Thursday, April 06, 2017
Long-time readers of GDB are familiar with Huck Caton, who has contributed many wonderful images for everyone to enjoy. Well, Huck is back, and this time he is sharing some beautiful photos that he took back on April 18th, 1995. That was a Tuesday, just two days after Easter, and from the look of things, it was a beautiful day.
I'll be posting these in a random manner; let's start out with this nice shot of a sign outside Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room - sponsored by Dole, which has sponsored the attraction since 1976. As you can see, Uti (the Goddess of fishing) was still there on her outrigger canoe, which is very cool. By January 2000 she was removed after a collapse due to poor maintenance (and she eventually vanished mysteriously). She was designed by Rolly Crump, and the sign also has a very Crumpish face painted on it.
Here's a very unusual angle looking at the load area for the Canoes - clearly not in service in the off-season of April. It is swell to see a Keel Boat still on the river! Across the water is a pre-"Pirate's Lair" Tom Sawyer Island.
And lastly (for today), here's a shot of Sleeping Beauty Castle as seen from Fantasyland's courtyard. That castle needs to be much more pink! To the right we can just see a guest entering the doorway that led to the inner passageways where the dioramas featuring scenes from Sleeping Beauty could be seen. The castle walk-thru was closed in 2001, but was restored and reopened in November of 2008, better than ever. It's one of my favorite things at Disneyland.
Many thanks to Huck! Stay tuned for more from him in future installments.