Saturday, August 30, 2014

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS

Now Playing Under the Big Top
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls of all ages, now playing under the Big Top, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDSLast week I was able to carry on a tradition that started back in my childhood and has been carried on to my children’s youth and now to my grandchildren as we made our annual trip to see the circus when it came to town.  The magic was still alive with its preshow interactive opportunities for families to all the thrills that go along with the greatest show on earth. Behold the living legends! Children of All Ages will believe in the unbelievable with the all-new circus spectacular, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS as it continues to play at the Cow Palace here in San Francisco through September 1 before continuing its tour throughout the United States. 

Iconic Ringling Bros. stars meet fabled mythological creatures at the place where legends live…The Greatest Show on Earth®!  Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing circus athletes perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder in a celebration of the LEGENDS that have captured imaginations for centuries.  Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson guides Paulo the Legend Seeker on his quest to discover real, living circus legends from around the world…along the way encountering the fantastical Pegasus, a Unicorn and the remarkable Woolly the Mammoth! 

Featuring over 100 performers spanning 25 countries plus more than 85 animals from nearly every continent around the world, the Ringling Bros. 144th Edition features several unique acts including:
     China National Acrobatic Troupe from Beijing perform several impressive acts including balancing 20 people on two bicycles, fast-paced hoop diving and graceful Diabolo juggling skills
      Introducing the Double Trapeze, especially designed for Ringling Bros.with the attempt of four consecutive triple somersaults in a row

Plus additional circus legends highlighted in the show such as Big Cat trainer Alexander Lacey; edge-of-your-seat Cossack Riders equestrian stunts; Globe of Steel motorcycle daredevils; of course no show would be complete without the Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and treasured performing pachyderms!

Be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Vicki Zsilak, Exotic Animal Trainer for Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey and mom extraordinaire who has mastered the art of “juggling it all”.  

Debuting this year for the ultimate circus fan, check out the exclusive and intimate fan experience within the Ringmaster Zone.  Access to this VIP area is only available to select ticket holders and offers guests an unprecedented look “behind the curtain” of The Greatest Show On Earth. Fans have the opportunity to walk the Ringling Red Carpet, meet Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and the stars of the show, step inside the Globe of Steel, take photos on the Ringmaster’s float and have an up-close elephant encounter.

Be sure to arrive early to experience several exciting interactive elements before the show starts included with the ticket price – visit the Animal Open House to get up-close with our amazing animal stars and the All Access Pre-Show where families can step onto the arena floor to meet our performers, learn circus skills, try on costumes and much more!
 Isn’t  it time you went to the circus-or back to the circus.  Now playing under the big top, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS.  To find out when LEGENDS will be playing in a town near you, click on the tour schedule here.

TICKETS:     Ticket prices range from $20, $27, $40 (VIP) and $105-$115 (Ringmaster Zone)

#Disneyland60.....Today In Disneyland History...................August 30, 2007

ASIMO Debuts At Innoventions
August 30, 2007

On August 30, 2007 Disneyland guests experienced the newest version of ASIMO at the Honda ASIMO Theater inside the Innoventions attraction.  Guests visiting the popular Innoventions attraction at the Park could now see ASIMO in an all-new live science show with the all-new ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility)
For the first time, guest were treated to a demonstration as ASIMO interacted with a live host and operated in a modern home environment by using all of its unique technological capabilities, including walking forward and backward, climbing and descending a flight of stairs and taking direction from a person. The 15-minute high-tech demonstration was designed to offer visitors a glimpse into a not-too-distant future when humanoid robots, like ASIMO, will assist humans in their homes.

When ASIMO first made his debut, Koichi Kondo, president and CEO of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. stated, "We are excited to showcase ASIMO's remarkable capabilities in Innoventions at Disneyland, where visitors gain first-hand experience with cutting-edge technologies. Our hope is that ASIMO will inspire young people to dream of what technology will make possible in the future."
Matt Ouimet, then president of the Disneyland Resort added, "We are very pleased to welcome ASIMO and Honda to Disneyland as we celebrate the park's 50th anniversary. Walt Disney always looked for creative ways to showcase the latest technology to guests, so Innoventions is the perfect place to demonstrate ASIMO's advanced abilities."
Say 'Hello' to Honda's ASIMO shows still take place several times daily in the Honda ASIMO Theater in Disneyland, the only permanent installation of ASIMO in North America. 

