Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Four Southern California Amusement Theme Parks 1959

I normally do not post commercial slides, but these four slides are way too cool not to post. This is from a set of slides published for tourists to Los Angeles in 1959. The slides show four different Southern California amusement parks or theme parks. The first is the Long Beach Pike in its later glory. It is starting to turn into a seedier park like Coney Island did, but still has some nice attractions and a seaside vibe. The second is a nice shot of the architecture at Marineland of the Pacific with its very cool straight lines. The third is Pacific Ocean Park and the iconic front entrance made to look like a shell with bubbles and the signature seahorse which is found on souvenirs, brochures, tickets and employees uniforms. And for those who miss Disneyland slides, a great overhead view of Tomorrowland, Main Street and Fantasyland. The image really shows how much land was backstage between Tomorrowland and Main Street. No wonder the imagineers were always trying to add something there.

8 comments:

Tangaroa said...

You gotta love the 'Sharks Alive' attraction!

Davelandweb said...

What a great overhead DL shot; really helps put some of the attractions I am not familiar with in perspective.

Major Pepperidge said...

It is almost impossible to find shots of the Long Beach Pike, and this one is super nice. "Rotor: The World's Greatest Sensation!" looks like one of those spinning rides where you stick to the wall. And that aerial view of Disneyland is amazing, never get tired of those!

Eric said...

omg, gorgeous shots. I love the Disneyland pic-- check out the barren, empty land in Anaheim around the edges of the park. insane :-)

Anonymous said...

One of the most famous amusement
parks ever in L.A. was called
"Beverly Rides" which used to sit
where the Beverly Center is now;
at Beverly and La Cienega.

Have any shots of that? Very hard to find. They had a great dark ride called "The Haunted Shack" I believe.
Great Blog by the way!


Thanks!

Disneyland Hippo said...

where are the pictures of Belmont Park in San Diego. I went there as a kid in grade school lm

Tangaroa said...

Anonymous - it was called 'Beverly Park', actually, and was owned and operated by Dave Bradley, who was an early consultant on Disneyland. The dark ride he owned was called the 'Haunted Castle' - the 'Haunted Shack' was at Knott's Berry Farm...

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