Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sailing Through Sundays on The JC: August 1958



Today’s post is a fairly comprehensive albeit not so artistic look at the Jungle Cruise, circa August 1958. Naturally, I have posted these images in the order they were taken. Enjoy!





















This photographer definitely had an affinity for the back side of water! See more vintage (and current) Jungle Cruise photos on my regular website.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Scholarly Saturdays: Encyclopaedia Britannica & Fantasyland, Pt. 1



The Fantasyland section of this series is the most amazing; not necessarily because of the photos, but because Walt was able to slide this through and to make it part of an educational film strip series. This isn't even a behind-the-scenes-how-we-created it series, but a full-on promotion for Disneyland and Walt's movies. Yup, Walt was a genius and a showman...and a pretty smooth-talker. Plenty of Bobby & Susie in this land!



Two shots of the castle; our favorite little tykes appear in shot #2.





This is the kind of shopping little Susie has been waiting for!



OK...I guess I did learn one thing today as I never knew this fact about the shields above the Carrousel:



Here is one of the shields today:



I'm not touchin' this caption.



Raise your hands if you're ready for a frozen Welch's grape juice bar!



See more Encyclopaedia Britannica photos at my regular website.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Freaky Fridays @ The Haunted Mansion: NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!



If you’ve ever wondered why you are admonished not to use “Flash Photography” while in your Doombuggy, this photo shows the perfect reason why you should listen (except for those of us taking photos to document the ride for posterity, of course). This tree near the cemetery does not look quite so scary when seen in the harsh light of a camera flash. Almost looks like a home craft project you’d make with tin foil. Just goes to show how much of an important part lighting plays in the total effect of this attraction (and many others).

Presenting the iconic caretaker from the graveyard scene:



Here’s the first photo of the Cemetery Caretaker that Disney released to the public on August 21, 1969. Compare with this contemporary shot:





Here are a few I took without my flash; MUCH more atmospheric:





I missed the first year of the Haunted Mansion NBC overlay, but made it for the 2nd season. I took this photo in January 2003 of the Caretaker, who was hanging out at the Disney Gallery while his home was being invaded by Jack Skellington & Co.



See more Haunted Mansion (both recent and vintage) photos at my website.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tell-No-Tales Thursdays: More Grotto



Hope you enjoy these "flash-free" photos!





This poor feller is plum tuckered out; just needs a little rest. ETERNAL rest.



And one from my evil flash-photographing days before I reformed. As if a sword in the back wasn’t bad enough, now this poor feller has crabs.



Back to flash-free:





A few more recent shots taken in the mysterious grotto; love that blue lighting on the rocks and waterfalls. Most guests probably miss the skull & crossbone projection after the two drops.





See more Pirates of the Caribbean photos at my regular website.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Early 1950’s Black & White, pt. 6: Nature’s Wonderland



A trio of shots today from the Nature’s Wonderland Attraction. First up is a unique view of the town of Rainbow Ridge. Anybody care for a haircut from "Doc" Sutter? Good to know that the Barber Shop is still in business today at Big Thunder Mountain:



Engine #3 is pulling into the loading area for shot #2:



In this shot of the Pack Mules, you can kinda’ make out a Conestoga Wagon on the left side in the background. Those little kids are having the time of their lives.



See more vintage Nature’s Wonderland photos at my regular website.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

MORE B&W 1950’s Fun



I may not know the year, but thanks to the patriotic bunting in Town Square, I know it must be summer! Here is my favorite Main Street transportation, The Omnibus, ready to take another load of guests down to the Castle.

Over in Tomorrowland in front of the Art Corner, The Spaceman doesn’t seem too thrilled to be posing with this trio of kiddies; maybe it’s the end of his shift.



Here we are soaring over Fantasyland in a Skyway bucket; hey guests & cast members below, watch out for spitwads from above!



And just like yesterday, today’s last stop shows one of the teepees in the Indian Village:



See more vintage & current Disneyland photos at my regular website.

Monday, February 22, 2010

May 18, 1958



It may not be a significant day to you, but for this group of guests, it sure was a day of fun and smiles. In shot #1, this guest is so awed to be standing in front of Walt's personal Autopia car that he takes his hat off in respect. In the background, you can see the entrance to the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea movie prop exhibit.

In shot #2, she doesn't give a hoot about cars and motors; she just wants to show off the still very young landscaping.



Over at the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship, you can almost reach out and grab this man’s guide book!



Last stop for today is one of the teepees in the Indian Village with Fort Wilderness in the background:



See more vintage & current Disneyland photos at my regular website.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sailing Through Sundays on The JC: Suwanee Lady, August 1956



This dock shot of the Suwanee Lady is from August 1956. Looks like the one lady is going to have to talk her friend into braving this trip! See more vintage (and current) Jungle Cruise photos on my regular website.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Scholarly Saturdays: Encyclopaedia Britannica & Frontierland, Pt. 5



Hard to believe but at one time, Fort Wilderness was an attraction itself as opposed to the restroom stop that it has morphed into today. Here Bobby & Susie enter this former world of Frontierland fun.



This is right up Bobby's alley! Not so much Susie's.



I hope Bobby isn't aiming at these guests here on the Indian canoe!



We close with a shot of the beloved Keelboat:



Only one more post to go for Frontierland! See more Fort Wilderness photos at my regular website.