Thursday, December 28, 2006

Corona del Mar, Disneyland, Villa Park, etc.

Today's photo shows the Hotel Del Mar (ca 1905) in Corona Del Mar, Newport Beach.
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The OC Genealogical Society is holding a bunch of seminars on Jan 7th at the Huntington Beach Public Library. See their website for details.
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"...Register reporter Sarah Tully is soliciting public memories of Disneyland’s old Submarine Voyage ride, to possibly include in a future story," says Colleen Robledo at the OCHCC blog. Read more.
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Speaking of Disneyland memories, the newly released DVD set, "Your Host, Walt Disney" has some great previously unreleased material in it. The "Disneyland '59" special (half from kinescopes half from film) is particularly interesting, with aerial footage of south Anaheim, the introduction of the Submarine Voyage and Matterhorn, and the dedication of the monorail by Vice President Nixon and his family. The set also includes the previously-issued Disneyland "10th Anniversary Special", in which Walt introduces us to his top creative employees and shows us how they're developing such "upcoming" attractions as Pirates of the Carribean and the Haunted Mansion. See Amazon for details.
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O.C.'s last operational packing house -- Villa Park Orchards Assoc (now owned by Chapman University) -- has a new tennant. According to the Register, the Prime Produce International is using the historic building to pack avacados.
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If you haven't already visited the Abandoned SoCal Airfields website, you might want to check it out. I've found their Orange County information useful more than once.

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