Monday, October 12, 2015
Here are two more rediscovered slides, rescued from the ol' reject bin thanks to unicorns and my new scanner. But mostly unicorns.
Like this view of Storybook Land as seen from the Skyway; I did a search on Google (and elsewhere), and I'll be damned if I can find this exact photo. Maybe you can! But I am operating on the assumption that this is the first time we've seen it. Those scrawny trees probably didn't last long - were they removed when the Alice in Wonderland attraction was added in 1958? I always get a kick out of seeing the backstage area beyond the berm.
Zooming in to the right... what do you think those boys are so excited to see? Many of the rides that come to mind were not yet there in '56.
Based on the picture-book style billboard near Monstro, I think it is safe to assume that this is from 1956.
After another Google search, I found similar photos taken from nearly the same angle, but not this exact image. The slide was undated, but I believe that it is from 1959. The Columbia is in Fowler's Harbor (it spends a lot of time there), with one Keel Boat to the left of it, and another docked (?) at Tom Sawyer Island. In the foreground, guests line up on a dock next to the Chicken Plantation, awaiting a raft that will ferry them over to the island.
Stay tuned for more rediscovered treasures!