Friday, March 08, 2013
Today I have two neat photos taken by my friend Mr. X, and his trusty Kodak Instamatic. While riding in the Skyway past Storybook Land, X spotted some fairly major construction going on over in Fantasyland. I assume that he had no idea what it was at the time, but WE know that it was for "It's a Small World"! Fresh from the 1964 New York World's Fair. This was probably from late 1965 or early 1966, since the folks in line for the canal boats are be-sweatered.
Continuing along the Skyway, X snapped a second picture, more clearly showing the work in progress. Presumably the Disneyland Railroad wasn't running, since Fantasyland Station was located in that general area and was removed for IASW. As a bonus we can see the Midget Autopia and the Monorail Blue.
The humble Instamatic didn't have the best lenses in the world, but zooming in we can still see a number of fun details. I love the old trucks (one blue, one red) parked in front of the construction. There appears to be a few dozen Matterhorn Bobsleds being stored. I wonder why? Most interesting to me is the billboard near the Motor Boat Cruise lake showing a stylized layout of what guests could expect from the upcoming attraction - something that was done at Disneyland for the Skyway, Storybook Land, and Nature's Wonderland. I've never seen a photo showing this particular sign before.
Here is a Small World brochure from 1975 with a map that looks similar to that sign, although this artwork is considerably more detailed.