Sunday, January 29, 2017

A Pair From Frontierland, 1963

Today's photos can be classified as "snoozerific"!

If you happened to be aboard one of the boats on the Rivers of America, you would have seen this tableau of a Native American burial, right next to the Friendly Indian Village. How many dead bodies can be seen in Disneyland today? There were at least two back then - the fellow on the raised platform, and the dead settler. 

Meanwhile, the frontier is looking very lush and green.


It sure seems like the Columbia spent a lot of time in dry dock, and in 1963 it was getting some work done (audio-animatronic barnacles were being scraped off). It looks like they could block Fowler's Harbor with something resembling canal locks. A raft can be seen to the right, at what I believe was "Huck's Landing" on Tom Sawyer Island.


14 comments:

TokyoMagic! said...

Major, as for dead bodies at DL today, someone out there is going to say that there are 999 of them, but we all know those don't count! More carcasses at Disneyland, please!

That's a funny reason as to why the Columbia might have been in dry dock....but you know, that's the exact same reason why the French put Marie Antoinette underneath the sharp blade of the guillotine.

Nanook said...

Major-

I think one look from the 'powers-that-be' at The magic Kingdom of the images of Gary and me "lounging-about" in the TSI Graveyard plots, single-handedly destroyed any future for a growing population of dead bodies. Just blame me-!

Thanks, Major.

K. Martinez said...

No dead bodies, please! It could damage a precious child's mind seeing a dead settler or something that. I want life sized animation maquettes of Pocahontas and her forest friends Meeko and Flit enjoying a harmonious day along the river bank. Not conflict. Perhaps music from the song "Just Around the River Bend" could be piped in to enhance the Rivers of America scene. Forget about this "hard facts that have created America" nonsense.

The Rivers of America scenes seem extra special in light of what has been happening lately. Thanks, Major.

Major Pepperidge said...

TokyoMagic!, personally I don’t count ghosts as “dead bodies”, so they definitely don’t count! Meanwhile you sure know a lot about French history.

Nanook, I knew it - the whole thing was a conspiracy fostered by children!

K. Martinez, I honestly wonder if the bodies were removed because parents complained (likely), or if it was just people at the company deciding that the corpses were just not “Disneyland” material. And oh boy, don’t even joke about that Pocahontas idea, it could just happen! I feel that that movie rates about a “C”, or maybe a “B minus”.

TokyoMagic! said...

Oh Ken, Pocahontas is sooooo 1995! They should really just stick some Stormtroopers along the shores of the river and maybe a Tie-fighter or two!

MonkeyMensch said...

Marie Antoinette had "audio-animatronic barnacles" on her? You bet! Off with her head!

K. Martinez said...

Tokyo Magic!, I think when adding elements into a theme area it should match the theme, don't you? Stars Wars is not the Final Frontier!

TokyoMagic! said...

Ha, ha, Monkey Mensch! It was actually "To scrape the barnacles off her hull!"

Ken, Sure....you think that, and I think that, but Disney doesn't think that. Not anymore.

MonkeyMensch said...

I have to fix my login names: MonkeyMensch is Patrick Devlin. Sigh. Thanks for the laugh, though.

Patrick Devlin said...

Let's see if it worked...

TokyoMagic! said...

Hey, Patrick! I just checked out your profile and your blog. Scale Disney models? Cool!

Patrick Devlin said...

Let's just see how conscientious I can be regarding posting the occasional post. I just started on a 1/24 scale Peoplemover. Should be about 13" long as a train of four. I have RTV to make molds on hand and I go to Anaheim to pick up some casting urethane on Wednesday. I'm trying to stay focused on this...

TokyoMagic! said...

Good luck, Patrick! I can't wait to see your progress....or the finished product!

walterworld said...

We saw 'Pocahontas' at the Ceres-Drive-In (located just south of Modesto, CA) a year or three before it closed for good. My kids were 4 & 2 then and we all had a great time.

But yeah, let's get some more dead folks around the river area to remind us all that freedom (and lunch) ain't free.

Thanks Major!