Monday, October 10, 2011
A Day At The Park Circa 1958, Pt. 1
This batch of brightly colored gems that you'll be seeing for the next few days is from September 1958. One often hears about the importance of first impressions; if that is true, Disneyland has consistently failed in that department. It is hard to believe that such a magical place has such a boring parking garage. Welcome to the magic, indeed! The tram ride fares little better. Sometimes at the holidays, the tram route is decorated with a few themed character statues, but other than that, it's pretty much snoozeville. The Monorail at least gives a sense of excitement, but dropping guests off in Tomorrowland ruins any chance of experiencing the park entrance and the sense of wonder one gets when walking into Town Square. End of rant. At least this vintage shot of the Tram at the entrance has the benefit of nostalgia on their side! Zooming in for the other signage geeks out there:
Ah, Town Square. What a great place to absorb the music, patriotism, and nostalgia of Walt's past. It's a shame that so many guests rush through this area on the way to Star Tours. They miss so much.
Like the smell of freshly made popcorn. I can almost taste it now!
Right at the edge of Central Plaza stands the Monsanto House of the Future. Walt gets a ton-o-points for finagling this white plastic monstrosity to be constructed at Disneyland.
As you can see by this closeup shot of the windows, guests piled into this place to see the wonders of the near (and not so near) future. It was a tantalizing glimpse into the home of the future. On the negative side, it was a truly wacky location; INSIDE of Tomorrowland would have been a more fitting location instead of on the edge of turn-of-the-century Main Street. Snaps to current Imagineers for the current location of their revisited home of the future...with a few "zzzzzz's" thrown in for its uninspiring nature. Here's to hoping that the Carousel of Progress building will eventually become something more progressive!
More bonus "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" clips for you today:
Boy's Dream Come True:
From Black Pearl to Revenge:
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