Thursday, January 03, 2013
Both of today's photos are dated "August 27, 1965", which helps us to find some fun specific information about that particular day (thanks, as always, to Jason's Disneyland Almanac). It was a Friday, and the park was open from 9 o'clock AM until 1 o'clock the following morning. It was hot (a high of 89º), and the attendance was 34,255.
First up is this nice shot of the Haunted Mansion, some four years before the attraction would actually open. It looks so beautiful and grand... if you showed somebody this photo out of context, they probably wouldn't guess that this is a picture from an amusement park. Just look at it! So detailed and elegant. The color might be a bit off here, but the decorative wrought iron does not appear to be as green as it is painted today.
What do you do when you are aboard the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship? You might grab a bite to eat in the galley, but mostly it was fun to explore and to enjoy the elevated viewpoint from the decks. The whirling, colorful teacups attracted the eyes of many photographers; how could it not? Behind the teacups is the tent with the Carrousel, which is surrounded by all of the old Fantasyland dark rides.