Tuesday, September 29, 2015

July 1974 View From Above



This 1974 aerial view shows Disneyland in its vintage prime. The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean are part of the landscape, and Tomorrowland is still fairly fresh from its incredible 1967 remodel. Those Rocket Jets soar high over the back of the land of the future.



Fantasyland has yet to be remodeled at this point; the Medievil fa├žades are still in place and the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship has yet to be abandoned.



Last detailed view shows the Disneyland Hotel, back when the Monorail dropped you off at its doorstep and before Downtown Disney encroached on its territory.



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8 comments:

K. Martinez said...

This is awesome! I love aerials of Disneyland where you can see how it all fits together with the details of the layout from above. Could you possibly post a zoom image of Matterhorn/Fantasyland Autopia area? Thanks, Dave.

MRaymond said...

I agree with KM, I love the aerial photos. My favorite ride of the time, the MTTNW is still running and Tomorrowland still looks good.

Fifthrider said...

This is a great start to the day. So much to see in one pic. The glimpse of the Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland and Motor Boat Cruise are great. this is one of those pics you could zoom in on and study for hours. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Love a glimpse of the Park as I worked it...and a look into the back areas as I remember them. Looks to be mid-day...the cars streaming into the outer Parking Lot and the Columbia at the dock.

KS

Chuck said...

Any idea what was under the striped tent in the parking area next to where the Old Administration Building used to stand?

TokyoMagic! said...

It kills me to see that valuable chunk of real estate behind Storybook Land and know that it was wasted (in my opinion) by sticking Videopolis/The Fantasyland Theater there!

Chuck said...

It's funny, TokyoMagic!, but I immediately thought of you when I saw that big, open expanse. I have to agree with you, though - that would have been a great place to move the tuna boat and Skull Rock, right behind Storybook Gardens' Never-Never Land. Add a train station and you improve access and guest flow, too.

TokyoMagic! said...

Haha, Chuck! We've never met, but you know me so well! I cringe almost every time I walk by Dumbo in it's "new" location. If it were up to me, I would have kept the Pirate Ship and Skull Rock right where they were and moved Dumbo behind Storybook Land. Oh well! :-(