Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Two from April 1965

Today we'll begin with this photo of a lush, green Tom Sawyer Island, circa 1965. None of the people are in a hurry... they've been transported back to a simpler time, when folks weren't ruled by the tyranny of the clock. Little Pete has sure been in that cave for a long time. Hours. But I'm sure he's fine. Let's go check out that teeter-totter rock again, Margaret.

Notice that Tom's Treehouse is having some work done. Tom probably realized that aluminum siding really does make sense. It's practically indestructable - it won't rot, insects won't eat it, etc. And it can be painted in a veritable rainbow of colors! With just $50 down, you can pay it off in low, low installments. Call now! KLondike 6-2934.

Meanwhile, I have also decided to have screen doors installed on my submarine. No more skeeters! 

That water looks cold today (it's probably cold every day). I love that turquoise water, and the graceful curving Monorail track (sans Monorail, unfortunately).


Nanook said...


I must say this view of Tom's Treehouse certainly places it 'way up there' in the heavens; and as such, Disneyland is merely preparing for the upcoming OSHA-safe 'surround'.

Thanks, Major.

K. Martinez said...

The curving monorail tracks remind me of today's PeopleMover tracks. Empty. And the distant telephone/power pole wires add the perfect touch. Another nice set today. Thanks, Major.

Patrick Devlin said...

"Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today." At least that was what I heard when you said it was probably cold every day, Major.

I love the details that I can pick out with such lovely scans: The cantilever offset Monorail pylon and the signal flags flying on the jack staff. Tomorrowland had a good-sized budget for signal flags, no doubt.

Chuck said...

Still a few antlers on the roof of the mill, hidden amongst all of the ivy.

The atmosphere of today's photos matches the gray overcast outside my window. I'll pretend I'm getting ready to go to Disneyland today instead of the dentist. It's practically the same thing anyway.

DrGoat said...

About 1963, my fiend and I were scrambling about on
Tom Sawyer's Island and he cracked hid head pretty hard
running through the little tunnel they had on the island.
One of those memories that stick around.

K. Martinez said...

DrGoat, I've wacked my head pretty hard several different times in various areas on Tom Sawyer Island through the years. One entry way in Fort Wilderness always got me. I wasn't even rushing. Those were truly painful experiences and would ruin several hours of my day at Disneyland when it happened. Funny thing is I never once hit my head on the Swiss Family Treehouse "Mind They Head" trunk.

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, I am not sure that there even IS a Tom’s Treehouse anymore… I thought it had been removed?

K. Martinez, unfortunately I agree, those darn empty Peoplemover tracks are kind of a disgrace.

Patrick Devlin, well it isn’t quite “Punxsutawney” cold! I think there was a sale on signal flags at Zody’s.

Chuck, I can almost hear the high-pitched whine of the air drill. Eeeeeeeeeee!

DrGoat, I remember getting quite a scrape on my noggin going through one of the narrow caves, I’ll bet it happened all the time.

K. Martinez, you should have sued! You could be relaxing on a sandy white beach in Rio.

TokyoMagic! said...

Major, the island is closed, but I've heard that whenever it does reopen, the treehouse will have been removed. :-(

TokyoMagic! said...

Here are a couple pics of how the treehouse looked just three weeks ago:

Tom Sawyer Island Treehouse - April 2016

Major Pepperidge said...

TokyoMagic!, boooooo! Thank you for the link to your photos. Could guests still go up into the treehouse in these recent years? It's weird to think that it will be gone now.

Chuck said...

Major, I was last up in the treehouse in 2009. That was my last trip to Disneyland (I know, it's a travesty!), so I can't tell you what happened since.

TokyoMagic! said...

Major, that is a good question. I went over to Tom Sawyer Island in January (right before it closed), because I wanted to see it one last time before they ruin it any further than they already have. The treehouse was closed at that time, but I'm not sure how long it had been closed.