Friday, July 19, 2013
Chicken of the Sea Under Construction and HOF Letter
When the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant first opened in Fantasyland, there was barely enough time to put paint on the structure itself. In fact, painting wasn't even completed until after Opening Day.
Five years later, Walt decided to "plus" the area around the ship by adding a larger body of water and the amazing Skull Rock Cove. These first two photos show the construction walls and some of the work that occurred in 1960 for this expansion.
Walt sure seems happy watching the Chicken of the Sea Mermaid prepare to crack the ceremonial bottle on the ship during the unveiling festivities, December 23, 1960:
The ship may have been sponsored by Chicken of the Sea, but Walt also managed to get his own tie-in by branding the Peter Pan characters to the area as well. Here Captain Hook, Peter Pan, and Mr. Smee exit out the back of the Ship towards Skull Rock Cove, August 1966:
A sharp-eyed Daveland reader sent a link to an auction from PBA Galleries featuring a thank you letter from Walt related to the opening of the Monsanto House of the Future:
Here's a shot from Opening Day, with an accompanying detailed view:
If you have a spare $500-1000, you might want to bid!
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