Saturday, May 31, 2008

Winter at Disneyland, 1964/65: Adventureland

Last day for this series which wraps up in Adventureland. First two shots are of the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, home to approximately 300,000 artificial leaves.

Naturally, our next attraction in A-Land is the Jungle Cruise. Can you believe this batch didn’t have any hippo shots?!?

The “star” of the elephant wading pool has changed very little over the years, as these comparison photos demonstrate:

Is this the Bull Elephant or its angry mother-in-law?

Ah, the not-so-friendly natives, doing the hokey-pokey:

See more vintage & current Adventureland photos at my website.

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Winter at Disneyland, 1964/65: Fantasyland Pt. 2

This Fantasyland post today is 100% Storybook Land, starting with a closeup shot of Monstro, the whale from Pinocchio. Here is a contemporary shot of Monstro for comparison:

The rest of the images are presented in the order that they were taken. Here’s one of the homes of The Three Little Pigs, paired with a contemporary view:

Cinderella’s Castle & The Patchwork Quilt of succulents:

The village below Cindy’s Castle and its contemporary pairing:

The Millhouse near Alice’s Village:

One of the three windmills:

Last one for today is Pinocchio’s Village:

See more vintage & current Storybook photos at my website.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Winter at Disneyland, 1964/65: Fantasyland Pt. 1

Skull Rock: what an icon. One of the best places in the park to relax and enjoy your lunch or a snack while listening to the cascading sounds of the waterfalls. And where better to get your noon-time meal than the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant?

After filling up your belly, a few spins on Dumbo ought to help make sure your meal has settled properly in your stomach.

Our photographer loved the Three Little Pigs and especially the Big Bad Wolf; here are some of his glorious shots:

See more vintage & current Fantasyland photos at my website.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Winter at Disneyland, 1964/65: Frontierland Batch

Ah, the Golden Horseshoe. Home to Wally Boag, Betty Taylor, and Pepsi-Cola. Today’s batch finishes off the Frontierland portion of this series. Shot #2 shows the Columbia as well as the Haunted Mansion in the background; although the exterior is finished, it would still be quite some time before the attraction was open to guests.

Look at the guests just lining up along the banks of the Rivers of America to snap a photo of the Mark Twain:

Last one for today shows The Old Mill on Tom Sawyer Island, draped with a little festive garland.

About a week or so ago I had mentioned the building of a Mount Rushmore sand castle in Venice Beach to commemorate the release of "National Treasure 2" on DVD (available at Here is a link to take you to a time-lapse video of its construction. See more vintage & current Disneyland photos at my website.

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Winter at Disneyland, 1964/65: Nature’s Wonderland

Today’s post is a “You-Are-There” post, with selections from Nature’s Wonderland, presented in the order they were shot, beginning with a nice close-up of Pat Casey’s Last Chance Saloon. Have a drink, dull the pain, and then go visit the Dentist upstairs for an extraction - what a combo! Next up is the last batch of Rainbow Ridge buildings before entering the tunnel and seeing the splendor of Nature’s Audio-Animatronic wonders.

This view of the Indian Village was taken from the Mine Train:

“Where the deer, and the antelope play..."

Here’s one of the train itself:

And what better for the grand finale than Old Unfaithful?

Meanwhile, flashing forward to present day, Indiana Jones is back at Disneyland with a vengeance now that the fourth installment of the series has hit the big screens. Aladdin’s Oasis has now become the home of a new Indiana Jones show, and he is also seen throughout Adventureland performing his heroic stunts.

I have seen the new Indiana Jones movie, and have to admit I was somewhat underwhelmed. The chase scenes were amazing, but overall, the film itself was kind of a snoozer. Still, it was good to see Harrison Ford & Karen Allen together again. In DVD news, the 3rd Season of the Muppets is now available, and as before, I highly recommend this installment. Guest stars on this one include Sylvester Stallone, Liberace, Gilda Radner, Jean Stapleton, Cheryl Ladd, Raquel Welch, and Danny Kaye. Available at See more vintage & current Disneyland photos at my website.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Winter at Disneyland, 1964/65: Tomorrowland & Prince Caspian

For you Matterhorn Christmas Star fans, just when you thought you had a good one yesterday, here’s an even better one; it also includes a view of the House of the Future. Two icons in one. I have also included a detail shot of the star itself, which looks absolutely HUGE!

The only other Tomorrowland shots from this batch are of the Submarines, including one shot that rivals the excitement of the Backside of Water on the JC.

And now a few present day photos. Publicity is really drumming up for the Toy Story Midway Mania opening, which is only a few weeks away. Cast member previews begin next week.

I went to the El Capitan last week for the opening of the 2nd Narnia movie, “Prince Caspian.” This one gets multiple thumbs up, as I liked it even better than the first one. Of course, seeing it at the El Capitan is a huge plus, with the pre-show organ concert and a nice assortment of actual props from the movie. Folks, don’t miss this one on the big screen!

See more Prince Caspian/El Capitan photos at my website. Meanwhile, back at the park, Prince Caspian can be seen in the flesh at the beginning of each parade. Love the Royal Pooper-Scooper; does she get paid extra for this?

Happy Memorial Day! See more vintage & current Disneyland photos at my website.

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