Friday, November 28, 2014

Souvenir Friday- Tomorrowland Magic Slate

The last Magic Slates that I own is this one from Tomorrowland. Featuring great images of the TWA Rocket to the Moon, Astrojets, Autopia and the Clock of the World. This slate has the original "pencil" attached to it.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Jungle Cruise Fun With Natives and Hippos

Two more fun and mysterious photographs of the Jungle River Cruise at Disneyland. First up is a nice shot of the natives dancing to celebrate Thanksgiving. I like the giant witch doctor mask and outfit on the right hand side of the image.

Next up is a shot of the killer wild animal, the hippo. Responsible for more deaths per year than any other wild animal, the river horse is a ferocious beast. I like the skin and teeth on this specimen.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my US friends!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Little Squirt and the African Veldt

Continuing riding the Jungle River Cruise with today's pictures. First up is the matriarch of the elephant group taking her shower with little squirt next to her. This scene is still there today though the rock work is slightly different.

Next up is the African Veldt in it's original state. The scene appears to be fresh and new with the plastic wrapping still on the scene. Note that the lion's have not found the cave yet, although they are still watching over the sleeping zebra.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Dark and Mysterious Jungle River Cruise

I always enjoy how the Jungle River Cruise is dark and mysterious, even during the light of the day. Some scenes are as dark and difficult to photograph as the Fantasyland dark rides. The first photograph is of the standing Gorilla located by the banks of the river.

The second image is as dark as the first and features a crocodile looking for one of the guests to fall out of the boat and become a snack.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hotel at Night and Matterhorn

First up is a nice image of the Disneyland Hotel at night with the classic Hotel Disneyland neon on top of the tower. In the foreground are the arcade buildings and the monorail beamway.

Second image is a duplicate slide, but is so nice I have decided to post it again. Monorail Blue, Skyway and Hans and Fritz climbing the Matterhorn.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Souvenir Friday- Fantasyland Magic Slate

Continuing with the collection of Magic Slates produced in the late 1950s by Strathmore-Watkins. This example is for Fantasyland and features all of the attractions found in Fantasyland.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Two Publicity Worthy Photographs

Two nice images today that are worthy of being publicity photographs. First is a color image of the Naturgre's Wonderland Railroad moving through the wilderness. The framing of this image is almost perfect. If you look closely, you can see a family riding in the front cab.

The second image is of the stately Mark Twain coming into dock. This reminds me of an early postcard.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rafts and the Burning Cabin

Two views of attractions in Frontierland from 1963. First up is a nice overhead view of a Tom Sawyer Island Raft docking on the island. In the background can be seen the Haunted Mansion (recruiting ghosts at this time to fill it's infinite halls) and also the Disneyland Hotel tower. This dock is no longer in use for the rafts and is now used as a spot to sit and watch the action of the Mark Twain and Columbia at the Frontierland dock.

The second image is one of the best pictures of the Burning Settler's Cabin that I have seen. The fire is consuming the structure and you can even see the arrow on the dead settler.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Two Sides of the Matterhorn

The photographer enjoyed taking pictures of the Matterhorn. The first shows the side of the Matterhorn from the Main Street side. A very colorful group of guests are captured in this image.

The second image is the Fantasyland side from the Skyway. Note the guest taking photographs from the green bucket. Also the track layout for Alice can be seen with a caterpillar ride vehicle on the track.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Columbia and Twain

Two views of the majestic ships that ply the Rivers of America. First view is of the Columbia passing the Big Thunder falls heading towards the dock. Frontierland looks fantastic and lush in this view.

The next image is of the Mark Twain coming into the dock with Cascade Peak in the background. Although I have seen and posted lots of images of the Mark Twain, but I still enjoy all the views.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Souvenir Friday- Adventureland Magic Slate

As part of the merchandising when Disneyland were these wonderful magic slates. Kids could draw on the magic paper, lift the plastic and the pictures would disappear. Thus, kids could draw over and over again. Most magic slates were generic, but others featured characters including comic, television and animation. Adventureland is the subject of this Magic Slate with great graphics of scenes found on the Jungle River Cruise.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fantasyland From The Skyway

Two more views of Fantasyland from 1963. First up is a nice panoramic view of the Castle courtyard filled with all the attractions found in Fantasyland. A nice clear day that looks slightly warm and a large crowd of guests.

