Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rafts and the Burning Cabin

Two views of attractions in Frontierland from 1963. First up is a nice overhead view of a Tom Sawyer Island Raft docking on the island. In the background can be seen the Haunted Mansion (recruiting ghosts at this time to fill it's infinite halls) and also the Disneyland Hotel tower. This dock is no longer in use for the rafts and is now used as a spot to sit and watch the action of the Mark Twain and Columbia at the Frontierland dock.

The second image is one of the best pictures of the Burning Settler's Cabin that I have seen. The fire is consuming the structure and you can even see the arrow on the dead settler.


K. Martinez said...

The first image is a beauty. So much to see and the perfect angle.

Looks like it's time to build New Orleans Square to block the Disneyland Hotel tower.

Anonymous said...

I was at Disneyland in 1963 as a 7 year old. The Mark Twain and Columbia used to travel around the River at night back then (before Fantasmic!). The sight of that cabin burning in the dark was absolutely terrifying. There was also an Indian raiding party on the opposite bank in war paint that you could barely make out at night.

HBG2 said...

Great photos.
I have a hunch that the first one is misdated, however. The weather vane on the HM has already lost two of its three sails, which dates this photo to the first half of 1964 at the very earliest. (You can use the progressive deterioration of that weather vane for dating purposes!)

outsidetheberm said...

Mighty fine shots today, Patrick. Thanks!