Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Carnation Ice Cream Flier

It's time for a fun (and very scarce) Disneyand flier! This one was brought to you by the Carnation company, and was presumably given out at the ice cream parlor on Main Street. It has a "1959" date printed on the inside, for those of you keeping track.

The flier was created in a shape resembling a pennant, and then folded into a sort of irregular rectangle. I love the way the zig-zag folds reveal the name of each "land" - although, curiously, Main Street was not included.

By golly, I will visit the charming Carnation Ice Cream Parlor! 

I'm not sure if this is the back or the front, but does it really matter? Quantum mechanics says it can be both things at once. I think. Carnation has provided some awesome ice cream recipes for you to try at home. The Frontierland Soda sounds pretty tasty, but I am intrigued by the Adventureland Shake. 

Like many other early Disneyland items, this one features Dumbo rather than Mickey Mouse.

Here's the front. Or maybe it's the back. The Fantasyland Parfait is surely delicious, but way too much work. If I was going to make a bunch of them, assembly-line style, maybe I would get all of the ingredients for that one! Not sure where to get "green crushed pineapple", however. The Tomorrowland Sundae is for me, with an "atom" made from maraschino cherries and toothpicks. Their example reminds me of the "Atomium" from the 1958 Brussels World's Fair.

I need ice cream. NOW.

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Rainbow Desert, October 1961

There's something wonderful about deserts. They can be incredibly harsh and severe, burning hot during the day, freezing cold at night; there are poisonous critters (snakes, scorpions, and gila monsters), and spiny, unfriendly plants, evolved to survive long months without water. But, as the narrator of the Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland said, "...the desert's got her beauty too".

Walt Disney's Imagineers did a wonderful job of capturing that beauty on a small scale in the Living Desert. Rock formations, carved by the elements over millennia, display strange shapes and warm colors. A "forest" of saguaro cacti grow from the sands, resembling something that might live on another planet.

Notice the unobtrusive (?) light fixtures along the tree line, for nighttime visits to Nature's Wonderland. Oh, how I wish I had experienced this attraction at night!

The coyote is a survivor in this rugged landscape, finding sustenance where others would starve. His high-pitched yips makes him "the voice of the desert" too. I have all of his albums. 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Monstro and Storybook Land, August 1967

Fun Mom gets a lot of love here on GDB, but we have to salute Fun Dad once in a while. After all, he took most of the photos (well over 100!) from various trips to the park in the 60's and 70's. And a bunch of them are pretty good - he had a good eye, as they say. FD is wearing a jacket and tie, which I appreciate -  the only time I ever did that was for Grad Nite. He is posing in his best GQ attitude - though it might be cooler if he was shading his eyes (as if looking for a ship in the distance). 

I am wondering if that crazy bag he is holding is from one of the shops at Disneyland - perhaps not.

We might as well enjoy this photo of the Casey Jr. Circus Special, with its calliope, as well as cages of monkeys and other wild animals.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Brussels World's Fair, 1958

A few years ago I acquired a nice group of slides from the 1958 World's Fair ("Expo 58") in Brussels. Belgium, that is! It was the first true World's Fair after World War II. Amazingly, the '58 Fair was the 11th World's Fair hosted by Belgium, and the fifth in Brussels (the others being 1888, 1897, 1910, and 1935).

Oh boy, the Atomium! That striking structure represented "a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times". The spheres are clad in stainless steel and are connected by tubes 3 meters in diameter - big enough to walk through. Look at the topmost sphere, with windows to peek out of! I'll bet the view was amazing. Happily, the Atomium is still with us 60 years later.

Pivoting to our right a tiny bit, we can see the Von Roll Sky Ride; at the time there were only four or five of these rides in the world! This one eventually wound up in Memphis, Tennessee (of all places)  at a park called Lakeland. It closed in 1976. 

I know, I know... this one is blurry. But I figured I might as well include it, since you can get a sense of how the beautiful Grand Palace at night.  I believe that this building was repurposed (with a new, striking façade) from the 1935 World's Fair. You can see the dove of peace and the asymmetrical five-pointed star (the Fair's logo).

Friday, June 15, 2018

More Slides 911!

Here are the last three slides from a series that had turned an unappealing shade of brownish-red - but a little Photoshop TLC brought them back to something worth sharing!

First scan: Nope.

Hey, that's better. Monstro is so mad that he is spitting a plume of spray into the evening air. As a kid I'm sure I would have been amused if the wind sent that spray in my direction.  

Scan #2: oh boy. We're gonna need a bigger Photoshop.

