Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Devlin Collection: Magic Kingdom Club

Once again, the Devlin Family has kindly allowed me to post these fantastic images from their annual trek to the park for Magic Kingdom Day. The first photo is from September 23, 1961. This series is a great shot of the growth of a family, and the changes that occur over the years. As Tom remembers, “Starting with the drive up from San Diego we all remember being on the lookout for the first glimpse of the Matterhorn from the freeway.  Our parents’ biggest chore was keeping six excited children together long enough to have the MKC photo taken. The coolest part about the MKC visits was that we got a name tag and wrist band that gave us unlimited use of  all the rides. None of that trying to figure out how to get more E-tickets. And that was well before the whole park went to passports.” Shot #2 is from September 22, 1962, at the Babes in Toyland exhibit inside the Opera House.

Same setting, one year later in 1963:

Anyone able to guess the location of this 1964 shot?

1965 was an exciting year; the park was celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary, and everything was appropriately marked with the Tencennial Logo.

MANY thanks to the Devlins for allowing these photos to be posted. See more vintage & current Disneyland photos at my regular website. “Nightmare Before Christmas” fans—this Tim Burton classic is now available on Blu-ray, and also features a way cool tour of the Haunted Mansion (NBC version). Available at Amazon.com.


Major Pepperidge said...

Well, now we know that Mr. Devlin worked for the top secret "Cubic Corp." Great collection of family photos!

That one photo with the tree branch behind them and the bannister is a complete mystery. Could it be some forgotten scene from the photo gallery in Tomorrowland?

outsidetheberm said...

That 'mystery location' shot is interesting...

The chain hanging to the ground seems to indicate it's an actual functioning stairway - rather than a 'prop' location. And the wooden stair details have a Fantasyland feel. Hmmm.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Awesome Post, I love the tickets!!! Hey, those are just a few days from when I was born, how cool! Thanks! p.s. my work is blocking Dave's photos (boo on them!) so I have to wait till night time to see them :-)

Chiana said...

What a nice looking family. Noticed many a pic from them before so I'd like to say a "thank you!" to the Devlin family for sharing their pictures. They are definitely enjoyed.