Monday, June 29, 2009

3 From February 1962

I like photos taken during the mild southern California winters, because you often get the beautiful skies like we see in these first two pictures. Gentle breezes and light rains wash the smog away, leaving fluffy picturesque clouds behind.

Here's Casey Jr., he ran away to the circus when he was young and never looked back. Casey Sr. is steamed about it (pun intended)! The plantings look a bit rough, I guess they are preparing everything for the upcoming spring bloom.


Walt Disney built this castle full size, but security only allows 5/8 scale people to stand near it, so it appears even larger.


There's lots going on in the picture, but it's all around the edges. Bobsleds, Skyway buckets, Pirate Ships, rabid monkeys... you name it.

9 comments:

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Big fan of the Bobsled loading area. Very nice pictures.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

These are all gems... The Casey Jr. photo really stands out, the green grass, Casey's Circus colors and then that awesome winter sky, nice! The Castle shot is frame worthily as is the classic Matterhorn loading area. You're spoiling us Major, THANKS!

TokyoMagic! said...

Love the sky in the top two pics. The Castle shot looks like it belongs on a postcard or the cover of a souvenir guide book.

outsidetheberm said...

Hey Major, did you have any luck throwing black light on your 20,000Leagues poster over the weekend? I'm curious to know what you discovered!

Nancy said...

these are so nice.

Casey is chugging along under a beautiful blue sky there...

the castle always looks different to me; sometimes it has a pink cast but today it is definitely white/gray

the only thing missing in your third offering is a shiny monorail going by! i love pics that show more than one "land" ;D

Chiana said...

and to spread some more praise, I must say, it wouldn't be half as fun without your appreciation and sense of humor, Maj. :)

Nifty Matterhorn pic. There are pipples in the upper landing of the Matterhorn "chalet." What are they doing up there? Does one seem to have a fancy hat, perhaps a musician or a special tour guide...? I don't remember anyone up there when I've been there but then my memory is like well, a wheel of Swiss cheese. And goodness look at the battered tail end of that poor bobsled. Bob must've had a very wild ride on his sled.

Exceptionally good Castle shot!

Anonymous said...

The ride operator foreman's office (from whence dispatch and the rest of the attraction was/is controlled) is located on the second level of the chalet.

For a while (ending sometime in the early '60s), two or three polka-playin' musicians (e.g., tuba, clarinet, accordion players) would periodically serenade the folks down below loading into bobsleds or waiting in the bullpens. Good stuff. I say bring 'em back (and the single bobsleds, too)!

Debbie V. said...

Listening the that polka music while standing in line is one of my favorite memories. AnTICaPa-a-tion.

Anonymous said...

"Walt Disney built this castle full size, but security only allows 5/8 scale people to stand near it, so it appears even larger."

Am I the only one who remembers those signs... "If you're tall than THIS, please use the BACK entrance to FANTASYLAND"?