Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I Think I Can!



The Casey Junior attraction is one of the most charming hidden gems of Disneyland. In this September 1958 image, you have a wonderful overview of the entry area to Casey, with the Cinderella Castle from Storybook Land towering over the background. One of the Skyway towers provides a place of rest for these weary young guests. I love seeing the mix of young and old in these vintage photos.

Here is a closeup from March 8, 1956, showing the hanging sign above the line queue for Casey:



From the same day, the photographer also gives us an overview of the area, featuring the Casey Junior Ticket booth.



Zooming in, you can see that Storybook Land is still going under its magical transformation from a mud-laden canal ride into a tranquil view of the miniature lands where Disney's classic animated characters reside.



A few contemporary shots to show how the same area and signage look today:





Gone are the Skyway supports, but the little Ticket Booth still stands, carefully tended to so that guests of yesteryear can see this quaint structure and smile with fond memories.



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1 comment:

K. Martinez said...

I still love this attraction. In fact Storybook Land has moved to the top of my list of Fantasyland favorites lately.

The third images is interesting, as the steps up to the ticket booth reveal that the platform was wooden and not quite solid and permanent yet. It has a very temporary feel to it.

It's great that they've kept many of the original ticket booths as attraction props , but the cheap signage for the Casey Jr. Circus Train slapped on the front of the building takes away from its quaint architecture and design. Still it's better to have the ticket booth in some form that have it be gone completely.

Nice set today. Thanks!