Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Skyway and Snow Hill, 1957

"Snow Hill"... the name evokes wintery, beautiful images. However, Snow Hill at Disneyland was a big pile of dirt left over from various excavations. No snow in sight! Nevertheless, I like this early landmark. It was sort of a baby Matterhorn. Here's a nice shot of Snow Hill with the old Skyway tower on top. The orange tree in the foreground is presumably one from the original grove.


I've zoomed in for a closer look. Hey, there's somebody up there! At some point, paths were added to Snow Hill, and guests were allowed to climb them if they felt like they needed to do even more walking. At least you were rewarded with a nice view from the top, like the ones seen here. (Although in 1957 there was no Alice in Wonderland attraction in Fantasyland).


This shot was taken from the Fantasyland Skyway chalet... look at all those Skyway buckets! I tried to shake a stick at them, but there were just too many of 'em.


To anyone who might give a hoot: I am flying to New York City today, and will be gone for six icy cold days. There will be new posts, so keep checking in! But I will probably be unable to comment on my favorite blogs. See you on Monday!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

"At some point, paths were added to Snow Hill, and guests were allowed to climb them if they felt like the needed to do even more walking"

Funniest thing I've read today, thanks for that, and thanks for the photos, simply fascinating.

Chiana said...

A safe trip to you! Every trip you take is a Major trip. ;)

Neato shot, the second one. The first one makes me feel like sitting in the shade of that orange tree and taking it in. :)

Nancy said...

it looks like there is something there behind sombrero man....any ideas? was that part of the desert on the other side of the hill?

these pics really remind me that Skyway is not there anymore :( btw, ive been reading the Disneyland Encyclopedia (the blue book of DL i call it). lots of interesting info in there....

have a good trip, Major....wave as you fly over Pgh! :)

TokyoMagic! said...

Have a safe trip, Major!

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

"NEW YORK CITY" in the dead of winter, now that's some "Major" cold... Super post - I love the warm colors. Hey that double tower on the hill is weird...

Have a safe trip and don't take any wooden nickels!

Pfeiffer Photos said...

This is the first time that I've ever heard of Snow Hill...and with photos to highlight, thanks!