Wednesday, February 18, 2015

True Love at Disneyland, 1965

Based on the rings I see on their fingers, I assume this young couple is married. I also assume they are crazy about each other from the way that they happily pose for each other. Their day started outside the Disneyland Hotel.

Those who stay at the Disneyland Hotel now should not waste their time trying to figure out where on the property these were shot. The Hotel of 1965 bears no resemblance whatsoever to the completely rebuilt behemoth that exists today. Instead, spend your time looking at what's in this young gent's pocket, such as tickets to the Park.

At the front gate:

zooming in allows us to see the prices for 1965:

Once inside the gate, it's all about getting a shot in front of the Mickey Floral, which was probably the most popular Kodak Picture Spot.

And the sign that designates it as the perfect place for a photo:

As the sun begins to set, the young couple poses in front of Skull Rock:

and the nearby Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship:

A closeup of some of the photo suggestions available on this handy-dandy display:

Over at the Carnation Plaza Gardens, it appears that the Elliott Brothers are playing up a storm on this particular evening:

Yup. That's them!

I also had to zoom in to get a closer look at the pattern on this shirt. Kowabunga!

Riding home on the Monorail; looks like she had a fantastic day!

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Chiana_Chat said...

A picture inside the monorail train, that's unusual - and the wonderful thing about it is why: most everyone looks out taking pics over the attractions, but to him, the person inside the train was the attraction. Now that's fantastic.

While the photography involved misses a lot of how the Skull Rock cove looked after dark, one can sense the excitement of the ambiance in the ladies' expression and that's just as great a way to capture it.

Looks like the happy couple made a full day of it at the park, which perhaps wasn't as common then. People often remark how people came and went, the short hours and so on back then, but it should be remembered just how much less it cost. Less pressure to cram, easier going, lighter crowds... easier to leave happy perhaps.

Hotels above a certain standard we'd probably find much better now, but there again, the prices aren't the same either.

Anyway, what a great time to be at Disneyland. The mid century mod vibe still goin'. Plus live big band music, imagine. The things which have improved or been added wouldn't have added to that lady's enjoyment and I suspect they wouldn't to mine either. Would love to go to Disneyland '65.

Thanks again Dave for the ongoing glimpses of the charmed places and times that you share through your sites.

Major Pepperidge said...

Wow, these are super nice, and unusual in some cases (like that great dusk shot of Skull Rock)!

Patrick Devlin said...

My brother, Tom, and I have a funny thing we do with the sign posted "Picture Spots": we take a picture of the two of us together right at the signpost, ignoring the view that makes the spot picture-worthy. I know, it's a little weird, but after a certain number of Disneyland visits your mind starts to wander...