Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Big Game Shooting Gallery Adventureland 1966

Today I present two nice images of the now extinct Big Game Shooting Gallery in Adventureland. The location is now the shops and stores featuring plush animals from the Lion King and Finding Nemo, Indiana Jones merchandise and surf designed clothing by Roxy and Paul Frank. But in the day it was a nice shooting gallery where one could imagine you were in the wilds of Africa on safari. However in these photos it appears the gallery is closed and you would have to settle for shooting at bears and a ghost town in the Frontierland Shooting Gallery. As a side note, who as a kid wore a bowler?

The sign in image one is owned by Richard Kraft and displayed on his website Finding Kraftland and can be seen in this photo:

3 comments:

Major Pepperidge said...

That Richard Kraft sure has some cool stuff.

Is it just me, or does the lion on that sign resemble the Broadway "Lion King" image a little?

Hannibal8 said...

Little Alex and his droogie friends wore bowlers... Actually my brother also bought a bowler at Disneylnad. It was one of the few places you could get one back then. He was a big Avengers fan.

Kris said...

Yeah... I was thinking the same thing about that lion... it looks a lot similar to the Broadway logo.

It makes me blue that everything gets replaced by shops... It would be awesome to have so many fun diversions... I wonder why it is that theme parks are so much less sustainable nowadays, so that they have to put stores everywhere (since attractions have always been expensive)... Anyhow, I am amazed at the number of characters and minor attractions that used to exist in order to fully flesh-out the feeling of "being there". Walt was truly a visionary In creating spaces where families could play...