Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Little Mermaid(s) August 1960

Not satisfied with faux mermaids for his Submarine Voyage attraction in Tomorrowland, Walt decided to get a few "real" ones.

These mermaids were only seen during the first year of this attraction, then disappeared until the Tencennial in 1965.

From summer 1965 through summer 1967, the mermaids could be seen for four hours a day on the rocks in the middle of the lagoon.

Another detailed closeup from the August 1960 snapshots:

A few previously posted shots in color, also from August 1960:

An undated image showing a trio of mermaids:

followed by the obligatory closeup, which shows the compartment where the female cast members changed into their mermaid costumes:

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HBG2 said...

It is often assumed that the mermaids disappeared with the advent of the New Tomorrowland, but that isn't true. You can find them in 1967-68 photos. I don't know when they really did vanish for good.

JG said...

Years ago, I worked for a guy who was a staff architect for WED.

He said it was a stated goal of the design teams visiting the Park (his office was in Burbank) to try to get a date with one of the mermaids. Never succeeded.


Daveland said...

Hi Dan - Would love to see links for those 1967-68 photos that you mention.

Sean and Kim Smith said...

Here's link I found you may enjoy, Dave...http://ejpcreations.blogspot.com/2010/10/disneyland-mermaids.html

HBG2 said...

Hi Dave,
Even official Disney publications say the mermaids did not survive into the New Tomorrowland, but you can see them in home movies, smoking gun proof that they did.

1967 (around 4:24):

1968 (around 4:28):