Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Riding to Holiday Hill

While I continue to process the 2,000+ photos I shot last weekend, I will dip into the past and do a post on Disneyland's Holiday Hill. Created from the dirt that had to be removed to create the Sleeping Beauty Castle moat, Holiday Hill was a 20' high Lovers' Lane. Shot #1 is from 1958 and was taken from a Skyway bucket. Zooming in for a close-up, you can see the yellow Horseless Carriage…and it's headed out of Central Plaza and getting ready to circle Holiday Hill!

That's right…back in the day, the Main Street vehicles ventured further into the Park and gave guests a longer ride.

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K. Martinez said...

The last photo of the Horseless Carriage next to Holiday Hill is sort of surreal.

Would you happen to know when and why they terminated Omnibus trips going into Fantasyland and around the Matterhorn? I've seen a photo of the Omnibus boarding sign next to the Richfield Fantasyland Autopia entrance in one of your archive photos, so it must've still been taking trips into Fantasyland after the Matterhorn opened. It would be interesting to know the reason they stopped doing it.

Glad to hear you have more photos to come of your last trip. Looking forward to it. Thanks, Dave.

Dave DeCaro said...

Unfortunately I don't have the answer to that one.

K. Martinez said...

Thanks for the reply, Dave. Maybe one of your readers will chime in.

Fifthrider said...

No clue myself but wow, what shots. I had to really look to figure out if these were even in DL or not. I've never seen the castle from that angle. So weird. Grateful you got these pics.

TokyoMagic! said...

If there wasn't a DL vehicle in the middle of it, that last photo would look like it could have been taken just about anywhere except Disneyland. Do you think that shadow on the hillside is from an overhead Skyway gondola?