Sunday, November 04, 2007

Indian Village, July 1960



Replaced by Critters and Pooh, the Indian Village was a nice touch of the Frontier that gave guests a nice combo of fun and education, commonly known as funucation. Here are two from July 1960; the 2nd shot is postcard-perfect.



Here’s one from July 1961; I am guessing it was taken from the Train between the Fantasyland and Tomorrowland Depots; experts?



See more vintage and current Disneyland Indian Village photos on my regular website.



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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, that shot would have been taken just outside the Fantasyland train station. Located just behind the Midget Autopia. The question is: What was the photographer trying to capture?

Didi said...

This is a wonderful site you have. Just discovered it by chance.

Jim said...

This shot is not of the area behind Midget Autopia. It's the entrance to the backstage area that houses the Storybook boat storage facility and a small employee break area. The hedges (the same hedges which act as a berm for the Storybook attraction) behind both the structure and the flags, and the Matterhorn in the upper left corner pinpoint this shot to that location. These aerial photos display the exact location:

http://www.zoocrew.us/images/dland_storybook_storage.jpg

Also, Dave, the URL that you link the image to is incorrect:

http://davelandweb.com/matterhorn/dlrr/images/tomorrowland/60s/KT_7_61_N01.jpg

...it's actually...

http://davelandweb.com/dlrr/images/tomorrowland/60s/KT_7_61_N01.jpg

Dave, thanks for posting this photo — a rare find indeed!

Davelandweb said...

Thanks for the clarification Jim - much appreciated!

Anonymous said...

Uh, Jim - the area you pinpoint IS behind the Midget Autopia. You are correct on your other points.

Jim said...

Anonymous, thanks for the re-clarification -- I stand corrected. You know, I had it stuck in my head that Midget Autopia was on the opposite side, intertwined with the Motor Boat Cruise. Now I'm curious if there's an aerial photograph (or map) on the Internet that shows how the attraction's track was situated around the Storybook location. A quick search brought up these shots:

http://www.disneylandpostcards.com/flmidautopia.jpg

http://www.matterhorn1959.com/blog1/131.midgetautopia.jpg

...but I couldn't find anything that shows the track's configuration.

Jim said...

Here's an even better photo of Midget Autopia from Dave's blog. It looks like the track wraps around the back end of Storybook, but stops short of the gate shown in the photo that we're commenting on. Jr. Autopia can also be seen in this shot.

http://davelandweb.com/fantasyland/images/KTPBK_5_58_N29R.jpg