Monday, October 20, 2014

Star Tours 1987

Going into my own archives of photographs from a trip in 1987. The focus is on Star Tours, the motion simulator ride featuring the Star Wars universe and was drawing large crowds. Being of the right age, Star Wars was a great influence on me and a film series I watched and loved. Star Tours was a great fun ride with a story and set up that placed the guest into the universe. First up is the marquee sign from the long line.

Next up is a shot of C3PO working on a Star Cruiser. Unfortunately it was crowded and I managed to get a guest in the image...

Last image is of the fun droid working on the repair line. Originally one of the geese from America Sings that has been plucked and skinned.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Souvenir Friday- The Halloween Kid and the World of Rhode Montijo

Three years ago I purchased a fun kid's book at the San Diego Comic Con. The book is The Halloween Kid and the author and artist is Rhode Montijo. The book is a great story and take on Halloween with fantastic art. Rhode was selling the book and of course I had him sign the book for me.

This year at Comic Con, Rhode was selling fantastic water color sketches of various pumpkin head jack o'lanterns including this one of a magician performing card tricks. I now have this framed and hanging in my Halloween room.

If these items have intrigued you, head over to Rhode Montijo for more artwork from this fantastic artist.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Busch Gardens Van Nuys California 1968

In Van Nuys during the 1960s and 1970s was a fun theme park located next to a large brewery. The main draw for kids was a boat ride, monorail and lots of gorgeous tropical birds. The main draw for adults was free beer. Busch Gardens was owned and operated by the Anheuser-Busch company adjacent to the large Los Angeles brewery. In the late 1960s the main draw was a lovely Jungle Cruise style boat ride with the jungle filled with hundreds of tropical birds. In addition there was a neat monorail that toured the brewery. Although a strong tourist draw, images of the park are not that common. First up is a view of the winding river and scenic waterfalls of the cruise.

The second image shows the lovely tropical birds and flamingos which were one of the main draws.

Final image shows a close up of the birds. I can relate to the kid being both fascinated and scared about the birds.

In the mid 1970s more rides and attractions were added. Busch Gardens closed as a theme park in 1977, re-opening as a bird sanctuary and was closed in 1979 a victim of expansion of the brewery. The birds were sent to the LA Zoo and Busch Gardens in Florida and Virginia. Today one can see some of the monorail tracks at the brewery but nothing else of this once verdant and tropical garden theme park.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

1975 Pirates and Autopia

The photographer did not pay attention to the warning of not to take photographs with their flash during this trip in 1975. First image is a you are there on the flat boat floating past the town. The scene of course is of everyone's favorite red head and take a wench for a bride.

The next image is much more clear and features my second favorite drunk pirate. This pirate is wallowing in the slop and mud with the pigs. My favorite drunk pirate is the one playing with the kitties.

Last image is of a nice yellow Autopia car. I believe this is the Fantasyland Autopia.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Scenic Knott Lake at Knott's Berry Farm

Once upon a time at Knott's Berry Farm, Walter Knott purchased an alkali field next to his farm. The field had become the Buena Park dump, so Walter bulldozed all the trash into a large pile and created a scenic lake. To further enhance the lake, scenic elements were added to the lake. The first view shows a scenic canoe, small structure and a walkway around the lake. In the background is a train car passing by.

The second image shows the water sluice put into place for the gold panning attraction. In the background is the walkway through the mine to get to the gold panning area.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Frank and Mom Visiting Knott's Berry Farm

Two nice black and white snapshots featuring an early Knott's Berry Farm. The page of the photo album was marked Frank and Mom Visit Knott's Berry Farm on Vacation. The first image is a great portrait of old engine 41 Red Cliff in all its glory.

The next image is of Whiskey Bill and Handsome Brady at the Gold Trail hotel. This is the classic Knott's Berry Farm visitor photo and mom appears enamored with Handsome Brady.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Souvenir Friday- The Devil In Popular Culture

Though not necessarily Halloween souvenirs, the devil does make it on to many items of popular culture. Some products and schools that feature a devil logo include Pluto Water, Red Devil paint, Deviled Ham, Duke University Arizona State University and more. Here are some souvenirs I have picked up that feature old Mr. Satan. First up is a pennant from Hell's Half Acre located in Wyoming featuring the rock formations and a full figured Mr. Beelzebub.

Next up are two license plates. The first is for a High School with a nice demon head for their mascot, the Springer Red Devil.

Next is a license plate from Northwestern State College located in Natchitoches, Louisiana featuring their logo for their athletics, the Demons.