Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Disneyland, December 1956, Pt. 3

The rest of this series takes place in Frontierland. Hope you can stand a few days in the untamed parts of early Disneyland. It’s December 1956, and although we have a Keelboat and Fowler’s Harbor, there’s still no Columbia, Haunted Mansion, Fantasmic, OR Critter Country!

A somewhat blurry shot taken from The Twain:

And here’s the mighty Mark Twain in the flesh; it really is a little startling to see so few people, so little landscaping, and even a telephone pole or two!

It’s Christmas time at the Horseshoe:

The closeup shows the Oaks Tavern, which is now the Stage Door Cafe:

Anybody want a souvenir crate from the dock?

A closeup shows the buildings along New Orleans Street, the precursor to New Orleans Square:

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Thufer said...

Take the telephone poles out of that first picture and the mind drifts back to a time and place way, way back. Good picture.
\From the early days department\ one of the things I wish I could have experienced; Oaks Tavern! Would loved to have sat right there and enjoyed that fare.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Oh boy, I'mo lovin these!

What's with the second story on the Oaks Tavern, the walls for the balcony look unfinished or was the the "look"? By 1960 it would be smoothed out (link)

Awesome series Dave, I'm still soaking in yesterday post!!!!

Major Pepperidge said...

I'm sure that at least half of my slides are of Frontierland... people just were fascinated by that land. Love that first picture, so barren and yet still cool.

TokyoMagic! said...

VDT, I think that's Christmas garland over the doorways on the upper level of the Oaks Tavern.

More terrific photos, Dave. Not to be greedy, but I'm hoping there's a part 4 & 5!

Connie Moreno said...

I am LOVING these!!! WOW!!!

Unknown said...

I've never noticed antlers hanging from the structure at the Mark Twain dock. When did they remove them? Thanks for sharing the great pics.