Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Views From1956 Part 8

Continuing with Fantasyland images, two views of the attraction fronts with the Medieval Fair theming. First up is a shot of Peter Pan with the shields. I wish the photographer had been closer.

Next up is a nice picture of the Snow White attraction. The shield graphic featuring Snow White, Castle and heart graphics.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Views From 1956 Part 7

Two views of the castle courtyard in Fantasyland. First up is a view of the exit to Tomorrowland. This view has changed little since this shot. From the number of visitors, this was a very busy day.

Next up is another view from the courtyard. I like the spires.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Views From 1956 Part 6

Both pictures are of what I call Frontierland restaurant row. First up is a long shot image of the storefronts (restaurant fronts) from the Plantation Inn.

A closer image of Aunt Jemima's Pancake House. Check out all the souvenir hats.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Views From 1956 Part 5

Today I am calling these two slides Frontierland a world on the move. First up is a view of the natural part of Frontierland with the western Stage Coach, Yellowstone Yellow Stage Coach and Pack Mules all converging.

Next up is the Mark Twain sitting at the dock. I believe this image was taken from the Plantation Inn.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Views From 1956 Part 4

Still on Main Street,a nice view of City Hall. The lady in the foreground has been souvenir shopping wearing a souvenir baseball hat and carrying an early Mickey Mouse balloon.

Next up is a shot taken many hours later, a dusk view of the Main Street Trolley sitting at Town Square.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Souvenir Friday- American Egg House Menu

Most likely from 1978 a menu from the American Egg House. The restaurant was located on Main Street at the old Maxwell House/Hills Brothers Coffee House location. A favorite spot of many guests for breakfast, but also serving lunch and dinner. The restaurant was open from July 14, 1978 and closed on September 30, 1983. The site then became the Town Square Cafe. (Thanks to Jason's Almanac.)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Views From 1956 Part 3

Continuing the photographic exploration of Disneyland in 1956 with these two front and back shots of the Main Street Station. First up is the front side of the station. Note the population sign reads 3,000,000. According to Jason's Almanac the 5 Millionth visitor was on October 3,1956, so these images are prior to that date.

Next up is an image of the back side of the station with the Information Kiosk which also served as a souvenir shop as well. One of the guests is clutching what appears to be a 1955 Gate Flier and there is a Keppy Kap on the counter.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Views From 1956 Part 2

Two more images from Main Street. First up a fantastic shot of the Fire Station with the Horse Drawn Fire Engine heading out to answer a fire alarm. Notice the trees are pretty sparse and young in the background.

One of the best views of the bandstand I have seen. I agree with the comment made by David yesterday that this is most likely July given the number of flags and bunting.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Views From 1956 Part 1

Starting a new series of very nice images from what I believe is 1956. First up is Main Street with two nice views. First up is a nice view of the Wurlitzer shop and the Hill Brothers Coffee shop.

And this nice view is from the steps of the Main Street Railroad Station looking down Main Street towards the Castle.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Catch Up Monday

First up is the last picture from the August 1981 Trip. This time it is of the Flower Market on Main Street.

Next up are two images from 1961. First up is an image of Tomorrowland. I am calling this dreamy for the dream like soft focus of the background.

Same family, same dreamy focus in the background, but this time at the Disneyland Hotel. I want the Willy's truck in the background.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Where Were You In August 1981? (Part 6)

Two views of the fun clock at It's A Small World. This is one of my favorite non-attraction attraction at Disneyland.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Where Were You in August 1981? (Part 5)

Another view of the balloon seller. This time she has a customer...although he appears to want a different color balloon.

The next image is a nice shot of the Popcorn wagon at the Hub. I like the grease and oil trap that the wagon is sitting on.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Souvenir Friday- Second Version of Jolly Trolley Hat

Last week I showed the first design of the Jolly Trolley hat worn as a costume by cast members in Toontown. Today is the second version. Still a fun design with a great checkerboard and shape, it is still not as nice or "cartoony" as the first design.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Where Were You In August 1981? (Part 4)

Two more artistic photographs today from August 1981. In a couple of years, this view would disappear.

This is also a nice image of a balloon vendor on the It's A Small World esplanade. The yellow costume is quite....something.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Where Were You in August 1981? (Part 3)

Part 3 of this series of slides showcases the old Fantasyland. Within 2 years Fantasyland would be remade and themed to a castle courtyard rather than the Renaissance Faire style. For the sign geeks, check out the Mad Hatter ticket booth, the shield for the Mad Hatter and the shield with the red Griffin. Also check out the Tea Party with the white garden style of fencing.

Next up is a nice view King Arthur's Carrousel in action.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Where Were You In August 1981? (Part 2)

First up is a nice you are there photograph of two guests on the Disneyland Railroad. In the background is the entrance.

Next up is a nice shot of Chip in Frontierland standing in front of the Pendleton exhibit. Based upon what I can read on the Magic Kingdom tickets being worn by the two ladies, the day is August 2, 1981 which was a Sunday with a high of 81 degrees. The park opened at 9 AM and closed at 12 AM.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Where Were You in August 1981? (Part 1)

Over the next several days I am going to cover a trip that a family took to Disneyland in August of 1981. The slides are in the order they were taken and developed. The first attraction the family jumped on was the Disneyland Railroad. From the look of the line, the park was pretty crowded.

On the train, they passed through the entrance to It's A Small World. I have always enjoyed the way that the entrance to It's A Small World and the Railroad are intertwined. The trains add extra movement to the attraction.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Submarine Voyage is 101 and More

Though slightly blurry, the first slide shows how a Submarine that has stopped running is towed back to the dock. The fact that the Mermaids are watching this happen just adds to the image.

This slide is in much sharper focus, shows the Mermaids sunning themselves with the Matterhorn and the Fantasyland Autopia in the background.

Last image today is a bonus, the family posing in front of the Fantasyland ticket booth...specifically the Casey Junior Railroad booth. The theming of the booth is amongst the best examples. I am happy to note that this structure still exists, used as the break area and employee area for the cast members working Casey Junior.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Snow White Wishing Well and Horse Drawn Trolley

I have always liked the Snow White Wishing Well as an area away from crowds and a place to hang out and watch the fun little show. It also helps you can with for anything, such as the return of the Peoplemover or Nature's Wonderland.

Next up is a shot of a very packed Horse Drawn Trolley. Everyone is dressed dapper, no shorts, cropped t-shirts or daisy dukes in sight here.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Souvenir Friday- Jolly Trolley Hat

When Mickey's Toontown opened, the Jolly Trolley used to actually run on the tracks. The conductor's on this cartoon trolley wore costumes to match their vehicle and the land. The most iconic part of the costume is the hat with the Jolly Trolley logo as a hat badge. Within a couple of years, the costume was changed and this style of Jolly Trolley hats disappeared.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Trip on the Mark Twain

Two views of the Mark Twain. First up is a blurry shot of the entrance with the Mark Twain at the dock. She is very dapper in her dress and sweater.

Now the photographer and his family are on the Mark Twain. This is a time when smoking was allowed almost everywhere, notice the pack of Marlboro's. I wonder what is in the ladies multicolor shopping bag?