Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Wonderland Wednesday Medley


Nature’s Wonderland; this attraction has been gone for over forty years and still warms the heart of those Disneyland guests who once had the opportunity to ride it. Today I celebrate it with a batch of images from the 1950s, starting off with this 1957 shot of the desert and balancing rock area. On the left of the picture you can see one of the Disneyland Stagecoaches. This what I love about old Disneyland; so many overlapping attractions. It gave the sense of movement and excitement!


I wonder how many guests noticed these little structures on top of the rocks?


Two years later, we see the line queue to the attraction on what appears to be a rainy/cloudy day:


Notice the sign for Mineral Hall and its geodes for sale on the left, and the guest with the plastic rain  hat on her head:


More guests in rain gear:


…and a stroller with two bags of Frito-Lay Corn Chips, most likely samples from the Casa de Fritos restaurant next door.


Another angle of the queue from 1958:


The final two for today are from December 17, 1966:



The second shot yielded a detailed view of two cast members yucking it up as they wait for the guests to arrive:


Closing in even more, you can see the signage that tells guests to remove their “D Coupons”:


See more vintage Disneyland Nature's Wonderland photos at my main website.

2 comments:

Stu29573 said...

The original designers were experts at overlapping action to create an attraction bigger than the sum of its parts.
Also note how many attractions, while very loosely based on Disney properties, were not really directly "IP" linked. I think this expanded them thematically, much like the overlapping action expanded them practically.

Fifthrider said...

Agreed with Stu. I miss that kinetic energy of different attractions overlapping each other. Modern attractions are separated by definitive walls that compartmentalize them too much in my opinion. Until now I'd never seen those adobe cliff pueblos.