Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The Birth of New Orleans Square
Nothing to post for St. Patrick's Day, so instead, I am providing aerial views detailing the construction of Disneyland's New Orleans Square. Thanks to devoted Daveland reader B. Finberg, today's post starts off with a bang. This July 1962 image taken from the window of an airplane gives a great overview of construction not long after it had begun.
The little structure that you see in the detailed view below...
is the original gate to Holidayland, shown below. Holidayland closed Fall of 1961.
This second detailed view shows not only the skeleton of New Orleans Square, but construction of the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse which would open in November 1962:
This July 1962 shot of the Columbia shows some construction equipment in the background...
most likely busy with the construction of the Haunted Mansion and the Disneyland Railroad.
This aerial was taken a little bit later:
A detailed view of a still flat New Orleans Square:
By January 1964, the Haunted Mansion was completed...
but New Orleans Square was still not showing much growth:
By the time of this February 1966 shot, New Orleans Square had finally gone "up" and was showing real promise!
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