Monday, October 18, 2010

Nature’s Wonderland 1960 Construction, Pt. 1



A number of beloved attractions have been revamped or removed over the years, but few generate the emotional responses that Nature’s Wonderland does. Although remnants still exist, they are not enough to satisfy the outcries of the fans who still mourn its loss back in 1979.

The original attraction here got a significant upgrade in scenery on May 27, 1960. This batch of photos from April 1960 details the construction process. The first photo posted here shows a rendering of what the finished product would look like.

In this photo, you can see the Skyway & The Matterhorn in the background, performing business as usual as the rocks of the Living Desert come to life.









Always hard to believe that such an expansive creation like this no longer exists. Time marches on...

More construction photos to come!

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7 comments:

stu29573 said...

I think my main objection to the change is that Natures Wonderland seemed like a real place...a destination worth exploring. Big Thunder, while its a fun ride, is just that...a ride. Also, you scoot through the area so fast, it has no sense of size. Natures Wonderland seemed vast...

Connie Moreno said...

Great post!

JG said...

This is very interesting, thank you.

Time marches on, but change is not always progress.

JG

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Wow, never before seen RARE shots - WOW!!!! My favorite one is the last one!

TokyoMagic! said...

AMAZING construction photos! Thank you for sharing these, Dave. It's still hard to believe that most of this area was bulldozed for just a rollercoaster....and not even a good one! I'm glad that they haven't done the same thing to the Jungle Cruise....not yet, anyway.

Major Pepperidge said...

These are wonderful.... I sure miss this attraction!

Bob Weaver said...

Incredible find, Dave, congratulations.