Theme Park Thursdays: Pirates Construction

The construction of DISNEYLAND’s Pirates of the Caribbean was unlike anything ever attempted at the time. To accommodate the immense size of the attraction, it had to be built underground. The drops experienced at the beginning of the attraction were designed to get guests under the train tracks and into the show building.
Walt Disney constructed an entire underground complex beneath the park that featured an industrial kitchen for the park’s restaurants, an employee cafeteria and of course, some  marauding Pirates.


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Food Fridays: Maxwell House

Long before coffee became the domain of hipsters and expensive drink chains, it was just an afterthought, served at breakfast and often came with free refills. At DISNEYLAND’s town square, Maxwell House provided a place for guests to enjoy breakfast and a cup of coffee with the hope that they would return to Iowa and start buying Maxwell House instead of Folgers.

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Walt Wednesdays: The Plaza Inn



One of Walt Disney’s most favorite places to eat in DISNEYLAND was the Plaza Inn. Though he passed away not long after it opened, the restaurant quickly became one of his most favorite stops in the park. It even became an unofficial headquarters of DISNEYLAND’s grand Tencennial celebration in 1965.


The restaurant remains open to this day, still serving thousands of DISNEYLAND guests each and every day.




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