Monday, September 29, 2014

Adventureland Sign Changes

Some time between July (image #1) and December of 1961 (image #2), the marquee over Adventureland lost the canoe-paddles that once hung from it. I can only surmise that they provided too much of a temptation for guests trying to yank on them. Again…only a guess.

This previously unposted shot from April 1958 gives a better look at the paddles and the head that originally graced the Adventureland sign:


A comparison shot of the sign today, which is now stationary. No more rotating creepy head!

See more Daveland vintage & current Disneyland Adventureland photos at my main website.


K. Martinez said...

With your photos and commentary, I learn so much about the minute details of early Disneyland, that I might have missed.

I love all the skulls on the posts in the first image. The creepy mask hanging in the wind from the tusks is much cooler than the current stationary mask there today. At least if looks more menacing, giving a sense of danger and adventure. Give me that creep factor any day when it comes to Adventureland.

Hope your AIDS Walk & Run was a success! Thanks, Dave.

Major Pepperidge said...

That original creepy head HAS to be in somebody's collection. ME WANT!