Sunday, March 29, 2009

Undated Large Slides, Pt. 1: Stripes @ Disneyland



This batch of larger sized slides all came together, but I have my doubts that they are all from the same year. Either way, they are way cool images. Today’s theme is stripes; if you have a phobia about them, you may want to look away.

First shot shows a promotional display for Edison Square in Central Plaza. Edison Square eventually morphed into a concept for International Street, which eventually morphed into...nothing, unless you count what happened down in Orlando. If you look at this detailed view, you can see the photographer snapping this photo in the reflection.



How about a few shots of the entrance to Holidayland, complete with Matterhorn/Sub poster promos:





This venture, along with the Mickey Mouse Club Circus, bombed fairly quickly. Guests didn’t want an experience you could get at any other amusement park. They wanted Disney entertainment.

Last in my striped post is one of the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship restaurant; the poor ice cream vendor looks extremely bored:



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12 comments:

Progressland said...

These are amazing!! Such great, clear, color photos of rarely seen sights. Also interesting to see "Thomas A. Edison Square"--I don't think I've ever seen it referred to that way.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Ditto what Progressland said! Where exactly was the "Thomas A. Edison Square" display set up and are there any other photos of it? Oh man, I'd LOVE too see all the artwork in that display!

Thanks for the Stripes Dave!

Thufer said...

very cool and seldom seen stuff. thanks.

thepicklebarrel said...

very neat shots! i've never seen that edison square display before...

the posters in the holidayland frames seem to be not only trimmed, but torn by little vandals.

i hope now, as adults, those li'l rascals know what the value of an attraction poster is and feel some pangs of guilt....

outsidetheberm said...

Your top shot is just incredible - and it opens up all kinds of questions... especially since it appears the display is located near the hub. There appears to be quite a tent structure behind this facade - just what was in there??

As for Holidayland - it's been reported that another problem was the serving of beer during the picnics. Didn't work out so well once the guests went into the park...picnics.

Great stuff!

outsidetheberm said...

Not sure why 'picnics' appears at the end there. It's a two for one day.

Major Pepperidge said...

Holy Moly! Those are amazing. That first one is just unbelievable, I never knew that that display existed. Super cool!

TokyoMagic! said...

Nobody has mentioned this, but the entrance to Edison Square was going to be between the Red Wagon Inn and the Carefree Corner.....basically where first aid is today. Also, the Edison Square plans were the precursor for Carousel of Progress before the revolving theater concept came about. It was originally going to be a walk-through attraction where a curtain went up at the end of each act and the guests walked to the next set. It shows up on versions of the old wall maps and the 4 scenes are even labeled on the map as "American Home Pre-electricity," "American Home Advent of electricity," Contemporary Living," and The Electronic Age."

FANTASTIC pics today, Dave....but I had to cling to the corner of my desk to keep from falling off my chair while viewing them. Sorry, I borrowed that line from the "striped wallpaper" scene of an "I Love Lucy" episode.

Tina of Pfeiffer Photos said...

Really neat!

outsidetheberm said...

TM - You're right, of course, about Edison Square's placement - but what's interesting to study is the wide apron of pavement in front of the display and the tent (if that's what it is) beyond it. It leads one to believe there was quite a display toward the backstage area of East Main Street. Who knew? It's just a great image that Dave has uncovered for us.

Davelandweb said...

Tokyo - Thanks for the extra info on Edison Square!

walterworld said...

Great shots all---

I sure enjoyed the look of the Pirate Ship (and the Columbia for that matter) with sails unfurled...

Thanks Dave!