Saturday, February 20, 2010

Scholarly Saturdays: Encyclopaedia Britannica & Frontierland, Pt. 5

Hard to believe but at one time, Fort Wilderness was an attraction itself as opposed to the restroom stop that it has morphed into today. Here Bobby & Susie enter this former world of Frontierland fun.

This is right up Bobby's alley! Not so much Susie's.

I hope Bobby isn't aiming at these guests here on the Indian canoe!

We close with a shot of the beloved Keelboat:

Only one more post to go for Frontierland! See more Fort Wilderness photos at my regular website.


Katella Gate said...

Is it my imagination, or is the segment on Frontierland longer than the other lands? Maybe this is how Enc. Britannica justified this as a school series.

And what is it with antlers on the roof? The have that sort of decor on the roof the the mill too. What's that about?

Enjoy the flintlock kid. Just count your fingers when you're done.

Chiana_Chat said...

"I hope Bobby isn't aiming at these guests here on the Indian canoe!"

Nah. Just to pick off the Indians. Susie will be so proud she will let him choose his coffee when they play house later. He'll go with Chock Full o' Nuts.

Disneyland's work on Fort Wilderness gets a D. As in, the attraction is currently bungled, restore it to original asap.

Katella, I guess it was quick "rustic" imagery: get some antler & toss it up on the roof! But who knows, maybe there was some historic logic behind it escaping us modr'n peeps.

Davelandweb said...

Katella - Each film strip was the same length; it might seem longer because of the way I've stretched it out or possibly because this particular one might be a little boring!

outsidetheberm said...

Historically speaking, antlers were typically placed on outpost store roofs to indicate a source of supplies. Doesn't really make sense on the Regimental Headquarters though, does it?

Nice series, Dave.

Chiana_Chat said...

Ah if outsidetheberm is right we have an answer to an oddity commented on at these blogs more than once (by more than me!). The "regimental headquarters" and fort was also presented as a trading post right? And one could have bought or bartered some goods at an old grist mill then, yeah? So, what's been taken sometimes as kitschy decoration is historically informed. Funny we didn't learn anything like that from the Encyclopaedia Britannica's "educational" slides eh?

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Nice Keel-boat shot!!!

FYI: The Gullywhomper is no longer in its same spot backstage, they are storing the Tom Sawyer Rafts in that spot right now. I wonder where she went???? Getting fixed up maybe?? (I'm just a Sunday morning dreamer)