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Disney In Depth: Disneyland Resort, My 6 Favorite Possessions
Brett Nachman   |  

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For the fifth and final consecutive week of this celebration of Disneyland Resort’s sixtieth anniversary, which has ranged from reflecting on favorite commercials to envisioning the future of the resort, I add even more of a personal touch to this edition.

Here are six of my favorite Disneyland Resort-related possessions that I have obtained over the years (more specifically, over the past two decades).

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Disney In Depth: Envisioning Disneyland Resort’s Next 60 Years
Brett Nachman   |  

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Disneyland has hit the 60th anniversary mark. Now what? The California theme park, which has belonged to the “Disneyland Resort” for the past 14 years, is in the early stages of a renewal. Though the advancements are not yet visible, the happiest place on earth will no doubt experience nothing short of a transformation over the coming years – especially over the course of the next six decades. If guests who first walked through Walt’s Main Street, U.S.A. on opening day could see Disneyland today, they may not be able to identify much of anything surrounding the hub. Disneyland, as well as experiences around its periphery, have changed – many of them for the better. But what will 2075 resemble?

Envisioning Disneyland Resort’s next 60 years requires remembering the park’s origins, tracking recent developments, and imagining the possibilities of the future.

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Disney In Depth: Remembering Disneyland’s Best Commercials
Brett Nachman   |  

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How do most of us find out about Disneyland for the first time? The television commercial, as antiquated as it may seem, represents an ideal vehicle for capturing its audience and compacting the most entertaining and persuasive content in 30 to 60 seconds.

As we recognize Disneyland’s 60th anniversary, we pay tribute to some of those commercials over the last many decades that prompted us to ask our families a simple question: “When can we go to Disneyland next?”

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Disney In Depth: 60 Favorite Things To Do At Disneyland (Part 2)
Brett Nachman   |  

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Planning a trip to Disneyland and want to make your experience more magical? Have you simply visited the parks more times than you can count, and seek to try something different? Here I continue my list of 60 Favorite Things To Do At Disneyland. Why 60? Paying homage to the park’s diamond anniversary, of course!

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Disney In Depth: 60 Favorite Things To Do At Disneyland (Part 1)
Brett Nachman   |  

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In honor of Disneyland‘s 60th Anniversary, Disney In Depth will dedicate each edition in July to Walt’s original park. Accordingly, it only seems fitting to notate some of the elements that make Walt Disney’s original playground so special.

This marks the first half of a two-part edition that recognizes 60 of my favorite things to do while spending time at the happiest place on Earth: Disneyland.

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Universal Studios Hollywood’s ‘Fast and Furious: Supercharged’ Takes You Into The Movie
LA Spectre   |  

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The best kind of theme park rides are the ones that truly take you into environments of the story. At Universal Studios Hollywood, Fast and Furious: Supercharged does just that! It’s crazy to think that the backlot tram can transform into a high-speed chase vehicle, but they totally did it. You start off on the regular theme park tour which then finds itself under threat when Dom Torretto and Owen Shaw go head-to-head in a chase you come along for through the streets and highways of Los Angeles.

The immersive 360 experience pushes the envelope for theme park rides. It uses similar hydraulic tech like on Disney World’s Star Tours, but on a longer scale that isn’t as encapsulated. The combination of it with 3D on both sides plays tricks on your mind and you really feel like you’re zooming through traffic with Dom, Letty, and the gang.

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Disney In Depth: ‘Tomorrowland’: The Good, Bad, and Missed Potential
Brett Nachman   |  

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Brad Bird‘s latest action adventure is possibly his most complex, as he builds an intricate world with tons of “wow” moments – only matched by the same quantity of “oh, this could have been better” moments.

I loved Tomorrowland, even though I sighed nearly as often as I smiled with giddiness. The level of detail and consideration Bird and his production team put into Disney’s sci-fi flick speak to the genius of the group on board. But there could have been too many cooks in this kitchen – or rather, too many crafty individuals on set.

What made Tomorrowland work, where did it suffer, and what aspects could have lent themselves to opportunities that were sadly not embraced? Here is my rundown.

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Disney In Depth: Remembering Disneyland’s New Tomorrowland
Brett Nachman   |  

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As Disney’s Tomorrowland hits theaters, we reflect back on those memories of visiting the futuristic area of the Magic Kingdom, whether Walt Disney World’s Florida park or Disneyland in California. Some may have even traveled to Disneyland Paris’s Discoveryland or the Tomorrowland found in Tokyo or Hong Kong.

My first experiences at Disneyland’s Tomorrowland occurred during a transcendent juncture, a state of transition for the now-dated environment. I initially crossed the cracked pavement in 1996, a period when Tomorrowland progressed into a state of massive refurbishment. New Tomorrowland would land in 1998. But its anticipated arrival would quickly cease. This is a story of great vision undermined by disappointment and dysfunction. Set on your Rocket Rod and shoot back 17 years to New Tomorrowland.

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Disney In Depth: More Marvel-ous Ideas For Disneyland Resort
Brett Nachman   |  

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More than a year ago I wrote a column centered on the potential to have various Marvel properties enter the Disney theme parks. Not much has unfolded since that time, save for a few character meet-and-greet opportunities, merchandise, and a temporary sneak peek of Guardians of the Galaxy prior to its debut.

More ideas fill my head of what the Imagineers can accomplish in “winning” over both Disney and Marvel aficionados. Take these imaginary projects for the Disneyland Resort as food for thought.

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Disney In Depth: Disneyland’s Exciting 60th Anniversary Plans
Brett Nachman   |  

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Disney knows how to celebrate its anniversaries. Remember the pop culture phenomenon that was Disneyland‘s 50th? That more-than-yearlong event a decade ago was one of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts’ most major milestones to date.

Ten years later we honor the park’s 60th. While not as noteworthy as the previous one, longtime Disney fans will be delighted by the array of new entertainment and “enhanced” features within attractions. Let’s dive right in!

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