Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Today I'm sharing the last four images from a group of Magic Kingdom slides from the latter part of 1974.
Let's start with this moody look at Florida's "Friendly Indian Village". It's pretty similar to the Anaheim version, though the boy on the overturned canoe is accompanied by two dogs. No expense was spared! Based on other photos, I know that the tracks of the Walt Disney World Railroad passed just behind the teepees, giving guests on the trains a very closeup view of the village.
Next is this portrait of Sleepy - he looks more like "Drunky". I believe that he is in front of the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea lagoon. Notice the flower in Sleepy's hat... did somebody sneak that on to his chapeau, or was Sleepy actually a hippie?!
I used to have a red, white and blue plaid jacket when I was a kid... it was almost as headache-inducing as the one in this photo.
Here's a lovely photo looking across the moat toward Tomorrowland's entrance. It's hard to get a sense of scale, but those two people in the lower right corner help to show just how large that moat is (was?). You can see the water spraying down the distinctive towers (reminding me of rocket exhaust), and you can even see that waterfall spilling over the blue trapezoidal area. That's right, I said "trapezoidal". As usual, water adds a wonderful sense of movement to any scene, not to mention pleasant sounds. Imagineers - when in doubt, put in a waterfall! This might be my favorite picture from the whole batch.
I'm posting these in the order in which they were taken (based on the number stamps), so we're ending on kind of a lame note. But it's still kind of fun to see Prince John from "Robin Hood", waiting to do something dastardly - when not posing for pictures.
That's the end of this batch, but there are more Walt Disney World pictures to come!