Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Vintage Nerd Alert

Nerds. You have to love 'em. Especially vintage nerds. Today's post hails from April 1963, and our first image shows Papa Nerd, the man who gave us the child featured in the rest of the shots you will see here. You can see by the uncomfortable gaze and awkward pose that this man was once a nerd, too. For all we know, his nerd-dom could have continued into adulthood. Chances are, it did.

And here we have the star of today's post, the ultimate vintage nerd. Glasses…check. Embarrassing clothing…check. Military-style haircut…check. Jeans rolled up by mama…check. This kid has it in spades.

The shot shown here is why I bought this set in the first place.

How about these Monsanto House of the Future panels? Timex, Sylvania, Crane, and Bell Systems. This little nerd was obviously in future-career heaven!

Back to Central Plaza for another uncomfortable photograph. Stiff posture with belly sticking out…check! The day must have been getting hotter as the sweater has now disappeared.

The Snow White Wishing Well was a mere two years old at the time this photo was taken.

Back on Main Street, the Omnibus cruises by Coke Corner.

Here come three more nerds…and they love red, too!

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Panic on POTC!

It began like most journeys through the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland. Except this time we had a VIP Tour Guide. And we entered through the exit. And we immediately got onto the attraction. Other than that it was the same. We got in our boat and sailed through the Blue Bayou, passing the Restaurant at the beginning of their lunch rush.

Everyone sang "Yo Ho" as we viewed the vignettes of the grotto.

Worst case of heartburn. He must have eaten at Goofy's Kitchen.

The Wicked Wench:

How many of you notice these heads popping up with the canon fire?

Poor Carlos. It's bad enough that he has a wife badly in need of dental work, but now he wishes he had paid attention in swim class.

Plenty of characters along the way to see, such as this Jack Sparrow animatronic at the Costurera:

and the onlookers for the wench auction.

Sorry, no Red Headed Wench shots this time; I was on the wrong side of the boat for that.

Always great to see this guy. "Here kitty, kitty…"

sounds like my next door neighbors at 3am. For realz.

Once known as the Hairy Legged Pirate, this guy has obviously fell victim to manscaping by Imaginears.

The attraction was coming to a close as we approached the jail. A skeleton…

3 nasty dudes…

another three trying to get out…

The chair and rafters overhead should have warned me that there was trouble up ahead.

When I saw the lady in the boat ahead of me stand up, I assumed she was a cast member. Then I saw what she was wearing and knew that she wasn't. Then I figured she was looking for a quick photo opportunity as she perilously straddled the boat and the "shore."

Wrong on all counts. She was having a panic attack, as she told everyone in the boats who cared to listen as they passed her by. Why she would choose to exit the boat just as it was about to take her to dry land is beyond my comprehension.

You won't find her on the map at the end, but she should be on there.

Hard to tell what you might find at the Park these days.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Beyond the Sea

It had been over three years since I had last been on the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. The only reason we went on it this visit was because thanks to our VIP Tour Guide Maria, we were able to walk onto it. Even then, I had my doubts about wasting time on this mess of an attraction. Anastasia seemed to enjoy the view from her porthole window.

There are fun details to notice in the first part of the journey...

but once the subs "submerge" the attraction becomes a cacophonous mess of noise, poor projections, and sheer boredom.

Matt looks happy at the end of the attraction. So was I.

Next up…Star Tours!

Plenty of fun in the line queue, which Maria whisked us through.

Door #1!

Matt looks like he's ready for a Devo video. If you don't know who Devo is, please visit Youtube.

Janet had not taken a dramamine booster, so this was not a pleasant experience for her. This was the last time she smiled until the virtual journey was over.

Outside, Stormtroopers were attempting to take over Star Traders.

Mary Poppins and Bert seemed oblivious to the attack as they strolled by the Plaza Inn.

We encountered Jack Skellington on our way to Pirates of the Caribbean.

And here we are, entering the attraction through the back of Lafitte's Landing. Wait until you hear what happened next!

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