Thursday, December 20, 2012
Christmas is almost here! So I have a good excuse to use these vintage photos of a "sometime-in-the-1960's" performance of Disneyland classic "Fantasy On Parade".
Goofy drives his beat-up roadster with Minnie Mouse along for the ride. Did Bob Gurr have anything to do with this vehicle? Notice the rather prominent "scimitar and crescent" symbol on the side... Goofy was a Shriner!
The classic marching wooden soldiers are an essential part of a Disneyland Christmas parade! Notice the tree in the distance. On a side note, I learned from a GDB reader that the Magic Kingdom in Florida did not have a Christmas tree this year. Is this business as usual? I understand cost-cutting, but when you are the single most popular amusement park in the world, it seems ridiculous.
There's Mickey Mouse, always bangin' on the giant bass drum! He is decked out in what appears to be a sort of western-inspired costume for some reason.
I'm always happy to see Pinocchio at the park, since he stars in my favorite Disney movie! Just behind him is a colorful gypsy wagon; it looks like Stromboli's wagon, but there is no sign of that scary puppeteer anywhere.
And finally (for today), the Seven Dwarfs pass by, with Sneezy (?) contorting his face in a rather horrible way. Notice the golden crown on the Hallmark building.
I'll share the remaining pictures from this parade on Christmas day!