Sunday, March 22, 2009
Nature’s Wonderland medley
Originally known as The Rainbow Caverns Mine Ride (I guess the word “attraction” hadn’t quite entered the lexicon just yet), this Frontierland adventure took guests through a simulation of the desert and into the caverns of Rainbow Mountain. This first image (supplied by Daveland reader Brad - many thanks!) is most likely a bw version of promotional art, with a box left for accompanying text.
Two of the earlier attraction posters:
By 1960, this attraction was upgraded and renamed to Nature’s Wonderland. What was new you ask? Just check out the accompanying art with highlight circles, featuring some of the 204 life-like animals that were added. You’ll also note the loss of the Stagecoach/Wagons and Miniature Horse Coral.
Going down Main Street, it’d hard not to notice what the new attractions were. It’s a veritable traffic jam, and the Keystone Kop doesn’t seem to be helping much.
Here is a recent shot of the surrey sitting over at the Big Thunder Ranch area:
Here the Mine Train travels through the desert:
I love the shots showing Walt proudly surveying his creation:
See more vintage & current Nature’s Wonderland photos at my regular website.