Monday, February 11, 2013
Rainbow Ridge: 1960's version
For those of you who need a Rainbow Ridge fix, you won't be able to get it for quite awhile since Big Thunder Mountain is under the knife (so to speak). The quaint little mining town at BTMRR is getting a rehab as well, and caused quite an uproar with the fan community when a rumor leaked that it was being removed altogether. So while the construction walls are up, let's peak back to the 1960's to see what it originally looked like when it was part of the Nature's Wonderland attraction. The first three photos are from 1962.
How I wish I could wander around here to notice all of the details that the Imagineers graced this old mining town with.
Zooming in to see more vintage-styled posters:
Two shots of the attraction itself:
And this one from February 1964, showing the Mine Train making its way around the Cascade Peak area:
Those who braved the pack mules got this lovely view from above of Rainbow Ridge:
A closer view from the same angle from June 1960, shortly after a revamped Nature's Wonderland had opened:
Even closer from March 1962:
Notice the quaint little cabin up on the left-hand side (also from March 1962):
I would definitely brave a pack mule to get this closer to Rainbow Ridge, even if juggling the camera and the mule might prove a bit difficult! From September 1964:
Opera Lovers rejoice; Rainbow Ridge is the town for you!
Opera Poster and light fixture detail:
Last one for today is a closer view of the Opera House from July 1961:
Note the comedy/tragedy mask, Opera House poster, and light fixture (which is showing a bit of wear):
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