So just what is Innoventions? Located in the heart of Tomorrowland at Disneyland, Innoventions continuously transforms itself to represent the ever-changing world of technology. Here, Disney celebrates the breakthroughs in science and technology that inspire us in the new millennium -- everything from exploratory medicine to personal global communications to the ultimate in home entertainment. At Innoventions, guests are entertained while they discover tomorrow's technology today through hands-on experiences that activate the imagination and renew our hope for a better tomorrow.  Be sure to stop by and visit ASIMO, as well as the latest visitors from the Marvel Universe on your next visit to the Disneyland and see what the future may hold for you. And that’s what happened today in Disneyland history. 

Look Fabulous With #Gleam by Melanie Mills

Gleam by Melanie Mills
A New Way to Look Fabulous

Anyone that is an educator, or is a family member of an educator or knows an educator knows the chaos and excitement that goes along with the return to a new school year.  Classrooms and curriculums are readied; preparations are made for incoming students and sadly, last on the list is yourself.  Luckily this year the solution arrived in my mailbox last week in the form of Gleam cosmetics and magically I could look as put together as my Kindergarten classroom looked.  Truth be told, I am not a makeup person, and until recently, had never really worn makeup of any kind but Gleam has made this so simple that even a Kindergarten teacher can master the art of looking fabulous in a matter of moments. 
Gleam was created by Emmy Award–winning makeup artist Melanie Mills, one of Hollywood’s leading style-makers and beauty consultants, known for her glamorous flair, supreme talent, and vivacious personality.  Today, Melanie is one of the most sought-after makeup experts in the industry. With more than fifteen years of experience, Melanie is a master of her craft, sculpting faces and bodies into true works of art in a variety of mediums, including television, film, and editorial. In 2007, Melanie was selected as the Makeup Department Head for ABC television’s global phenomenon “Dancing with the Stars,” where she defined the look of the series and won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Makeup Design in 2008. Melanie’s superior talent has earned her nine career Emmy nominations for her work on various projects in the entertainment industry, including two double nominations.  With more than fifteen years of experience, she is one of the most sought-after makeup experts in the industry. Melanie developed her products with her high-profile clients’ needs in mind. If they could trust Melanie and the Gleam product line, so could I.
Everything that I had read about Gleam ahead of time, proved to be true and then some.   The three products I received were silky and light, with a smoothing way of enhancing natural beauty without weighing skin down or making you look overdone. As a teacher of 4 and 5 year olds, plus a mom constantly on the go, I needed something to make me look and feel refreshed and ready to take on the day. These three products were just want the doctor ordered.

Gleam Body Radiance has long been an industry secret as the go-to professional face and body makeup that hides imperfections and improves skin texture. This creamy lotion is lightly tinted in four shades with added shimmer. It absorbs readily and evenly into the skin, instantly perking up the wearer’s tones without being thick and obvious. It makes you look and feel you just stepped off of a relaxing day on the beach or at the park!

Body Radiance does not stain and does not transfer- key to when you’re in the classroom... It can be used as an all-over moisturizer, and even gives your arms and legs that polished look. It’s the perfect accessory for any occasion whether it’s a night on the town, or a hectic day spent with students.

Gleam Lip Radiance glosses were added to the line in 2012 and are perfect for choosing just how bright and fun you want your look to be. They are offered in seven different shades, ranging from a subtle nude with peach undertones to a vibrant, jewel-toned purple. Like the other Gleam products, the Lip Radiance was both moisturizing and hydrating, didn’t bleed as other lip glosses tend to do and lasted all day, an extra bonus thanks to the stain that is part of the mixture. 
 I’ve learned that putting on makeup doesn’t have to be an extra chore on the to-do list anymore. Thanks to Gleam by Melanie Mills, I discovered a makeup that is silky, weightless, yet so very rich. The Gleam lip, body, and face products make your skin and lips look alive and irresistible for any occasion. Lightly scented with natural vanilla essence, Gleam Body Radiance, Radiant Dust, and Lip Radiance provide an instant confidence boost for an overall radiant glow. Its ease of application and instant transformation proves that if I can do it, so can you. 

