Tuesday, December 20, 2016
I've scanned a few random vintage paper Disneyland items for today's post. I hope you enjoy them!
First up is this nice, unused ticket for the original launch of Star Tours back in January of 1987. Just about 30 years ago! I wonder who received these? Did you have to order the tickets? It's just over 20" in length, so I'm amazed that it wasn't folded in half (or worse) at some point.
The artwork resembles that of artist Drew Struzan, with its combination of airbrush and Prismacolor pencil - though it isn't quite up to his amazing quality. I like the additional stubs, one for a free meal at the Space Place or Tomorrowland Terrace, and another admitting the bearer to the premiere party. Maybe you would have bumped into a big celebrity, like Harry Anderson or Nell Carter. Helpful hint: always ask a famous person for money. They love it!
Next is this nice decal from Disneyland's "tencennial" celebration in 1965. It's about 4.5 inches in diameter; once again, I have questions! Could these be purchased at the park by any ordinary schmo? They're not exactly common. Or were they produced for use "in house"? Either way, it's safe to say that Disneyland's first decade truly was fabulous.
Ooooo, scary! Those glowing red eyes, glaring from the Matterhorn. What could it be?
It was an invitation to see "what's gotten into the Matterhorn" on June 25th, 1978! This was after a major refurbishment - previously, the interior of the faux mountain was more of an open plan, but in '78 the "ice caverns" were added, and the ferocious abominable snowman could be seen at various points throughout the ride.
The invite has a nice die cut cover; were these mailed to most SoCal locals? Or just to members of the Magic Kingdom Club, perhaps? I'm guessing that a lot of people showed up on that day, and that they had a great time.
I hope you've enjoyed today's random Disneyland stuff!