Welcome Aboard – Star Tours (1987)

Before Galaxy’s Edge, before the Prequels, before Greedo shot Han, there was Star Tours. A Star Wars themed short motion simulated ride released in 1987, Star Tours featured C-3P0 and R2-D2’s post-rebellion job as cross-galaxy tour guides alongside Captain Rex (voiced by Paul Reubens). It opened first in Disneyland, with a ceremony that’s equal parts…

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Sardine Spread – ABC Saturday Morning Preview (1990)

From the 1970s to the 1990s the big three networks (NBC, CBS, ABC) tried just about every way imaginable to package their Saturday Morning lineup into a prime time special that was unique, watchable, and in service to other relevant things happening on that Network at the same time. From the extreme contortions of the…

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Most Extraordinary – Christmas at Disneyland (1976)

Not quite an in-park special and not quite it’s own thing, “Christmas in Disneyland” follows the story of an old curmudgeon who celebrates his own curmudgeon-ness but then…realizes he’s not a curmudgeon? If we’re being honest, I’m not quite clear on this guy’s journey but here’s what I DO know: it takes place at Christmas….

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Mister Chad – Christmas Record Breakers (1972)

There’s something about kids and world records. When I was a child I thought the Guinness Book of World Records was put out by a national or international government board, some entity tasked by officials with recording preserving humanity’s achievements for posterity. The world deserves a continual accounting of who currently has the longest fingernails….

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