Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wednesday WOW: Casey Junior Track



My new series on Wednesdays will hopefully leave you saying “Wow!” Today's “Wow” image is a January 1955 construction shot of the Casey Jr. track and future Storybook Land area. Sure does look small here, doesn't it?

See more Casey Jr. (both recent and vintage) photos at my website.

6 comments:

Thufer said...

I now have a expectation of Wednesday morning that is sure to be a marvelous gift. I look forward to this series and i am sure it will be amazing. Todays star is no exception.......wow!

Katella Gate said...

Great shot of the pre-planting phase of the ride.. that lasted for a year after the park's opening, right?

Also note along the back property line the channel that used to connect the Phantom Boats lagoon with Rivers of America. All the major water bodies in Disneyland had a visible connection to each other in the early years, with the Tomorrowland lakes at the highest elevation, and Adventureland at the lowest. I have been told pumps kept the water moving to prevent it going stagnant.

Major Pepperidge said...

I'm sorry Dave, I said "Zoiks!" instead of "WOW!". An issue of "The E-Ticket" magazine is all about the Disneyland waterways, and I believe that a diagram showed a large pump house somewhere along the way.

TokyoMagic! said...

WOW! Fantastic photo! But I'm a bit confused. Is the lower right hand corner of the photo the spot where Monstro sits today? For some reason, I thought Monstro was always there, even when it was the Canal Boats of the World. Was Monstro not added until the following year?

David Lyman said...

What made me say "Wow!" is what appears to be the Disneyland RR track passing by in the upper left of the photo. I wonder if there was a later realignment of the mainline to accommodate It's A Small World?

Katella Gate said...

David: Yes, the northern track of the DLRR was realigned in 65 or 66 to increase the park acreage. The track originally was an almost straight west to east transit, but it was bowed north by a few hundred feet making the shape of the park rounder.