Want to know more about Gleam by Melanie Mills? Simply head on over and visit the Gleam website or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. Be sure not to miss the Twitter Party on September 10, 2014, starting at 9:00PM Eastern Time. There will be Complete Gleam product line prizes, gift cards, and more! Use the hashtags #GleamGirl and #Gleamalicious for the event. #ad

Disclosure:  I received Gleam by Melanie Mills’s products free of charge in exchange for an honest review of their product line.  All opinions expressed are my own.  No other compensation was offered or received for this review.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Fat Girl's Guide to DisneyBounding.

It's been a long, hot summer, but if you close your eyes and take a deep breath, you can almost detect the faint scent of Pumpkin Spice Lattes in the late-August air. That's right, ladies! September is on its way, and with it comes the two big highlights of any Disney blogger's year: Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World, and Type-A Parent Conference, sponsored by Disney Parks, in Atlanta.

Both of these exciting events have one majorly festive thing in common: DisneyBounding, or using items of clothing from your own closet to create Disney-character-inspired outfits. DisneyBounding  is an incredibly popular trend, and it's pretty easy to do when you have access to lots affordable, trendy clothing at your local mall. 

For us plus-size girls, though,  it's a little tougher. As with most fashion trends, larger women tend to find themselves left out of the DisneyBounding phenomenon. If you're over a size 16, you're usually happy to find clothing that fits, let alone adorable outfits that make you feel like your favorite Disney princess.  However, if you know where to look, it's never been easier to rock your plus-sized #DisneySide. 

The first outfit I put together is a Minnie Mouse inspired ensemble I plan to wear to the #DisneySide Welcome Reception at Type-A Parent Conference. It features a dress and blazer from Torrid, a plus-size retailer available at many local malls. I rounded it out with sequined Minnie ears and my favorite Dooney and Bourke bag :

If you're a little more sophisticated than I am, then I suggest this Ursula-inspired outfit I created around Kiyonna Clothing's best-selling  Luna Lace Dress. I have this dress in teal, and it's one of the most beautiful pieces I've ever owned. If you're rocking an ample bosom, you should know that the lace is lined, making it extremely bra-friendly. I paired this dress with the Madison Bag by Coach and some fun purple patent heels:
For the more casual outing, like MNSSHP, I put together an easy, breezy Elsa-inspired ensemble featuring a maxi dress I scored at Nordstrom Rack a few weeks ago, an open cardigan from online retailer Jessica London, and my favorite gym bag from Athleta, which I have field tested and  found to be completely sufficient for an evening at the Magic Kingdom with two kids and a husband who refuses to acknowledge his own pockets:

These items should all still be available for sale at the listed links, but I encourage you to be creative! Like many other types of fun to be had at Walt Disney World Resort, your size should not deter you from DisneyBounding for even a moment. I can't wait to see what you come up with-- please tell me about your amazing DisneyBound outfits in the comments, or post photos on the Disney Gals Facebook page!

#DIsneyland60.....Today in Disneyland History...........August 29, 1955

Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship & Restaurant Opens
August 29, 1955

On August 29, 1955, the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship and Restaurant made its debut in Fantasyland in Disneyland.  Sponsored by Van Camp Seafood Company’s Chicken of the Sea tuna, this iconic restaurant was the home of the only takeout tuna sandwiches at Disneyland Park.  Built of wood in the middle of concrete with a small amount of water surrounding it. Tuna sandwiches, tuna salad (served in mini boats), tuna burgers, and hot tuna pies were all served at the Pirate Ship Restaurant at the counter below the deck. The ship featured a blonde mermaid figure-the mermaid was the sponsor’s trademark.

In 1961, The Skull Rock Lagoon was added and served as a scenic backdrop and seating area for patrons of the restaurant. Based on Skull Rock from “Peter Pan,” you could enjoy your food while listening to music & the cascading waterfall. Kids were often chased by Captain Hook behind the waterfalls and through the small caves. At night, the eyes of the Skull glowed green. Skull Rock & the Pirate Ship were both demolished in 1982 to make way for the “new” Fantasyland. The original intent was to move the Pirate Ship near the Storybook Land entrance and recreate Skull Cove, however, the ship (which had either been replaced by a concrete version which was more stable or reinforced with concrete) could not be moved in one piece without damaging it. There was no money in the budget to rebuild her, so she was taken apart instead. The mermaid figurehead was to be removed and saved, but fell out of the sling and broke into many pieces from an Imagineer’s truck when it went over a speed bump. In 1969, the restaurant’s name was changed to Captain Hook’s Galley, when Disneyland Park took over its operation. The ship remained until 1982, when it was demolished for the remodeling of the Fantasyland Area.  When the “new” Fantasyland reopened in 1983, the classic pirate ship was replaced by the new, updated version of Dumbo.  

