Friday, June 07, 2013

1968 Journey Through Storybook Land, Pt. 4



More vintage photos to illustrate the 1968 narration for The Storybook Land attraction in Fantasyland:

HERE ON THE LEFT IS ONE OF THE MOST UNUSUAL SUCCULENT AND DESERT FLOWER DISPLAYS IN THE COUNTRY INSPIRED BY THE MOVIE "LULLABYLAND". THIS GIANT PATCHWORK QUILT IS DECORATED WITH MORE THAN FIFTY DIFFERENT VARIETIES OF CACTI. PLEASE BE VERY QUIET BECUASE IT IS RUMORED A GIANT SLEEPS BENEATH THE QUILT AND WE WOULDN'T WANT TO AWAKEN HIM.

Note the little boy sticking his hand in the water!







AS WE PASS ALICE'S VILLAGE AGAIN (ON YOUR RIGHT) BE SURE TO LOOK FOR ALL THE TINY TOMBSTONES IN THE CHURCH YARD, AND THE BEAUTIFUL STAINED GLASS WINDOWS IN THE CHURCH.



ALL OF THE TINY TREES AND PLANTS HERE IN STORYBOOKLAND HAVE BEEN MINIATURIZED THROUGH A MAGICAL PROCESS KNOWN ONLY TO THE FANTASY CHARACTERS WHO LIVE HERE. MOST OF THE PLANTS GROW NO MORE THAN AN INCH A YEAR.



AROUND THE BEND YOU'LL SEE THREE DUTCH WINDMILLS FROM THE STORY "THE OLD MILL".



THE ONE IN THE CENTER IS WHERE ALL THE BIRDS AND LITTLE ANIMALS TOOK REFUGE DURING THE GREAT FLOOD IN HOLLAND.



THE DIKES AND LOCKS HERE IN FRONT HELPED KEEP THE WATER FROM FLOODING THE FARM LANDS.



One more installment to come!

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4 comments:

K. Martinez said...

These are some great views of the giant patchwork quilt. I think it's so cool that some of Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies are referenced in this attraction.

Darryl said...

And I bet you are pacing back on forth on what is written on those tombstones!

Anonymous said...

What’s interesting about this is that the park has since removed the cemetery from this Alice portion of Storybook Land. The powers that be decided this wasn’t keeping with the Alice “feel.”

What’s even MORE intriguing, is people I have talked to within Disney imagineering say that these tombstones and church where originally intended for a Sleepy Hollow/Ichabod section that never materialized; they went for Wind and the Willows instead.

I bet a Sleepy Hollow section with covered bridge would have looked swell!

Daveland said...

A life-sized sleepy hollow land of the park would be cool, too - especially at Halloween! Thanks for the great info, anonymous!