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  • [Fun] "Xanaduuuuu...." "Xanaduuuuuu..."

    That's what runs through my head every time I see the DCA entrance. One of my guilty pleasures is the movie "Xanadu" with Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelley (his last movie) and songs by Electric Light Orchestra, especially "All Around the World".

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    Re: "Xanaduuuuu...." "Xanaduuuuuu..."

    Originally posted by Not My Real Name View Post
    That's what runs through my head every time I see the DCA entrance. One of my guilty pleasures is the movie "Xanadu" with Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelley (his last movie) and songs by Electric Light Orchestra, especially "All Around the World".

    What do you think of when you see a DLR icon?
    Me too! I thought i was the only person that did. No one seems to know what I'm talking about!

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      For those of you that don't know, the Pan-Pacific Auditorium is featured promently in the movie and that's what DCA's entrance is modelled after.
      Everyone is entitled to an informed opinion.
      Harlan Ellison

      I may not be the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, but I do shine.

      Texan by birth, Californian by choice.

      There should be a sticky thread called "This Day in Disney History." The company has a long history and this would be a good way to acknowledge it. Walt was born 112 years ago; that's quite a chunk of American history and culture.

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      • #4
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        So THAT's what it is! When we were there last week I kept thinking "Why does this look so familiar to me, where have I seen this before?" when I saw the entrance. I thought I was imagining it since I'd not been to DCA since it was redone.

        On a side note, speaking of old L A; I sent my mom (born in 1922) a picture I had taken of Buena Vista St w/the Red Car Trolley. I took it thru the gate before opening so it was pretty empty. She really got a kick out of it, having frequently travelled to L A (& elsewhere) on the 'original' PE cars in the 30s - 40s. She said it 'really brings back memories'.
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          My mom used to take the 2 "street cars" from Alhambra to LA City college every day after she graduated from Alhambra High School in 1948.

          She should have gone to Pasadena City College as it was closer to her house, but that would have required her to catch a car ride there with one of the local boys, and my grandma absolutely did not let her do that.

          My mom is now 82. I just asked her about all of this. She still swears it would have been safer for her to hitch a ride with one of the boys "I would never have let them do anything"! than the 2 streetcars she was forced to take through the relatively less desirable areas of Los Angeles. (if there ever was such a place in 1948).

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            I can not help but sing that everytime , others must thinks I am a loon!
            Little and broken, but still good.

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              Xanadu is one of my all-time favorite guilty pleasures (tied with Parent Trap II). I think of it every time I see the new DCA entrance. It would be awesome if someone dressed like Kira for one of the Halloween parties and then posed for photos in front of DCA.

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                Originally posted by Not My Real Name View Post

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                  Re: "Xanaduuuuu...." "Xanaduuuuuu..."

                  Originally posted by Not My Real Name View Post
                  That's what runs through my head every time I see the DCA entrance. One of my guilty pleasures is the movie "Xanadu" with Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelley (his last movie) and songs by Electric Light Orchestra, especially "All Around the World".

                  What do you think of when you see a DLR icon?
                  I was a huge fan of Olivia Newton John in my younger days, and am still a fan. I have to admit, I like to picture her roller skating past DCA's entrance when I'm there! Back when Xanadu first came out, I was really taken with the fantabulous building. I didn't know that it was an actual building, much less where it was. After I moved to SoCal from Texas, I asked a Universal Studios tram driver where the building from Xanadu was and he told me that it was the Pan Pacific Auditorium. I was able to go see it before it burned down, thankfully.

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                  • #10
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                    I saw "Xanadu" in its theatrical release and owned the (vinyl) soundtrack, but did not connect that with DCA. Until now, probably.

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                      I just had to



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                        For those that have never seen the Pan Pacific:

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                        • #13
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                          The Pan Pacific is also where Elvis first performed in California, if I'm not mistaken. The original building is gone, and in it's place, this rec center has been built..

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                            Also, and I'm surprised this didn't come up yet, but that new DCA entrance is also sort of modeled off of the entrance to DHS (formerly Disney/MGM).
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                            It's been there since '89, 12 years before the opening of DCA, about 23 years before the current DCA entrance was fully operational.

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                              One of the early animation projects that the Florida animation crew worked on was "Roller Coaster Rabbit", which showed in theatres before "Dick Tracy". This of course, was when the working animation studio was still there, at least as an animation studio, rather than the "gallery/interactive" thing that's there now. Watch the beginning of "RRR" and take a really close look at the "State Fair" sign, which appears about :25 in:
                              (I hope the link works)
                              BTW, produceguy,I doubt that 5 minutes goes by without someone recognizing the DCA/DHS entrances and thinking of Xanadu, the original "Pan Pacific", or the reciprocal park on the other coast with the same style entrance.

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                              • #16
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                                Oh, Xanadu was a movie I saw a zillion years ago. Loved it. Loved Olivia Newton John.

                                Didn't recognize the Pan Pacific as something. I guess I need to rewatch it.

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                                • #17
                                  Re: "Xanaduuuuu...." "Xanaduuuuuu..."

                                  Originally posted by 9oldmen View Post
                                  Also, and I'm surprised this didn't come up yet, but that new DCA entrance is also sort of modeled off of the entrance to DHS (formerly Disney/MGM)


                                  It's been there since '89, 12 years before the opening of DCA, about 23 years before the current DCA entrance was fully operational.
                                  DCA's entrance isn't based off of DHS'--the two entrances are both modeled after the Pan Pacific.

                                  Whenever I see the red car trolleys, I tend to hear a clang, clang, clang in my head.

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                                  • #18
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                                    Originally posted by ohmyjustin View Post
                                    DCA's entrance isn't based off of DHS'--the two entrances are both modeled after the Pan Pacific.

                                    Whenever I see the red car trolleys, I tend to hear a clang, clang, clang in my head.
                                    ...which was why I said that it was sort of based on DHS's, which maybe wasn't very specific. I know that they both take their cue from the same extinct landmark. Certainly, the idea to base an entrance to a Disney park on the Pan Pacific was first implemented at what was then Disney/MGM, and a discussion of the new DCA entrance, and comparing it to other things wouldn't have been complete without bringing up the Florida park. So, I did.

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                                      Re: "Xanaduuuuu...." "Xanaduuuuuu..."

                                      Originally posted by PetiteMortKvsh View Post
                                      I can not help but sing that everytime , others must thinks I am a loon!
                                      I'm a loon too! ("now we are here...IN XANADUUUUUUU...")

                                      9oldmen great Roger Rabitt vid! Problem is with the wording that the DCA entrance is modeled off of DHS, which implies that DHS originated it and DCA copied it when in fact they were both from the same source. The similarity of DCA and DHS opening was a HUGE HUGE HUGE discussion topic as soon as the similarity was revealed, so for Micechat old timers it seems redundant to point it out .

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                                      • #20
                                        Re: "Xanaduuuuu...." "Xanaduuuuuu..."

                                        Originally posted by ShelbyH View Post
                                        I'm a loon too! ("now we are here...IN XANADUUUUUUU...")
                                        Glad to see I am not alone!
                                        Little and broken, but still good.

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