Tuesday, April 30, 2013

More Damaged Slides, October 1972

It's time for more delectably damaged slides from 1972 - though the damage on these was relatively easy to fix in Photoshop.

Tom Sawyer Island isn't the flashiest thing in Disneyland, but I have always love the concept. First off, it's an island, which is cool! And it has trails to investigate, swaying bridges to cross, mysterious caves, a treehouse to climb, and (back in those days) a log fort to explore. But that's not all! Over near Castle Rock, there were rock formations that formed a natural teeter-totter, and another that formed a merry-go-round. When I lived in Pennsylvania, we would wade out to small islands in the Susquehanna River (when it was low in the summer) to explore them. It was fun, but not as fun as Tom Sawyer Island!

Dad poses next to Monstro, almost as if he had caught him on a fishing expedition. I know, I know, whales aren't fish; they are insects. I like the detail of the little kid gazing into the whale's gaping mouth. When I was a tadpole I always hoped to catch the moment when Monstro's big blue eye would blink.

Here's a greenish photo of Snow White's grotto. The fish are doing their Busby Berkley thing, but it looks like Dopey's fishing pole has disappeared.


Chiana_Chat said...

"Delectably damaged"? "Busby Berkley thing"? hehe

It was noble of Dad to stoically wait for a last photo before taking da long walk.

MRaymond said...

Look, in 72 we had common sense. Don't fall off the cliff into the river. Now we have guardrails everywhere.

Major Pepperidge said...

Chiana (it's been a while!), are you saying that dad has been sentenced to "Death by whale"?! :-)

MRaymond, I need a guardrail just to get food to my mouth without hurting myself.

Raimundo said...

Then there were the moments Monstro would spout mist from his noggin; think I only caught that going past on the Skyway.

Nanook said...


They now offer mouth guardrails-??!! Where do I get one-?? Wow - talk about a long-overdue solution to a vexing problem. Pretty soon you'll be telling me the Edible Windshield Wiper has finally been perfected-! (Sign me up for one each: chocolate fudge and popcorn. Mmmmm, yummy).

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Snow White Archive said...

I always thought the fishing pole disappeared during the 1983 renovation. But 1972...wow that's early.