Thursday, June 30, 2011

Trip Report Great Escape New York Part 2

A nice attraction at the Great Escape is this Alice in Wonderland Walk through. You walk down a slope that is covered to look like the rabbit hole and then enter a room where everything is larger...then exit and walk back up the hill with all these great fiberglass characters. Finally you exit under an arch made out of the living flowers. Very cool and as you can see, some interesting sculpts of the characters. First up is the rabbit and the hole.

A close up of the White Rabbit.

The shrinking room with the larger than life furniture.

A large Alice stuck in the house.

My favorite the Cheshire Cat.

And his grin.

The Walrus is looking happy.

The Tweedles also look happy.

The Caterpillar kind of looks like the Great Garloo.

The Mad Tea Party was tough to photograph.

The Mad Queen and her playing cards.

The arch with the living flowers.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

World's Fair Wednesday- Pepsi at the Fair

Two images showing the Pepsi Machines at the 1964 New York World's Fair. The first is a nice publicity image showing Mickey Mouse selling Pepsi to visitors.

The second image is of the Pepsi machine outside of the Pavilion with the wonderful bubble buildings in the background.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Trip Report Great Escape New York Part 1

I don't usually do trip reports as I do not have the photography skills that Daveland does, but I recently took a trip to Lake George, New York. Located there is a Six Flags amusement park called Great Escape....the park was once known as Storyland and Ghost Town. The park dates back to 1954 when it began as a storybook land filled with houses and vignettes featuring Mother Goose characters. Luckily the houses are still there to be explored. First image is of the entrance sign.

An overview of the village of story book houses.

One of the small castles, this is the home of Goosy Goosy Gander.

One of the more unique rides are Swan Boats.

The amusement park's classic carousel.

Final image for today is of this poor employee. She was representing Cinderella and basically stood all day long and never really had any one talking to her. I asked her how she became Cinderella and she said the park management just chose her as she was originally a ride operator.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Things From the Gate- 1965 United Airlines Brochure

A nice brochure from United Airlines and Disneyland for the Tencenniel. A nice colorful brochure featuring great color photographs and advertising information. My favorite picture is Walt Disney on the back cover.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Santa's Village Postcards

Continuing the Christmas in June postings with three postcards from Santa's Village. I like the Pumpkin man hanging out.

Second postcard shows the Matterhorn roller coaster with the characters riding the attraction.

Last image shows Santa reviewing the good and naughty list....I wonder if I am on the list?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Santa Claus California

Christmas in July....two postcards from the roadside attraction that was once on the 101 Freeway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. First postcard shows the interior of the store filled with great cookie jars and other Christmas items.

The second postcard shows the exterior with the iconic Santa Claus on the roof and a great miniature train that runs through the parking lot. The other great item is the sign with reindeer and Santa's sleigh.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Souvenir Friday- 1957 Green House of the Future Brochure

Great little brochure from the House of the Future showcasing the many vendors who supplied items used in the house. It is interesting that a lot of the vendors were also sponsors of other attractions throughout Disneyland.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Frontier Village Postcards

Nice interior image of the Silver Dollar saloon. I believe the saloon had similar acts to the Knott's Berry Farm saloon.

A great little ride once at Frontier Village is antique automobiles. Always a fun ride, this one had nice theming.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

World's Fair Wednesday- Pepsi 1964 New York

Pepsi sponsored it's a small world to benefit UNICEF and promote peace and understanding as well as children's charities throughout the world. First up is a great image of the interior of the attraction. Note the photographer standing on the right hand side.

Next up is an image of the employees chosen to host the attraction. Van France and Disneyland Human Resources were used to hire clean cut teenage and college aged employees.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Time Fun

Summer is the time when many carnivals travel the United States, setting up in small towns and even big cities. First up is a nice view of the roadside Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox with a carnival in the background. I can not tell where this Paul Bunyan is located.

This next image is a favorite of mine. I believe this is at Fairplay or Leadville, Colorado in the mountains outside of Denver. The rides look fun and the storm clouds add a dramatic element.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Things From the Gate= 1963 Disneyland Brochure

Another blue one for Major Pepperidge...however this one has the same graphics of the yellow one I posted last week. This brochure is dated 9.63.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Four Legged Animals as Disneyland

I was going to call this horses at Disneyland, but the last two photographs are of mules....but this is still a nice grouping from January of 1956. First up are two nice shots of the Horse Drawn Trolley on Main Street. I wonder where the 10 cent fare sign ended up.

Next up is a nice shot of the corral with a baby mule.

Final image is of guests starting out on the pack mule ride through the Frontierland wilderness.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Alice at Santa's Village and One of My Favorite Rides

A mixed couple of images. First up is the Alice In Wonderland attraction that once stood at the Santa's Village in Sky Forest. Notice the sign with the great elf figure as well as the hand painted heart shaped signs on the walkway.

Next up is a picture of my favorite amusement park ride, the Whip. I love the feeling of sliding through the corners. I believe I have the same expression on my face when I ride a whip.