A collection of images and other items from Disneyland, theme parks and other amusement parks. Also look for images and items I find interesting, amusing or both.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Weeki Wachee Mermaids 1952
Continuing a quick exploration of Florida by visitng the fun tourist spot Weeki Wachee Springs. The springs have crystal clear water and a US Navy World War 2 veteran decided to promote the clarity by having cute young ladies swim and act out skits under water. The attraction became world famous, especially after ABC purchased it in 1959. Then as tourists stopped coming to the area, the springs were almost sold and closed. Luckily the springs still exist as a tourist attraction and the mermaids still swim and perform in the crystal clear water after the State of Florida took it over as a State Park. A new book Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids: A History of One of Florida's Oldest Roadside Attraction was recently published and looks amazing.