"101 Things" was crafted to be accessible for every level of Disney fan. Newcomers to Disneyana will be bowled over by the volume of detail, the rich layers of self-reference, and the abundance of insider tributes. Readers accustomed to such stories about Disneyland will find a useful resources that not only catalogs such occurrences in one volume, but goes far beyond the usual, and brings a wealth of new stories and anecdotes to the table.
A canal in New Orleans Square, labeled "1764," is all that remains of a plan to unify several themes in the land.
The plan called for a crypt next to the Mansion that led into an underground catacomb of treasure and dead pirates, culminating in a pirate-themed hideout on Tom Sawyer Island. The pirate theme would have focused on Jean Laffite, a real-life pirate from the early 1800s in New Orleans. Laffites name might be familiar to frequent Disneyland visitors from the Pirates of the Caribbean loading zone, where a sign reads "Laffites Landing." The date 1764 was derived by subtracting 200 years from the birth date of one Imagineer who worked on the project. FURTHERMORE: Before its replacement with La Petite Patisserie, there was also a Laffites Silver Shop in New Orleans Square. Having a Jean Laffite identified as the "owner" of the Haunted Mansion would have united Pirates of the Caribbean with the Mansion and the island into one underlying theme, an unusual feat for an entire land. Though unrealized, the plan lives on in the form of this barricaded "crypt."
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A sign above Rancho del Zocalo pays homage to the restaurants former name.
A welcoming sign above the entrance reads "mi casa es su casa," which is a reference to the locations most recent name of Casa Mexicana. The first half of Rancho del Zocalos name honors Big Thunder Ranch, a nearby barbecue restaurant that closed but had its menu folded into the new Rancho del Zocalo. FURTHERMORE: Rancho del Zocalo takes the latter part of its name from a plaza in Disneylands earliest days. The circular plaza in the middle of Frontierland was named El Zocalo on early Park maps, and served as the mini-hub in Frontierland from which Guests could board the Pack Mules, Stagecoach, Conestoga Wagons, or Rainbow Caverns Mine Train. This area had a Mexican theme from the beginning: near El Zocalo, close to the Mark Twain dock, was Mexican Imports, a small merchandise location that reinforced the Southwestern flavor of the area.
Actually, I knew all 101 of these things. Save your money and use Wikipedia and Google for your Disneyland research.Published 11 months ago by Jennifer Ryan
Interesting stories. A quick and easy read. Makes you want to find out more 'unauthorized' stories. Pictures might have beenPublished 12 months ago by Maura McGovern
My boyfriend and I regularly go to the parks and we love knowing the little things that make Disney so special and set it apart from the rest. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jenn
You will probably be surprised by at least 25% of this book even if you are a hard-core Disneyland fan!
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Good for those looking for little unknown facts on Disneyland. Just what I was looking for as a gift for the Disney fan in the family.Published 19 months ago by Grama F
I thought I knew pretty much all about Disneyland, but this book fills you in on the little things you miss, a light on main street that stays on for Walt Disney... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Rita Christian
I love this book! It has so many tare facts about Disneyland. Somethings are really bazaar but interesting. I would definitely recommend this book for the Disneyland fanatic.Published on June 1, 2012 by mormonchik007
I loved this book it had a lot of information about the park and it devulged some secrets. All in all this book was great when it came out unfortunetly the park continues to change... Read morePublished on July 17, 2009 by D. M. Behm