Dr. Lee Returning Home To Dine At Club 33

After working 28 years at Club 33, it was so wonderful to return, but this time I was the guest!
Mickey and Pluto seemed happy to see me and I was sure happy to see them. Honestly, I miss Club 33, being there felt like home.

Dr. Lee Waiting For The Next Drink Order!

Dr. Lee Waiting For The Next Drink Order!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Property Control works towards goal of zero waste:

 From the 19,000 pairs of shoes donated to Goodwill to the original "Fantasmic!" dragon sent to the Walt Disney Archives, the Property Control team is leading the change towards our goal of zero waste at the Disneyland Resort.

 Property Control repurposes items in a variety of ways; reissuing supplies to other departments, sending historical items to be archived, donating items to nonprofits, hosting merchandise sales, auctions and more. cast Members can visit the Property Control cage at Company D for sales on Disney theatrical costumes, furniture and other unique merchandise, or snag one-of-a-kind items through CastAuction.com, through which a portion of the proceeds are donated to local charities.


For years, Guests staying at our Disneyland Resort Hotels were greeted by a newspaper each morning. While this practice provided the world-class service our guests expected, many unread newspapers were discarded and recycled daily as a result. And while recycling newspapers is great, it's even better not to waste the paper in the first place. Today, instead of delivering a newspaper to every Guest room, small stacks of  newspapers are placed in each elevator area for Guests to take as they please, translating into 250,000 fewer newspapers being printed- and then wasted-over the course of a year.

one more item...

saving used once crayons, about 4 pounds weekly are saved and donated to Goodwill of Orange County...

very cool...Dr Lee

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Charging forward with new electric vehicle charging stations:

 In January 2014, 30 electric vehicle charging ports were introduced to Guests in the Mickey and friends parking structure and to Cast Members in the TDA parking structure. The response has been overwhelming positive., with Guests and Cast alike requesting additional locations around the resort to charge their vehicles. By next fall, the number of Cast electric vehicle charging ports will double to more than 25 spread across three different Cast parking lots (Simba, the new Harbor lot,and the existing ports in the TDA parking structure). Additional work to expand Guest charging stations will grow the program to more than 100 ports (all in the ChargePoint network) across property in the coming years.

very cool, not using fossil fuels , a greener future...Dr Lee

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Jungle Cruise facts:

 5 fun facts about  the Jungle Cruise;

1...The original script in 1955 was purely educational, based on "True-Life Adventures," a collection of documentary films produced by Walt Disney Productions. Thanks to Imagineer Marc Davis, jokes were incorporated in the early 1960's.

2...Jungle Cruise Skippers can submit jokes annually to WDI for approval into the official script. This means the script has been compiled over time by the skippers.

3...In 1955, the "jungle' wasn't fully grown, so to make it look more lush, orange trees were planted upside down with the roots sticking out.

4...The Jungle Cruise waterway originally reached all the way to Rivers of America. It was shortened first for the building of New Orleans Square and then for the Indiana Jones Adventure.

5...The guns on board the boats are real!!! They are licensed to the Disneyland Resort, making it the only Disney site with real guns.

5 1/2...As a new Cast Member , one of the attractions I was trained on was Jungle Cruise. I do believe after all these years I still can say most of my spiel...

very cool...Dr Lee

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Celebrating the Decades:

As we approach the launch of the Diamond Celebration on May 22, let's continue our six-part series remembering each of the past six decades of the Disneyland Resort. Here, we take a look back at the magical years of 1965-74, the second decade of Disneyland.

1965... The yearlong "Tencennial" celebrates the 10th anniversary of Disneyland, complete with special de`cor,events and a new parade.

 Julie Reihm is selected as Miss Disneyland Tencennial, beginning the Disneyland Ambassador Program- a tradition that continues today.


 "Great moments with Mr. Lincoln" opens at the Opera House at Town Square , Main Street, U.S.A., after debuting at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. The attraction  features an Audio-Animatronics figure of Abraham Lincoln that's so life-like, "National Geographic " magazine called it "alarming" in its realism.

Plaza Inn opens along Main street, U.S.A., replacing the Red Wagon Inn and bringing Victorian-style surroundings to Guests looking for a memorable dining experience.


 The new Christmas spectacular "Fantasy on Parade" includes extraordinary new floats and more than 350 performers.



After debuting at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, "it's a small world" opens at Disneyland. Waters from all seven continents are poured into its Rivers of the World at the attraction, with its almost 300 Audio-Animatronics children, represents over 100 regions of the world. And then there's that unforgettable song written by the Sherman Brothers.


