Thursday, June 25, 2015

Skull Rock & the Pirate Ship, August 1969

Of all the rocks in the world that are shaped like human anatomy, Disneyland's "Skull Rock" is right up there at the top of the list! Ol' Skully seems like a fearsome thing, but we know that he is secretly in love with the Chicken of the Sea Mermaid. She had bewitched his heart with her magic scepter. 


There's where the CoS mermaid lives, though she is hidden behind sails and umbrellas. I applaud the photographer's attempt to squeeze two attractions into one photo, even if the results aren't so great. 

I wonder where the "First Aid" station was in Fantasyland? It appears to be pointing in the direction of the Fantasyland Theater. Stop by and pick up a complimentary tongue depressor.


13 comments:

TokyoMagic! said...

I only want a complimentary tongue depressor if it comes with a free sputum sample.

Nanook said...

Major-

And here all this time I thought Skull Rock had a 'thing' for Charlie the Tuna, but could never speak of it aloud, due to the scandalous nature it would have caused.

Thanks, Major.

Melissa said...

Skull Rock may have been in love with the Mermaid, but his most important relationship was his bromance with Monstro the Whale. The first aid station was probably a Cast Member with Band-Aids in her pocket.

Chuck said...

Skull Rock is way cooler than Cranium Crag or Noggin Knob. I never knew he had a thing for the Mermaid, but I guess it should have been obvious the way he was always staring...and drooling.

Forget about First Aid - I want to use the phone in the restrooms.

K. Martinez said...

Skully had a 'thing' for both Charlie the Tuna and the Mermaid. He was one amorous dude and in a constant state of drooling. And yes, his bromance with Monstro was solid as a rock. Monstro wasn't going anywhere. Eventually Mermaid dumped Skully and left town in 1969. Unfortunately Skully met his end in 1982 when he became the victim of a homicidal Imagineer.

I love that second image. Nice unusual angle of the Skyway. Do they still have pay telephones at Disneyland?

Major Pepperidge said...

TokyoMagic!, ewwww!

Nanook, the skull wants what the skull wants.

Melissa, if the cast member was cute, that would be good enough for me!

Chuck, thanks to Walt’s interest in technology, those phones were picture phones!

K. Martinez, boy, that’s a good question! It would seem like nothing would be more useless than a pay phone, but you still see them on the odd street corner. Maybe there are still a few around Disneyland.

Patrick Devlin said...

I miss Skull Rock. I miss its waterfalls. I miss waterfalls in general. Disneyland needs more waterfalls. And speaking of waterfalls who turned the valve down at Schweitzer Falls?

Anonymous said...

The Fantasyland Nurse’s Station was located near the restrooms by Dumbo/Fan 1 (actually just beyond the striped wall that kept customers from wandering into the employee-only zone). At the time, First Aid connected through to the Fantasyland Theatre—which was handy when there were employee blood drives as we could chill out in the theater (no movies, though) and enjoy our juice and cookies after donating! The “attraction” (obviously) was closed to the public during those events. More than anyone wanted to know!

TokyoMagic! said...

Anonymous, I enjoy "inside info" like that! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Major Pepperidge said...

Patrick Devlin, I totally agree, even at DCA, the huge waterfalls near Grizzly Peak are really great.

Anonymous, thank you for the fun info! They should have at least shown cartoons in the Fantasyland Theater for you to enjoy while you recovered.

TokyoMagic!, me too!

Monkey Cage Kurt said...

Combination toilet stall and picture phone booths, GENIUS! Walt must have really given a lot of liberty to Imagineering back in those days.

K. Martinez said...

Anonymous, Like TokyoMagic! I love inside info like that. Thanks for sharing.

Melissa said...

THE THEATER THAT DRIPPED BLOOOOOD!!!