Sunday, December 06, 2009

Sailing Through Sundays on The JC: Pythons!



Today’s post gathers a few of my vintage python shots, which appeared to be located much closer to the boat than they are today #1 is from April 1958, and shot #2 is also from the 1950’s, back when it was located near the Ancient Shrine area of the Jungle Cruise. Indiana Jones would have passed out on this one!



#3 is from 1956, and the 4th one is a vintage Disneyland publicity shot that has badly faded.





Daveland reader Thufer writes: “I remember coming off the cruise my first visit to the park in the early 60's. i only had so much money to spend that day, however, I headed straight to that shopping area right next to the ride, brushed aside the shrunken skulls and when straight to that long 'snake'. because of the fellow in that first shot. Yes, the hippos were impressive to this small lad, the tiger was scary, but that snake; that snake was real. What i wouldn't give to have that long plastic snake back now. Wow, the cruise was so cool then and now.”

Here is what one sees today, located towards the end of the ride, safely away from the boat:



Daveland Reader Paul Kyriazi adds this interesting tidbit: “The jungle cruise natives have Woody Strode's body. He's the guy that fought Kirk Douglas in "Spartacus". He was called down to Disneyland by Harper Goeff and they made a mold of his body for all the natives, as well as the Indians on the River cruise in Frontireland. Ain't it all great.”

See more vintage (and current) Jungle Cruise photos on my regular website.

5 comments:

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Snakes, why did it have to be snakes?

The April 1958 photo look familiar :-)

Today's snake looks pretty convincing, too bad its not "scary" close to the boats anymore...

Katella Gate said...

I wonder if they de-emphasized the python to accommodate people that have a morbid fear of snakes. My mom has a real panic attack if one is even shown on TV.

Chiana_Chat said...

ssssssssssssss-sssssssssnaakesssssss!

Yess. More sibilance than your favorite teacher.

What a gig for Woody Strode. "I'd like you to be the model for everyone in the jungle." "Eh?"

Good pic of the current sssssssssssnake.

Chiana_Chat said...

That top pic and scene is great. Guess they toned it down? Imagine. Toning action/scares down today compared to the 1950s. Would've imagined them desperately "punching it up" instead. Lifes full o' surprises.

Nicholas Tucker said...

"That top pic and scene is great. Guess they toned it down? Imagine. Toning action/scares down today compared to the 1950s. Would've imagined them desperately "punching it up" instead. Lifes full o' surprises."

That is very interesting and unusual.