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Friday Find: Fantasmic! Media Book & Button

One of my favorite Disneyland night time shows is Fantasmic! It has been dark for a long time as the Rivers of America prepared for the new Star Wars themed land, Galaxy's Edge. I was there when it first premiered in 1992. I remember thinking, "WOW! That is some Disneyland show!" as it took over the Rivers of America space and immersed its audience in music, fireworks, characters, and the magic of Disney storytelling. It was captivating. 

So I am super excited that Fantasmic! made its appearance this past Monday, July 17th, on Disneyland's birthday. I actually got a sneak peek at a special showing last Saturday and it was fantastic! It's been updated technologically and has some minor adjustments but overall, I am happy that it was returned. 

I found a couple Fantasmic! items in my Disneyland stash. I do have a Cast Member exclusive watch that I featured back in this post. Here is a big sized- button that I have. I should have taken the picture with a coin beside the button so you can see how big it is. It might be a 3-inch size button. 

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Next is this media or press book that I have. The guts are very similar to this other media book that I have that I wrote about here. They just added a Fantasmic! section and updated some dates, milestones, and characters. 

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"Dream of fantasmic dreams!"

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Hidden Mickey at Disney's Aulani

Aloha! Just wanted to share a some of the fun Hidden Mickey's that can be found around Disney's Aulani resort. Some are "not so hidden" and some are little more creative. 

These first set of photos are some things that were found in our room. 

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These next set of photos are of things located within the Aulani Resort. 

There are a handful of Mickey Mouse shaped food items that you purchase around the Aulani. The shave ice is a favorite. You have to specifically order this size if you want the ears. 

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Mahalo!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disneyland Name Tag Cloisonne Pins

I found a small box in one of my drawers and opened it to find these two fun Disneyland cloisonne pins. I do remember purchasing these at Company D (Cast Member store). 

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The one with "MICKEY" commemorates Disneyland 45th Anniversary (2000) and the theme being "45 Years of Magic." The larger one, "MINNIE" is in the likeness of the new 2001 nametags that celebrated the opening of Disney California Adventure. 

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I have a Cast Member nametag from these periods so here they are placed side by side with the cloisonne pins so you can get an idea of how small (and cute) they are.

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Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disneyland New-Hire Cast Member Handbook c.1990s

I was cleaning out a drawer and found these two books. They are Disneyland new-hire Cast Member handbooks. 

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The top one (white cover) of the photo is probably mid-1990s while the other one (grey cover) is early 1990s. The one that has the name tag, DAVID, actually belongs to my husband. He began working at Disneyland sometime in 1990. My brother worked at Disneyland very briefly so I am guessing that the white cover handbook belonged to him,

It was fun looking through these two books to see differences and similarities, especially in terms of content and photos/graphics. Viewing them side by side made for an interesting read. 

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The older handbook (grey cover, 'Disneyland & David') is dated 1990. That was the 35th anniversary year of Disneyland. When you opened the flap to this particular handbook, it explains that this version has "reprinted guidlines from the original 1955 Orientation handbook."

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Instead of photos, there is more artwork to give the book the flavor of 1955. 

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In 1955, the training manual stated that the "Four Keys to Guest Happiness" was "Safety, Show, Courtesy and Capacity". The Four Keys eventually evolved to "Safety, Show, Courtesy and Efficifency."

Top book is 1990 handbook; bottom book is c. early 1990s

Top book is 1990 handbook; bottom book is c. early 1990s

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These are my two favorite pages from the 1990 handbook.

This is a replica page that was included in the 1955 Orientation handbook. 

This is a replica page that was included in the 1955 Orientation handbook. 

This is the last page of the 1990 handbook. 

This is the last page of the 1990 handbook. 

Here are two interesting pages from the other handbook. 

Interesting photo of salon dancer from Golden Horseshoe show.

Interesting photo of salon dancer from Golden Horseshoe show.

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Comparing these two welcome pages was fun. It is notable that it comes from Dick Nunis who was President of Walt Disney Attractions at this point. Nunis actually worked with Walt Disney and was instrumental in creating the Disneyland Orientation and Training program. Nunis would go on to have a 44 year career with the Walt Disney Company and retired in 1999. 

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Being a Disneyland Cast Member back in the 1990s was magical. It was a different time and era. There were lots of Cast Members, both salaried and hourly, who were there when Walt Disney was around and could tell you lots of fun stories. You got a lot of training and direction that were directly influenced from people who were there on Opening Day. Don't forget that there was only one Disneyland Park since Disney California Adventure did not open until 2001. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disney Cookbooks (c. 1990 & 2004)

I was looking for a particular recipe for a weekend dish and came upon these two Disney cookbooks. 

