Friday, January 04, 2008

Disneyland, 1957: Frontierland

Half the fun of Disneyland is riding in forms of transportation that are no longer available in the “real world.” I can hardly imagine a trip to the park without the Grand Circle Tour. Here are two of the C.K. Holliday at the Frontierland Station.

Here at Fowler’s Harbour is the Gullywhumper, that venerable keelboat that used to cruise the Rivers of America.

Here we have the Floating Wedding Cake, aka the Mark Twain:

Frontierland really needs some authentic (dare I say "uncomfortable"?) flavor put back in; currently, it is too sanitized and doesn’t have one ounce of the grit it used to have (and should’s supposed to be the old west!). Here’s one of the Stagecoach attraction. As a consolation for her bad home haircut, Sandy gets to sit up front.

You just know that little Michael (aka Damian) would get into a heap of trouble if left to his own devices. I believe this is a tunnel for the Natire’s Wonderland Train.

Last up for today is a shot of the Indian Village:

Walt had just the right mix of education/history and fun. Today, the history is sorely lacking, and without it, you have just another thrill park. Dumbing the attractions down for fear that people won’t “get it” only weakens the product. So c’mon about bringing back a little bit of the REAL ol’ Frontier?

See more vintage and contemporary Disneyland Frontierland photos at my main website.


Major Pepperidge said...

Well, I've said it before, but this is really an exceptional lot of photos...fantastic "vintage" feel, and very nice subjects.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

This series continues to thrill me! The boy at the tunnel is pure gold! The Gullywhumper at the dock - nice, the Mark Twain in a great angle (where is that taken from?) I feel like I just visited Frontierland 1957! Oh, and beautiful shots of the C.K. Holiday!

Thanks DAVE!!!!!

Unknown said...

Wow...very scary child.

Mr. Mouse Monthly said...

That first shot of the CK Holiday cracks me up, with it's 'KEEP OUT, Railroad Property' written in big letters on the fence, below the barbed wire. Zip-a-dee-doo-dah...