Consider yourself a true Disneyland scholar?
Put your Magic Kingdom ken to the test: Stand in any line for any ride at the Anaheim theme park and start talking about when Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse or the roles of the fairies in "Sleeping Beauty" or how Space Mountain was developed and you'll soon find a number of nearby strangers weighing in on the topics, most ardently.
Disney fans are, by default, Disney experts, because the deep nostalgia of the world's best-known theme park, and how its multiple stories weave together, encourages Mickey mavens to master every date, character, attraction, and anecdote. And these are the people who will bid on the numerous Disneyland artifacts going up for auction in Sherman Oaks on Feb. 28 and March 1.
Exhibit and auction name? The Story of Disneyland, which is certainly a big name. Like Matterhorn-big.
Even if you can't commit to owning a vintage Disneyland Hotel flag or a First Year Disneyland Cast Member ID Badge, you can swing by Van Eaton Galleries through Friday, Feb. 27 to eye, admire, and get a little rhapsodic over the many old-school bits of Disneyana heading for the auction block.
We mean, this is serious stuff, buffs: There's a color swatch for paint at the main gate, circa 1956, lest you think the exhibit will only feature the goodies more commonly seen on the Disneyland-fan circuit. Another rare treat: A flier from 1959 talks about construction in the park, with a few illustrations of what's to come (you'll surely recognize the white-topped mountain depicted).
Yeah, this one's for you, Disneyland devotees of the highest order.
Want to make a few other people jealous? Talk in the Mr. Toad's Wild Ride line, or the queue for Dumbo, about how you bid on, and won, a Disneyland cast member hard hat from 1962.
Okay, it is a good jealous, a happy envy, because all Disney people know that fans keeping the nostalgia alive oils the unseen, forever-turning wheels of the Big Park.