Luckily, the Pirate ship and Skull Rock are more than just a memory as Imagineers created an incredible new version in Disneyland Paris.  And that’s what happened today in Disneyland history.  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

#Disneyland60 ..... Today in Disneyland History................August 28, 2003

Lucky the Dinosaur Roams the Park
August 28, 2003

On August 28, 2003, Lucky the Dinosaur, the first Audio-Animatronic figure to walk freely and interact with park guests, debuted as a test in Disney's California Adventure Park after first premiering at The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.  Approximately 8 feet tall, Lucky was a green biped dinosaur who pulled a flower-covered cart and was led by Chandler the Dinosaur Handler.  Lucky was the first free-roving creation dreamed up by Disney Imagineering team.  The flower cart Lucky pulled actually concealed Lucky’s computer and power source. Lucky was capable of moving, “talking” in dinosaur language, and responding to guests! Imagineers even went as far as to add thumping sounds that were in sync with Lucky's feet to simulate what a heavy dinosaur might have sounded like when moving.  

In the summer of 2005 Lucky back his cart and traveled to the east coast where he made appearances at Disney's Animal Kingdom in DinoLand USA.  After interacting for a time with guests there, it was time to back his bags once again when he traveled to the other side of the world to Hong Kong Disneyland for the park's grand opening.
Lucky wouldn't be spotted again until the
D23 Expo in 2009 - but his technology enabled another free-roving attraction - Muppet Mobile Lab to wow park guests at various Disney theme parks around the world.
With more and more advances in computers, software, miniaturization, and electronics, there’s no telling what the future holds for the Disney Imagineers where the only limits are imagination. Time will tell what new friends we will meet roaming the Parks, but on August 28, it was all about a dinosaur named Lucky.  And that’s what happened today in Disneyland history. 

A Walk on the Wild Side- Wild Africa Trek Disney's #Animal Kingdom

#Animal Kingdom -  Wild Africa Trek

            In April 2011, Disney opened one of its most exclusive experiences-the Wild Africa Trek in Disney Animal Kingdom. During this three-hour tour, safari goers pick their way through the wooded overgrowth, peer over a cliff at pools of hippos, cross a rickety bridge high above Nile crocodiles and dine in a safari style camp on five star cuisines. Having always dreamed of being on safari in Africa, for me going on the Wild Africa Trek was a dream come true when I was lucky enough to go on an adventure of a lifetime.

             My day started bright an early on a beautiful sunny morning as I was allowed entry to Animal Kingdom before the park opened. Wandering through the Park with no one else present is an amazing experience all on its own. Once crossing the path into Africa, I headed to check in at the Dawa Bar located behind Tusker House. As soon as everyone that would make up our safari had checked in, we were on our way up the path to meet our guides, be outfitted in our safari gear complete with water bottles and given our first task of the day-the practice rope bridge. Now let me just say that crossing over a rope bridge 6 feet off the ground in no way prepares you mentally for the two suspension bridges we would travel over later in our trek. Once our training was completed, we were treated to "jungle juice", sunscreen and bug spray, filled up our water bottles and were off to embark on our trek of a lifetime. 
        Our journey began with a quick walk through Harambe met with the envious glances of the other park guests all wondering what we were getting to do. Before we knew it, we were off the beaten path and on the Pangani Forest trail.  You are immediately struck with how the outside world all but vanishes, the sudden stillness, and you totally forget that 5 minutes before you were amid the hustle and bustle of Animal Kingdom. Our guides were enthusiastic and knowledgeable. As it turned out, Jenny, one of our two guides was until recently from Sacramento, which is located 90 miles east of me. It truly is a small world after all.  Each trip is tailored to the needs of the individual group, in our case ranging from children to a couple in their seventies.  
Even with our diverse group, they managed to find a happy medium of not too fast, but not too slow.  Along the path, we were educated on the history of Animal Kingdom as well as the animals we would be seeing up ahead.