This is quite an unusual angle, with the giant blue wing of the Richfield Eagle in the foreground, the Autopia track below, and the red Monorail at the station; you can just discern some guests who appear to be exiting the Monorail train through the open windows. And beneath the tracks, the Submarines can just be seen.

This is how an angry bull sees the world.

Here it is, the last one! Not a great photo (it's hard to get too excited at photos of some random toddlers on the Carrousel), but I always enjoy seeing the multicolored horses. To the right, it looks like a youthful CM is making his way among the herd, making sure that everyone is safely strapped in.

I hope you have enjoyed these rescued slides!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Out Front, July 1972

We all remember the thrill of arriving at Disneyland, and the multi-step process of getting closer and closer. Step 1: See the Matterhorn from the highway before anybody else. Step 2: Enter the parking lot. Step 3: Hop aboard a parking lot tram. Step 4: Buy tickets at the li'l ticket booths. Step 5: Go through the turnstyles. 

Here we can see everyone's favorite Fun Mom heading toward Step 4. I love the brightly colored clothing that "pops" on this slightly overcast day.

One could argue that there were still two steps to go. Step 5: After passing through the turnstyles, stop in front of Main Street Station for a photo or two (maybe even posing with Mickey or Pluto if you were lucky). Step 6: Walk through one of the tunnels that pass beneath the train tracks, and emerge (finally!) into Town Square. Step 7: Do a little dance. Hooray!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Castle Courtyard, July 1972

Here are some photos from Fantasyland, circa 1972, taken after walking past Sleeping Beauty Castle's archway and into the courtyard. We've seen the Castle so many times, each one of us could build an accurate scale model out of toothpicks and Elmer's glue. Let's do it! This is one of those photos in which the crowds add some nice color and energy to what would otherwise be a ho-hum picture.  What is that woman in the foreground wearing on her head? My #1 theory... it's a paper bag.

I'm not sure what our photographer was trying to capture in this view; maybe he was really into crenellations. Who wouldn't be? To our left is the entrance to "Geppetto's Arts and Crafts", to the right, "Tinker Bell Toy Shop". Just to the left of the Tinker Bell Toy Shop sign we can see the entrance to the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk-thru.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Disneyland Souvenir Guidebook, 1965 - Part 3

Today I am proud to present part 3 in a series of posts that feature the wonderful 1965 Disneyland souvenir guidebook - courtesy of scans from GDB regular JG. Be sure to go back and see the first two posts, if you haven't already seen them.

Adventureland! A place of dangerous animals and mysterious ruins. I love that classic "Adventureland" font. In the inset photo, Walt wears a skipper's hat - imagine taking a tour through the rivers of the world with him as your guide! Notice that the description on this page is in quotes, as if somebody just happened to transcribe something that Walt said.

Once again, a striking graphic motif was used; bamboo, orchids, and bromeliads - along with a human skull for fun. Notice the tour guide with a group of guests following her like baby chicks.

That bird looks very "Rolly Crump" to me (as does the tiki god), I wonder if he could have had anything to do with this guidebook? Yeah, probably not. 

Of course the famous Jungle Cruise and the Enchanted Tiki Room get the lion's share (see what I did there?) of coverage.

One of the most interesting sections of the '65 guidebook is near the back; Disneyland history is combined with concepts and artwork for future attractions. 

The first paragraph states that "Drawings for a 'Disneyland' actually date back to the early 1930's". Really?? This is news to me.

Mickey Mouse is working on something called the Haunted Mansion - I'm sure that will open next year. The written description is pretty accurate to what was eventually realized. To the right is Sam McKim's painting (based on a Ken Anderson drawing), while one of Rolly Crump's surprisingly colorful pieces is shown in the lower left.

More hoopla! I find it amusing that Disneyland's "navy" is compared to Britain's fleet of warships during their domination of the seas. I'll bet any British Admiral would quake in his boots when a fleet of canal boats and motor boats were spied on the horizon.

I would have loved this page, chock full of construction photos, dating from the earliest years to slightly more contemporary attractions, such as the Swiss Family Treehouse, the Submarine Voyage,  and the Columbia.

Imagine: it's 1965, and a new "land" has been announced. New Orleans Square! I love the artwork; the piece at the top looks like an architectural elevation, with color added. In the middle, a piece by Dorothea Redmond (thanks Mike Cozart!), which makes New Orleans Square look massive. And at the bottom, a view of the beautiful Blue Bayou, along with a hint of things to come with the "Pirates of the Caribbean".

Thanks as always to JG! Stay tuned for the fourth and final part, coming up.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Honest Abe, January 1979

Today's scans might be the only two featuring interior shots from "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln"! This venerable attraction had been in Disneyland since 1965 (after debuting at the 1964 New York World's Fair) - it's interesting to think that two versions of the show were running concurrently on each coast. A Disney first. 

