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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Disneyland Videopolis

Hey, dudes and dudettes! Did you know that, like, back in the 80s--which was, like, totally the most radical decade ever!--Disneyland wanted to, like, target the totally tubular teenage demographic by, like, opening up its own super cool teen night club, or some junk? (Okay, the cheesy attempt at 80s lingo ends here!)


Back in 1985, Disneyland opened its own high-tech multimedia amphitheater called Videopolis in Fantasyland. By day, the theater would provide a venue for stage performances; by night, it would transform into a "totally tubular" night club for local teens, who were offered special discount season passes to the park.

The state-of-the-art facility, which was constructed in less than 100 days, included a vast array of television screens that aired music videos, along with a stage for concerts, with performances by big name artists such as New Kids on the Block. The open-air amphitheater also provided an opportune view of the fireworks show!

Sadly, the night club only lasted for three years, as it was forced to close down due to steep competition against neighboring Knott's Berry Farm and its Club K (which many folks accused Disneyland of ripping off), along with a gang incident in the parking lot. The theater had since been transformed into Fantasyland Theater and is now mainly used for stage performances.

However, Videopolis was also the location for a corresponding show on the Disney Channel, with the eponymous program serving as an MTV ripoff that aired music videos and performances. Here's a clip of the show's theme song, along with a taste of the totally cringeworthy tubular programming:

Of course, if you would like to learn more about Videopolis, here's a video covering the history of the defunct attraction: