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  1. 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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  2. 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. ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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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  5. 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 ...
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