Monday, June 11, 2012

Anticipation, August 1970's Style

Driving north on the I-5, seeing the Tower of Terror is one of the first visual queues that Disneyland is close by. Back in the day, The Matterhorn was the lone icon that drivers could see from the freeway.

This August 1970 shot shows how important that anticipation was to our photographer; he actually used up a valuable shot on the directional signage. I am hoping that it was the passenger and not the driver who took these two photos!

The ugly antennas and towers in the background are barely noticeable with that big beautiful entrance sign welcoming us to Disneyland.

Let's zoom into the marquee:

Seeing the train pulling into the station while you enter the park is one of the many thrills that guests experience at Disneyland. Here, the Fred Gurley (#3) is the locomotive providing that thrill.

Zooming in, you can see the Kalamazoo Handcar in the foreground, and Denny's in the background. Smack dab in the middle is the original Disneyland parking lot.

See more vintage and current Disneyland photos on my Disneyland web pages.


Thufer said...

Thank you, lots of memories of staring out the window looking for the snow capped peak of the Matterhorn.

Major Pepperidge said...

In the last photo, I love that they put several drinking fountains *outside* the gates; wonder if any are still there.

Connie Moreno said...

There might be a drinking fountain in the picnic area outside of Disneyland but I think that's the only one.

K. Martinez said...

It was always "Can you see the Matterhorn yet?" in our car driving south on I-5, our eyes fixated on the horizon looking for that Swiss peak. Great memories!

Terrance T said...

Ah, the good ol' days of traveling down the I-5 to Disneyland to be the first to spot the Matterhorn and then entering on Harbor Blvd. And not to mention the HUGE parking lot and parking at a Mickey or Alice section. Miss those days for sure.

...But It Wasn't Always That Way! said...

Lovely photos, Dave. Open from 8-1 every day? That's what I'm talking about!

And now I want some Denny's. :-)

Mrs. Mears said...

Wow wow wowie!