Thursday, November 13, 2008

Grand Canyon Diorama Debut, March 21, 1958

The Grand Canyon Diorama was created when Walt said he wanted a big finish to the Grand Circle Tour of the Disneyland Railroad around the park. Banners over Main Street heralded the arrival of this combination of art and taxidermy. I have included a closeup of the cast members on Main Street fixing the lampposts.

Over at the Tomorrowland Station, a little Native American boy was on hand for opening day to “christen” the new attraction.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at a worker fussing over one of the taxidermied animals.

And a vintage publicity shot:

As you can see by these contemporary views, these little beauties are still wowin’ the guests!

See more vintage Disneyland Grand Canyon Diorama photos at my regular website.


Major Pepperidge said...

I still love the Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World...they goby all too quickly every time!

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Fantastic pictures. Some Santa Fe RR info: The little indian boy was used extensively by the Santa Fe in their advertising during the late 40's thru the 1950's. His name was "Chico". He had a fan club and was very, very popular.

Here is a link to one of the fan club items.

Davelandweb said...

Thanks for the info Viewliner, and the link - sure is great to get the additional knowledge from all you experts out there.

TokyoMagic! said...

I'm kind of surprised that in all the years that have passed since it's opening, the Grand Canyon critters haven't been replaced by audio-animatronics. Would it cost that much? Couldn't they have used some of the animals from Nature's Wonderland when it closed?