            Before we knew it, we were at our first of two "tether over cliff" spots of the day, the Hippo habitat. Your vest allows you to be tethered to a track, which is fun in itself.  Once secured, you are able to literally "hang" out as far as you dare over the
exhibit right up to the very edge. At the hippo pool, we were fortunate enough to be met by a naturalist doing an internship with Disney, who along with our guides educated us on the hippos both here at Animal Kingdom and in the wild.

             The next stop on our journey was the overhang above the Nile Crocodiles. Once again, we were tethered to a track so we were able to lean out as far as we dared. Unlike the cuddly hippos, most of us were slightly more cautious approaching the edge to catch our first glimpse of these powerful creatures, especially once we found out that they were only 10 feet below us. One of the many things we learned about these amazing creatures is that while it appeared that the crocodiles were "smiling" at us, keeping their mouths open was actually part of their natural cooling system. Our guides also joked with us that while we were
tethered, it was still possible for us to slip over the edge if we ventured out too far and while the tether would not necessarily save us, it would make it easier for them to remove our remains from the croc pit so it wouldn't scare the next group of adventurers!

          The next part of our trek was where our real courage kicked in, as we faced not one but two suspension bridges that were overlooking the hippos and crocodiles that we had just met face to face. 

 Although we had trained earlier on a practice bridge, nothing can quite prepare you for this until you are actually on it. Both bridges span 100 feet in length are 30-40 feet off the ground.  The bridges have the feel of an old, rickety and weathered bridge that you are convinced will collapse at any moment.  As you can see from the picture, there are missing boards and broken planks. It dawned on me that this is Disney's way to get you to look down from your unique vantage point and marvel at all it has to offer. It only took a moment or two, and maybe a few jumps up and down, to relax and take in the entire splendor.

     Now that we had safely traversed the Pangani Forest trail, it was time to take off our safety vests and board our own open-air safari truck to continue our trek. Soon we found ourselves "off road" through the savannah itself.  Talk about the ultimate in animal adventures!  As we drove along on this privately guided expedition, we were so close we could almost reach out and touch giraffes, elephants, and rhinos just to name a few. Our driver provided us with many extended stops to allow us to take pictures to our hearts content.
When it came time to eat, Disney of course pulled out all the stops. We were taken to our own private overlook area and were served an amazing catered meal from Tusker House. After a leisurely 45-minute lunch, it was time to complete the last leg of our journey.  Once again, we boarded our truck and were led through the area where many of the big cats roamed.  Disney is so meticulous in their camouflage techniques that unless they had been pointed out to us, they would have been undetectable. Animals are separated from one another with almost invisible fences, rocks, and moats.

      All too soon, our truck was pulling up to the platform where the Kilimanjaro Safari groups also exit their trucks.   One of the many special things that the Wild Africa Trek does is to take a portion of your tour fees and donate them back to various conservation groups to help preserve wild animals and their habitats.  
     All in all the Wild Africa Trek is truly a once in a lifetime experience. I would do this again in a heartbeat and would not hesitate in recommending it to all of you!  Thank you Disney for bringing the heart of Africa to me. For more information on this tour, call 407-WDW-Tour or 407-939-8687 to book your own adventure. Wild Africa Trek is not included with standard park admission to Disney's Wild Animal Kingdom Park and is open to all guests age 8 and older. Are you ready to book your walk on the wild side?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Abbreviations, Acronyms and Initialisms for newbie Disney Dorks

 By Dawn Gosdin

WDW-Walt Disney World Resorts:


ASM-All Star Music

ASMO-All Star Movies

AS SPORT-All Star Sports

PC-Pop Century

AOA-Art of Animation


CBR-Caribbean Beach Resort

CSR-Coronado Springs Resort

POR-Port Orleans Riverside

POFQ-Port Orleans French Quarter

FW- Fort Wilderness


AKL-Animal Kingdom Lodge

AKV-Animal Kingdom Villas

BC-Beach Club

BCV-Beach Club Villas

BWI-Boardwalk Inn

BWV-Boardwalk Villas

GF-Grand Floridian

GFV-Grand Floridian Villas


YC-Yacht Club


WL-Wilderness Lodge

WLV-Wilderness Lodge Villas

OKW- Old Key West

SSR-Saratoga Springs Resort

SOG-Shades of Green (Military Resort onsite)

