Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cruising at Disneyland, April 1958



A few colorful shots from April 1958 showing two gals enjoying a leisurely spin around Fantasyland's Motor Boat Cruise. This "B" ticket attraction was about a year old at the time these shots were taken. Note the red trimmed boat on the right is named "Alice."

Dig those yacht-club inspired outfits of the cast members!



Looks like this could be a Lucy & Ethel situation! I wonder if they knew that the boat was on a track?



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Monday, September 29, 2014

Adventureland Sign Changes



Some time between July (image #1) and December of 1961 (image #2), the marquee over Adventureland lost the canoe-paddles that once hung from it. I can only surmise that they provided too much of a temptation for guests trying to yank on them. Again…only a guess.



This previously unposted shot from April 1958 gives a better look at the paddles and the head that originally graced the Adventureland sign:



Creepy!



A comparison shot of the sign today, which is now stationary. No more rotating creepy head!



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Friday, September 26, 2014

The Pontiac GTO



If you were at Disneyland on June 16, 1966 for Grad Nite, you could have been the winner of America's #1 Automobile, the Pontiac GTO. To save you from scratching your heads, "GTO" is the Italian abbreviation for Gran Turismo Omologato ("Grand Tourer Homologated") which means officially certified for racing in the Grand tourer class.

For all you gear heads out there, here's a closeup of the car:



And for you vintage sign geeks, a closeup of the Grad Nite decal on the side of the car?



The prize drawing was held at 3:45 a.m. at the Prize Headquarters, the 20,000 Leagues Exhibit in Tomorrowland. The winner had exactly 20 minutes to claim the prize, or they'd lose it to another entrant.

Where were you in '66?

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

City Hall Fashion



This August 1959 shot gave me 4 (count 'em) detailed views worthy of a closer look. This trio of guests is standing near City Hall in Disneyland's Town Square. I was hoping that the lady in the center was a total Disneyland kook and that her dress was a homemade concoction with a Disney-related pattern.

No such luck. Still, it's an interesting vintage pattern.



The signage in front advertises the Disneyland Band, the Golden Horseshoe Revue, the Frontierland Indian Village, and The Gonzales Trio.



Parents must schlep on up to Central Plaza to East Plaza Street to find their lost kiddies.



Another dashed hope with detailed view 4, as there is always the possibility of seeing Walt around the Fire Department as he leaves his private apartment.



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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Spin Around the Carrousel



Disneyland's King Arthur Carrousel typically gets the shaft when I visit Disneyland. Even though it's smack-dab in the middle of Fantasyland, I typically don't pay much attention to it as I rush to get in line for one of the dark rides. Today's post is a tribute to this beauty with a mix of new and old images, some previously unpublished, such as this 1959 shot below. I love it when there is a band or music group playing on the Carrousel. It adds an extra element of fun to this attraction that makes you feel like you're a kid again.



An undated image of the Carrousel:



and the obligatory detailed view of the signage:



This March 1956 photo is one of my favorites from my collection, showing a refurbishment in progress less than one year after the park was open.





From September 1958:



The band takes a spin around on August 7, 1957:



with a flash forward to the Pearly Band in a recent view:



I hereby solemnly swear to ride the Carrousel when I visit next month…as long as it's open!

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