For those who needed to dial for help when the Indians attacked.
The second image shows Betty Ann Gunther (at least that is what is marked on the back) in front of one of the entrances. It looks like a busy day at the studio with lots of coming and going.
The next image is a group shot of the ladies of Ink and Paint. Identified on the back, they are Ann Esplund, Ivy Carole, Van Horne, Margaret ?, Mille Minnette. They are quite stylish with their bobbed and curled hair and gorgeous outfits. No wonder the animators were always trying to visit the Ink and Paint Department.
The next two are images of the buildings at the studio. The first shows the large windows of the building for the Ink and Paint Department.
The last image appears to be one of the sound stages.
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Here is another sign also removed, but only more recently. Once hanging outside of the large wooden gates made out of tree trunks, it alerted guests that an unfriendly Indian attack could occur at any time and the gates may close.
Here is the actual exit from the secret tunnel.
Like any intriguing area for kids, there are other secrets as well. This sign points out one (I guess it is not that secret.) The imagineers definitely knew how to engage not only kids but also adults. How many of us want to explore secret areas? It is the lure of the abandoned building, calling to us to explore and not knowing what one would find.
The most intriguing area for me as a kid and playing on the island was behind this fence. I have always wanted to go back through this gate and look at what was hidden in the trees. Now it is used for storage for Fantasmic.
The second shows directions to three of the fun elements on the island. Sadly the elements were removed years ago as unsafe. In the background can be seen the Northwest Pacific Coast Indian part of Indian Village.
In order to keep the illusion the island is wild, even the trash cans are themed to be as natural as possible.
I will continue with some obscure Tom Sawyer Island signs tomorrow.
The second image is of the thrilling adventure of riding the Gullywhumper. Careful of the Indians rowing the canoes!
The ride is now finished and we have to disembark from the boat and walk out the exit.
This is the accompanying press releases.
The second image is of Bud Hurlbut, Walter Knott, Don Koll looking at the attraction model at the ground breaking for the ride on July 29, 1968. The ride opened in the summer of 1969 with great fanfare. The first family to ride the attraction was the John Wayne family and Tony Baxter from WDI was there that day also. (There is a publicity shot showing Tony in line while the Wayne family is riding the drop.)
Here is the accompanying press release.
The second image shows one of the inkers working on a cel. Unfortunately I cannot tell what the artwork is.
The third image shows the paint laboratory where the colors and paint was mixed. From what I have read, the paints were mixed slightly different each day depending upon the humidity and the animation cel stock. Unfortunately this image is not named, I wish it was.
The last image is of a fish ready to be inked onto the cel. The animation is the old style five hole animation sheet.
The next two images are of the dinosaurs from the Sinclair Oil attraction. This is one of the attractions I would have loved to see since I have a dinosaur obsession since I was very young.
The next shot is a cold day with the Unisphere in the background.
And this image is from the lagoon in front of the GE Carousel of Progress building.
The final image is from the World of Nations exhibit with the distinctive architecture of the German Beer Garden in the background. The lady looks like she has her own security detail.
The next two images are from Knott's Berry Farm. The first shows the Old MacDonald's Farm area with a unique playground merry go round. The second is of the Knott's version of the Indian Village.
The next image is of Sleeping Beauty Castle in its glory. It appears that they just replanted the Pavilion.
The final image is for those who love the 3-D images and want to create your own. I have put the two stereo realist slides together for you.