Thursday, March 20, 2014
The train is at the Disneyland Main Street Train Station, waiting to take us on a journey of 1950's miscellany. Zooming in for a nice juicy close-up of the Kalamazoo Handcar:
Over at the Frontierland Depot, we have a glimpse of the backend of the Excursion Car as it pulls away from the station:
An Indian War Canoe circles Tom Sawyer Island:
Somebody call Child Welfare - that poor little girl in the back seems to be doing all the work!
As the Mark Twain leaves the dock, guests can see a little action going on over at the Fishing Pier:
I wonder how many people actually took the fish home and cooked them?
Today's post ends in a blaze of glory as The Mark Twain approaches the infamous Burning Cabin:
You knew it was coming, folks; a closeup of the poor dead geezer out front:
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Sunday, November 03, 2013
It's the big finish of my December 1959 collection, with today's post focusing on Frontierland. Our photographer of yesteryear had the good sense to capture the Slue Foot Sue sign outside of the Horseshoe.
While visiting the park, he/she apparently took a trip on the Mark Twain around the Rivers of America. I am able to deduce this because the following photos show what he saw, beginning with the Columbia being docked at Fowler's Harbor.
Zooming in, you can see another amateur photographer on the left-hand side of the photo. As always, I wonder what happened to that shot?
As the Twain passed the real Indian Village, guests could see the entrance and ticket booth, as well as the faux/taxidermied buffalo/bison (I never remember which one it is).
An almost unrecognizable unadorned Castle Rock. As the saying goes, sometimes less is more.
Even in black and white, the Burning Cabin is a memorable image:
The photograph was clear enough to handle a zoom-in, so that we can get a better look at the drunken/dead settler:
An intimidating group of Indian figures watch the guests on the Twain as they pass by.
And that's it for this group, readers! Well, except for one random bonus shot that came with the group, showing the Lawrence Welk band. I have no idea where this was taken, but it is also from December 1959.
All I can say is, "A wunnerful a wunnerful." If you are too young to know what that means, check out Lawrence Welk on youtube.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
OK...I'd gotten my shots of the Market House Starbucks construction site, the former Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Hook hidden in the Peter Pan exit area, assorted Storybook Land shots, and The Court of Angels. Before my friends joined up with me, I decided to use my remaining time taking a spin around the Rivers of America on the Mark Twain.
It is wonderful spending time in Frontierland when the park first opens. Typically, guests rush to Fantasyland and Tomorrowland when the rope drops, and that's just fine with me. It's pretty durn awesome to have Frontierland and New Orleans Square to myself when they are bathed in early morning sunlight. According to the display at the turnstiles, I had a bit of a wait before the Mark Twain was ready for passengers.
Sitting across the way on a bench, I had time to relax and to notice the details...while attempting to dry off from the humidity that hung over Anaheim. Have you ever read the background signs that describe the flags hanging above the dock?
I can't get enough of these edutainment details.
A genuine FauxD© shot of the dock (hope you've taken your dramamine!):
A cast member appeared and let the guests wait in the cool shade of the dock's structure.
My excitement built as I watched the riverboat round the corner and approach the dock:
This cast member did not seem to share my excitement; he just appeared rather stoic.
The gilded crown caps were gleaming in the sun:
I was early enough to be able to get a ride in the Wheelhouse. Once you've done that, it's difficult to ride anywhere else on the Twain.
Inside, the size of the steering wheel is very impressive (and yes, I know the Twain rides on a rail. Thank you for wanting to tell me about that).
The bell that all guests must ring on the trip:
Pulling away, the dock gets smaller...
The sky over Tom Sawyer's Island was a vibrant blue, with the faintest covering of lacy clouds.
The trees have grown so much over the years that they hide all of the paths that little kids can explore upon The Island.
The Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, The Columbia, and The Old Mill...this photo has a little bit of everything. Another benefit of riding up in the Wheelhouse.
The much adorned Castle Rock: proving that less is not always more.
The (former) Burning Cabin is now completely rethemed to Davy Crockett, with the Gullywhumper being the first visual evidence of the change.
As the cabin comes into view, you can hear the homespun voices of Buddy Ebsen and Fess Parker in character as George Russel and Davy Crockett.
I had never noticed just how fluid this animatronic Indian is; check him out on your next trip. It's pretty impressive.
Hidden in the trees is this (not as impressive) mechanical eagle and its young:
Back at the dock, I quickly snapped one of New Orleans Square:
and the still under construction Big Thunder Mountain:
Next up: staying cool in The Enchanted Tiki Room.
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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Janey from Atomic Redhead takes us aboard the Big Thunder Mountain Mine Trains for the thrill ride of our lives!
Time to exit the attraction for a spin around the Rivers of America.
This particular view looks as if it were taken from the top of the Mark Twain, or it might have been taken from the Treehouse on Tom Sawyer's Island.
Here's a great shot of the entrance to Fort Wilderness. I'll let Janey take over the storytelling from here.
Here we have Fort Wilderness, located on Tom Sawyer’s Island. Originally, Fort Wilderness (built out of real hand-hewn logs!) was home to a rifle roost where you could pretend to shoot as well as museum-style set ups of what a military outpost would have looked like, including a dummy of Andrew Jackson. However, over the years, Fort Wilderness became more and more dilapidated. The wood needed constant maintenance, a girl lost part of her finger in an accident, and in 2003 the large gates shut for good. In 2007, Tom Sawyer’s Island was taken over by pirates, and many changes were underway, which included tearing down the original Fort Wilderness that stood since 1956. A new Fort Wilderness was erected, however it was no longer open to the public. Instead, Fort Wilderness is now home to a cast member break area as well as serves as storage for the nighttime show Fantasmic.
A few more shots taken from the Island:
Here you can see kids who have found the joys of the Suspension Bridge:
This image appears to have been taken from one of the rafts:
Looking back over to Frontierland you can see the Golden Horseshoe in the background:
These last two shots were most likely taken from the Mark Twain or the Columbia:
Looks like the Burning Cabin had ceased burning by the time Janey's family photographed it:
The last two for today's installment showcase New Orleans Square, starting with an exterior shot of The Haunted Mansion.
From Janey: Original entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean. This changed in 1997 when they also altered portions of the inside to be less suggestive.
For Part 3, we'll visit Fantasyland, courtesy of Atomic Redhead.
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