Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Fantasyland, 1956

I've just about burned through all of the slides in this fun lot from 1956, but I should have one more post after this; meanwhile, here are two standard (but nice) shots from Fantasyland. 

There's a whole lotta cannons pointed in our general direction, so you'd better be friendly! Notice the birdcage, holding "Paco the Parrot". Pirates love psittaciformes! And no wonder... you can teach them to say things like "Pieces of eight!", "Shiver me timbers!", and even "AAAAR!". 

Looking toward us is the Shirley Temple lookalike that we've seen before, and to our left is a little girl sporting a pair of mouse ears. 

Are you sick of photos of Sleeping Beauty Castle yet? If so, I don't know why you are coming to this blog... you must be a glutton for punishment. These photos have a warm tone that I could have adjusted, but I liked it for its vintage quality. The two sisters are posing demurely to our right. Near the curb is one of those short-lived signs that sported a map of Fantasyland... people still didn't quite know what they were getting into when it came to this Disneyland place.


Nanook said...


I've always trained my parrots to say "I'll be hornswoggled-!" or "shiver me timbers-!", even though 'hornswoggled' is more at home in the old West. (I like my parrots to be very worldly-!)

I wonder what that crane is doing, just off to the right of the guests-?

Thanks, Major.

Chuck said...

I train my parrots to say this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTEeJE3tzDE

Are those smaller cannons below the family and above the gangway/entrance hatch the ones that made their way into the decor above the entrance to the back third of Tinker Bell's Toy Shop?

Chuck said...

Make that "Tinker Bell's Toy Shoppe" You should never pass up an opportunity to "pe" when you can...

K. Martinez said...

Getting sick of Sleeping Beauty Castle photos is like getting sick of Disneyland photos. It doesn't happen. At least for me. I love today's Castle image. Sometimes if you adjust the image too well it can lose it's magic. Smart move leaving the warm tone intact. Thanks, Major.

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, your comment made me wonder about the origin of the word "hornsoggled", but my dictionary said that its origins are unknown. Rats. Good eye on the crane... what would have been going on in early 1956 in that far-back part of the park?

Chuck, somehow I was sure that the YouTube link was going to go to a video of a very naughty parrot who likes to say the f-word! They linked to it on BoingBoing recently. I should have known better! As for the cannons at Tinker Bell's Toy Shoppe... I don't know anything about those. I even looked for photos, but no such luck. You know you are in for a classy experience when a store uses "shoppe"!

K. Martinez I sometimes see my photos on Facebook or Pinterest, and somebody has chosen to do their own color correction. Those bastards! ;-) I guess they don't get that I sometimes leave fading or color casts because I like the vintage look they impart. You can tell when a color adjustment has been done by a real amateur, they often saturate the color until your eyes bleed.

Anonymous said...

When was the last time you took a photo of the castle and snapped a sum total of ten people in your shot!?!?!