Tuesday, February 03, 2009

POST 900! 1956 in Glorious Color: The Hodge-Podge Finale



I’ve finally hit 900; can 1000 be much farther away?!? Shot #1 from this 1956 series is a beauty featuring the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship restaurant. At this stage of the game, The Skyway & Storybook Land were fairly new and Skull Rock Cove was about 4 years away. This photo was taken from the Skyway and also gives you a glimpse of the Caboose from the Disneyland Railroad in the background. The next two shots are also taken from the Skyway. This one is of the edge of Fantasyland, with a few purty attraction posters plastered on the construction wall. You can also see the top of the Nature’s Wonderland Mine Train chugging through the scenery of the Living Desert.



I believe the mound of earth you see on the right is the edge of Holiday Hill, where many a teenager disappeared to make out with their sweetheart. Eventually, Holiday Hill spawned The Matterhorn.



While we’re looking at mysterious "backstage" photos that could only appeal to Disneyland Geeks like myself, here’s one that was most likely taken from the Magnolia Park area, showing the thatched roof of Aunt Jemima’s Restaurant.



Last one of the series shows the banks of the Rivers of America, with the defunct bandstand on the right; plenty of rafts to Tom Sawyer’s Island on this day:



Thanks to all the faithful readers for hanging in with me for 900 posts and leaving your comments and info; that’s what makes it really fun for me. See more vintage & current Disneyland photos at my regular website.

13 comments:

Matterhorn1959 said...

Congrats on the 900th post. Only 100 more to go....

The image of Aunt Jemima is fantastic. I keep looking at it and trying to orient myself.

TokyoMagic! said...

Congratulations Dave! Here's to your next 900....I'm looking forward to every one of them!

I'm wondering what the gray attraction poster is for in your second photo? It's the one between the Art Corner poster and the 20,000 Leagues poster. It doesn't look familiar.

Davelandweb said...

That poster is for the Red Wagon Inn, now the Plaza Inn.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Congratulations Dave on #900. They are all appreciated.

Major Pepperidge said...

CONGRATS to you on your 900th post! Did you ever think you would do so many when you started?? And considering that you often post around 5 images (sometimes more, sometimes less), we're talkin' thousands of photos.

Thanks for all of you hard work!

Westcot2000 said...

Thanks for all of your effort! I really enjoy your blog. That photo of the Rivers of America is absolutely fantastic. It's so undeveloped.

Pegleg Pete said...

Congrats on the 900th post! I too really like that photo of the old Frontierland as well as the shot taken from the Magnolia Park area. I find that corner of the park pre-New Orleans Square absolutely fascinating.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Dave, please, please, do a blow up of the Red Wagon Poster if you can.

My favorite DL poster of all time.

P.S. The Tuna Boat pic is awesome, with the caboose in the background.
Thanks!

Thufer said...

outstanding job dave. congrats!!!!

Pfeiffer Photos said...

Wow, 900--great job! The shots in this post are just fantastic. What would I do without you and others that have the archival DL goods? The horror! Keep up the great work and thanks!!

Tina

Barry said...

Dave, Never a bad post..perfect score so far!!!!
Congrats!

outsidetheberm said...

Nice job! 900 is darn impressive. Thanks for all of them.

The 'Magnolia Park' photo really is a head scratcher. It almost looks like someone had to climb on a bench or rooftop to get that raised view.

Disney Dean said...

Oh my goodness - I can't believe I didn't see this earlier. Congratulations on your 900th post, Dave! Here's to another 9000 - I love every one of them :) You're the best!