Tuesday, May 03, 2016
It's time for yet another pair of crisp, clear, colorful photos from The Magic Kingdom, taken during its first Thanksgiving holiday (when the park was only a month old).
We'll start with this beauty, taken from the Skyway. Our photographer (a young Mr. X) was actually on his way to Tomorrowland, which was behind him. To our right you can see the turquoise blue lagoon and a Nautilus submarine, all part of the "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" attraction. It's sort of interesting how the queue structure looks like it was fitted into the lava rocks of Vulcania.
You can see the Dumbo ride (er, "attraction"), and you also get a nice overview of Fantasyland; from this bird's-eye view we can see that the ornate European façades emerge from a large, nondescript warehouse of a building. For me, photos of the Florida parks are so interesting with that flat horizon that seems to go on and on.
Meanwhile, down on the ground... it's another lovely shot of Fantasyland. There's the "Information and Tickets" booth; I believe that the green façade to the left was the "Peter Pan" attraction, but I know you'll tell me if that is not correct.
In '71, Disneyland's Fantasyland was still in its budget-conscious "medieval faire" mode (which I loved), while the Florida incarnation was wonderfully themed and detailed by comparison. To my eye it all looks a little too clean and tidy - it would have benefited from a few crooked rooftops and skewed shingles and tiles, but I admit that I am nitpicking. The place really does look great!