Friday, April 19, 2013

Skyway & Mickey Flower Portrait, 1956

I've been digging through some boxes of photos that, for the most part, have already been scanned and seen here on GDB. But there were a few that I skipped back in those days. For instance, both of todays images are from a lot that turned ultra pink. But I did the best I could adjusting them in Photoshop, and I thnk they look presentable.

Especially this first beautiful view taken aboard the Skyway, leaving the Tomorrowland terminal and heading toward Fantasyland. Of course there is no Matterhorn in 1956; instead there is the rather featureless pile of dirt known poetically as "Snow Hill". There's the Yacht Bar, and the lake that used to have Phantom Boats in it. Off in the distance you can just see the Junior Autopia over near the Fantasyland train station. But the main attraction is the Skyway buckets, which look so great here. Bucket #13 in front of us is ferrying a certain dapper couple that some of you might remember (the fedora is a clue)!


Next, a nice lady (I can tell that she is nice) poses in front of the floral Mickey and the freight train that is waiting at Main Street Station.


8 comments:

Nancy said...

always enjoy a pre-Matterhorn view, adds to the simplicity of the very early days! :D

Davelandweb said...

That Skyway shot is a beauty!

K. Martinez said...

The Skyway image is awesome. Interesting Autopia queue below it.

Tom said...

It's the Yacht Bar before the great migration. Excellent detail to include in a Skyway pic, along with the simple, barren, pre-Matterhorn landscape.

PsySocDisney said...

There are some attraction posters hiding in the back by the lake too! That shot is a winner!

Melissa said...

It's the Harry Anderson/Alton Brown/Tim Gunn guy! Where will he turn up next?

Anonymous said...

@Tom, the Yacht Bar seems to be at a different orientation in the photo than I recall. Was it moved at some point?

Beautiful pics, love the front entrance.

JG

Tom said...

@Anonymous - yes, it was moved from the lagoon in 1957 to make way for the Viewliner. They flipped it around over by the edge of the one show building where it stayed until they took it out completely.