The Disneyland Hotel adds the Sierra  Tower Annex with 150 additional rooms. The Plaza Building shopping center is completed a few months later, and the Marina Tower is added in 1970 with the popular "Dancing Waters" show amphitheater.


 Primeval World Diorama brings the world of the dinosaurs to life for Guests riding the Santa Fe and Disneyland Railroad. The giant dinosaurs, including a colossal Tyrannosaurus Rex, were first displayed at the Ford Magic Skyway in the 1964-65 New York World's Fair.

 Walt Disney and New Orleans Mayor Victor Schiro preside over the dedication of New Orleans Square, a new area along the banks of the Rivers  of America that would go on to house several popular shops, eateries and attractions.



One of the most elaborate uses of Audio-Animatronics in Disney history, Pirates of the Caribbean takes guests by boat through scenes of vast treasures , cursed skeletons and plundering pirates.  The Blue Bayou Restaurant gives Guests a themed dining experience by seating them inside the building that houses the attraction.


 After being closes for a year, Tomorrowland reopens with seven new attractions,including:

PeopleMover, which takes Guests on a tour of Tomorrowland from above in a perpetual-motion transportation system.

General Electric Carousel of Progress, highlighting electricity's significance to the past and the future on multiple sets, which the audience rotates around.

Adventure Thru Inner Space, where Guests travel on an "Atomoblie" through a massive microscope to see atoms from the inside.

Flight to the Moon, a simulation of a flight into space, including a view of Mission Control.

America the Beautiful, an update to the film journey across the U.S., this time in Circle-Vision 360.

Rocket Jets, where Guests control the height of their rocket as it flies through the air above Tomorrowland.

Tomorrowland Terrace, a new quick service restaurant and performance stage.

Club 33, a private membership dining establishment, opens in New Orleans Square.
(side note, Dr Lee was 15 years old....future Bartender,Club 33)



The inaugural St. Patrick's Day Parade and Cinco de Mayo Fiesta events celebrate the seasons at Disneyland.



On Love Bug Day at Disneyland, 101 decorated Volkswagen Beetles form a parade down Main street, U.S.A., to celebrate the release of the film "The Love Bug."

 After more than a decade of development, the Haunted Mansion opens its doors (and its crypts) to Guests and ghosts alike. Originally conceived as walk-through attraction, the mansion was built in 1962-63 but sat vacant for six years as Guests speculated about what lurked inside.



 The Legacy of Walt Disney opens on Main Street, U.S.A., highlighting Walt's achievements with a display of his awards and memorabilia and an exhibit about the California Institute of the Arts.


 Show Me America, a humorous musical revue with more than 120 costumes and highly detailed sets, premieres at Tomorrowland Stage.

Dr Lee graduation from Riverside Poly High School, Riverside, California and turns 18 on the 20th.



The inaugural Cinderella Festival includes fashion shows, garden tours and special dining options.

 The Indian War Canoes become Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes, giving Guests a unique view of the Rivers of America as they paddle around Tom Sawyer Island.


 Disneyland greets its 100 millionth Guest, kicking off a summer celebration called "Year of 100 Million Smiles."
 The All-American Collegiate Marching Band (now the All-American College Band) Program debuts, inviting top musicians from colleges across the U.S. to perform at Disneyland during the summer.



 A seventh land called Bear Country opens as a home for the Country Bear Jamboree, a country music show with 18 Audio-Animatronics bears. The land also features Teddi Barra's Swingin1 Arcade, named after one of the stars of the Jamboree, and the Hungry Bear Restaurant.

 The Main Street Electrical Parade debuts, lighting up Main street, U.S.A., with half a million dazzling lights twinkling to an electronic version of "Baroque Hoedown," interwoven with themes from Disney songs.


 Winnie the Pooh gets "pooh-litical" during Winnie the Pooh for Persident Days at Disneyland, which includes a daily tickertape parade, posters and campaign buttons.


 Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney Productions, The Walt Disney Story opens in the Opera house as a tribute to the legacy of the Walt Disney Company and the Disney family. Lillian Disney attends the ceremony.



America Sings opens in the bottom level of the Carousel Theater with a comical cast of over 100 Audio-Animatronics animals singing the history of America music, all coordinated by their leader, Sam the Eagle.

to be continued.....

Thursday, April 2, 2015

History and Heritage:

 Disneyland Roundhouse right on track:

   When Disneyland opened July 17, 1955, it had two steam locomotives- thr E.P. Ripley and the C.K. Holliday- which were serviced in a dual-track roundhouse facility on the west side of the park, just north of Splash Mountain.

