Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Today I have more photos from generous GDB reader Chuck! He is sharing some of his personal pictures from the day of Disneyland's 40th anniversary (July 17, 1995). Once again he has provided some great commentary to help set the scene.
"(This first image) was shot looking at the Matterhorn from the east side of the Hub. As you can see, someone has stapled a commemorative cape on the side of the mountain. I wonder if someone saved this or it ended up in a landfill? (I'm referring to the banner; I'm pretty sure the Matterhorn is still there).
One of the neat things that morning was Randy Travis leading a short sing-along from the top of the Matterhorn. We unfortunately got a later start that day than we had anticipated, and while we could hear it, we were coming through the gate when it started and weren't able to see him (or take a photo)".
This next photo features (quoting Chuck again), "…my lovely wife (and no, she's not looking over my shoulder as I type this) a week shy of her 24th birthday". "Note that in the spirit of the day she has throw caution to the wind, removed her broad-brimmed straw sun hat and donned a Disneyland birthday hat. And yes, she did get a little burned. The backpack by her feet has logged more hours in Disneyland than most people.
Not a ton of interesting people-watching in the background, but it is interesting to note the difference in clothing styles from earlier decades. Nobody's dressed up at all, and I can't seem to find a babushka anyway (sorry, Melissa)".
"Oh wait - somebody did come to the park all dressed up after all - me! July 17th, 1995 was a double celebration for us - not only did Disneyland turn 40, but it was also the day my promotion to first lieutenant took effect. I couldn't think of a better place to celebrate, so I 'pinned on' the new rank in front of the flagpole in Town Square. It was sort of a guerrilla affair; we'd inquired beforehand about doing my promotion ceremony in the Park and the low-level person my wife spoke to in Guest Relations immediately responded with "oh, no - we don't do ceremonies of any kind in the Park."
"Since this was the same office that had told her the previous November that they no longer did the Christmas Candlelight Procession 0 about two weeks before we found ourselves on Main Street watching the Candlelight Procession - we should have probably asked to speak to a supervisor for verification, but we didn't. Instead, we entered the Park, stood in front of the flagpole, I recited the Oath of Office quickly without making any sort of explanatory announcement, we changed out my shoulder boards, and headed on down Main Street before anyone arrested us and confiscated our annual passes. As a result, there are no pictures of the 'ceremony'".
"We did, however, take a shot of me wearing my new rank in front of the castle. What I love about this picture (aside from my state-of-the-art numeric pager) is the security host walking by in the background, which may help explain why other guests were continually asking me questions about where to report lost members of their party (City Hall) or the nearest restroom (around the corner to the right). I finally went to City Hall to make sure I was giving them the right answers (they assured me I was but thanked me for checking)".
Did you know that a time capsule was buried in front of the castle? I didn't! Chuck sez, "These last two pictures are of the 'Time Capsule' buried that day in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle. (Get it? 'Castle' sounds sort of like 'capsule', and this capsule is shaped like a castle, and it's buried in front of the castte, and… oh, never mind)".
"A section of the pavement was lifted out of the ground and moved to the side, allowing guests to (sort of) see the time capsule in its hole in the ground. It was really hard to get a picture of it as the extant image attests".
"A marker was affixed to that section of patent that reads 'Placed beneath this marker on July 17th 1995: The Disneyland 40th Anniversary Time Castle. A 'Time Capsule', containing Disneyland memories, messages, and milestones, list beneath this spot. The Disneyland Time Castle is dedicated to the children of the 21st Century, who may unlock its contents on the 80th Anniversary of Disneyland: July 17th, 2035'. I sure hope there's a bag of Mickey Mouse-shaped corn chips in there - those things were delicious and I haven't seen one in years!".
Chuck said that he has some additional souvenirs from that day, including a postcard that they sent to themselves from a temporary post office in the parking lot - so that it would have the Disneyland postmark on it. They waited for over an hour!
MANY THANKS to Chuck for sharing these great photos from Disneyland's 40th birthday; it's hard to believe that the 60th will be next year!