Sunday, September 07, 2014

Frontierland, August 1960

Looking up at the Columbia from this low angle makes the ship feel especially tall. And I have always liked the figurehead of the lovely "Columbia", the feminine and poetic personification of the United States of America. However, I must remain faithful to my Chicken of the Sea mermaid!

There's nothing as cozy as a little log cabin and a blazing fire!


Nancy said...

oh wow!! That picture of the Columbia is just beautiful!!! :-) That is the kind of picture I try to take.

Anonymous said...

All hail Columbia! Always a smooth voyage along the chalky green Rivers of America. Sure wish I was there today!!

Bill in Denver

K. Martinez said...

Beautiful Columbia image. With the Tom Sawyer Island shack visible in the background, I'd assume this shot was taken from the Mark Twain/Columbia landing or very near it.

I love that the Sailing Ship Columbia, like Alice and Wonderland, Matterhorn Bobsleds and Submarine Voyage is still unique to Anaheim.

I could swear that's the Matterhorn or Cascade Peak hidden behind the foliage in the right half of the Burning Cabin image. I'm probably just hallucinating again. Thanks, Major.

Chuck said...

I wonder why the settler's cabin never picked up a sponsor. It'd be a natch for Log Cabin Syrup, but I guess Aunt Jemima must have had an exclusive agreement with Disneyland.

And on further thought, that's probably a good thing. Guests would have responded to a costumed character playing Aunt Jemima much better than a dead settler with arrows sticking out of his back handing out syrup samples.

Orange Co Native said...

Did they move the cabin closer to the shore or did they widen the river sometime in the late 1960's ? My memories of visits to Disneyland only go back to 1966 and later.
In this picture from 1960, there seems to be a lot more land in front of the cabin in comparison to how it looked from the 1970's and later.

K. Martinez said...

@Chuck - Not a bad idea. The dead settler with arrows sticking out of his body would actually make a great costumed character roaming Frontierland during Halloween Time.

Anonymous said...

The dead settler sponsor...
Arrow Shirts.

Bill in Denver

Major Pepperidge said...

Nancy, I always appreciate your nice comments!

Bill in Denver, I agree, I wish I was there today. I'm heading to the beach, but don't really want to go!

K. Martinez, I have never understood why people want the same things on both coasts. "We want Carsland!", say some people in Florida. I don't blame them, but wouldn't they really rather have something equally neat, but DIFFERENT? "Incrediblesland" or something? And I think that's Cascade Peak that you can see through the trees.

Chuck, how about Kingsford charcoal briquettes? Or BIC lighters? The dead settler would NOT make a good spokesperson… dead people just don't do well with that kind of thing. I know from experience.

OC Native, now that you mention it, the cabin might be closer to shore. I really don't know! Experts, help!

K. Martinez, OH MAN, that needs to happen.

Bill in Denver, brilliant!

Melissa said...

I wonder who would win in a fight between Columbia and the Chicken of the Sea Mermaid? The mermaid has a pointy weapon, but Columbia can run and kick.

JG said...

It's too bad Chicken of the Sea's sponsorship didn't last till the Little Mermaid, the Pirate Ship figurehead might have been Ariel instead...

It's much easier now to get an excellent picture of the Columbia since they have opened Fowler's Harbor to guest traffic.

On my last visit this summer, you could walk right up to the bow and stand almost under the figurehead. It's a great picture. Both watercraft are in excellent condition considering their age. Nothing appears left to chance in their maintenance.

Thanks for the great pic's, Major.


Major Pepperidge said...

Melissa, I guess it would depend if the fight was on dry land or in the sea.

JG, I like Ariel, but I'm not sure I would have been happy to see the COS mermaid replaced by the princess. And I have to get over to Fowler's Harbor! I have never done it.