Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Little Squirt and the African Veldt

Continuing riding the Jungle River Cruise with today's pictures. First up is the matriarch of the elephant group taking her shower with little squirt next to her. This scene is still there today though the rock work is slightly different.

Next up is the African Veldt in it's original state. The scene appears to be fresh and new with the plastic wrapping still on the scene. Note that the lion's have not found the cave yet, although they are still watching over the sleeping zebra.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Dark and Mysterious Jungle River Cruise

I always enjoy how the Jungle River Cruise is dark and mysterious, even during the light of the day. Some scenes are as dark and difficult to photograph as the Fantasyland dark rides. The first photograph is of the standing Gorilla located by the banks of the river.

The second image is as dark as the first and features a crocodile looking for one of the guests to fall out of the boat and become a snack.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hotel at Night and Matterhorn

First up is a nice image of the Disneyland Hotel at night with the classic Hotel Disneyland neon on top of the tower. In the foreground are the arcade buildings and the monorail beamway.

Second image is a duplicate slide, but is so nice I have decided to post it again. Monorail Blue, Skyway and Hans and Fritz climbing the Matterhorn.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Souvenir Friday- Fantasyland Magic Slate

Continuing with the collection of Magic Slates produced in the late 1950s by Strathmore-Watkins. This example is for Fantasyland and features all of the attractions found in Fantasyland.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Two Publicity Worthy Photographs

Two nice images today that are worthy of being publicity photographs. First is a color image of the Naturgre's Wonderland Railroad moving through the wilderness. The framing of this image is almost perfect. If you look closely, you can see a family riding in the front cab.

The second image is of the stately Mark Twain coming into dock. This reminds me of an early postcard.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rafts and the Burning Cabin

Two views of attractions in Frontierland from 1963. First up is a nice overhead view of a Tom Sawyer Island Raft docking on the island. In the background can be seen the Haunted Mansion (recruiting ghosts at this time to fill it's infinite halls) and also the Disneyland Hotel tower. This dock is no longer in use for the rafts and is now used as a spot to sit and watch the action of the Mark Twain and Columbia at the Frontierland dock.

The second image is one of the best pictures of the Burning Settler's Cabin that I have seen. The fire is consuming the structure and you can even see the arrow on the dead settler.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Two Sides of the Matterhorn

The photographer enjoyed taking pictures of the Matterhorn. The first shows the side of the Matterhorn from the Main Street side. A very colorful group of guests are captured in this image.

The second image is the Fantasyland side from the Skyway. Note the guest taking photographs from the green bucket. Also the track layout for Alice can be seen with a caterpillar ride vehicle on the track.