Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Here are two more interesting pictures from a series of photos from March of 1958.
One of the things I like about this lot is that the sky is so dark and dramatic, while the foreground is bathed in warm sunlight. Theatrical! We're looking down upon the Storybook Land (or is it "Story Book Land"?) Canal Boats and the Casey Jr. Circus Train, with shiny Monstro eating canal boats like Pringles potato chips. Notice the little ticket booth in the lower right. Also of interest, at the very bottom of the image we can see just a bit of the construction for the "Alice in Wonderland" dark ride.
I'm always fascinated by the area outside the berm, in this case a lot of warehouses and steel sheds, along with the white-fenced pony farm where the various horses and mules lived (and frolicked!). I presume that this is all Disney-owned stuff, but if it's not, please let me know.
This next photo is unfortunately not super clear (it was taken from one of the Casey Jr. trains), but it has enough interesting stuff to be worth posting anyway. In Geppetto's village, you can see several workmen sprucing things up - in broad daylight while guests could see. Which is odd. In the upper right, we get a different view of the "Alice" construction, while in the upper left is Holiday Hill/Snow Mountain with the giant metal support towers for the Skyway, pre-Matterhorn.