Friday, August 30, 2013

Souvenir Friday-Art Corner Plaques Goofy!

Two more of the great Art Corner souvenir funny saying plaques. Both of these feature Goofy which seems appropriate for these plaques and sayings.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mickey Mouse in White Top and Tails

Two images from two different parks featuring Mickey Mouse in White Top Hat and Tails. First up is an interesting publicity shot in front of the entrance to the Disney MGM Studios. I am not sure who the other person is, but he looks kind of sketchy. I also don't know too many directors and assistant directors who film while wearing formal clothing.

The second image is from the stage show at Videopolis at Disneyland. The show was the story of Walt Disney. The title of the show was One Man's Dream and featured lots of singing and dancing.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Disney MGM Studio 1989

In 1989 Disney opened a new park in Florida that was a direct competitor to Universal Studios, the Disney MGM Studio. The park featured not only classic Disney including an animation studio, but also featured the classic MGM movies. Disney made a deal to use the MGM films in the attractions including one of my favorites which is the Great Movie Ride. In addition to the attractions, the park featured a working movie set and was originally marketed as an alternative to filming in Los Angeles. The first image features a film being shot on the New York city backlot.

Another neat attraction was the Disney version of the glamour tram at Universal. The attraction went "behind the scenes" to show what goes on at a studio. One of the stops was the New Mickey Mouse Club. This image shows the costuming department, I really like the Orville head just sitting there.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

1990s Interior of Snow White Attraction

Two nice interior views of the Snow White's Scary Adventure attraction. First up is the heroine climbing up the stairs to the Dwarve's bedroom. Note all the lovely forest animals with her.

Next is the finale of the attraction when the Dwarve's chase the Wicked Witch and the Witch falls of the cliff to her death.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Disneyland 35th Anniversary

Two images celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Disneyland's Opening. The first features a gathering of cast members in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle with the members spelling out 35.

The second image is of the stage show set up in front of the Main Street station and features the Fab Four (no Donald) characters including the newest character Roger Rabbit. My personal favorites Chip and Dale are also dancing.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Souvenir Friday- More Art Corner Souvenir Signs

More witty signs as sold at the Art Corner in Tomorrowland. Both feature everybody's favorite mad duck, Donald, with funny sayings. First up is the eternal question:

The next is an inspirational saying for when the going gets tough.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Happy Birthday Ray Bradbury

One of my favorite authors is Ray Bradbury. Ray did have a fairly long association with Walt Disney and with the Walt Disney Company. He was friends with Walt and the two would discuss the future of cities. For EPCOT Center he wrote the original narration for Spaceship Earth and the studio also made a film out of his novel Something Wicked This Way Comes. Ray poses with his favorite character outside of the Plaza Inn in the late 1980s.

So Happy Birthday to Mr. Bradbury.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Party Gras and Mouseorail

For the 35th Anniversary, Disneyland created a fun parade and a unique vehicle from a classic attraction. Party Gras featured large inflatable floats of everyone's favorite characters which were surrounded by dancers. Roger Rabbit was one of the hottest characters at this time so he was a featured float. The dancers would toss out souvenir coins and collecting the coins became all the rage.

The unique vehicle was created from the front end of Monorail Mark III red with the nose cone. The body was placed upon a truck chassis and toured the United States promoting Disneyland.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Blast From the Past

No this is not a post about some fantastic images from the 1950s, but rather the promotion for Disneyland in 1988 and 1989. The publicity photographs are from the first Blast From the Past and feature costumed characters interacting with cast members dressed in the stereotypical 1950's dress, including a car hop. The first image is taken in Tomorrowland next to the stage.

