Monday, July 25, 2016

America On Parade- 40 Years Ago

40 years ago both Disneyland and Walt Disney World hosted a large parade to celebrate the Bicentenniel of the founding of the United States. The parade was called America on Parade and used large doll like characters and oversized whimsical floats to show the history of America. It was a major deal with lots of merchandise and many viewers. I will be showcasing a nice set of snapshots of the parade taken from the sidewalk in front of City Hall. The first parade float was of Mickey, Goofy and Donald on a drum with the stars and stripes behind them. This float was based upon a drawing used on the Mickey Mouse magazine from the late 1930s.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Souvenir Friday- Disneyland Skyway Chalet Weather Predictor

One of my grail list items has been this lovely souvenir of the now lost Fantasyland Skyway Chalet. Most famously featured in the 1960 Disneyland Gift Catalog, the souvenir captures the charm of the Fantasyland Chalet. The souvenir also features design elements from the Skyway including the city shields from Switzerland and also the great clock design from the Chalet.

Kevin Kidney posted the 1960 Gift Catalog featuring the weather forecaster.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

George Washington on Patrol 1964

The submarine George Washington starting its journey under the North Pole. I hope it can avoid steering into the Monoral track supports!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tomorrowland on the Move 1964

Submarine Voyage, Monorail, Autopia, and Motorboat Cruise all in one image. From the Foster Family Christmas vacation in 1964.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Astro Jets and Tomorrowland Overview 1964

A nice view of Tomorrowland with the Astro Jets in the center. By 1964 there was not that much interest in the Asro Jets. In the background are some great signs for the Space Bar, Skyway and the Richfield Autopia.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Douglas Rocket Ready For Liftoff 1964

The original TWA Rocket to the Moon was rebranded for Douglas Jets in 1962. This view from 1964 is spectacular showcasing the lovely rocket and the rocket port which was were the attraction was. The day looks a little chilly but is uncrowded.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Flying Saucers Have Landed- Foster Family Trip 1964

One of the best images is this close view of the Flying Saucers attraction found in Tomorrowland. It appears everyone is able to pilot the saucers quite well. Note the wear to the floor of the attraction. I do like the simple exit signs.