The second image features the circus train Casey Junior. In the background can be seen the golden roof of the Fantasyland Train station. It also looks like one of the warehouses in the background on the right hand side.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fantasyland Fun 1963

Two views of Fantasyland from the couple's trip in 1963. First up is a somewhat dark, but still nice shot of King Arthur's Carousel. It appears the day was somewhat warm with some guests wearing shorts.

The second image for today is one filled with color and fun of old Fantasyland. Many attractions are represented here including Dumbo, Skyway, Casey Junior (or at least the ticket booth) and the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sleeping Beauty Castle Views

I know everyone has seen images of Sleeping Beauty Castle on here (and other blogs) hundreds of times. The castle was one of the prime photogenic locations at Disneyland (and in fact is still one of the most photographed locations.) The first image, from the 1963 trip I have been posting, shows the castle from the left hand side, or for those more nostalgic from the Carnation Gardens side. A recent change to the caste drawbridge has removed the risk of people falling off the bridge, so the kids sitting on the wall of the drawbridge would not be able to do so today.

The second image does not show much in the way of park architecture or attractions, but it was a nice addition to the ambiance of Disneyland. Do they still have lovely swans swimming in the moat any more?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Rocketing to Tomorrowland

The photographer of the 1963 trip did not spend much time in Tomorrowland. However one photograph is spectacular of the Douglas Rocket getting ready to lift off. The rocket had a nice effect of letting off steam to simulate the beginning of the ignition for take off. I also like the detail of the Douglas graphics.

The next image shows the wonderful Submarine Voyage lagoon with Monorail blue heading over the attraction. I like the lights on the underside of the Monorail berm used to illuminate the lagoon.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Souvenir Friday- 1960s Bucket Hats

One of my favorite sub-category of collectible souvenirs from Disneyland are bucket hats. The hats are simple 6 panel hats that are usually very colorful and screened with the Disney characters. The first hat features some unusual characters including a nice Ludwig Von Drake wearing a fez and one of the Duck nephews also wearing a fez, as well as the other two Duck nephews. It would be interesting to compare the images to the source art. Of course, Mickey Mouse is on the hat.

The second is a neat version with various suns and Disneyland graphics. Unfortunately a few of the screens are light and do not read against the background material. One does have the title for Happiest Place on Earth.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Horse Drawn

Two Main Street Disneyland images of the Horse Drawn Trolley. First up is a side view of the trolley at Town Square, which is filled with an interesting mix of guests on the trolley and in the square. The Trolley is at the first stop for the attraction and will soon head towards Sleeping Beauty Castle.

The second image is a nice action shot of the trolley on its way. The trolley is packed for this trip.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Scenic Views of Disneyland 1963

Two nice scenic views of Disneyland in 1963. First up is a great overall Frontierland view with the Matterhorn in the background. Note the petrified tree in the foreground and the steam clouds from the Mark Twain. It looks like the day was busy, but not so busy to not be fun.

Next image is from Town Square with Sleeping Beauty Castle in the background. Note the drinking fountain in the middle of the picture.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Tomorrowland Beauties

The couples visit to the park was very comprehensive. Many of the slides are very nice and show great views and interesting details. These two slides are of my favorite Tomorrowland. First up is the Submarine Triton is piloting through the underwater gardens. Above the lagoon runs the Monorail track and on the Autopia track run Mark V cars.

The second image is in a word stunning! Monorail red is at the station with guests waiting to ride on the future railroad. The model is a Mark II.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Parking and Matterhorn

In 1963 a group of friends headed to Disneyland for a fun filled day. The couples met in the parking lot to start their day. One drove a sensible station wagon, while the other couple drove a fun Volkswagen bug. Based upon the photograph it is an early morning and the crowds are light.

The second image is what I call the blue Matterhorn. A blue sky, a blue Monorail and a blue Skyway bucket. Also, Hans and Fritz are having fun on the icy peaks.