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Both cookbooks feature signature and most asked for recipes from Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The red spiral book titled "Cooking with Mickey Around Our World" is a book that was available at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World in the 1990s. The way that it is organized reminds of those old school cookbooks that you would buy at church fundraisers or find in you mom or grandmother's cookbook collections. There are no photos of the dishes. 

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The artwork under each tab is so fun. Very 1980s early 1990s Mickey Mouse look. Here are several examples. 

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My favorite things about this book is seeing restaurants that are no longer around due to all the changes and growth in the Disney Parks. It's equally fun to see how long some resturant favorites have been around. 

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The more recent of my Disney cookbook has a 2004 publish date on it. This one is titled "Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs". It includes recipes from the DIsney California Adventure, DIsney Animal Kingdom and Disney Cruise Line. However, there are also no photos of the dishes in this book. 

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There have been several more current editions since 2004. You can find find them at the Disney Parks, Amazon or other book sellers. With the popularity of cooking, rise of celebrity chefs, and food blogs, there are now a lot of Disney official and unofficial cookbooks out there. There are specific ones, too, that focus on Disney desserts, Disney copycat recipes and more. 

Page from "Cooking with Mickey Around the World" book (red spiral).

Page from "Cooking with Mickey Around the World" book (red spiral).

Happy Eats!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disney Trivia Books

I was re-organizing my bookshelf and came upon this set of Disney books. These are all paperback books. 

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I do remember getting the first book (the blue on on the top left) at a book signing at Disneyland. Both Kevin Neary and Dave Smith were present and signed my copy with the following inscription. 

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Perusing through my books, I noticed the changes in the way Mickey Mouse was drawn in books 1 and 2; and then Mickey was no more in books 3 and 4. 

Inside cover of Book 1. 

Inside cover of Book 1. 

Inside cover of Book 2.

Inside cover of Book 2.

One interesting image I found was the following Mickey Mouse. I went searching the internet to figure out what the greek letters were to figure out that it stood for the Phi Beta Kappa Society. I went through the internet rabbit hole and found this post to confirm the image.  

MIckey Mouse with Phi Beta Kappa society symbol

MIckey Mouse with Phi Beta Kappa society symbol

Dave Smith has come out with a fabulous new book called, "Disney A to Z, The Official Encyclopedia." It is a really nice hardcover book that includes the new worlds of Marvel and Star Wars that have joined the Disney family. 

So much Disney, so little time, but so much fun!

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disney Garden Spinners

A couple week ago I was at at the 2017 Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival. Besides some beautiful Disney themed topiary and food kiosks, there are also an assortment of third-party vendors that have been invited to sell their flower and garden related products. One of the booths I discovered offered these fun garden spinners.

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As you can see from the photo, these are items are popular as there had already been a lot sold through the day and this is what they had left by late afternoon. The vendor booth was hosted by a company named, EYCATCHERS. There were lots of different sizes, colors, and designs. I bought these large spinners (about $45) for my garden and one is a gift. 

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I also found this small one that I am going to hang somewhere in my house. I am trying out different places and seeing what it looks like during different parts of the day. When i have the windows open or the house fan, it does spin indoors. 

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I actually had them shipped to my house after I bought them. They arrived in great condition as they ship flat. So, if you have a chance to visit the festival, check out this particular booth. They make great presents for you favorite Disney fan. They are perfect Disney home decor and it will be hard to decide which one. You can have more than one, or two, or three, right? I kind of wish I had had time to go back to get a couple more. 

They are not available on the Shop Parks App. I did notice that on the vendor website, EYCATCHER, you can see some options and contact them about purchasing your own Disney spinner. They also do have an actual location at DISNEY SPRINGS so you can get yours there if visit. 

Happy Shopping!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Mickey Street Art at Disney's Animal Kingdom

I am currently visiting Walt Disney World this weekend and today I was at Disney's Animal Kingdom (DAK). I had some time to just wander through all the nooks and crannies of this park. One of my favorite things to do is to look at all the signs, posters, and art that is at every land. This includes looking at the decor and style of the restaurants, shops, and buildings of a particular land. There is so much detail at DAK.

I loved these two things that I spotted in the buildings located within the Harambe Market Place in the Africa section of DAK. All the walls have signs, posters, graffiti-like words/phrases to make it look like an authentic market place. Looking at the details of what the things on the walls say is always an interesting way to pass time and appreciate these minor touches.

