Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Fess & Buddy check out Disneyland, 1955

NOTE: Most of the photos that originally accompanied this post have been removed due to legal issues. Hopefully they will return in the future. In the meantime, just use your imagination!

Still wearing his George Russel costume from "Davy Crockett," Buddy Ebsen is seen here in a behind-the-scenes photo at Disneyland, while the park was still under its initial construction.

Zooming in, you can see some early Park printed publicity materials.

Here's Buddy's costar, Fess Parker (aka Davy himself), walking down an unfinished Main Street.

Not sure who the other two gents are, but it looks like Fess came straight from the set.

Wrong angle, but you can still get an idea of approximately where the three were standing.

Here, Fess and his buddies are having a very deep conversation about what they are seeing. Or at least they are giving a semi-convincing performance to that effect.

As you can see from this 1958 image, they were standing in front of what would become the Upjohn Pharmacy. Interesting to note in the Fess Parker image that the archway on the left gives an unobstructed view all the way through.

Backstage (at the Disney Burbank Studios), Roy Disney is standing with one of Fess' escorts/buddies. Perhaps this was shot before (or after) the day at Disneyland when Fess might have been picked up/dropped off at the Studio.

This one is a mystery to me, as I do not recognize either person standing in front of the official Disneyland car.


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Joey said...

Did you notice the tape on the window says DISNEY DIZZLAND?

K. Martinez said...

Your sepia posts this week have been great. Image 8 of Roy Disney and the Horse-Drawn Street Car at the Disney Studios is a gem.