Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Plantation House, June 1959

The Chicken Plantation was a landmark feature of Frontierland for the first eight years of the park's existence. When you saw it from the front, it had the look of an antebellum mansion. But this photo shows it from the back (or "Hacienda") side. As you can see, it shows a more southwestern influence, with whitewashed adobe instead of columns and ornate cast iron. Photos from this perspective are relatively scarce, so even though this one is a bit wonky, it's worth a look!


This one is from the same lot, and shows a lone Indian Canoe skimming along the Rivers of America. From this angle, you might not even guess that this photo was snapped inside one of the most popular amusement park in the world; the Imagineers have done an impressive job of evoking the frontier.

11 comments:

Chiana_Chat said...

Wow two great rare views! :D

No wonder the Plantation shot is wonky. It's capturing sudden action: gramma marched out with grandpa there without paying and the manager, right, is gonna chase 'em down. Grandpa is ashamed. :p

So strange it was torn down so soon. But at least it was replaced by something great.

Sereina said...

The canoe does look like it's in the wilderness.

Katella Gate said...

Interesting view of the Plantation house... now if you could just get a shot of the north face... LOL.

Jim said...

Was this the bistro that was part owned by Disney chum and actor Don DeFore? (he of TV's "Hazel")Or was that the Siver Banjo?

Anonymous said...

@Jim: The Silver Banjo was Don DeFore's place.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Killer picture of the back of the Plantation House, Major. Another great DL ICON in my library. Thanks!

Nancy said...

loving the wonky shot of the Plantation House. dont think i have a picture of this side

that second shot really does look like the wilderness...

im liking what youre finding in those boxes! :D

SundayNight said...

Once again this site comes through with an image of Disneyland I've never seen. Look how Disney landscaped the back of this building. So park like and pleasant. Thanks Major!!

Major Pepperidge said...

I have the best readers, thanks for all the great comments!

Hans said...

nice blog

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Just catching up on your amazing posts Major! RARE indeed! Didn't even recognize the plantation.