Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Disneyland Sign, October 1970

Here's a sign that brought a thrill to many people over the years! Yes, I'm talkin' about Denny's. Too bad that big "Disneyland" sign is in the way, what an eyesore.

Notice that the park was only open Wednesday thru Sunday, that gave them two whole days each week to keep things renovated, taking care of things such as fresh paint, new lightbulbs, manicured plantings, and c.h.u.d. removal. That place was as clean as a whistle!

You can see why Walt wished he'd been able to buy more land, in order to keep the unsightly sprawl of gas stations, restaurants, and motels away from the park that he'd worked so hard to create.


I seem to remember that, at one time, this sign was blank on the back (or was there another sign?). Now you can see that it had the famous lettering on both sides.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Major, was this the sign off of Harbor?

Thanks always for the great slides.

Tom

Major Pepperidge said...

As far as I know the sign was visible from Harbor, but I'm sure we'll hear differently if I'm wrong!

walterworld said...

This is indeed the sign on Harbor. And it's the first shot I've seen taken from within the parking lot instead of from the road. The chinese food sign is for Chao's, which is now the IHOP. The other tall sign farther to the left is from the Mecca Motel, which is now the Park Place Inn & Suites...

Thanks for another fine post!

TiKiMOOSE said...

It looks as if Disneyland itself featured chinese food. Looks like it's stuck right on the sign. It made me laugh!

Anonymous said...

I see, the shot is facing North on Harbor. Very cool.

Tom.

RevCPA said...

This marquee is actually the same sign that was used right up until about 1990. At some point they chopped the flags off, and over the years the plastic inserts would be replaced; but if you have pictures of the marquee from the 80's you can the suppt poles and sign frames remained the same.