Sunday, April 03, 2016

Having Fun at Disneyland, May 1966

Here are two not-very-exciting (but perfectly nice!) photos, from 1966. 

If you go to Disneyland, you have to take a photo of the castle. It is the law. You don't want to break the law, do you? DO YOU?? This lady appears to be having a swell time. She not only has her sweater, but a pink jacket, just in case it rains. She's also vain and doesn't want her picture taken with her glasses on. And she loves long walks on the beach, movies, and she hates phonies.

There she is again, standing on West Center Street. She's a particular fan of that ornate sign - probably hand-painted by some skillful craftsman. The reason she is smiling is because she sneaked a few leeches from the Upjohn Pharmacy into her purse.


K. Martinez said...

The West center Street image is really nice. Great sign and the potted plants below the window are a nice touch. I see "Book & Candle Shop" on the sign, but why no Bell Shop? Thanks, Major.

Nanook said...


Gotta agree with Ken - it's a really lovely image.

Thanks Major.

TokyoMagic! said...

Ken, there might not be a Bell Shop, but the leaches are the lady's familiars and she is going to name one of them "Pye" and the other one "Wacket".

Anonymous said...

Bell, book and candle may have had too much of occult reference for some Imagineers or even the big bosses liking.

Patrick Devlin said...

On my "Things Imagineers will never do" list is a return to a Castle paint job that looks like stonework instead of recycled Gummi Bear blocks. Oh well, it's a pleasant Sunday morning dream.

Major Pepperidge said...

need to see that again. Kim Novak, rawr!

Nanook, I do like that sign!

TokyoMagic!, I just think leeches are plain fun, that’s all there is to it. There’s nothing like swimming in a Minnesota lake and getting out of the water to find an adorable leech clinging to your leg!

Vanessa, you might be right, although the Bell, Book and Candle version of the occult was similar to “Bewitched”, which was already a hit show by 1966. These days, of course, all kinds of folks take offense at anything, no matter how silly!

Patrick Devlin, either the folks in charge of painting Disneyland have no finesse or taste, or they have decided to use the most heavy-handed approach to everything because they think that that is what today’s guests require. Or BOTH!

Chuck said...

Great shots today, major. Only thing I can add is to note the Marine passing under the castle portcullis.