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Realityland's David Koenig

Random Disneyland and Walt Disney World tidbits too time-sensitive or inconsequential to cram into a formal article.

  1. Fantasyland Shop Swap

    TDA source says the Castle Heraldry Shoppe will become a Christmas store, while the in-castle Enchanted Chamber will become an extension of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Both are expected to open within a week.

    Last week, the former Frozen meet & greet reopened as a store highlighting Beauty and the Beast's Belle, both from the classic animated movie and the upcoming live action film.
  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 07:31 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. Captain America Getting the Boot

    When Innoventions—er, I mean the Tomorrowland Expo Center—opens on November 16, the second-story Super Hero HQ will be missing a super hero.

    After 20 months on the job, Captain America will be on hiatus until just before the premiere of the film "Captain America: Civil War" on May 6, 2016. In his place will be the heavily-publicized debut of Spider-Man.

    The benching of Captain America has cast members scratching their heads. The only thing they can come up ...
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