awkward blockade between the Guardians tower and what will become the other Marvel attractions.
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  2. Get Your Mouse Tales Fix All Weekend

    If you’re looking for fun ways to spend Disneyland’s 61st anniversary outside its gates, consider joining me at two special events this weekend.

    On Saturday July 16, the Disneyana Fan Club will be holding its annual Collectible Show & Sale at the Wyndham Garden Grove, about a mile south of the park on Harbor Blvd. There will be hundreds of fans, vendors, and of course me signing my latest, "The People v. Disneyland," as well as all my earlier work. It’s open to the public ...
  3. Club 55 Loses Ray VanDeWarker

    Ray VanDeWarker, the second to the last “Club 55er” to retire from Disneyland, passed away last night at the age of 79.

    He retired in 1996; Ray’s best friend from high school, Bob Penfield, who was hired by Disneyland into Operations at the same time, days before the park opened, became the last of the originals to retire a year later.

    Ray was foreman of the Indian War Canoes in 1963, when he and Penfield dreamed up the idea of the first cast member canoe race. Ray ...

    Updated 04-25-2016 at 08:31 AM by David Koenig

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  4. Did Mickey Sign a Prenup?

    Mickey and Minnie are headed for a divorce—from PhotoPass.

    Disneyland’s Entertainment Division had merged its PhotoPass and Character departments in late 2009. The idea was to facilitate the photographers working even more closely with the characters—much to
    the dismay of the increasingly-restricted performers, who referred to the union as a “shotgun wedding.”

    Over the coming weeks, however, Characters and PhotoPass will once again become separate departments. ...
  5. End of the Line for Disneylander "Slippery" Hicks

    Glenn “Slippery” Hicks, former longtime Disneylander, passed away December 3 at age 93.

    A native of Abilene, Texas, Glenn was a gunnery engineer during World War II, flying multiple bombing missions over Germany. He also served in the Korean War as a special investigator and retired from the military as a master sergeant.

    From there he joined Disneyland, spending 28 years as a manager, supervisor and director, where he earned the nickname “Slippery” for his propensity ...
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