Monday, November 26, 2007

Fun in the Parking Lot

Yup, Daveland is hanging out in the parking lot with the vintage cars today. This undated but obviously early view has a mystery tower on the right (ED. NOTE: Matterhorn has identified it as most likely being the opening day camera tower for filming of the festivities). The EP Ripley is awaiting its next load at the station. Shot #2 is from July 1963 and shows the Disneyland Tram, which looks like it should be pulling a hayride.

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Matterhorn1959 said...

The tower is one of the towers built to capture the construction and opening of Disneyland. You can see the camera on the top of the tower. Based upon the age of the cars, I would say this is July or August 1955.

Major Pepperidge said...

That first photo is really fantastic! I've never seen one showing one of those camera towers so clearly. I think I can even see the oval Grand Canyon painting on one of the train's cars.

Peter VINCENT said...

I said it once and it's worth saying again.. you guys are like Disney archeologist (did i spell that right?)
Thanks Dave!

Viewliner Ltd. said...

As usual you've done it again Dave. These are the kind of pictures that truly represent Disneyland history. Thanks

Anonymous said...

The car in the front is a 1955 Plymouth Plaza, with optional side trim. That seems to be the newest car in the photo. Probably the photographer centered their new car in front of the Park (I do the same thing on every new car I've had). Everyone knows that your car is a part of your family.