Tuesday, December 17, 2013
It's time for the final installment of Christmas parade photos, courtesy of our fellow GDB reader (and champion commenter) Ken Martinez! I think you'll agree that these are very nice pictures, better than anything I would take (if I ever took pictures!).
This must be a "Mickey's Christmas Carol" float; there's Uncle Scrooge himself - rarely seen in the parks; which is odd, because he is such a popular character. I love the float's design, with just a suggestion of Olde London, with snow-covered chimneys. The guy driving the tractor is wearing a sweater grandma gave him last year.
I tried to imagine Donald Duck speaking with a British accent, but my head exploded. He portrayed Scrooge's cheerful nephew Fred, which is surprising considering how cantankerous he usually is.
These goofy reindeer are second only to the wooden soldiers when I think of Disneyland Christmas parades. Those dopey tongues! Disney legend Bill Justice designed these guys.
Pluto has really gotten into the spirit of things, and why not… he is on the same float as Santa Claus himself. In fact, his glowing red nose helps to guide Santa through Anaheim's brutal winter weather!
I like the way the antlers appear to be tied on with green twine. The red nose was actually attached via plastic surgery, and Pluto figured he might as well have collagen injected into his lips at the same time.
Ho, ho, ho! Hey, Santa, instead of waving, howsabout throwing some cash? It always fits and it's always the right color (as my grandpa said). I wonder where Disney finds their parade Santas? Central casting?
The parade is over, but there's still a bit of Christmas cheer to enjoy. Like the Country Bear Christmas Special! This holiday overlay debuted in 1984. I've never seen a picture of this banner before, so this is extra cool.
Ken earns a gold star for taking this photo of the "Jingle Bell Jamboree" poster. I love attraction posters! Does anybody out there have one of these in their collection?
Once again, MANY THANKS to Ken Martinez, for generously sharing his personal photos with GDB; while the parade photos are done, we'll see more Christmas pix from Ken in just a few days.