S&D-Swan & Dolphin Resort


MK-Magic Kingdom

AK-Animal Kingdom


DHS-Disney Hollywood Studios

BB-Blizzard Beach

TL-Typhoon Lagoon

DTD-Downtown Disney

WWOS-Wide World of Sports (Sports Complex)

Key Words:

WD-Walt Disney

CRO-Central Reservation Office

AP- Annual Passport

APR-Annual Pass Rate

PAP-Premium Annual Pass

CM-Cast Member

ADR-Advance Dining Reservation

TIW-Tables in Wonderland (previously DDE-Disney Dining Experience)

EMH-Extra Magic Hour

TTA-Transit & Ticket Authority (Transportation Main Hub)

TTC-Transportation & Ticket Center

DCL-Disney Cruise Line

FE-Fish Extender (DCL Family Mailbox Game)

DVC-Disney Vacation Club

DME-Disney Magical Express

MCO-Orlando International Airport

MNSSHP-Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (seasonal extra purchase)

MVMCP-Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (seasonal extra Purchase)

ECV-Electric Convenience Vehicle

DQ-Disney Quest

EWP-Electrical Water Pageant (Monorail Resort Hotels can watch from their Resort this Magical Lighted Water Parade) GF, POLY, CR, WL, FW & their Villas.

FP-Fastpass (Before Magic Bands)

MDE-My Disney Experience (Disney Website Personal Reservation System)

IG-International Gateway (Entrance to EPCOT from Boardwalk)

WS-World Showcase (Restaurant Row in back of EPCOT Park)

MYW-Magic Your Way (Park Ticket)

P&PD-Prayers & Pixie Dust

PM-Private Message

PS-Priority Seating

Dining (few):

CRT-Cinderella’s Royal Table

BOG-Be Our Guest

B&C-Beaches & Cream

WC-Whispering Canyon

CP-Crystal Palace

CG-California Grill

V&A-Victoria & Albert’s

LC-Le Cellier

R&C-Rose & Crown Pub


Pixie Dust-Magical Disney LOVE, Glittery Happy Thoughts.

CM’S-Chef Mickeys


DH-Disney Husband

DW-Disney Wife

DD-Disney Daughter

DS-Disney Son

FIL-Father in Law

MIL-Mother in Law

BIL-Brother in law

SIL-Sister in Law

DBF-Disney Boyfriend

DGF-Disney Girlfriend

DF-Disney Fiancé

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#Disneyland60.......Today In Disneyland History.......August 27, 1955

Mickey Mouse Club Theater Opens
August 27, 1955

Who's the leader of the club that's made for you and me?
Hey there, Hi there, Ho there! You're as welcome as can be!
Mickey Mouse! (Donald Duck!)
Mickey Mouse! (Donald Duck!)
Forever let us hold our banners high,
High, high, high!
Come along and sing a song and join the jamboree!
Mickey Mouse Club!
Mickey Mouse Club!

On August 27, 1955 The Mickey Mouse Club Theatre opened in Disneyland's Fantasyland. The air-conditioned theatre presented various Disney cartoons, and at one point it was the home to the 3D Jamboree featuring the multi-dimensional Mouseketeers in color as well as introducing the short films Melody and Working for Peanuts — all in 3D. In 1964, the theater was renamed the Fantasyland 

Bruce Healey, senior music director/producer for Disneyland Entertainment Productions, remembered working in the theater. “In the days of the Fantasyland Theater of old, which was a little movie theatre in Fantasyland, we converted that to a live performance venue for this music education show that ran for about six months called “Fun With Music” which was an educational program that the company put together. This was about 1976 or ’77. It was a live stage show with film and live performers and a six-piece band that I was the leader of and I played the piano. There were these little opera boxes on either side of the theater that we made into an orchestra pit. Three of us were on one side of the theater and three of us were on the other side, which was a very challenging thing to deal with in terms of staying together.” The Fantasyland Theater took a final bow in 1981 and “Hey there, hi there, ho there” made way for “Hi diddle dee dee” when Pinocchio’s Daring Journey attraction debuted in its place in 1983. And that’s what happened today in Disneyland history.

Trivia Time!  Can you name all of the original Mouseketeers?  Who was your favorite?  Bonus points if you can name what each day of the week was on "The Mickey Mouse Club".