Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Frontierland Souvenir Slides

Another set in the same series of souvenir slides are these four views of Frontierland. The slides date from 1958/1959 time period and features some great views. The slides are listed as Eastman Transperencies. The first three have not faded but are a bit blue. The last one of the Columbia had turned bright red.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Four Interior Views of the Old Alice In Wonderland Attraction

Always late for a very important date was the Alice In Wonderland attraction. Opening in 1958, three years after the rest of Fantasyland was complete this attraction featured some of the wackiest interiors filled with impossible characters. And then the second version opened one year after the 1983 construction of New Fantsyland. The views seen in the slides are no longer in the attraction, especially the favorite upside down room. These slides are souvenir slides which unfortunately turn red over time.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Disneyland Hotel Golf Course Scorecards

I thought I would do a long post showing the inside of the various Disneyland Hotel Golf Course score cards. The first is what I believe is the oldest, before the holes were themed to Disneyland.

Next is the one with the castle on the front. It is dated 1961 and the holes are now themed to various Disneyland locations.

Finally is the blue one with the Mickey Mouse fountain on the front cover. It is dated 1964.

Finally to add some color and to show the Disneyland Hotel as it used to be is this set of four souvenir slides. Unfortunately the souvenir slides have a nasty habit of turning red and making it hard to re color so they come out looking like nostalgic photos. My favorite shot is of the Coral swim club with a person actully using one of the bamboo and paper umbrella's. A very nice souvenir.

I hope you enjoy my post on the hotel and have a happy Sunday.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Disneyland Hotel Golf Center Items

To follow up on a post I made about a week ago, here are some variations of the Disneyland Hotel Golf Centre miniature golf score cards. Here are the fronts of a couple different ones. I will show the insides in tomorrow's post.

Here is a nice matchbook from the golf centre as well.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Souvenir Friday- Mission Control Back Patch

From the extinct attraction Mission To Mars comes a back patch for Mission Control. This was worn on the back of the lab coats seen on Mr. Tom Morrow and the other audio animatronic figures in the Mission Control room before entering the spaceship for launch. The patch is a big patch being 8 by 4 inches in size.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Moose on the Rivers of America 1958

A black and white panoramic shot of the moose who used to be on the Rivers of America. Before all the additions of the Nature's Wonderland Railroad, the passengers on the Mark Twain and Columbia would see static figures in the water to add a scenic element. This element is of a mother moose and her calf. At quick glance this does not appear to be at Disneyland but maybe in the wild. However written on the reverse is Disney Land, Calif.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Fuji Folk at Japanese Village Deer Park October 1972

A quiet competitor to Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm in the Orange County Theme Park world was Japanese Village Deer Park. The park was a quiet park modeled after the famous Nara Deer Park in Japan. The grounds featured Japanese landscaping, a large tea house, deer you could feed out of your hands, koi ponds, Karate shows (Steven Seagall worked there in his early years), Basketball playing bears and for a while costumed characters called the Fuji Folk. The park closed down not too long after the photos were taken and is now an industrial park.

This shot shows the kid at home showing off his souvenir T-shirt while riding his toy motorcycle somewhere in Orange County.

For more information on the Japanese Village Theme Park and its successor Enchanted Village as well as the current status, visit the Orange County Memories site.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Striking A Pose Sister and Brothers

Two shots of a happy set of kids posing at Disneyland. The first is the famous Mickey Mouse floral portrait that even to this day is one of the most photographed sites. The photographer did manage to get one of the early train sets in the background.

The kids also posed at Sleeping Beauty Castle right in front of the Castle Arts Shop.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Cascade Peak April 21, 1963

This image of Cascade Peak has been kindly dated to the day the photo was taken. In the background can be seen the masts of the Sailing Ship Columbia and also the top of the Haunted Mansion which was constructed and then laid empty for many long years. Now this scene is completely gone and even the old Mine Train which sits on the track is beginning to become overgrown.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

The Fleet is In Town and Visiting Adventureland

I am now back home after a long drive yesterday. It was great to visit Disneyland on the birthday and also to visit with some of my old and new friends in California. Continuing the series of pose shots at Disneyland is this adorable image of two brothers and a friend posing at the entrance to Adventureland circa 1962. It looks like construction walls are up at the Tiki Room. The boy wearing the sailor hat is fun and hopefully he had it embroidered on the back with his name.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

A Lovely Maiden Amongst the Flowers

A long time ago there used to be a very beautiful and restful spot on Main Street. It was filled with flowers and color. It was a great place to pose and have your picture taken. Now the flowers did not have much of a scent as they were fake flowers, but the color was right. The Disneyland Flower Market was the scene for many photographs. This one is from the early 1970s and shows a lovely miss posing. The belt really is interesting.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Strike a Pose in New Orleans Square

When New Orleans Square opened in 1967 the little courtyard in the back was filled with colorful statues and fake flowers. The statues always remind me of Old Town in San Diego with the restaurants there having the same statues in place. This spot is now where the portrait artists set up and is devoid of much decoration.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Souvenir Friday- Disneyland Hotel Check In Magazine Plus Extra

Once upon a time if you stayed at the Disneyland Hotel you received a nice magazine filled with local information and ads. This copy is from January Febraury 1971 and features a stylish couple sitting in the opulent lobby. The Hotel at the time was definitely a first class hotel with lots of amenities.

As an added extra bonus, Don from Magicalhotel.com sent me these images of the Mini golf course.

The blog will be silent until Wednesday. I am heading off to California and to the NFFC show and sale. If you are shopping on Sunday, stop by and say hello. I will be the one with the vintage stuff and probably wearing a Hawaiian shirt.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Disneyland Hotel Rooms 1976

Three views of the Hotel dated 1976. The first shows the completed Sierra Towers in its classic glory and before all the additions.

The second shows an interior image of one of the rooms in the tower.

The final image is of the newly remodeled Garden Room.

Makes you want to stay there for a couple of nights and get in early to Disneyland.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Construction At the Disneyland Hotel

The Disneyland Hotel was operated under the same pretense as Disneyland...it would never be complete. These two shots show some of the construction that took place at the Hotel in the 1960's. The first shows construction of the fantastic miniature golf course with the Peter Pan themed hole in the foreground and the Matterhorn themed hole in the background. I wonder what happened to the Mr. Smee and Crocodile when the mini golf course was removed?

Here is a close up of the smaller version of the TWA Rocket. Too bad it is slightly obscured by the tree.

The next shot is of construction of one of the Hotel towers. I believe this is the Bonita tower which opened in 1961 in conjunction with the expanding of the Monorail track. The sign in front of the building is unreadable with the exception of Disneyland Hotel.

And thanks to anonymous for setting me straight, the Sierra Tower was constructed first and then the Bonita Tower came later.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Inside the Disneyland Hotel Gourmet Restaurant Cocktail Lounge

The last post from yesterday featured the signage and entrance to the cocktail lounge at the Gourmet Restaurant at the Disneyland Hotel. Let's go inside to see the interior. The photographs came from an estate of a Budweiser sales man and I assume the Disneyland Hotel was one of his stops. The first two shots show patrons drinking Budweiser at the lounge tables. The interior was themed to a British Man's club or even a dark pub with leather chairs, wooden walls and pub signs.

The next two photos show one of the bars. Note the powder hunting horn used as a beer pull. And also check out the great 1950s modern illustration mural in the background.

Here is the other bar with even more fun 1950s illustration of an English city scene with brewers and also pubs.