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Topic: DL under construction video - Opera House

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oc_dean
Mon 11/12/2012 5:54p
Surely .. many of you fondly remember a Disneyland construction video that played against a side wall, as you entered the Disneyland Story featuring Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln from 1973, up to roughly 2005. Maybe they took it off earlier. I don't remember.

It was rear projection .. as many Disneyland projections were then ... Had a "kinescope" quality to it. Not the best. But there's something about quirky old technologies that trigger the human memory banks in unique ways.

It showed Disneyland under construction throughout 1954 .. leading up to opening day - July 17,1955. Lasted a couple minutes ... maybe slightly longer. Footage was sped up, and used a unique "quick" arrangement of "Whistle While You Work".

I really liked that arrangement. The thing I don't know ... was it created when The Disneyland Story made it's debuted in the Opera House in 1973? But the arrangement has a more distinct "50s" quality to it. Perhaps it was created then. Anyone know the history to it?

I haven't heard it in years. A google search turned up nothing.

But I'd like to ask around the LP traps ... Who remembers it? And did it ever make it to any CD or DVD package through the Walt Disney Co. .. such as those "Walt Disney Treasures" DVD packages in the silver cans?

If it exists on Youtube ... I've tried tags like - Disneyland, under construction video, Opera House. But came up nothing.

Anyway .. that was a dandy of a little video .. along with that version of "Whistle while you work" .. is one important nostalgic (and I think - valuable) piece of Disneyland History ... I think there should be some corner in the Opera House playing it to this day!

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FerretAfros
Mon 11/12/2012 6:05p
I have all the Treasures DVDs and it doesn't sound familiar, so I don't think it's on any of them. Hopefully someone with better knowledge will be by here shortly (this sounds like a Dug question!)
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Bellella
Mon 11/12/2012 7:23p
I think I have a vague memory of that video. Certainly I remember something showing the castle being built at super-speed. I could double-check on my "Disneyland: Secrets, Stories and Magic."
But back when I was a kid, I didn't really give the Opera House the full attention it deserves.

FerretAfros, do you really have ALL the Walt Disney Treasures DVDs? You must be loaded. I'm lucky to have the six I have, and I had to get those the hard way.
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TP2000
Tue 11/13/2012 1:10a
oc_dean, I remember that video!

My memories of it are from the 1990's. It may have lasted into the early 2000's, but I distinctly remember it from the 1990's when I moved back to SoCal and began having an AP.

And you are right, I distinctly remember the rear-projection kinescope type media. Funny how those things stick with you, especially in this age of HD digital everything where the kids assume that everything is in High Definition, from homemade movies made on a 100 dollar Best Buy special to the latest Hollywood blockbuster.

When did it go away? I don't remember. But by the 50th major makeover, the Opera House had been majorly changed and rearranged.

I do remember watching a DVD of Tony Baxter showing Disneyland construction videos from 1954-55 in the last few years, some sort of Special Edition somehwere. And I remember thinking "This is kind of like that film that used to play in the Opera House".

That probably doesn't help you much, but at least I know my brain still kind of works. Kind of.
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oc_dean
Tue 11/13/2012 2:06a
The Dole Pineapple story at the Tiki Room, the Disneyland Story projected against the back wall of the Opera House preshow area, from 1975 to 2004, the video I'm referring to .. they all were rear projected on a type of film that was on a loop, that resonates with me more, than a crisp video on a LED monitor! I can't explain it. And it's certainly something younger generations will never understand. (Son of a .... I'm starting to feel old :( ........ there's a quality that just hits a chord in me. Some antiquated forms of technology bring back more than just memories, but a feeling as well.

I would love to see that presentation ... the faster version of Whistle While You Work .. and in that clunky "kinescope" type format! Would trigger more memories than the same video shown on Bluray!
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FerretAfros
Tue 11/13/2012 4:25a
>>FerretAfros, do you really have ALL the Walt Disney Treasures DVDs? You must be loaded. I'm lucky to have the six I have, and I had to get those the hard way<<

They really weren't that expensive if you bought them when they were first released. I got lucky and bought the first wave while it was still in stores, before anybody really knew what it was. $25 for a 2-disc DVD set (when the going rate for most films was $20) really wasn't that bad of a deal. Plus, it certainly helped that they were released every year right around Christmas!

I did have to buy one secondhand off the internet, and that was really expensive. Overal though, smart planning (spread out over 8-9 years) made it pretty easy to collect them all without breaking the bank.
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DBitz2
Tue 11/13/2012 10:49a
>>It showed Disneyland under construction throughout 1954 .. leading up to opening day - July 17,1955. Lasted a couple minutes ... maybe slightly longer. Footage was sped up, and used a unique "quick" arrangement of "Whistle While You Work".<<

I'm pretty sure that speeded up time lapse footage, along with the "peppy" rendition of "Whistle While You Work" was used in one or more of the earlier episodes of the anthology show focusing on Disneyland. There were two pre-opening "Progress Reports". I think some of the later shows from after Disneyland's opening may have included it, too. I don't remember which particular shows offhand. I would have to check my vhs tapes of them.

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DlandDug
Thu 11/15/2012 11:04p
I remember this well. The footage was from a Disneyland TV program-- an anniversary show I believe. I just looked at the 10th anniversary and it's not there, though.

Some of this footage, along with other time lapse views of Disneyland construction is on the second disc special features of the Disney Treasures set “Disneyland: Secrets, Stories and Magic.” The footage, which covers several parts of the park, features commentary by Tony Baxter. Excerpts from this are all over the internet, often not correctly identified. Just Google "Disneyland construction" and "time lapse."
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oc_dean
Thu 11/15/2012 11:26p
thanks DL&Dug .. I saw this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...-Bu24AQc

With Tony B. doing some commentary.

I wonder if anyone ever bothered to video tape that Disneyland construction vid in the Opera House. Sure would be nice to see .. and hear it again. Just that sped up version of "Whistle while you work" is one cute little piece of Disneyland history.
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oc_dean
Thu 11/15/2012 11:37p
>>I'm pretty sure that speeded up time lapse footage, along with the "peppy" rendition of "Whistle While You Work" was used in one or more of the earlier episodes of the anthology show focusing on Disneyland. There were two pre-opening "Progress Reports". I think some of the later shows from after Disneyland's opening may have included it, too.<<

If you ever find it ... that will be one very nice find. I'm anxious to see .. and hear it again.

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