Friday, July 03, 2015

Storyland Asbury Park New Jersey

The first thing that comes to mind when most people here Asbury Park, New Jersey is Bruce Springsteen and beach boardwalk. However in the 1960s, it was home to a small Fairy Tale and Western park called Storyland Village. The park closed in the late 1960s as far as I can tell and was redeveloped into a Sear's store. The park sold this small set of souvenir postcards featuring images of the various scenes from the park. I will let the postcard booklet describe each of the scenes found at this cute park. The sets and buildings were designed by cartoonist and illustrator Russell Patterson. Russell was an illustrator including designs for Broadway, covers for College Humor, Judge and Life, window displays for Macy's and the comic strip Mamie. First up is the cover with a nice die cut feature showing the entrance to the park.

Next are 10 views of the park along with the descriptions. (Make sure to click on the image for a larger scan.)

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Rainbow Caverns

One of the coolest ticket booth signs is the sign for the Rainbow Caverns Mine Train Ticket booth. The booth is a modified Frontierland themed building, but the sign on top is a plethora of color accenting the Rainbow part of the ride. Another nice detail is the lantern shaped light at one end of the booth.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Mark Twain Ticket Booth

On the shores of the Rivers of America sat the Frontierland ticket booth for the steamboat Mark Twain. The booth has a great sign in the middle of a life ring with a gorgeous painting of the Mark Twain. I wonder if this was saved? The many different United States flags creates a very colorful and kinetic draw. This ticket booth was removed and the landing area for the dock has been opened up in the front.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Close Up View of Peter Pan Ticket Booth

Note that due to technical difficulties, there are two posts today. This one features an image of the Peter Pan dark ride ticket booth. The way that Peter Pan is painted on the load mural, it appears he is supervising the ticket taker. Note the line of pirate ships waiting to head to Neverland.

A Visit to Marineland

This post was ready to go yesterday, but I ran into some technical difficulties, so you will see two posts today...make sure you read them both! Two nice images of Marineland which was an unassuming theme park featuring a plethora of sea animals. The first image shows one of the dolphin pools with guests feeding the dolphin. In the background are the rolling hills of Palos Verde.

The second image shows the arena featuring trained dolphin jumping up to ring a bell. Note the large stadium in the background which featured Bubbles the trained whale.

This park is now closed and is being developed as housing.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Viewliner Station

I believe this is the Fantasyland Viewliner Station, but I may be wrong and have reversed the two. This is a nice close image of the booth with a great font for Viewliner on the window. The booth looks very small, I am not sure if I could have worked as a ticket taker in such a booth.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Viewliner Station- Tomorrowland

A scarce view of the Viewliner Station in Tomorrowland. Looking like a miniature version of the Tomorrowland Railroad station, the booth features the great Viewliner sign. It appears the ticket taker and a conductor are discussing the number of guests who have enjoyed the attraction today.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Satellite View of America Ticket Booth

One of the more cool designed and space themed ticket booths was the Satellite View of America. Looking like a Mercury astronaut capsule heading back to earth. the ticket booth was bright and futuristic. The wall mural on the right hand side helped to explain the attraction and what the guests would see. I assume the panels at the top of the booth would light, showing where the satellite was located over America.