 With the addition of two more steam engines and two trains in the late 1950's and 60's, the railroad outgrew the facility and a new roundhouse was built on the east side of Disneyland to service both the railroad and the "highway in the sky"- the monorails. Today, the roundhouse houses five steam engines, four trains and three monorails. (The original building sits across from the backstage service garage and is now used as a ride vehicle refurbishment facility.)

 Did you know????

 Although the Disneyland Roundhouse is a rectangular-shaped building, its traditional name dates back to the glory days of railroading. At the time, circular buildings were built to house giant turntables on them, where steam engines-which could operate in only one direction- could be rotated.

Earth month fact:

 In 2009,the roundhouse converted the steam engines to operate on biodiesel made from used cooking oil from resort kitchens. This saves as much as 150,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year, while potentially reducing carbon dioxide emissions by up to 80 percent.

Love those trains and monorails...Dr Lee

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Grizzly Peak to expand:

 Grizzly Peak Airfield is preparing for takeoff.

 The first phase of the expansion of Grizzly Peak into the former Condor Flats area in Disney California Adventure Park will be unveiled March 20, when the new Smokejumpers Grill opens. This quick-service dining location, which will be in the former Taste Pilots` grill location, takes inspiration from the brave men and women who fight wildfires in our California forests. In addition to a whole new look, the location will feature an updated menu with burgers and sandwiches.

 The Grizzly Peak expansion will also bring new building exteriors and landscape features, including pine trees that will bring more shade and make Guests feel like they've been transported to California High Sierras.

 When the rest of the area opens later this spring, Soarin` Over California will also reopen with updates to its screen and projection system, bringing a visually enhanced experience.

Like Soarin`....Dr Lee

Monday, March 23, 2015

24-hour party coming May 22,2015:

 The Disneyland Resort will kick off its Diamond Celebration with a 24-hour party May 22-23 as three new nighttime spectaculars premiere: the glittering "Paint the Night" parade and the groundbreaking "Disneyland Forever" fireworks show at Disneyland Park, plus the new "World of Color-Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney" at Disney California Adventure Park.

The 24-hour party, which will run from 6 a.m. May 22 to 6 a.m. May 23, will include dancing and special character encounters in both parks.

 In Florida, Magic Kingdom Park will also have a 24-hour event on the same dates as the Walt Disney World Resort launches its "Coolest Summer Ever."

Get ready to have fun on no sleep....Dr Lee

Monday, March 16, 2015

Something to think about:

"Yawning is your body's way of saying 20% battery remaining????

interesting...Dr Lee

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Disneyland through the Decades, 1955-1964:

 As we "prepare to dazzle" for the upcoming Diamond Celebration, let's take a look back at some of the milestones during each of the last six decades that have made the  Disneyland Resort the magical place it is today. Over the next several months, we'll celebrate each decade leading up to our 60th anniversary on July 17, 2015.

 July 17, 1955...

 Disneyland opens...

 Walt Disney opened Disneyland on July 17,1955, with these now-famous words, "To all who come to this happy place, welcome." Since then, more than 700 million Guests-including world leaders and celebrities- have passed through the gates that Walt imagined as "a source of joy and inspiration to the world."

 Although 14,000 Guests were invited to visit on opening day, the number of Guests swelled to more than 28,000 due to a counterfeit ticket scheme (one entrepreneur even set up a ladder on the north end of the park, charging patrons to climb over). A plumber's  strike forced Walt to decide whether to finish the drinking fountains or bathrooms-so Guests went thirsty even in temperatures of over 100 degrees. In fact , it was so hot , women's high heels sunk into the newly laid asphalt on Main Street U.S.A.

On opening day, there were 20 major attractions-many of them still here today:


Canal Boats of the World

Circarama, U.S.A. (360-degree movie theater)

Fire Wagon

Golden Horseshoe Revue

Horse-drawn Streetcars

Jungle Cruise

King Arthur Carrousel

Mad Tea Party

Main Street Cinema

Mark Twain Riverboat

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

Mule Pack

Penny Arcade

Peter Pan's Flight

Santa Fe  and Disneyland Railroad

Snow White's Adventures

Space Station X-1

Stage Coach


Opened later in 1955 (in chronological order)

TWA Rocket to the Moon

Main Street Shooting Gallery

Phantom Boats

Casey Jr. Circus Train

Indian Village

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Exhibit

Dumbo Flying Elephants

Conestoga Wagons

Mickey mouse Club Theater

Mike Fink Keel Boats


March...Astro-Jets (later known as Tomorrowland Jets and then Rocket Jets) opens in Tomorrowland. these individually controlled vehicles give Guests a bird's-eye view of Disneyland. as the attraction rotates.

June...Tom Sawyer Island Rafts begin operation in Frontierland.