This photograph was taken on Main Street. The scooters have their kickstands down and are a little out of place. On the trunk of the Impala is a Main Street pennant.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Drew and John Celebrating Disneyland's 30th Anniversary

For Disneyland's Thirtieth Anniversary, NBC broadcast a special hosted by John Forsythe and Drew Barrymore. At this time, John Forsythe was starring in Dynasty and Drew Barrymore had made a name for herself in ET the Extraterrestrial as well as Irreconcilable Differences. Drew was also starting on her rebellious stage and would make become famous for her partying ways and stints in rehab at the young age of 14. The special was set as a night at Disneyland with many musical segments showcasing the park. The stars included Donna Summer, Pointer Sisters, Julian Lennon, Alabama, Julie Andrews, David Hasselhof, Debbie Allen, Peter Allen, and Marie Osmond. Clips of the anniversary special can be found on YouTube.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Souvenir Friday- Two More Art Corner Signs

Two more fun joke signs from the Art Corner. The first features a scarcely used character...Flower the skunk from Bambi. The saying is appropriate.

The next plaque features Donald Duck as a classic golfer. I own the original art for this sign and posted it years ago on July 14, 2006.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Disneyland State Fair 1987 Parade

Continuing with the press publicity photographs of State Fair in 1987 is this image of the parade heading down Main Street. It is odd to see the large Ferris Wheel in the background smack dab in the front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle. I agree with K. Martinez comment yesterday about riding the Ferris Wheel and the unique views. Note the lamppost plaques for the State Fair.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Disneyland State Fair Midway 1987

In 1987 Disneyland produced a State Fair to increase attendance. Part of the State Fair was a Midway filled with games. The games were themed to animated characters and the Midway was located on the Small World Promenade. In front of it's a small world was a dive tank where daredevils would high dive into the pool.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Disney Decade- Alien Encounter Artist Rendering

As part of the Disneyland Decade and the new Tomorrowland 2055 was a concept for an Alien Encounter. To be placed into the Mission to Mars building the attraction was guests would meet aliens. Although not developed and built at Disneyland, the attraction was constructed at Walt Disney World. The WDW attraction is famous for Michael Eisner demanded the attraction be retooled and made more intense.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Disney Decade-Dick Tracy Attraction

The 1990s was going to be the Disney Decade. This meant the company was going to leverage its film studios and theme parks to create a synergistic juggernaut. The new attractions to be built at Disneyland and Walt Disney World would be related to Disney and Touchstone blockbuster films. One of the films that was going to be a blockbuster and starred hot stars of the 1980s of Warren Beatty and Madonna was Dick Tracy. Based upon the 1930's comic strip with action rivaling Batman with villains as sinister and bizarre. Concept art for the Dick Tracy attraction featured guests boarding a 1930s style vehicle and going through a firefight between the detective Dick Tracy backed by the Police and a gang of villains. This concept of course was resurrected for Mike & Sully to the Rescue in California Adventure with some changes.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Souvenir Friday- Two Art Corner Signs

Two more of the fun art corner plaques with witty sayings and characters. First up is Donald who appears on many of these plaques.

Next is Pluto with a fun saying...

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Abe the Gem Dealer Calico Ghost Town 1961

Continuing the photographic journey through Calico in 1961 with two more shots of buildings. First up is a shot of a weathered building. Note the steepness of the street and the crooked street post.

A view under the covered boardwalk with Honest Abe the Gem Dealer now marked just as Abe the Gem Dealer.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

A Dark View of Calico Ghost Town

Dark images are not usually that interesting, but these are interesting. The first is for the nice view of the sign on the building as well as showing how dark the covered walkways really were. This same day was a bright sunny day with a clear blue sky.

Next is an interior shot. The composition is nice with the walkway and bench on the right hand side. Movies usually show frontier towns with bright interiors, but most of the time, when the sun went down, the whole town would go dark.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Buildings at Calico

Two nice views of the structures at Calico Ghost Town in 1961. The photographs feature the building set in the hills with a stunning blue sky. First up is the General Store and rest rooms.

Next up is the Calico Frontier Shop. I like the weathered signage.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Souvenir Friday- Greenfield Village Souvenir Pennant

One of the influences to Disneyland, and a fun place to visit is the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. The pennant dates from the 1960's and features Henry Ford driving his first automobile. The building in the background is a combination of the many historic structures that were relocated to Greenfield Village.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Calico Fire House

A couple of views from Calico Ghost Town located in the desert between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. This image was taken in 1961 when Walter Knott owned the ghost town. The bright red of the fire engine is nice against the mountains in the background and the wood structures.