Saturday, February 28, 2009

June 1963, 1964, & 1965

These three photos were all from a single lot, apparently somebody liked to go to Disneyland every June!

In 1963 we get this nice photo approaching the entrance. Is this line just to buy tickets to get in? Ay caramba! This must have been the day that the Beatles fought Elvis on stage at the Golden Horseshoe (Queensberry Rules strictly enforced). You all remember that one, don't you? Elvis won, despite being outnumbered four to one. That country boy could fight!


Not many people know that Main Street was much blurrier in June 1964. Walt Disney and the Imagineers were so busy working on the attractions for the World's Fair that nobody noticed that the focus knob had been bumped. It was fixed before Disneyland's ninth anniversary in July! In spite of the blur, there is a man in white coveralls up on a ladder, just to the right of the clock. Strange that he would be there in the middle of the day.


Skull Rock, June 1965. This was right after the disastrous experiment in which the Pirate Ship's lagoon was filled with tuna casserole, in honor of the sponsorship by "Chicken of the Sea". The sight (and sound) of tuna casserole spilling out of the skull's mouth was too reminiscent of... well, you know. Just goes to show you that even Walt Disney made mistakes sometimes.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hanging around with your family in the parking lot with the anticipation of visiting 1963 Disneyland.
Pure joy.

TokyoMagic! said...

A different angle on Skull Rock.....too cool! It must have been taken just outside the back door of the boat....maybe while standing on the dock leading up to it.

Nancy said...

interesting contrast between yesterday's post and today's...in just 3 short years the moms went from looking like they were attending a church social to being comfortable and casual wearing slacks and a top, and it was A-OK! ;)

must have been some serious thing wrong to see a handyman there during park hours....you know that they wouldnt ever want anyone getting hurt

i had never heard of the infamous tuna casserole incident..you really do have the inside track lol!!

Thufer said...

blur knob .... hehehehe

Katella Gate said...

I'm just relieved to see that upper left spill pan is working again.

SundayNight said...

I don't think that's just a handyman. Looks like there is something more important than just maintenance going on near the Kodak store. Too many men in dark suits. And it looks like a guy with a briefcase (camera gear?) crossing the street.