Here are two Mickey Mouse related wall art that I saw in the Harambe Market Place area. 

Located in exterior wall. 

Located in exterior wall. 

Located on an interior wall.

Located on an interior wall.

I will write up a couple more things about my Walt Disney World trip soon. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: WDW Resort Hotel Buttons

I found a box of my Disney buttons and came upon these three. I think I got these in the early 1990s when I made my first trip to Walt Disney World. 

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I love the Polynesian Resort button with Mickey Mouse. The way Mickey Mouse is depicted on a Disney item can give you an indication of how old or era it is. This Mickey Mouse has some defined eyebrows and nose. The way Mickey Mouse is drawn in 2017 if definitely different than the one in my photo. Mickey has undergone many changes throughout the history of the Walt Disney Company. If you can figure out what Mickey Mouse looked like during certain decades, than you can make a guess as to how old the item is or when it may have been made. 

Of course my favorite is the button with Daisy Duck on it. It's always fun to see how logos and artwork change throughout the years. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

 

Friday Find: Pirates of the Caribbean Cast Member Watch (1992)

Last week, Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland celebrated its 50th anniversary. It reminded me that I had this particular Disney watch. 

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I bought this watch for the 25th anniversary of the attraction back in 1992. It was available to Disneyland Cast Members at the employee store, Company D. They were very limited in quantity. 

Limited edition: #158 out of 500

Limited edition: #158 out of 500

I love the face of this watch as it features the iconic talking pirate skull that you see at the beginning of the ride. 

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ARRGHH! Wishing ye a happy friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Art by Paige O'Hara (Beauty & the Beast)

I was in the Disneyana store a couple weeks ago and saw this pretty art of Belle from Beauty & the Beast. I noticed the artist who did this piece is Paige O'Hara. She played the role of Belle in the 1991 animated movie. 

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I thought it was kind of cool and would be a fun thing to own. Belle is my favorite Disney character since she was introduced to us in the animated film back in 1991. I love her independence and her sense of adventure. 

If you want to know more about Paige O'Hara, artist, check out THIS website. There are more of her art and opportunity to purchase items on the site.  

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Indiana Jones Commemorative Passport (1995)

The Indiana Jones™ Adventure ride debuted at Disneyland on March 3, 1995. I was a Cast Member back then as a Main Street Merchandise Host. I remember those first couple weeks that as soon as the park opened, many made a beeline for the Indiana Jones ride. The lines would get to several hours long. That first week, the lines would be so long that it would spill out of the Indiana Jones queue, wind through Adventureland and sometimes go down Main Street. 

My husband, MacSparky, was an Indiana Jones fan from the very beginning of the movie series. I bought this Indiana Jones commemorative passport (ticket) for his birthday.  

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This item was a Cast Member exclusive that you could only purchase at Company D (the Cast Member store). I did purchase it unframed. I can't remember how much I paid for it but I know it initially cost me more to frame it than the actual ticket. In 1995, the price of Disneyland admission was $33.00. 

We have this fun piece of Disneyland and Indiana Jones history hanging in our hallway. It always brings back lots of memories of working at Disneyland and reflects my husband's love of the Indiana Jones franchise. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

PS: Check out THIS fun post to read about some fun facts about the Indiana Jones attraction.

Friday Find: Mickey Mouse Paper Punch & Rubber Stamp = Fun Cards

I have a lot of paper crafting supplies so when I need something for a project, I eventually find other treasures. I found this Mickey Mouse head paper punch and decided to play with it and make some cards for my Disney loving friends. I think it was made by EK Success paper punch. I am going to have to make some kind of template with the negative punched image. I'll share that project another time.

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This was my starting point. I knew I wanted to use this iconic shape for my friend cards. I used to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator so I have plenty of inks, stamps, cardstock and so much more. Here are a couple cards I made using some of my stamps from Stampin' Up! stash.

I wrote "Trust, and Pixie Dust" on the inside.

I wrote "Trust, and Pixie Dust" on the inside.

Yellow splatter stamped image from COLOR ME HAPPY stamp set by Reverse Confetti.

Yellow splatter stamped image from COLOR ME HAPPY stamp set by Reverse Confetti.

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Stampin' Up! Stamp Set: Happy Everything

Stampin' Up! Stamp Set: Happy Everything

I have boxes of plain patterned cards that I buy at TJ Maxx and they make for easy card making. I usually stamp my images on white cardstock and then adhere them on these blank cards. These next cards were made from a wooden rubber stamp that I found on eBay and a stamp set from Reverse Confetti called, Color Me Happy.

I used some markers to color in Mickey's pants and shoes.

