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7 Real-Life Locations that Inspired Disney Attractions

By Courtney Potter

We all have our favorite attractions and locations inside a Disney Park… whether it’s the grandeur of Sleeping Beauty Castle or the majesty (and excitement) of Expedition Everest, they often hold memories we return to again and again. And many of them are inspired by real-life locations around the globe!

Come with us on a (virtual) tour to…

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Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain

Can You Find These 7 Disneyland Numbers?

By Jocelyn Buhlman

You can always count on spotting some significant numbers throughout the worlds of Disney—we all know, for example, that the “23” in D23 is taken from the year 1923, when Walt Disney first arrived in Los Angeles and founded what is now The Walt Disney Company. The rich history of Disneyland has provided many an opportunity for these…

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Disney Details: As Free as a Bird in 1901

Admire this trio of Tiffany-style lamps that provide a wonderfully colorful glow inside the 1901 Lounge at Disney California Adventure. Named in honor of the year Walt Disney was born, the club inspires visitors to travel back eight decades in time and into the kind of cozy retreat Walt and his animators would sometimes repair to in the 1930s—a hushed pocket of calm,…

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Disney California (Culinary) Adventure—15 Food Faves

From the rustic beauty of Grizzly Peak Recreation Area and a wildly wet journey on Grizzly River Run to the breezy Boardwalk of Paradise Pier and a thrilling spin on California Screamin’, so many favorite experiences can only be had at Disney California Adventure—which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this week!

But Disney California Adventure (DCA) isn’t…

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Disney California Adventure Celebrates Real-Life Landmarks

For 15 years, Disney California Adventure Park has made it possible to experience the flair of beloved California locations, past and present. They’re not mere duplicates, but idealizations of the meaning—and feelings—they bring to life.

“Like Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Park, our designs are romanticized,” says Ray Spencer, executive creative…

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