Tuesday, May 01, 2012
TPE: Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant
When whining about "lost" Disneyland, I would have to say the thing I miss most about the original park is The Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant. You're probably all sick to death of me talking about how I wish this former Fantasyland restaurant could have been saved, so you'll have to pardon me again as I take my Time Machine on a journey back to when it still loomed merrily over Dumbo. Maybe I could hitch a ride to Disneyland in the official Chicken of the Sea motor car!
I'd also want to get a few shots of the original (translation: rushed to get finished on time) paint scheme, trimmed in a bright white:
Plenty of characters I'd want to get to know on the ship as well, such as Paco the talking parrot:
...and this peg-legged pirate—
...who got to hob-nob with Walt Disney himself when this area was plussed with more detailed thumbing. Here are a few shots from when the incredible Skull Rock Cove area was unveiled in 1960:
And here it is, the signature item...a Tuna Boat!
I think Walt is at a loss for words, staring at the Tuna Boat in his hands:
A few shots of Walt licking his lips in anticipation of his first taste:
An April 1963 shot of the impressive Skull Rock Cove:
A September 1964 view from the Skyway:
No trip to the past would be complete without a journey below the deck:
A closer look at the menu:
And the cast members serving you your meal:
We have to take a look at the lush seating area behind the ship:
For JG, a few extra bonus color shots of the Skull Rock Cove area:
Sadly, the restaurant became a casualty of "new" Fantasyland in 1983. Thanks for indulging me once again as I lament the good ol' Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship! Follow my Daveland updates on Twitter. See more vintage Disneyland Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship photos on my Chicken of the Sea web page.