Tuesday, July 14, 2015
While digging through some random boxes, I dredged up a number of odd pieces of amusement park ephemera, and thought it would be fun to share some of it with you today.
Readers of this blog might already know about my love of Jungleland, USA; it is long-gone, but when I was a very small child, my grandparents took me and my brother to Thousand Oaks to see the lions, tigers, seals, giraffes, goats, and all manner of critters. Many years later, coincidentally, my family wound up living in Thousand Oaks, and for a while, the abandoned remains of Jungleland were visible from the nearby highway. I was delighted to find this fun business card!
"Frontier Village" was a charming little Western-themed amusement park in San Jose, California. I might dedicate a future post to it (by scanning one of their souvenir guidebooks). The park closed in 1980, sadly. I found this lithographed tin tray at a junk shop in San Jose when I was visiting my brother (who lived there for a while), and paid for it, cackling greedily the whole time, while pitying the poor schnooks who had somehow overlooked this treasure.
The colorful image shows the "Lost Dutchman Mine Ride", which was (I am told) one of the most-loved attractions. Judging by the blacklight effects, it was a cross between Knott's Berry Farm's "Calico Mine Train" and Disneyland's "Rainbow Caverns". There are some photos of the attraction at this site.
In Florida, there is a little park called Walt Disney World. Not many people have heard of it, but it has its charms. In 1970, the Florida Citrus Commission sponsored the Enchanted Tiki Room, as well as the "Sunshine Tree Terrace" (where guests could get snacks, drinks, and treats); the Orange Bird was created (by Disney artists), and a costumed character could often be found at the Sunshine Tree. I'm not sure exactly when this button was given out, but I've had it for a long time.
When the Florida Citrus Commission severed ties with the Disney folks in 1987, the Orange Bird went away. But, somehow, the character found some sort of weird fame in Japan. They love their appealing cartoon characters! Taking note of this fact, ol' Orangey returned to WDW in 2012.
I hope you have enjoyed today's souvenirs!