Skyway to Tomorrowland and Fantasyland opens with 44 four-passenger gondolas suspended from a 2,400-foot-long cable, taking Guests between the two lands.

Storybook Land Canals Boats opens, changing the landscape of Canal Boats of the World from miniature cities and landmarks to iconic scenes from Disney fairy tales.

July...Rainbow Caverns Mine train begins operation in Frontierland. The caverns showcase pools and small waterfalls amid stalagmites and stalactites.

Indian War Canoes begin operation in Frontierland (later moved to Bear Country to become Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes).


April...Walt Disney and Shirley Temple dedicate the Sleeping Beauty Castle interior walk-through, featuring dioramas telling the "Sleeping Beauty" story.

June...Monsanto House of the Future opens in Tomorrowland. Built of plastics, this modernistic house features the latest in furniture, appliances and gadgets of the future.

Motor Boat Cruise opens in Fantasyland. Children enjoy piloting theirs crafts around the waterways under the Autopia bridges and Monorail beams.

The modernistic Viewliner train begins operation in Tomorrowland.

December...The first New Year's Eve Party is held in Disneyland, with 7,500 attending.


 March...Grand Canyon Diorama opens in Disneyland, part of the Santa Fe and Disneyland Railroad. At 306 feet long, it is the world's longest seamless hand-woven canvas.

June...Sailing ship Columbia opens. It is a full-scale replica of the original Columbia, the first ship to circumnavigate the globe in 1778.

Alice in Wonderland attraction opens in Fantasyland.

August...The Fire truck begins transportation services on Main Street, U.S.A.


January...Fantasyland Autopia opens due to the immense popularity of the original attraction.

June...Submarine Voyage attraction opens in Tomorrowland , billed as a voyage through "liquid space." The original eight subs hold 38 Guests, each with a porthole for viewing the underwater wonders-from mermaids to a giant sea serpent.

Disneyland -Alweg Monorail System opens in Tomorrowland. It represents the first ever urban monorail system in the U.S.- and what is viewed as the transportation of the future. In 1961,the beam expands to reach the Disneyland Hotel.

The Matterhorn Mountain with its Matterhorn Bobsleds opens in Fantasyland as the first thrill ride at Disneyland. The mountain is 147 feet high, 1/100th the height of the real Matterhorn and uses 2,175 steel girders.


May... Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland opens in Frontierland, taking Guests through a wilderness area populated with more than 200 lifelike bears, beavers and other critters. Pack mules are added two weeks later.

Art of Animation opens in Tomorrowland, showing the history and development of the animation process.


March... Marble figures of Snow White and the seven Dwarfs-straight from Italy- are brought in to create the Snow White Wishing Well and Grotto in Fantasyland. Walt invites Guests to make a wish and drop a coin into the well to benefit children's charities, a tradition that continues today.

June... Tinker Bell takes to the sky, flying from the peak of the Matterhorn to Sleeping Beauty Castle each night to begin the "Fantasy in the Sky" fireworks extravaganza.

The first Grad Nite brings 8,500 graduating seniors to Disneyland, making it the largest high school graduation party ever held in the U.S. at the time.

August...Flying Saucers-individually controlled, rubber-bumper circular ride vehicles propelled by air-open to rave reviews in Tomorrowland.

December...Sets from the movie make up the "Babes in Toyland" Exhibit in the Main Street Opera House-and, two years later, become the headquarters for the Mickey Mouse Club.

Sarfari Shooting Gallery (also known as Big Game Safari Shooting Gallery and Big Game Shooting Gallery) opens in Adventureland and provides target practice for "big game hunters." The guns even use real pellets.

November...Swiss Family Tree house opens in Adventureland. Modeled after the shipwrecked tree house in "Swiss Family Robinson," the entirely man-made tree is 150 tons, has 450 branches and towers 70 feet above Adventureland.


June...Featuring a new Audio-Animatronics system designed by WED Enterprises, Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room brings to life more than 200 colorful singing birds, flowers and powerful tiki gods to perform in a tropical musical review.


Although the New York World's Fair didn't occur at Disneyland, many of Walt Disney's exhibits-including "it's a small world" and "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln"-found their permanent homes in Disneyland after debuting to enthusiastic fair audiences.

Jungle Cruise gets a new African Veldt region,, introducing Audio-Animatronics lions, giraffes, zebras, jackals, wildebeests, hyenas, antelope-and a new scene with frightened hunters trying to escape up a tree to avoid the sharp horn of an angry rhino

to be continued...Dr Lee

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Words of wisdom, "Singing in the shower"....

