Friday, December 10, 2010

August 1971, Pt. 1

Here's another set from the decade that made polyester fashionable! Even without a date stamp, I think I'd be able to date these photos just by looking at the outfits showcased in photo #2:

Our photographer spent some time near the Snow White Wishing Well area; first two shots show the statues and well that we are all familiar with:

These next two photos are from the Alpine Gardens area, formerly the Monsanto House of the Future spot, and eventually Ariel’s Grotto which gave way to Pixie Hollow. Sheesh—this area has seen more action than a hooker in Vegas!

Here on the other side of the castle you can buy a balloon...

or grab a bite to eat on Captain Hook's Pirate Ship restaurant. By the 1970’s, this formerly monochromatic (I know, four syllables on a Friday is a lot!) sculpture had been brightly painted:

Here’s what it originally looked like back when it was sponsored by Chicken of the Sea:

Meanwhile, in Blu-ray/DVD news, don’t forget to check out Fantasia/Fantasia 2000, just released for the first time on Blu-ray. The picture AND sound will blow you away! Although Fantasia is known for its animation, the initial live-action part of the movie is also a favorite of mine. The details and color literally jump off the screen.

Sure, Deems Taylor is just this side of dorkdom, but I still love the composition, design, and brightness of these live-action Technicolor sequences.

One of the extras talks about the discovery of The Schultheis Notebook, the actual notebook compiled by studio technician Herman Schultheis which is on display at The Walt Disney Family Museum.

See more Disneyland Fantasyland photos at my main website.


Connie Moreno said...

Look at that paper bag in photo 1!

Momma Nic said...

It is nice to see a photo of the swans again.

TokyoMagic! said...

Any chance of getting a close up of the Alpine Gardens sign in that Matterhorn pic, Dave? (Pretty please!) I've never seen a photo of it, but I remember it very well. It was just hanging on hooks that were hidden underneath that little "roof". I remember joking with a friend of mine about us lifting it off the hooks and taking it.

JG said...

I knew I would like this post when I saw the title. Thanks dave.

Snow White's grotto, sacred ground for me. great pics too.

Somehow that vegas metaphor is not something i would jump to associate with the pixie princesses. Oh well. Miley has left her imprint here too.

Now I want that DVD, i love the live intro to Fantasia. I think that film is grossly underappreciated.