Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sailing Through Sundays on The JC: Danny Thomas' missing brother?!?

This undated photo from the collection of UCLA professor Irving Bernstein features a skipper who looks like he could be Danny Thomas' brother. Wouldn't that be cool to have guest celebrity skippers on the JC?!?

Meanwhile, an anonymous reader sent this backstage photo from the park; looks like these elephants from the JC Elephant Pool have runny noses! Notice the Indian figure from the Rivers of America scenery on the left.

On Friday, I spent the day at the park to celebrate my friend Stacy's birthday. Expecting the worst with crowds, I was pleasantly surprised that it really wasn't all that bad. And plenty to see, too! Those who read my blog yesterday saw that what appears to be a Keelboat has appeared in front of the (formerly) Burning Cabin!

Not sure if this is an original or a brand spanking new boat (I'm guessing the latter), but either way it's a welcome site. Even "the suits" seem pleased.

Sure seems weird to see The Columbia sitting in the middle of a dry riverbed.

Plenty of construction going on at Disney’s California Adventure, too. Brick pavers are being laid for the Red Trolley:

And the Little Mermaid attraction is actually beginning to take shape:

The Silly Symphony Swings are still moving along; it appears that the illustrations along the side of the top might appear as an animation when the Swings are spinning...just a guess, folks.

Testing still continues for World of Color:

Spring has sprung at both parks; the special attention to landscaping is never more apparent than in the spring:

More at a later date from my trip report. Don’t want to give you TOO much in one day! See more vintage (and current) Disneyland photos on my regular website.


Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

"Celebrity Skippers" I think you just created the latest reality TV show!!!

That keel boat does look pretty "new" to be the old Gulluwhumper, However, she did "disappear" from back stage about 6 weeks ago so maybe she's just got a new paint job and a full make over? I gotta get out there soon to see it once its uncovered.


Thufer said...

That picture of The Columbia; where did you take that from? Did you have some special access? That isn't from the train is it?
Very special perspective for sure. Thanks.

Daveland said...

Nope - no special access, and that particular one wasn't from the train. Let's just say I am very creative and at times glad that I have long arms!

Major Pepperidge said...

Interesting that they have TWO extras of that bathing elephant. He must break down a lot!

TokyoMagic! said...

Does anyone know if the Little Mermaid attraction is going to be multi-level or not? It almost seems like there isn't enough space there for an "E" ticket omnimover type attraction.

Katella Gate said...

Beautiful pictures. And thanks to Mr. or Miss Anonymous for the J.C. livestock photos. You don't see vintage rubber elephants on pallets every day.

Work on DCA looks promising and exciting. Recreating Walt's LA was a real flash of smarts and thanks for giving Silent Mickey a permanent home!

stu29573 said...

You know, I never even considered the fact that due to the depth of the ROA, the Columbia couldn't have a full hull. Now it seems obvious, but I never thought about it before....