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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. Disneyland Hanging Up Pay Phones

    About a month ago, construction walls popped up around the pay telephones at the Village Haus restaurant and at the exit for Space Mountain.

    The walls have since come down, and the phones are gone. The plan is going to remove all the pay telephones in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. The pay telephones will remain in Downtown Disney and at the hotels.

    The reason for removal is obvious. With most every guest carrying a mobile device, the pay phones have become ...
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  2. Disneyland Lays Out Plans to Evict Critters

    Earlier this week, Disneyland announced that the Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue would be closing by January 11, 2015, to make way for construction of the Star Wars land. What wasn’t shared is that January 10 is also slated to be the last day for the adjacent petting farm.

    “Both locations will enjoy one more Christmas season before disappearing. There is nothing planned for Halloween, as in the past, but around Christmas, Santa is supposed to be there,” a cast member shared. “It is sad ...
  3. Security Going Virtual at 3 Backstage Entrances

    Last week, Disneyland Resort cast members were informed at their Minnie’s Rollcall meetings and on the resort’s intranet website, The Hub, of a major change coming to resort security: officers will no longer be stationed at three of the cast member entrances.

    The announcement said, “As part of the company’s continuous effort to enhance Cast and Guest safety, new automated security gates are being installed at certain locations around the resort. Security will no longer maintain a ...
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  4. November Penciled In for ComicbookLand

    Disneyland is targeting a November completion for its makeover of the former Innoventions building, featuring Marvel exhibits on the upper floor and the Star Wars Universe on the lower floor (see

    More than 40 Entertainment cast members will be trained to work the location.

    Plans for incorporating a 60th anniversary Disneyland historical exhibit apparently have been scrapped.
  5. Haunted Mansion May Lose Dead Space

    The Hatbox Ghost may be returning to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, but another longtime feature might be disappearing.

    The scuttlebutt among cast members is that Walt Disney Imagineering has been eyeing the attraction’s original pet cemetery, which is located on the north backstage side of the building.

    The cemetery is the final resting place of Stripey the skunk, Bully the bullfrog, Big Jake the dog, and Miss Kitty the cat.

    Most guests, apart from those ...
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