Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Skull Rock, October 1967

With a name like "Skull Rock", you'd think that this feature would be spookier than it appears in these photos. The splashing waterfalls and the tropical plants softened the stern gaze of those empty eye sockets. (At night, it was still pretty spooky though)!


This picture was taken from an unusual angle as our photographer was standing in the cool, shaded grotto behind the falls. It has a certain dreamy beauty...


13 comments:

Nanook said...

And following close behind on the heels of The Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland for most-missed & fondly remembered...

Rich T. said...

Love both these shots! I mean -- just look at that 2nd picture -- is it any wonder so many of us grew up loving this place???

That little eating spot by Skull Rock was the best dining getaway in the park! I have to mention the meatball sandwiches again. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

What he said. ^
Tarzman

Alonzo P Hawk said...

I agree with Nanook. These shot are full of extinct attractions.
Skull Rock the COFS pirate ship and the Skyway. The trifecta of long lost memories.

Melissa said...

"I've been gargling for 22 years and my mouth STILL doesn't feel clean! Damn tuna breath."

K. Martinez said...

Both images are awesome, but that 2nd image does it for me! Rare angle and a view I remember well. Man do I miss this era.

Lillian K. said...

Love the second photo, very unusual angle and quite lovely to look at.

I never got to see Skull Rock in person, sadly. At night would have been particularly creeptastic. Bring it back, Disneyland! (the skyway building plot would work potentially)

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, the reason I started collecting these old slides was to have a piece (of only an image) of some of those "most-missed" attractions.

Rich T, I honestly don't remember if I ever even went to those grottoes or to the dining area behind the pirate ship, unfortunately.

Tarzman - !

Alonzo, it's not that hard to find photos with lots of extinct attractions these days…

Melissa, now I will always think of a tuna smell coming from the skull!

K. Martinez, I'm glad you liked these!

Lillian K., Skull Rock WAS best at night. In my memories, that area of Fantasyland was quiet at night except for the sound of the waterfalls from the skull… it was really neat!

Hannahx2 said...

YAY Skull Rock! That second photo is so dreamy and serene. I love the unique angles. Makes me feel more *there* than the generic straight-on angles.

...But It Wasn't Always That Way! said...

The angles of the ship, Skull Rock's face, and Monstro are tripping me out in that first shot. I love that so many things in Disneyland are not perpendicular. It gives everything a sense of depth; you really get lost sometimes.

Nancy said...

Spooky enough for me.....and as always, my favorite Skyway buckets :)

Connie Moreno said...

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Debbie V. said...

#2 makes my mind wander to a magic place.