Sunday, December 01, 2013
Wow, can you believe that it is December already? Today, GDB is proud to present some special guest photos, courtesy of reader Ken Martinez! Ken took these photos of the Christmas parade back in 1996, and they are quite nice - and doubly welcome because I don't have anything that combines Disneyland and Christmas. I'll be posting Ken's pictures in three installments.
If there's one image that comes to mind when I think of Disneyland's Christmas parades, it is the marching toy soldiers! They've been there a loooong time, I have a picture of them marching way back in 1961. It seems that this platoon has gotten a bit smaller over the years - but I am always happy to see these fellows.
And there they go! How do they keep their costumes so shiny?
Pinocchio was a living toy long before Pixar got into the game. If you look carefully in the background, you can just see the blue tail of Ariel the mermaid.
Pinoke's pal Jiminy Cricket shares the same float; he looks even more dapper than usual with his striped scarf. Is that Duffy the Disney Bear on top of that alphabet block?!
Cool, a real Ferris Wheel on a float! Too small for any costumed characters (or for me), but it still looks pretty neat.
One of the green army men from Toy Story is playing… well, I don't know what that instrument is. A baritone horn, maybe? A Ting-tingler? Plastic instruments just don't have the timbre of a real brass example.
I thought these Chinese toys might have something to do with "Mulan", but that film wouldn't be released for another two years. So I can only assume that they represent toys from around the world.
This ends part one! Thanks again to Ken Martinez for generously sharing his personal photos.