Sunday, April 13, 2008

Souvenir Sunday, More Night Views

Here are two more examples of early souvenir images. No Panavues, thank you very much! The Carousel is quite a sight when the sun goes down and all of those kajillions of lights go on. Notice that most of the riders appear to be adults who should be ashamed of themselves. Fun is for children, everybody knows that. Oh, and it wouldn't be a GDB Carousel post if I didn't, for the millionth time, point out that I liked it better when there was a rainbow coalition of horses rather than the albino review (revue?) that's there now. But that's just me.


The Plantation House was a Frontierland icon for many years. I guess people didn't get hungry after dark back in the 50's, 'cause there's nobody there but ghosts waiting for somebody to build a mansion. I like to imagine what it would have been like to sit out on the upstairs balcony on a balmy evening. Frontierland was a lot darker and quieter in those days! Would you be able to see the burning settler's cabin from up there? If you were lucky, the Mark Twain might pass by with Dixieland music. Sounds like heaven to me!

7 comments:

Davelandweb said...

sweet shot of the Plantation! almost like looking at the Haunted Mansion!

Progressland said...

Wow! The Chicken Plantation at night. And look at all that prime balcony space they could have sold for Fantasmic!, if they had just waited thirty years.

sundaynight said...

Looks like our commercial photographer got to go to Disneyland after hours to shoot these pictures. Those people on the carousel are probably a few friends. The restaurant shot is really beautiful. Rare to see a night shot. I’m with you about the carousel horses. There were apparently too many arguments among kids trying to grab the horse they picked out while waiting in line.

walterworld said...

Great images---Not sure if I've seen a nighttime shot of the Plantation House before.

And your commentary adds a fun angle... Thanks---

outsidetheberm said...

Long ago Frontierland at night was a magical spot. Half the attractions would close for the evening and the place would become quite peaceful. Loved taking the Mark Twain on an evening cruise - nearly alone sometimes.

It's doubtful the park was closed for these photos - we remember just how empty the place could actually get in those days!

Fred Cline said...

I think you could actually get a tan by the lights on the carousel.

Connie Moreno said...

Talk about ghosts...is that one on the balcony????