Thursday, December 11, 2014
It's time to get a little of that Christmas spirit here on GDB, thanks to reader Scott Heinz. Those of you who read the comments will know him as "Alonzo P. Hawk"! He sent me scans of a bunch of his personal photos, from various years - mostly Disneyland, but some Knott's Berry Farm as well. With Christmas less than two weeks away, I wanted to start sharing his pictures of a parade from sometime in the late 1990's - I believe that this was the "Christmas Fantasy Parade". If only I could figure out a way to make Disneyland parade Christmas music automatically play along with a blog post!
Tigger and Eeyore are in their jammies, complete with pink fuzzy slippers. Hey, is that a smile I see on Eeyore's face? I like him best when he's glum. Tigger seems to be accompanied by a tiny child in a striped robe, but we can't see too much of him/her.
Pretty girls dressed as snowflakes skate down the street; I hope they don't get stuck in the streetcar tracks. I noticed that both of these snowflakes are different, which is a nice detail.
Wheeeeeeee! If only they pelted small children with real snowballs.
Is it getting warmer in here, or is it just me?
I think that's Dale (of "Chip and…" fame)… I'm wondering if that fence isn't surrounding a genuine ice rink on wheels. Or is he wearing "wheelie" shoes? I've learned from cartoons that chipmunks wreak havoc on Christmas trees.
Jasmin, Prince Ali, and the Genie were surely a popular sight, since "Aladdin" was a huge hit only a few years before this parade took place.
Mmmmm, iced gingerbread cookies! One of them should have a bit out of its head. That's how I roll.
Daisy Duck and Clarabelle Cow appear to be cooking up something delicious. I love that Clarabelle was used… the early Disney short cartoons are among my favorites, as are the characters. Let's have Pegleg Pete! Or Clara Cluck!
There's Belle and the Beast… isn't Belle pretty? They are accompanied by two footman who probably used to be kitchen utensils.
Mickey and Minnie are in a horse-drawn carriage; I think they are in their "Mickey's Christmas Carol" (1983) costumes.
Speaking of Mickey's Christmas Carol, here's Scrooge McDuck. He hates Christmas and sentimentality and poor people. He probably doesn't even like Tom Hanks movies, that's how shriveled his heart is.
That was a lot of pictures, but there's a Part Two on its way! Many thanks to Scott Heinz for sharing these photos with us.