Tuesday, September 16, 2014

its a small world Topiary

When its a small world was recreated based upon the original attraction in New York, the designers wanted to add to the visual excitement for the entrance. One of the methods was to use topiary, lovely bushes cut into animal shapes. The topiary outside of the attraction is one of the elements I remember most as a kid.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mark Twain and Views

Three color snapshots of Frontierland. The first image features a great overhead view of the Mark Twain with the Disneyland band on the deck. The bright red color really attracts the eye and stand out against the white of the Mark Twain. The crowd is a very groovy collection of guests.

The next two images are ones taken during a trip on the Mark Twain. First up is one of my favorite now gone sights, Cascade Peak with the Three Sisters falls.

Final image is of the burning settler's cabin. This image shows the vibration of the engine when riding the Mark Twain, making the image appear almost like a Key painting.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Souvenir Friday- Wurlitzer Advertising Sign

When Disneyland opened, Wurlitzer sponsored a shop on Main Street and was the official music of Disneyland. The company used this connection to advertise their musical instruments, mainly organs and keyboards used in the house. Wurlitzer created signs that could be placed on their instruments at their stores, promoting Wurlitzer's connection to Disneyland.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Kiddie Car Rides

Two different snapshots of kiddie car rides at unknown carnivals or fairs. The first image is of a nice ride with classic 1930s style cars with a very rustic track and rustic piping to move the ride. The main kid in his sailor hat is very cute.

The second picture is of a more modern kiddie car ride with more streamlined cars. The mechanism to run the ride is hid under the planking and the fence is definitely more sturdy. The kids in this picture are just as cute.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Storybook and Dumbo Circa 1956

Two fun snapshots that border on the artistic. First up is the Storybook Canal Boats and Casey Junior with the landscaping reading Story out front. The little circus train always cheers me up.

The second photograph is a great abstract style photograph featuring a dream like image of Dumbo flying high over the park. The movement of the attraction is captured in this image.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Storybook Canal Boats Circa 1956

Two black and white snapshots from Storybook circa 1956. First up is Monstro the whale who not only swallows the boats guests ride on, but also swallows the Chicken of the Sea Pirate ship. Check out those big teeth.

The next image is of guests leaving from the dock on one of the boats. In the background is the circus tent left over from the Mickey Mouse Club Circus and now used by Professor George J. Keller and his trained lion and tiger act. Note the cast member who is running the boat and narrating is male. For many years in the 1960s to the 1990s, the Storybook boats were operated by female cast members.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Cool Jungle River Cruise Images August 3, 1967

Two more images from an August 3, 1967 trip to Disneyland. The day was warm, but the Jungle River Cruise is always nice and cool. First up is a momma elephant protecting her baby from a crocodile. The crocodile looks a little albino.

The photographer liked waterfalls and snapped this image of a small waterfall on the Jungle Cruise. If I flipped the photo, everyone would recognize the back side of water.