Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Gates of Frontierland
The Frontierland Gates are a favorite part of the park for me. Expertly themed, they give a grand entrance into the old west. The first shot shows how they looked on July 18, 1955, the first day that all guests could enter Disneyland. Looking a little spartan, the roughly hewn log stumps added to the authenticity of the early frontier look...and gave a reason for the lack of landscaping!
Flash forward to July 1959, and the same angle looks a lot more lush. Whether it be New Orleans or a Haunted House, it is a well-known fact that Walt liked his exteriors squeaky-clean. Leave the darker elements for the insides!
Zooming in you can see one of the cast members keeping everything spic and span.
Today, the entrance to Frontierland looks very similar to what it did over fifty years ago. The biggest change is probably the phony timbers that supposedly keep guests from falling into the waters below it. I have to wonder...in all the years that the park has been open, has this really been a problem?
Two explanatory signs on the gate help give some history to Frontierland. Next time you are at the park, take the time to read them and get a better perspective of what Frontierland is all about. What you see inside of the gates is more than just some randomly strewn props.
You can see 7 of the 13 flags on this particular side of the fort. Right near the phones and the ATM. Oops. There goes my Frontierland buzz.
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