Saturday, April 25, 2009

November 1959: In Living Color, Pt. 2



We have now entered the park and are facing the floral Mickey, just before heading through one of the underpasses beneath the Main Street Train Station. I have been to Disneyland so many times now that I usually rush through this area, attempting to avoid the clusters of newbies trying to figure out where to go. This is really a shame, as it was designed to create a sense of wonder, not boredom. Who could resist the train pulling into the station, steam pouring out of the locomotive and the whistle tooting, beckoning you to board for a grand circle tour? In this photo, the handcar is on the second track. Today it would be rare to get an unblocked shot of the Mickey floral, as the majority of guests stop by to have their picture taken in front of this iconic piece of landscaping. On the right side of the frame, just barely in view, is an Autopia poster. Putting attraction posters at the entrance increases the sense of excitement about the day and the difficulty of choosing which one to go on first.

In shot two, our guests have crossed under and have another difficult choice: how to get down Main Street. There are so many fun vehicles to accomplish this task; I often wonder how many guests go back and forth on different vehicles before exploring the rest of the park. Our gal in the scarf seems to have chosen the Horse-Drawn Streetcar. In the background, it appears as if the flag is about to be risen.



Over in Central Plaza, there is so much greenery that we almost miss the Monsanto House of the Future.



Let’s zoom in for a closer look:



Come back tomorrow for more Technicolor 1959 images. See more vintage & current Disneyland photos at my regular website.

2 comments:

Major Pepperidge said...

Everything's so CLEAN!

Katella Gate said...

How right you are about zipping thru the Entrance! It does deserve more respect, but the tourists! The maps! The cameras! Eeek! I really think that after 10,000 paid-for Park visits, I should get the park all to myself for a day.