From the Author
In researching our Disneyland trivia book "Magic Quizdom," we came to realize that some of our information and trivia was of a certain nature: many details pointed out inside jokes and hidden references to Disneylands past, or had special but hidden relevance to the "real" world. More importantly, these tidbits of information all relied upon a still-extant artifact at Disneyland; something which by its very nature held special significance. Such nuggets deserved to have their stories told independently of the trivia book, so they were set aside and removed from "Magic Quizdom" drafts, and the results grew into "101 Things." The individual 101 Things referenced by the title are all items you can actually point to at Disneyland, so that the book provides a kind of walking tour of the park (in guided tour format, rather than questions format) that yields a glimpse of the deeper history percolating below the surface.
"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.
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#27 out of 101:
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."
#59 out of 101:
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.