Sunday, April 17, 2011

Disneyland, July 28, 1958, Pt. 2



What could be better than a Sunday in vintage Fantasyland? Let's cross over the drawbridge and get to it! A trip in a Skyway Bucket can give you a beautiful overview of the scenery between Fantasyland and Tomrrowland...and is only steps away from a tasty Tuna Boat luncheon!



What a tease...you can see the Viewliner Tressel...but no Viewliner! Instead, we see guests taking a (very) leisurely cruise in a Motor Boat.



And now a few birds-eye view shots taken from the Skyway on the way to Tomrorowland.







Monstro looks as if he could eat the lighthouse ticket booth for Storybook Land!



Kudos to an Anonymous reader today who noticed the Viewliner in the upper-right-hand corner of the Monstro shot:





Anybody notice that we cruised right through the Matterhorn? No? Well, perhaps that's because these were shot almost a year before that famous mountain was completed.



Zooming in on the previous image you can get a better view of the Tomorrowland Depot.



This was also back in the day when there were multiple Autopias at Disneyland, including the Junior Autopia featured here:



The final two shots from today are from the same batch, but I am guessing that they are from two separate trips on the Skyway. Our photographer must have loved The Skyway!





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10 comments:

Thufer said...

A true golden age in the park. Walt still walked the streets; the 59' expansion was in minds and on the drawing boards; and no one really foresaw the future feelings of Park 'lovers' worldwide.
Exceptional photos Dave. Thank you for the look at a wonderful time.

Major Pepperidge said...

Boy, I love that Motor Boat Cruise photo, and even the shot of the Viewliner track crossing the water is great!

Anonymous said...

I'm probably mistaken, but it looks like the blue viewliner is in the upper right corner of the picture of Monstro.

Connie Moreno said...

Oh man, this is almost as good as actually going back in time!!! LOVE these pics!

Davelandweb said...

Anonymous - You are correct! Can't believe I didn't notice it myself. I have added a detailed shot of the Viewliner to this post.

TokyoMagic! said...

Truly wonderful pics, Dave! I'm not sure why, but I love vintage shots of Fantasyland with the Omnibus in them...like your aerial shot of the Alice attraction.

Donnyabear said...

we need to start a campaign to "bring the buckets back." i used to love cruising over the park, it was the best way to people watch

CoxPilot said...

I can still remember that year was my first day at work at the flight circle. I had been to Disneyland only one time before, on my birthday in July of '55 (just 2 weeks after the park had opened). After being let in on a visitor pass through the security gate off of Harbor, I was led into tomorrowland through the big metal gate between the Moon Ride and the Tomorrowland Terrace. It was like Dorothy entering the land of Oz. Life would never be the same.

JG said...

Dave, thank you for a trip on the long lost skyway.

Also, "What Thufer Said".

JG

Darrin.. said...

Dunno what it is, but I love the vantage point of Monstro!! Probably my favorite shot! (although they're all wonderful)