Friday, November 09, 2012
Fantasyland's dark rides made a big impression on me as a kid. They always seemed just a bit sinister, like a dream that's gone wrong. And yet I loved them, as most people seem to do. Here are a few rare interiors from the mid-1960's. Considering the dark conditions and relatively slow films speeds, I'm amazed that these turned out as good as they did.
This first photo can only be from the Alice In Wonderland ride, although I am not sure what we are looking at exactly. There's a heart motif, including a Jack of Hearts playing card. Does anybody know what the structure on the right is supposed to be?
Also from "Alice" is this crazy Cheshire Cat. Creepy! I seem to recall that he laughed endlessly as guests passed beneath him.
Stacks of crates and barrels (painted "flats" that moved out of your way) are part of "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride".
And finally, how about a look at the Seven Dwarfs as they toil away in their glittering diamond mine?