Friday, December 18, 2015
Here are two very nice Kodachromes featuring a Disneyland that is long-gone. But not forgotten!
We'll start with this fun shot taken as we prepare to board our car at the Junior Autopia. Those old vehicles were so great - even now they look sporty, though they have acquired a vintage quality, like an old Porsche.
You can just see bits of the circus wagons that used to be displayed beyond the queue building. I'd always assumed that they were there because they'd been used in the "Toby Tyler" movie, but it turns out that the film wasn't released until January 1960. So I guess they were just there because they'd been used in the Mickey Mouse Club Circus, and various parades.
We've seen that vast expanse of dirt before, why didn't they landscape it? Imagine the dust kicked up on a day with gusty Santa Ana winds. *Cough*
Next is a great shot from Tom Sawyer Island, with a group of boys preparing to ambush unfortunate passers-by. This almost looks like a forced-perspecive shot from "Darby O'Gill".. they boys don't really appear any closer to us than the lady below them (though they certainly are), making them look like giants compared to her. Maybe it's just me.
In the lower part of the photo, guests are crossing the pontoon bridge, and you can see the suspension bridge in the background. Also... love the evocative signs! "SECRET PASSAGE TO CASTLE DUNGEON", "GIANT PUNCH BOWL", what kid wouldn't want to see those features?