Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer of '62 at Disneyland



Fifty years ago, this nice little collection of slides was shot at the Happiest Place on Earth. The first image shows the dock of the Jungle Cruise attraction, with one boat of passengers waiting to disembark, and two other boats waiting to be filled. Now THAT'S efficiency! Keep 'em moving, folks!

I don't think I'd ever noticed these lanterns overhead. Most likely, they were part of the Chicken Plantation, and also why they can now be seen on the interior of the Blue Bayou Restaurant, whose design was inspired by...The Chicken Plantation.



Over at the Indian Village, the next Ceremonial Dance is about to begin. How do I know this? Is it because I have a time machine?



No, it's because I can read the signage.



I'm not sure that our photographer was too enthralled by the show.



The passing of the Mark Twain was enough to make him look away to capture this shot. I'm glad he did! Love the patriotic bunting on the Twain.



Back to the Dance Circle. Now the little varmints have joined the fun.



Back out in the uncivilized civilization of Frontierland, you can see Rainbow Ridge and The Nature's Wonderland attraction.



If you're over 195 lbs., don't even think about getting on one of these burros (aka small donkey)!



The Columbia glides by the majestic falls of Cascade Peak:



A quick shift over to the outskirts of Fantasyland plops us in front of the Snow White Wishing Well.



Note that the fishing pole is still in Dopey's grasp:



Just a few steps over and we are on the perimeter of Tomorrowland, with the Monsanto House of the Future:



The last one for today shows our photographer having the same anxiety I do whenever I exit the park. Just one more shot!



Zooming in you can see the Fred Gurley, waiting to take the cattle cars on the next Grand Circle Tour.



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7 comments:

K. Martinez said...

I'm sure you meant fifty years ago and not sixty. Either way, this is the Disneyland I first saw and came to love.

I've never noticed those lanterns before either and I think you're right about this shot. It must be from the Plantation House.

Davelandweb said...

I shouldn't be doing math early in the morning! Thanks for the "additional" help!

Connie Moreno said...

I love Disneyland from the 60s!

Hugs said...

Great snapshots. I Especially love the Indian Village pics. Yummy eye candy and bits of vintage goodness.

JG said...

I never get tired of the Snow White Grotto. Dave, I owe you a little memoir of that special place. I have it all written, just need to proof and send.

I hate to pick on your post, but I think there is something off with the last two photos, you mention a last glimpse of the park, and the photo is a close up of Fred Gurly, which seems to match the description for the last picture, which is a repeat of the HOF picture, posted earlier.

Is there a wide shot of the train that we missed?

Thanks for all you do for us Dave, many smiles and peace of mind are due to you.

JG

JG said...

"Gurley", I meant "Gurley", it was written right in front of me as I wrote, for crying out loud.

Thanks again.

JG

Davelandweb said...

That's 2 strikes for today's post - fortunately I have readers who are more alert than I am! All fixed, JG!