Thursday, October 08, 2015

Skyway and Pele

Two different Disneyland trips by the same family yield two nice images. First up is a nice view from the Matterhorn side of the Submarine Voyage lagoon featuring the Monorail, Skyway and in the background the Carousel of Progress. The photographer also managed to capture one of the submarines coming head on and one at the dock. I am sure most of you miss the Skyway as much as I do.

The second image is one of my favorite set pieces in the Enchanted Tiki garden outside of the Tiki room, Pele. The photographer was kind enough to get the sign in the image.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Heritage Sguare

In 1957, a group of investors in Denver became convinced that a theme park would increase tourism and be a financial boon. The group contacted Marco Engineering, a company run by C.V. Wood. Mr. Wood advertised himself as the man who built Disneyland. Marco engineering employed Dick Kelsey from Disney and Wade Rubottom from MGM as well as other Disney artists to design the park. The park was constructed on a site outside of Golden Colorado. The western front of the park was built with plans to finish the park in later years. Due to financial difficulties the park was not completed and the park closed in 1960. Many of the rides that were there ended up at Six Flags Over Texas. The buildings that had been constructed remained and re-opened as an arts district named Heritage Square. In addition, a local theater company started producing Melodramas in the Opera House. One of the shops was the first year round Christmas shop. The end of this story is that Heritage Square will be closing at the end of 2015 with the fate of the buildings still undetermined. Based upon the closing, I took a trip about a month ago to snap some images of the architecture. It is sad that this part of theme park history is being lost. Here are some of my images, and for those who want to look at all the images, you can see them here: Heritage Square Images

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Phantom of the Opera Meets a Fan

Universal monsters have been a big draw for many years. The Phantom of the Opera was best portrayed by Lon Chaney in 1924. This image is taken on the back lot, it may be at the Psycho House. I like the fan is a very dapper man and it appears the person in blue is a cowboy extra.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Two Disneyland Buildings

Two different photographs of buildings and attractions at Disneyland. One is from Fantasyland being a view of it's a small world building from the Monorail (or maybe the Peoplemover, but I do not think so...) The facade still holds up many years later as a wonderful introduction to the happiest cruise to sail.

The second image is of a parked Mine Train at the town of Rainbow Ridge. This is a postcard worthy photograph with lots of color and interesting details. I wish I could just step into this image and take another ride on the Mine Train.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Souvenir Friday- Sleeping Beauty Castle Cuff Links

Today's souvenirs are a nice set of cuff links featuring the Sleeping Beauty Castle and marked Disneyland. The flash photograph kind of washed out the color as the cuff links are a bit more gold in color. For many years, cuff links were out of fashion, but with the hipster rediscovery of vintage style, cuff links have made a come back.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Two Carousels

Two different carousels with both showing off their different looks and the great carved horses. The first image is marked for Holland, Michigan and was taken in the early 1970s. It appears to be a very fancy carousel, but not in a building. I believe this carousel is a traveling carousel that was placed in the park for the annual Tulip Festival.

The second carousel is not marked for location. The carousel appears to be located in a park or maybe a zoo. This has a more modern 1930s look rather than the fancy carousel look. I like the streamline design to the benches and the central pylon decorations. This photograph was taken in the late 1950s.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Final Set of Fuzzy Freedomland

The last two out of focus fuzzy pictures of Freedomland (well at least this set of snapshots.) First up is a nice view from the Ore Buckets of the circle of Conestoga wagons, the Stage Coach, an Ore Bucket and in the distance is the Borden Farm. This is where you could meet Elsie and her calves.

Next up is an image of the Indian Village with teepees in the background and war canoes in the foreground. A note on the back of the photograph states this was taken from the steam ship.