Wednesday, May 06, 2015

30¢ For the Rainbow Caverns Mine Train

Although it no longer exists, The Rainbow Caverns Mine Train attraction still lives on in the memories of those who were fortunate enough to enjoy it during the first few years of the park. Debuting on July 2, 1956, it existed where the current Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction now operates. So, let's gather up our 30¢ ticket and travel back in time to experience it again courtesy of the Daveland archives!

This vintage panoramic view shows both the Pack Mule and Mine Train attractions, which both saw much of the same scenery on their journeys.

In this July 1959 shot we get a closer view of the Rainbow Ridge Mining town:

Another 1959 view:

Looks like the guests were able to enjoy a little live music while waiting in line:

We have now boarded our Mine Train and are on our way to the Rainbow Desert, circa August 7, 1957:

November 1958:

Summer 1959:

A May 1958 photo shows a cast member giving his attraction narration; the next three images were shot sequentially by our vintage photographer:

The Devil's Paint Pots:

Anyone know what this little structure is?

Another November 1958 image, showing a little Frontierland layering with the Conestoga Wagon nearby:

The Seven Dwarfs were honored with this cacti tribute:

The highlight of the attraction was the journey through the colorful (albeit dark) Rainbow Caverns, shown here in two vintage publicity images:

Back to Rainbow Ridge:

Watch out for those explosives!

Hope you enjoyed your trip and felt that your 30¢ was well spent! Want more? Ride on over to my main website and see more photos of Nature's Wonderland at Disneyland.

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Disneyland Town Square March 1957

Welcome to Disneyland, circa March 1957 (aka year two). Our photographer provides us with a great overview of the Town Square area, even though he was probably attempting to shoot his family. Let's zoom in for a closer look at this good looking bunch:

The second detailed view shows the Bank, cannon, and information/souvenir kiosk:

This photo from the same group has Vesey Walker and the Disneyland Band entertaining guests as they gather around the flag pole:

Once again, the poor family is relegated to the background! More to come from this batch!

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Monday, May 04, 2015

Quadricycling on Main Street

The Dapper Dans are an integral part of Main Street, U.S.A. and have been since 1959. Who could resist a quartet on a quadricycle singing as they pedaled through Disneyland? This first shot is from 1965 and shows the singing group of the past posed in front of the House of the Future.

In this undated 1950's shot, the Dans are whizzing by the Upjohn Pharmacy. Sure wish I knew what happened to the light fixture!

The Dans are attempting to keep up with the Horse-Drawn Streetcar, circa August 1961:

The Wurlitzer Shop makes an appropriate backdrop for the musical quartet in this March 1965 image:

Last one for today is this 1960's publicity shot:

I wonder if the Dans of today are still able to ride and sing?

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