Sunday, May 15, 2011

Trip Report, Pt. 3

Today's post will focus on 3 areas of the park that I don't always get the chance to visit. Last Saturday morning, the park opened at 7am because of the premiere; thanks to that, I was able to ride on the caboose of Casey Junior. For someone who likes to take photos, this is much better than being crammed into a Storybook Land boat!

I think I can almost hear Casey now: "I think I can I think I can..."

With a REAL good imagination you can feel the chain tug, too, as the cars feel the strain of the uphill climb.

Going uphill took a lot of testing for little Casey!

But I digress...back to the backseat journey. I am fascinated by miniatures; therefore, Casey and Storybook Land absolutely blow me away every time. Imagineers could have gotten away without creating a fraction of the details that one sees in the buildings and landscapes created to represent the classic Disney animated films.

Check out the light fixtures, roofing tiles, and hand lettering on the village where Pinocchio and Gepetto live:

This is one of my faves; especially the leaded stained glass windows by Harriet Burns:

Just looking at this photo without any background knowledge, one would be hard pressed to realize that this is a miniature:

Over at the Haunted Mansion, my special request to check out the Pet Cemetery on the side of the attraction was granted. I hadn't been there in at least 5 years. Again, it amazes me that an area rarely seen by guests has been so thoughtfully themed.

Not wanting to give California Adventure the shaft, I am including the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail attraction. Apparently, this interactive area of fun will be "plussed" to incorporate some of the characters and theming from the Pixar classic "Up," mainly in the amphitheater area. I love edutainment, and few do it better than Disney.

I was able to match prints in the pavement with the educational signage:

It's fantastic to have an area where kids can get physical, explore, and be reminded that fun exists away from their computers.

Happy Sunday - how about getting out of the house today and exploring the area that you live in? Make sure to check out the details along the way!

See more vintage and contemporary Disneyland Casey Junior photos at my main website.


Thufer said...

Excellent update as always. I agree, there are two rides which I prefer the back to the front seat; the 'Casey Jr.' is one and the other being BTM. For some reason, the views just seem better and 'longer' from the caboose. That view back down the 'lift hill' being a wonderful example.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Great post, Casey Jr. always has mega lines, otherwise I'd ride it on every visit. After the big hill it actually goes pretty fast! What's with the empty pedestal in the grave yard, "room for one more"?

For some reason I still give DCA the shaft, although your photos do make it look appealing.

Thanks for the great trip report series!

Major Pepperidge said...

What is on the roofs of those buildings in Gepetto's village? Looks like white rocks laid in uneven rows. I can't imagine what those are for!

Connie Moreno said...

Pet cematary on the side????? I am always learning something new from you! I never even knew about that! AND...I guess I never paid attention but I didn't realize that there was a "back seat" on Casey Jr.! Wow! Now I have to do that. GREAT post today!

fuzzhead said...

Do you know what that big empty slab is for behind the tombstones?

Daveland said...

Tim - The one empty pedestal actually had a clay pot with a plant on it; the cast member removed it for the photo. Even in my photos from 2006, that particular pedestal was empty. As for the large slab...fuzzhead, not sure...will have to go back and see.