Thursday, July 31, 2014

Final Three Kodachromes of Disneyland Circa 1956

The last three Kodachrome slides from 1956. The first view is of Town Square and Main Street from the Railroad Station. The waste can is very out of theming but charming in it's own way. I also like the patriotic bunting up on the light posts.

Next image is the entrance to Adventureland. Note the early elephant tusks with the severed head at the top of the sign.

Last image is of Fantasyland with the Tea Cups in the foreground and the Chicken of the Sea ship in the background. I love the color and clothes in this image especially the Hawaiian shirt being worn by the man in the middle of the image.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Castle Of Sleeping Beauty

More 1956 Kodachrome slides from Disneyland. Today the photographer focused on Sleeping Beauty Castle. The first image is from the hub and reminds me of the cover of the 1956 and 1957 Disneyland guidebooks. Quite a lot of activity and color in this image.

The next image is from the Carnation Gardens side of the Castle. Note the fire hydrant and the white picket fence as every princess wants a white picket fence, 2 kids and a dog.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mark Twain Coming Into Frontierland Dock 1956

Two more beautiful Kodachrome slides from 1956. The images show the Mark Twain coming into the Frontierland dock. In the background are the Conestoga Wagons and the Stagecoach attractions. The dock is rather barren looking as well.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Tomorrowland Circa 1956

I love finding great Kodachrome color slides as the color just pops. This week I will be showing a grouping of Kodachromes from a trip circa 1956. Instead of saving the best for last, I decided to brighten Monday with some nice views of Tomorrowland. The first image is of the Monsanto Hall of Chemistry with the fountains and the great 1950s atomic symbol on the building. Check out the young boy who is proudly wearing his souvenir hat.

The wonderful iconic TWA Rocket to the Moon in all it's glory. Check out the plethora of signs in the back and the crowd enjoying the shade.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Souvenir Friday- Squeeky Postcards

Two rare squeaker postcards from the early days of Disneyland. These were created by ASI (American Souvenir Incorporated)and sold in 1955 and 1956. The postcards have a small insert which when squeezed squeak. First up are Chip and Dale frolicing in the forests of Frontierland.

Next up is Figaro in Gepetto's house.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ocean Sky Ride at Pacific Ocean Park at Dusk

Last two POP images are of the bubble shaped Ocean Sky Ride. The photographs were taken at dusk and are slightly dark, but the views are very cool. First up is a view from the start of the ride looking out towards the end of the pier with the Jungle huts of the Banana Train Ride in the background.

The next image is a view from inside the ride with the pier and Santa Monica in the background.

Based upon reader's comments, here are both images reversed.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Banana Train Pacific Ocean Park

Three pictures of the Banana Train Ride at Pacific Ocean Park. The slides are all dark so I lightened them up which of course affected the image quality. But these pictures are very rare. First up is a train coming into station with a large waterfall in the foreground.

Another view of one of the trains and the neat jungle theming.

Final image is of the interior of the cavern with a neat waterfall and some black light effects. Bummer this slide was so dark.

The Major from Gorillas Don't Blog applied his photoshop magic and cleaned up a couple of the images. Take a look.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pacific Ocean Park Fisherman's Cove and Flying Dolphin

Two views of attractions found at POP. First up is the New England section of the Fisherman's Cove. You can see by the restrooms are George and Martha. Quite a crowd at the park on the day these photographs were taken.

The next image is of the Flying Dolphin, later repainted and named the Mahi Mahi. A large ride of which only six were manufactured, the sensation of flying while on the ride was very realistic. When the pier was eventually razed, tugboats were used to pull this structure into the ocean.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pacific Ocean Park Ride Views

Three different views of rides at Pacific Ocean Park. First up is the Sea Spin ride which was the same ride found at carnivals and other amusement parks. The action in this photograph is neat but the theming was minimal. Note the Sea Serpent coaster in the background.

Next up is the exit to the Davy Jones Deep Sea Locker. I wonder where this sign lives?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

59 Years Ago Today in the Little City of Anaheim Amongst the Orange Groves....

Disneyland had it's Grand Premiere with invited guests. July 17th is the birthday of Disneyland celebrated by fans and the company. Here are some images and items from that day. First up is the golden ticket that would get you into the park on that day 59 years ago...

Of course you also had to park the car in the parking lot and here is the parking pass.

If you were one of the lucky ones, you would receive a ride on the train pulling into the station as part of the broadcast Dateline Disneyland.

Or if you were part of the festivities, you would have this pass to get you inside the park.

One of the main happenings on July 17, 1955 was the largest at the time live broadcast. This required many cameras such as this one.

The cameras were there to cover all the stars that came out. Such stars as Fess Parker.

Gil Davis of Annie Oakley fame.

Debbie Reynolds and Ed Fisher.

George Reeves aka Superman.

Danny Thomas and family including Marlo.

Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen in costume.

Art Linkletter and his son.

Bob Cummings.

Of course Walt Disney was there as well. The first image is of Walt and California Governor Goodwin Knight.

And two shots of Walt being driven in one of the antique automobiles.

There was a grand parade with many floats and marching units.

The crowd followed the end of the parade.

To finish off the post, some random views of Disneyland on opening day.

Happy 59th Birthday Disneyland, looking forward to what the 60th will be like.