Even More Yester Memories
Thanks for all the great Yester Memories in 1995
and More Yester Memories in 1996.
Here are some memories sent to me in 1997.
And theres another page
Several memories have been edited to reduce length.
Curator of Yesterland
Group Sales had invited us to the Premier Party for Captain Eo, and who am I
to turn down a good freebie!!! We moved to the center of the theatre, only
to find that we had to go past someone who was "saving seats". Right before
the lights went out, in comes a group of people. I didnt put it all
together until Michael Jackson slipped in (with his trademark surgical mask).
And no one seemed to notice!! Heads werent turning; no one was talking. I
was amazed. And beside Michael, his mother, a blond teenage girl, and Quincy
Jones. This was at the height of Michaels popularity. I dont think anyone
believed it was him, as everyone got up and left the theatre as normal.
After the show, we lagged behind so we could "gawk." About 10 people were
standing around talking to Michael. One of the girls in our group was
pregnant (and the most outgoing among us), and when Michael asked how she was
doing, she asked him to rub her stomach, and he did! His closing line was "I
hope he comes out dancing!" As we exited the theater, cameras were
everywhere. We were included on film with Michael Jackson, and the Disney
Channel played the clip for many months afterward. Though we have mixed
emotions about Mr. Jackson now, it still was one of the most memorable
moments at Disneyland that we have had!
- Dave Mason, September 28, 1997
(DaveMinSD @ aol.com)
I was working at the park when they decided to demolish the Monsanto
House of the Future.
They brought in a crane (on a Monday when they were closed) with
a wrecking ball.
Several park employees gathered to watch this somewhat sad moment.
The ball swung and hit one of the walls of the house... all the
glass shattered, but the ball bounced off the wall, without leaving a
Everyone there let out a spontaneous cheer...apparently, we were
all "rooting" for the house.
They tried over and over to smash the house, but each time the ball bounced
off the wall.
They gave up on the idea and closed off the area.
A few weeks later, the house was removed from the foundation
and airlifted by helicopter
out of the park.
I dont know where it was taken, but the rumors were at the time...
"some Texas millionaire bought it."
- Bill G., September 20, 1997
(BillG7164 @ aol.com)
In your description of the Sunkist Citrus House at
left out the juice machine that automatically process a basket of
oranges at a time. The machine automatically cut them in half and
squeezed the juice with six reamers on one side and six on the other.
As a small child, I watched the reamers slowly rotate around, pick up
an orange half, squeeze it, and dump the peel in a circular motion with
a continuous stream of juice trickling out. This machine made a more
lasting impression on me than a lot of other things in the park!
- Bob Morris, July 31, 1997
(morris @ phx.sectel.mot.com)
When one is a little child, the attractions seem more realistic, and
more believable. I was no exception, and I when I visited the Magic
Kingdom, I remember going to "Mission to Mars." I was always deathly
afraid of that attraction, for one reason. When everyone was seated,
and the staff were preparing for "lift off," the "Air-Lock Closed"
light would come on. I was scared that with all these people needing to
breath air, in the time it would take us to go to Mars and back, I was
convinced that we were sure to run out of air. So I would hold by
breath as long as I could, so as to the air conserve it for others to
breath. And I tell you, it was a good thing to, for when the "Air-lock
Open" light would go on, I felt as though we had just made it; after
all, I was a little lightheaded, and Im sure everyone else felt that
way, since, of course, they were all rushing to get off. About the time
I became four, I no longer had that fear. Since I realized that there
wasnt enough time to go to Mars and back, (according to my brother, we
apparently stayed the ground the whole time) they could just pump in
more oxygen through the vents, (which they apparently did, for I was
never lightheaded on that attraction ever again).
- Jon Dalquist, June 27, 1997
(dalquist @ pacbell.net)
Youre probably wondering if people will ever quit sending these to you,
but I didnt see anyone mention the Viewliner. It was a tacky little
"futuristic" train that ran between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. My
first visit to Disneyland was in 1956, and that train seemed pretty cool
at the time. I didnt miss it, though, when the Monorail went in (but
living in the San Francisco Bay Areas, with Bay Area Rapid Transit, the
monorail doesnt have the old appeal any more!)