I used some markers to color in Mickey's pants and shoes.

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Off to make more fun Disney-themed cards for my friends. If you want me to send you one, leave me a comment about why you like HAPPY MAIL and I will choose a couple recipients. 

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Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disney Buttons (unofficial)

Disney buttons are simply fun. It's fun to wear one when you visit the Disney Parks; it's fun to wear a celebration button (birthday, graduation, 1st visit); it's fun to wear to express your Disney character. Although Disney Parks has a handful of buttons that they give to Guests, there really are no "official" buttons to buy. Some Disney fans have come to fill this hole and now there are many online vendors who create and sell some really great "Disney" buttons. You'd never know that they weren't "official" Disney merchandise. 

One Disney button vendor that I have discovered is PARKBOUND BUTTONS. I think that some of the phrases on the buttons are fun and clever to compliment the image.  I am obsessed with all thing Hamilton, An American Musical so when I saw this mashup, I had to have this set. 

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I went to a D23 Tangled Event last weekend so I it was fun to wear my Rapunzel/Hamilton mashup button. Gonna wear the Belle/Hamilton button when I go see Beauty and the Beast Live action. 

Here is the Christmas button set I bought from Parkbound. 

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The thing I love about small business owners is that they can personalize their packages and make it feel personal. 

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Disney buttons are great to put on your tote bags. They are fun to give as gifts, too. There are many Etsy vendors who sell Disney "unofficial" buttons so you can look at even more options. But I am one of those loyal buyers and I also know what it is like to also be a small business owner so I want to support this business. Check out Parkbound Buttons for some special Disney buttons.  

Happy Friday,

Daisy

Friday Find: Walt Disney Company Christmas Cards (1990s)

This week, D23 posted some really great holiday cards from their archives. According to THIS POST, the Walt Disney Studio started sending Christmas cards to all their employees beginning in the early 1930s.

I was a Disneyland Cast Member from 1989 - 2001. I found several Christmas cards that were sent to me from the Walt Disney Company from the early 1990s. This first card that I am sharing I am going to guess might have been 1991. That was when the Team Disney Building (Burbank, Ca) was completed and the Disney corporate team moved in. 

Front of card. c. 1991

Front of card. c. 1991

Inside of card.

Inside of card.

They used to also include 2 free tickets in each card. I am also going to assume that the number of tickets you received may have been based on you dependent listing. I was a college student so it was just me. I always received 2 tickets. 

This particular complimentary pass had the following artwork on them so I saved this one. If you used them, they would either take them at the gate, stamp them or rip them for validation purposes. There were expiration dates on them so this one is no longer acceptable. Like I said, I really liked the artwork on this one.  

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These next two cards are full of character. Not sure what the dates were on these but they had to be before 1994. It has Frank Wells (Walt Disney Company CFO) on the card and he passed away in April 1994.  

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This next card features Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers. It must have been the year when Disney Afternoon was popular. 

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I am sure that I saved my other ones but not sure where they are. The annual Walt Disney Company Christmas card was always fun to get in the mail.

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas weekend!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disney Store Christmas Pins (c. 1990s)

I found a couple fun Disney Christmas pins from the late 1990s. This first one is from the Disney Store, 1996. The Disney Stores have always had their own holiday design. This Christmas pin shows that the theme in 1996 was Mickey's Winter Wonderland.  If you want to see more from this collection, you can always do a search on eBay and all kinds of items will show up. 

Disney Store Christmas pin - 1996

Disney Store Christmas pin - 1996

This next one is a pin from The Walt Disney Gallery. Back in the 1990s, The Disney Store located at The Main Place mall, actually had a "Walt Disney Gallery" section within the store. They would sell collectibles and other high-end Disney merchandise. Here is the Christmas pin that was sold under The Walt Disney Gallery name. According to the merchandise card, it was limited to 5000 pieces. 

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Happy Holidays!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Commemorative Disney Envelopes with Postage Cancellation

In the 1990s, Disneyland would sell these special envelopes to commemorate milestones and then have the US Postal office be available for stamp cancellation. Seems kind of foreign now in the age of technology and a paperless society. Here are some examples from my personal Disney stuff. 