Singing in the shower, causes you to start dancing,

 And if you dance in the shower , you will slip in the shower,

 And when you slip,the par-medic's will see you in the  shower?

 are you sure you want that!

Just saying....Dr Lee

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Mad T Party:

 News from the rabbit hole: Mad T Party will be returning to Disney California Adventure Park as a new, dazzling experience on May 22.

 The return of the popular dance party of the nighttime entertainment coming for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, including "Paint the Night" parade, "Disneyland Forever" fireworks and "World of Color-Celebrate!".

Luigi's Flying Tires closes: new experience to open early next year.

 As we all know, Cars Land has been a huge success since it opened in 2012, and guests have told us that the cars themselves are the one of the things they love about Radiator Springs. So, on Feb.16, Luigi's Flying Tires closed as our favorite Fiat left to visit family in Italy, and when he returns early next year his Casa della Tires will reopen as an all-new attraction with a new ride system and new ride vehicles.

can't wait....Dr Lee

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

More stuff:


1. What year did the Tiki Room open?

2. When did Flight to the Moon change to Mission to Mars?

3. What was Dr Lee's First attraction as a new Cast Member?


1. 1963

2. 1975 

3. Mark Twain

Cool...Dr Lee

Test your knowledge:


1... What were the original plans for the Pirates of the Caribbean?

2...What was the famous restaurant which was located where the entrance of Pirates is now located?

3...What was the name of and the type of food served in the restaurant which was located in Frontierland and sponsored by the actor Don Deford?

4...Where was the first Mexican food restaurant located at Disneyland?

5...Who did the Frito Kid call to when asking for another bag of Fritos from the vending machine?

6...What was the name of the Navy-clad group who played in Tomorrowland in th 1950s?

7...What was the name of the rock band that Sonny Anderson played the drummer with at Disneyland?

8...What was the name of the motor airplane that were flown and displayed in Tomorrowland in front of Rocket to the Moon?

9...What was the name of the bakery that was first located on Main Street, U.S.A.?

10...What was the name of the swimsuit company that had a ship located on Main Street, U.S.A.?

11...What was the location of Mineral Hall?

12...What was the name of the parrot on the Pirate Ship?

13...What day , month and  year did Dr Lee start working at Disneyland?


1.Walk through attraction

2. The Chicken Plantation

3. BBQ food/ Don DeFord's Silver Banjo

4. At the entrance to Pirates (prior to Don DeFord's restaurant)


6. The Yachtsman

7. The Spacemen

8. Cox model airplanes



11. The space now occupied by Custodial next to Casa Mexicana

12. Paco

13. 12/12/81

Having fun...Dr Lee

Monday, February 23, 2015

Disneyland Trivia:

 The Emerald of Anaheim Hotel opened next to the Disneyland Hotel property in 1984.

 Owned by a Japanese company, it was renamed the Pan Pacific Hotel before being purchased by The Walt Disney Company in 1995 and renamed the Disneyland Pacific Hotel. Today it is Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel.

I remember when this was built.....Dr Lee

Friday, February 6, 2015

Happiness is.... sharing the dream of Disneyland:

 Van France, Founder, Disney University

  What does a brand new Cast Member have in common with a Cast Member celebrating his or her 40th service anniversary????

 Simple: They both have a passion for creating happiness.

 Van Arsdale France introduced the uniquely Disney philosophy of "creating happiness" back in 1955, before Disneyland opened its gates. Walt Disney understood that his new concept in family entertainment would require training curriculum that was just as unique as his park, so he personally hired Van to establish an unparalleled employee orientation program. Van had a background in creating employee training programs for, among others, the U.S.Army and airline industry. But Disneyland presented a unique challenge.

 "Disneyland at that time was still very much Walt's dream," Van said in an interview before he passed away in 1999, recalling the challenge of communicating the concept to the park's first hosts and hostesses. "There weren't too many people that understood what he had in mind." Yet Van identified a common thread between Disneyland and all the other organizations he worked with prior: a team needs to work together towards a goal. And at Disneyland, what better goal could there be than creating happiness for others???

With that in mind, Van emphasized Cast Members' responsibility to understand and cater to Guests while never losing their enthusiasm. In 1962, he proposed the University of Disneyland, designed to instill in Cast Members the philosophies, resources ands skills required to deliver a level of guest Service unsurpassed by any other organization. The Disney University concept would eventually become a model for other companies, and it wasn't long before it expanded to Disney operations across the globe.

 Van France's legendary career of promoting Walt Disney's philosophies has provided an invaluable foundation for our orientation program-known today as Traditions-as well as the DU growth and development opportunities that provide continued inspiration to our Cast. France was named a Disney Legend in 1994.

remember talking with him during my career .... Dr Lee