- David Finster, June 16, 1997
(dfinster @ home.com)
The Villain Shop was in Fantasyland, and one
would see it as soon as you walk through the castle. I think its now the
Hunchback shop, over on the right hand side. In it, there were shirts, hats,
mugs, figurines, etc., with many of the famous villains and some not so famous
ones. I have the "Wicked Queen" T-shirts and a tote which I carry report
cards in. My students know when not to mess with me by the shirt. My
husband has a "Headless Horseman" T-shirt. I also have a Grumpy shirt and
some stickers, as well as a poster with all the famous Villains on it. The
store was one of the big reasons I went to Disneyland.
- Linda McCann, June 5, 1997
(MrsLMcCann @ aol.com)
When I was in 7th grade, our class went on Catholic School day to Disneyland.
On "Mission To Mars," when the seats "compressed," several startled nuns in
full habit jumped to their feet in shock!
My friends and I still laugh about "the nun molesting seats" 20 years later.
- Tracy Blackburn, June 3, 1997
(tracyb @ lbank.com)
The Upjohn Pharmacy was about halfway down Main Street on the left hand
side. My favorite memory of it is the miniature bottles of Unicap vitamins
they gave out for free. We went there every visit. My husband and I, both
native Californians, who went to Disneyland several times a year while we
lived there as children and young teenagers and at least once a year even
when we moved to the East Coast, have both noted how the "Eisnerization" of
Disneyland has taken away many of the charming gifts and mementos you could
buy on Main Street and elsewhere. Nearly everything for sale there now, with
the exception of some of the cheaper items in Adventureland and the more
expensive items in other "gift shops" is strictly Disney trademark
- Ann Moritz Chesnut, May 28, 1997
(AMChesnut @ aol.com)
I swear a lot of the animatronics from "America Sings" are now used in "Splash Mountain."
I was just there and took pictures and now I am going through old pictures.
The two rides have some identical animitronics, right down to the clothes and objects they are holding!
Have you come across this?
I find it very interesting how parts of rides can get re-used.
(The frogs in your picture posted are in the new ride!)
- Joshua Lamb, May 25, 1997
(JoshuaLamb @ aol.com)
I remember well the old 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea exhibit from my
first visit, probably in 1963.
An extremely minor attraction that you didnt list but that I would
imagine is probably gone is an exhibit of minerals fluorescing under
ultraviolet light. I enjoyed this as a child; it was somewhere in
Frontierland, I believe near the Mine Train ride.
I remember seeing the small circle garden where once the House of the
Future had stood, and where in the 1970s nothing stood, and wondering
why they tore down the house only to replace it with nothing.
I used to enjoy approaching Disneyland on the freeway and seeing the big
billboard advertising the Submarine ride, which stated that Disneyland
was so many "nautical Smiles ahead."
- Steven Phipps, May 10, 1997
(phipps @ jcn1.com)
In 1961 or so, one of the buildings on Main Street was used to
house an exhibit of the sets and props from Disneys recent "Babes in
Toyland" film (starring Annette Funicello, whose autograph I have!). My
family was touring the exhibit and my little sister, then about 8, was
fascinated by the foam rubber "trees." She kept prodding and feeling
them and finally hauled off and punched one in the "trunk." Well, the
tree roared and came to life there was a Cast Member inside! and he
(or she) chased my little sister out of the building and down Main
Street. She was totally traumatized. Needless to say, I (age about 12)
thought it was hysterically funny.
- Terri Murphy-Naughton, May 5, 1997
(azzure @ olypen.com)
As I approach my 10th wedding anniversary, I have to comment on my
proposal which happened on the Skyway. I took my girlfriend (now wife)
to Disneyland on Valentines Day 1986. After dinner I suggested a ride
on the skyway, starting in Tomorrowland. As soon as we passed through
the Matterhorn, it got really quiet. I asked her to marry me she said
yes and the rest is history. We have been back several times since but
I have to look up at an empty sky now to pick out the place where I
proposed to her.
- Paul Myers, April 4, 1997
(pmyers @ cyberg8t.com)
© 2007 Werner Weiss — Disclaimers, Copyright, and Trademarks
Updated September 26, 2006.
Photograph of the "Partners" sculpture : 1996 by Werner Weiss