Sunday, February 12, 2012

2000th Post Extravaganza: Town Square Pt. 1

Entering into Town Square, it can often be difficult to figure out where to go first. For guests who aren't sure, City Hall is a great place to start.

As soon as you enter the area, there's also an information booth and an ice cream cart. What more could you want as a welcome?

How about a 25¢ Guide Book? Wow...what a value.

In the background of this March 1959 slide, you can see the Matterhorn under construction:

If you'd like a little more personal attention (and have some money to burn), you can always call on the services of the Disneyland Tour Guides, seen hanging out in this December 1969 photo:

Nobody would dare argue with a gal in plaid carrying a riding crop. THWACK!

That is one serious purse...what the heck could she have in that? Or in her bouffant, for that matter.

Scooting over to the right of City Hall is the Fire Department:

Above the Fire Department is Walt's Apartment, where the man behind the Kingdom often stays and proudly watches over his domain:

Here, a lucky young guest catches Walt and poses for a photo with him:

The Chemical Wagon is parked inside the Fire Department in this Genuine FauxD© August 1965 photo:

Even today, kids love checking out the vintage equipment in the Fire Department, just like the guest in this 1960's photo:

See more vintage & current Town Square photos on my Disneyland Town Square web page.


Thufer said...
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Thufer said...

Although my first visit to the park was in '63; I never had the privilege or the thrill of meeting Uncle Walt in the park. Talk about a rock star, somehow I feel it must have been more than that. How lucky for the girl in this picture and for the many others who had the luck to come across him.

This series is just wonderful.

Moe Collins said...

Those are wonderful pics, Dave. Even the color temperature of the shots is perfect for that era. Especially loved the Guide Books. I once sat on the City Hall steps with several Mouseketeers, waiting to film an after-hours segment. Had a crush on Annette

HBG2 said...

This whole idea of touring the park via best and favorite photos collected over the years is great. Good way to celebrate the 2000 milestone and a lot of fun. Kudos!

Connie Moreno said...

This was wonderful!!!

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Hi Dave! Mega Congratulations on Two Thousand posts! I love this series! Your blog & website are amazing, a true wealth of Disneyland history and information. You've been a major source of inspiration for my own blog, your blog will always be the gold standard!

Thank you so much for all you've done, look up dedication in the dictionary and there's Dave's Icon!

Melissa said...

"That is one serious purse...what the heck could she have in that? Or in her bouffant, for that matter."

Inside the purse is a spare bouffant. Inside the bouffant is a spare purse.

Dames, right?