Monday, June 08, 2015
Here are some nice photos from Fantasyland, circa 1961. They're not exciting, but they are better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. Trust me, I've tried it so you don't have to.
This first one reminds me of a number of vintage postcards of the castle; those often included a busy Plaza (Or hub? Hubza?) and a Horse Drawn Streetcar. I think that we can see the roof of a Surrey as well.
The lovely Snow White Grotto is one of my favorite features at the park; it is usually relatively quiet and peaceful over there, even on crowded days. You can see the fish in the water shooting their streams of water into the air (this effect is often not working, it seems). The plants really make it feel like this is a little forgotten corner that has been there for 100 years.
Those of you in the Disney blogosphere may know who Steve DeGaetano is; besides being one of the foremost fans of the Disney railroads, he is also an author of several wonderful books. His first book (2004) was "Welcome Aboard the Disneyland Railroad".
I have a copy, and can honestly say that it increased my appreciation of those locomotives a lot (and I already loved them!).
Now, Steve wants to release an updated version of the book, this time with lots of color photos (contributed by me, as well as some of your other favorite bloggers). Here's what Steve says:
"Things are well under way with the publication of the second edition of my Disneyland Railroad book. The publisher, Theme Park Press, rarely does large color books, but he wants to make an exception for this one. However, costs for color hard bound books are HUGE, so he's trying to offset the costs by running a Kickstarter campaign".
I don't know about you, but I want a bigger, better, colorful and improved second edition of Steve's book. If you do too, please consider visiting the Kickstarter Page; read the info, and if it sounds good to you, you might want to contribute. They are more than halfway to their goal!
There are only 18 days to go, but it can happen!