Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Town Square Construction
Even though it has been almost 5 years since I started collecting vintage Disneyland images, I still get a little thrill when I see shots of something that I have never seen before. I get even more excited when I am able to tell a story by putting together images in my collection with new ones that I have recently purchased. Today's post illustrates such a story, as it shows some of the progress made during the construction of Town Square. Naturally, you will see that the level of quality runs the gamut throughout, but nevertheless, it’s still fun to view.
The first image shown here is a new one to my collection. I believe it is the earliest one I have showing Town Square’s construction. My guess is based on the fact that the trolley tracks are not in yet, and that this photo shows the form being constructed for pouring the concrete for the curb around the center triangle. Maybe it should have been "Town Triangle" instead!
Zooming in to check out some other details, you can see the Castle surrounded by scaffolding as it is not quite finished yet.
This particular zoom shows some of the workers near the Emporium:
Main Street looks like a virtual skeleton; hard to tell that the Main Street Cinema is here, as very little ornamentation on the store fronts has been added yet.
This aerial view, dated May 14, 1955, shows that the Bandstand is in Town Square. Once again, doing a little guessing, the Bandstand must have been moved to the Castle/Central Plaza area just before the trolley tracks were put down.
It appears that the shadow of the Bandstand is still visible in this Opera House construction photo:
Once the tracks went down, it is clear to see that the Bandstand was already deemed in appropriate for Town Square and had been moved.
Today, Town Square is still a vibrant area that makes a top-notch first impression:
And a beautiful place to finish your day at the Happiest Place on Earth:
In home video news, “Bambi” will be released soon on Blu-ray in a new Diamond Edition. You can view the trailer:
And a short clip:
For you ambitious readers, here’s a button that will download a ton-o-fun activities:
“Bambi” is definitely one of the most beautiful Disney animated films, especially from the perspective of its backgrounds. I am really looking forward to seeing it in high-definition.
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