Tuesday, August 25, 2015

More Snapshots, September 1968

I love vintage snapshots! My supply of those is almost gone, just like everything else. Boo. 

If you have been paying attention, then you know that I am especially fond of old Tomorrowland views - like this one! There's the Rocket Jets, still looking fantastic 47 years after the picture was taken. I still don't get why this ride was removed, but I suspect that it is a case of somebody thinking that the Astro-Orbiter was somehow better (for a variety of reasons). It isn't.

Any view of the Peoplemover is welcome; you can see all four colors in this picture (aqua, blue, yellow, red). And way to the right we can just see part of the building that housed Adventure Thru Inner Space.

Here's a Batman-esque photo of the Snow White Grotto. I wish they would change it to the Frozen Grotto. I wish they would just change the whole park to Frozenland! Oh my gosh that would be amazing. Sure, I couldn't sit through "Frozen" a second time, but that's not the point.

I apologize for being more critical than usual today.


Nanook said...


Frozenland, eh-?? Well, at least the water of the Snow White Grotto would be frozen solid - which would look lovely. But I suspect Snow White would have "moved on", to be upstaged by either Anna or Elsa - or both. Well, the sisters ain't there in this image, so enjoy.

Thanks, Major.

TokyoMagic! said...

Don't apologize! You're just saying what I bet 99% of your readers are thinking. Personally, I think they ruin just about everything these days. However, just to show that I don't hate everything that is new, I am very impressed with the three new Emporium window displays that have been unveiled so far. I also saw Mickey and the Magical Map in the Fantasyland Theater last week for the very first time and was pleasantly surprised.

Chuck said...

Meanwhile, in the Seven Dwarfs' lair...

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, I generally prefer my water to be unfrozen! Unless it is in a glass.

TokyoMagic!, I have always loved those Emporium windows, so I am glad to know that the newest iterations are well done. I haven’t seen “Mickey and the Magical Map” (except for a minute of it from the train), but hear good things.

Chuck, for some reason I always remember the narrator saying, “But what’s THIS?!”.

Matthew said...

Shhhhh Major... don't give them any ideas.

Anonymous said...

Rocket Jets, whee!

If they change Snow White's Grotto to Frozen, there will be war.

Shame on you, Major for suggesting it, someone might hear you!



PS. Peoplemover colors. Seems to me that later there were some green cars, a nice "four-leaf clover" true green, not an aqua color. Also an orange, not a true red. Am I dreaming that?

K. Martinez said...

JG, the colors used for the PeopleMover vehicles were Sally Green, Fiesta Yellow, Imperial Blue and Bright Red. Malibu Turquoise changed to Sally Green in 1968 and Cameo Coral (Orange) while planned, was never used.

Major, Don't fight it. Just let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go.

Dean Finder said...

My God, a stroller parking plot that isn't overflowing.

TokyoMagic! said...

Dean Finder, and just look at that stroller! It isn't the monster SUV-sized stroller that takes up the room of 5 people, like the ones parents push around in the parks today. What has happened to us?

Major Pepperidge said...

Matthew, trust me, they have already had that idea!

JG, I feel like that would be some sort of “last straw” for me; who knows. I am pretty sure that the red cars were really red, and not orange; if there were green cars I have no memory (or photos) of those.

K. Martinez, oops, I should have read ahead! Thank you for the names of colors. Wow, I didn’t remember the “Sally Green” or “Cameo Coral” versions at ALL. I wish I loved “Frozen” like most people, but it just doesn’t click with me in any way.

Dean Finder, I know, now you’ll see acres of strollers. How did kids survive in the 60’s?

TokyoMagic!, I suppose that if I had a kid, I would prefer a stroller that at least provided some shade. The modern large ones also double as catch-alls/shopping carts for the rest of the family.

Monkey Cage Kurt said...

I don’t read other blogs so I don’t really know the pulse of Disney fans outside of this forum, but I am glad to hear that others are just as grossed out as I am about all the Frozen hyper marketing. You are indeed right Major, Disney seems so persuaded to just bulldoze anything that’s vintage to make room for promoting the latest cookie cutter princess. It really does make my stomach turn!!!!

A day belated and a dollar be shorted. (sorry, out and about on the beautiful Oregon coast yesterday)

K. Martinez said...

Major, I'm sort of neutral about Frozen, but I'd expect them to fully exploit their hottest product at the theme parks. It makes business sense. As the saying goes "you've gotta milk that teat dry". What I find most interesting is the strong reactions from adults to it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Major, I'm pretty sure I have some green car pics in my collection, i'll root around.


Major Pepperidge said...

Monkey Cage Kurt, given the public’s love of Frozen, Disney would be foolish NOT to capitalize on the phenomenon. When people are willing to wait in line for four hours to pose with a young woman pretending to be Anna or Elsa, you know that something out of the ordinary has happened. The movie was clearly not aimed at me, though I have been a lifelong Disney animation enthusiast.

K. Martinez, as you can see from my comment to Kurt, I agree with you; I really did try to watch the movie a second time, and about 10 minutes in realized that i didn’t want to stick with it to the end. I don’t hate it, but not being able to escape it is what made some people react so negatively, I think.

JG, if you find them, I would love to share them here!

K. Martinez said...

Major, We'll you've done better than me. I've only watched it once.

Dean Finder said...

It seems Frozen has "jumped the shark." The reaction to the Frozen makeover at Epcot was general indifference as opposed to the enthusiastic reactions to other additions to the park:

Anonymous said...

@Ken, didn't see your comment on the color names, thank you! Did not know this, and apparently, I'm not hallucinating, that is, if Sally Green was an emerald-like shade.

Major, I did run through Daveland, the definitive organized photo archive, he has one or maybe two pics that might be green trams, but the angles are such that the photo colors might be off (into the sun, etc.). I don't have any either, just a memory.