Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Disneyland, December 1956, Pt. 2

Our 12/56 photographer started snapping pics from his Skyway bucket as he approached Snow Hill, and he just kept on snapping! No boats in the Motor Boat Cruise lake today.

Plenty of room for a Matterhorn or a House of the Future here.

The Fantasyland Autopia and the soon-to-be-gone Disneyland Circus:

Storybook Land theming has recently been added to the Casey Junior attraction:

The teacups are spinning...urp!

And a closeup of the Mickey Mouse Club Theater:

Coming in for a landing, we have a view of the Dumbo attraction:

Last one for today is an early evening view of the teacups...urp, again:

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Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Absolutely Stunning Dave! The first few really give a great sense of where things were in 1956!

I thought the second Autopia was called "Junior Autopia" but the 1956 sign says "Autopia of Fantasyland"? Does it say "Jr." in that blue circle?

Awesome series - Thanks!

Daveland said...

Tim - I often get confused by all the Autopias, but I believe the Junior and Fantasyland Autopia names refer to the same attraction. Can't tell what's in the blue circle; pretty blurry!

Thufer said...

Those are a true treasure. Just delightful.

Major Pepperidge said...

Boy, those are some super nice, super early shots! Yes, I believe that "Jr." is in that blue circle, that is definitely the Junior Autopia, which later became just the Fantasyland Autopia. That photo is fantastic! The shot at dusk is a beauty too.

BTW, that lake was for the Phantom Boats, although the boats are clearly gone by this point.

Connie Moreno said...

OMG! I have been squealing with delight for the past 5 minutes! (My co-workers must think I've gone nuts...) WONDERFUL photos!!!

Anonymous said...

Those daytime shots, with the park nearly empty...give me my time machine!

TokyoMagic! said...

Yep, these are pretty freakin' incredible!

I know that Fort Wilderness was built on the island, but could any part of it been built backstage? In that pre-Alice shot (5th shot from top), it looks like two stockade towers are sitting in the backstage area. Maybe it's just me....

Jason Schultz said...

Dave, the term "Fantasyland Autopia" refers specifically to the attraction open from 1959 to 1999. It is interesting that the sign says "Jr. Autopia of Fantasyland" as I haven't come across that in a printed source.

Excellent series!