Friday, December 16, 2011

Davy & George: Friday in Frontierland

Friday is Frontierland Day at Daveland, featuring Davy Crockett (Fess Parker) & George Russel (Buddy Ebsen). In photo #1, this dynamic duo is shown cavorting on Opening Day, July 17, 1955. Host Art Linkletter is in the background, talking to a young guest, while the settlers dance merrily in front.

If you weren't lucky enough to catch Davy & George in the flesh, you could always visit The Frontier Arcade and have your photo snapped with their wax counterparts. This photo circa 1955.

Fess Parker is shown relaxing on the banks of the Rivers of America in 1956 with Kathleen Crowley in a publicity still for "Westward Ho, the Wagons!"

Both Davy & George are remembered in today's Frontierland; the Hat Company shop bears their name:

The Frontierland Gate looks beautiful here, illuminated by the golden light of the early morning:

In a recent post, I showed the plaque on the gate that tells about the Thirteen Flags of the Revolutionary War:

On my last trip, I finally document all 13 that can be seen at the front gate:

See more vintage & current Frontierland photos on my Frontierland web page.


Major Pepperidge said...

I wonder if Art Linkletter isn't talking to one of his own kids. Love that souvenir photo with the cute girl!

Douglas McEwan said...

I too sort of assume that Linkletter was with one of his own gigantic brood, all of which were there that day, and appeared on the TV specia, and looked like this kid, same type of shirts, same hideous 1955 haircut.

Love the shot of Fess and Miss Crowley. Are they on the - ah - for lack of a better word - veranda of the Tree House? Love the panaorama behind them, with no Matterhorn in sight.

Connie Moreno said...

Very cool. Fess Parker was such hunka hunka gorgeous man!