Monday, April 19, 2021

The Viewliner Sits Empty

Here’s an undated shot of the Disneyland Viewliner, the attraction known for its extremely short lifespan at the Park (June 1957-September 1958). The poor cast member driving the Tomorrowland Viewliner in the photo looks extremely bored.

In 1959, the Tomorrowland Viewliner station was demolished to make way for the Monorail, The Matterhorn, and the Submarine Voyage attractions.

Wonder what was on the other side of that billboard we see from the vantage point of the Skyway bucket?

UPDATE: It pays to have readers who aren't lazy like me OR have a better memory. Thanks to Darryl for pointing out that in a previous post I showed the front side of what is most likely the billboard in the previous shot:

See more Disneyland Viewliner photos at my main website.


Fifthrider said...

Makes me wonder if the driver didn't reflect on these days later in life and come to know them as the best days of his life.

Anonymous said...

Good observation. I think there's many of us who, upon reflection, cherish the time there more now than then, though we didn't dislike the experience by any means. We had fun with our fellow CMs and most of management who grew up through the ranks under Disney. KS

Darryl said...

Dave...I'll bet good money that billboard is the "Six Spectacular New Adventures" sign. You actually mention this on your 3/20/2017 post titled "1959 New Attraction Preview Map". I spotted other photos of it which shows the three posts matching the backside of your sign exactly.

Major Pepperidge said...

Interesting that the blue lettering on the side of the Viewliner ("Santa Fe and Disneyland Ry.") is almost completely rubbed off, almost as if it was done on purpose.

Daveland said...

KS and Bryan - The past often seems preferable to the present. Woody Allen does a great job in “Midnight in Paris” of showing that.

Thanks Darryl!

Major - I thought the same thing. Bad show!!

Anonymous said...

The date of the photos showing the back of the preview sign is May 1959. Can this be correct considering that the subs opened in mid June 1959? Maybe May was the developing date of the film stock, hmm?

Daveland said...

Anonymous - you answered your own question.