Today marks the FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of Gorillas Don't Blog. I can hardly believe it, especially since my original goal was 1000 posts - something that was achieved over two years ago. I've scanned the majority of my collection, with only a relatively small amount remaining. It seemed like it would last forever, but sadly that is not the case. However, this will give me an opportunity to share my vast collection of beanie babies, Hummel figurines, and items from the Franklin Mint. You'll love it!
You don't see too many photos taken aboard the Viewliner! Here's one as we round a curve right next to the berm. I believe that the Viewliner was in the northeast corner of the park, and making the turn to head west.
I love this picture of the Pack Mules as they return from a trip through the Rainbow Desert (this was a few years before Nature's Wonderland). The brave and resourceful guide looks like an undercover FBI agent.
And here's a terrific early photo of the TWA Rocket to the Moon! Cherry-blossom pink must have been an "in" color for ladies in 1955. Over to the left, a side entrance to the park - for employees only - is open, but I assume that's a security guard making sure nobody thinks about sneaking in for free. To the right, you can see that the Flight Circle is just a muddy hole in the ground at this point.
There's Vesey Walker and the Disneyland Band (circa 1956) performing at the old bandstand in "Magnolia Park" (which was about where the Indiana Jones attraction is today). Is the band playing classic Disney songs, or olde-timey songs from yesteryear? Either way, the guests seem to be enjoying themselves.
Well, that about does it for today. Thanks as always to all of you Junior Gorillas (i.e. readers) out there, especially those of you who take the time to comment - your encouragement keeps me going. I'm not sure I'm going to be able to meet my revised goal of 2000 posts, but I'll do my darndest!