Nov 4, 1991: 200th Anniversary of The Bill Rights

Nov 4, 1991: 200th Anniversary of The Bill Rights

Oct 16, 1998 - Walt Disney Studio 75th Anniversary

Oct 16, 1998 - Walt Disney Studio 75th Anniversary

They are small envelopes that fit the size of dollar bills. Disneyland would issue them for some of the Park anniversaries, too. I think I have one from the 35th Disneyland Anniversary somewhere. They had some available last year at the D23 Expo. The special event envelopes were usually pretty inexpensive (maybe $5) and then you purchased the stamp. I thought they were interesting. To read the dates and also the price of postage of the different years makes it fun to look at. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Mary Poppins Practically Perfect Tea Menu

My oldest has a birthday coming up so I was looking back at some of the fun birthday things that we have done in the past. I came upon these scrapbook pages that captured her 4th birthday celebration. Back in 2000, there was a Mary Poppins Tea offered at the Paradise Pier Hotel. My daughter had been "Jolly Holiday Mary" for Halloween just a few weeks before so we decided that the Mary Poppins Tea would be a fun place to wear her costume again as well as have a very fun birthday celebration. 

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Remember that this is back in November 2000 when digital cameras and smart phones weren't around to capture moments and food. These are some photos of my scrapbook pages so you can see what this tea offering was like.

Can you see some Mickey designs on the plate of scones?

Can you see some Mickey designs on the plate of scones?

I remember that it was in a small setting so it was cozy. There were a variety of areas that were set-up for the groups/people attending. We had an area where there was a couch and some armchairs with a coffee table set up with lovely teacups. 

Scrapbook page filled with tea party memories.

Scrapbook page filled with tea party memories.

Mary would come out to sing some songs. She visited all the tables. I remember that one of the funniest things was when Mary came to visit with us, she put sugar cubes in all of our tea. My daughter and her friend decided that they should follow and also put sugar cubes in our tea. They didn't stop at one extra sugar cube...we had very sweet tea that day. 

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Time goes by so fast! My sweet daughter still loves tea parties and all that is involved in the ritual. I guess the Mary Poppins Tea made an impression on her. The tea offering was discontinued due to some legal issues. Remember that Mary Poppins was created by P.L. Travers, not Disney. There is currently an afternoon tea offering at the Disneyland Hotel. But how could beat a tea party with Mary Poppins?

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Mark Twain Cast Member Hat & Info Packet

Another one of my finds while I was cleaning some of our bins were these two items.

Mark Twain training material & Cast Member hat c. 1990

Mark Twain training material & Cast Member hat c. 1990

When my husband, MacSparky, worked at Disneyland during the 1990s, he got trained to work on the Mark Twain.  The Cast Members back then referred to the attraction as a "floating break room." If there was a 3-person rotation, they would be assigned 20 minutes on the dock, 20 minutes on the ship, 20 minutes off (like on a break). If it was a 4-person rotation, they would stay on the ship for another 20-minute ride or on the dock.  Let's just say that it was an easy shift.

In the early 1990s, most attraction training materials were put together by lots of Cast Members and didn't have official marks. There was not a big centralized training department. There was official SOP paperwork that you had to sign off. Most of the time, Cast Members were the one who put together background info or additional training materials like this one that gives someone a general overview of the attraction. 

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Don't forget that all this was before computers are word processing was available. Photo copies of training and supplemental materials were what existed. Someone had to type all this out on a typewriter then it was copied for distribution. 

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MacSparky's Mark Twain hat. 

MacSparky's Mark Twain hat. 

Here are some photos of the inside of MacSparky's hat. The only Disneyland "mark" is the letters "WDW" that stood for "Walt Disney World." They were fitted hats, too. 

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According to the Disneyland website, it is now referred to as the Mark Twain Riverboat. It has been closed since last year in preparation for the new Star Wars themed land. It is scheduled to re-open summer 2017. We'll see if the Mark Twain Cast Members get new costumes and hats, too. 

MacSparky has fond memories of his shifts on the Mark Twain. It was a more relaxed and mellow attraction in terms of Guest demand and popularity. He really enjoyed being able to take Guests up to the WheelHouse

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disneyland Jungle Cruise Hat

I was cleaning through a bunch of our bins and came across MacSparky's actual Jungle Cruise hat. It's probably from around the early 1990s. Back then, the World Famous Jungle Cruise was guys only. You had to be male to be a Jungle Cruise Skipper. Not sure when this style hat went out and were no longer issued. 

MacSparky's Jungle Cruise Hat. c. 1990

MacSparky's Jungle Cruise Hat. c. 1990

Inside of hat

Inside of hat

Hat was made by Eddy Bros.

Hat was made by Eddy Bros.

Just in case you needed proof...or as my kids would say, "receipts."

Jungle Cruise Skipper, David (aka MacSparky)

Jungle Cruise Skipper, David (aka MacSparky)

Happy Friday!

-Daisy