Here we see Abe himself. There are stories floating around that claim that folks could hardly believe their eyes when confronted with this Audio Animatronic figure - could it actually be an actor? I suppose that in those less-sophisticated days that might be true, but his movements (while fascinating) were a bit stiff and robot-y. I don't mean to take away from the technical achievement, since I loved the attraction when I saw first saw it.

I wonder if this is one of the original AA figures, or if they were updated on a regular basis this long ago?

As Mr. Lincoln finished reciting his inspiring words, the lights were lowered, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" swelled, and the curtain opened to reveal the Capitol Dome as the evening sky took on a distinct resemblance to Old Glory.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Indian Dancers, 1959

You might think that you've seen today's photos before; au contraire, mon frère! As fun as the Indian Dance Circle was (and it certainly made a popular photo subject), all of the photos tend to look more or less the same. 

These would be a lot more interesting if I knew anything about Native American dances. But... I am a dope, so you will just have to use your imagination. The audience sure seems fascinated!

I am willing to bet $1000.00 of GDB reader TokyoMagic's money and speculate that this guy is doing a "hoop dance". Call it a hunch. Notice the mysterious men in white up on the berm - maintenance staff? Animatronics that have gone haywire?

This one is my favorite, because I have deemed it to be "postcard worthy". Plus the eagle costume is very cool. Cultural and sociological changes made the Dance Circle a thing of the past, but it is a classic piece of Frontierland history.

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Carnival, August 1970

Today's post consists of three fun images from an unknown fair or carnival, circa 1970. I wish I had more information!

This first one showed a ride that I was not familiar with. Online research didn't help. So I asked Ken Martinez if he knew, and Ken came through like a champ! Here's what he said:

That is the very rare Herschell Looper carnival ride.  It's a variation of the Chance Rok-N-Roll.  The Herschell Looper is a two-seater (one rider on each side) and the Rok-N-Roll is a four-seater (two riders on each side).

This ride was originally developed by the Allen Herschell Company but Chance inherited it from them when the Herschell Company merged with Chance Rides and modified it into the Rok-N-Roll (four-seater configuration).

Ken even sent a link to this YouTube video showing was is purported to be the only surviving example of a Herschell Looper, at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Pennsylvania. Which is handy, because I was not clear on how this ride operated. THANKS, KEN!

The next two photos show the familiar Rock-O-Plane ride, designed by Lee Eyerly in 1948 and manufactured by the Eyerly Aircraft Company. Wikipedia sez: Its shape is similar to that of a Ferris Wheel, but with seats that are enclosed and rock and roll as the ride turns. If the rocking builds sufficient momentum the seats will flip upside-down and end-over-end. There is usually a wheel inside that participants can use to lock the seat and prevent it from rocking. This can be used to make the ride less scary by ensuring that the seats don't rock too much; or to make it more intense by locking the seats at crucial points in the ride's revolution, causing the seats to flip upside down and spin erratically.

Not bad for a ride celebrating its 70th year! Classic carnival rides are still a ton of fun, even if they rattle teeth or bruise knees.

Thanks again to Ken Martinez for his help.

Friday, June 08, 2018

Ticket Booths and More

I have two very nice photos for you on this fabulous Friday edition of GDB! 

Let's start with this lovely undated shot of the old ticket booths, shall we? The colors are vivid, and yet they have a vintage feel to them somehow. According the the clock on the Train Station, it's almost noon (I'd wager that the park opened at 10:00). The sky is a cloudless blue, and a light breeze from the west that makes the flags and pennants flutter. Notice that there are no attraction posters on the fence in front of the train station.

(Here is an added closeup in the hopes that somebody can ID what the woman with the blue skirt is holding in her hands).

(Yet another extra.... upon looking at the closeup, I believe the woman is holding a bag with the following pattern on it. The color looks quite different here, but that's old slides for you).

Zooming in on one ticket booth, we can see that admission was $1.00 for adults, and 50 cents for children - no mention of ticket books. Which makes me wonder if this photo is from 1955? The floral Mickey Portrait looks newly-planted, but it was continually renewed as flowers lost their blooms, so that's not a good indicator. 

Next we have this nice image of one of the Main Street Surreys clip-clopping around the hub to head back toward the train station. The slide is undated, but as far as I can tell there is no Carnation Plaza Gardens in the distance - the Plaza Gardens opened in August of 1956. Whatever the date, the park looked tranquil and beautiful on this sunny day.

Have a nice weekend, everybody!

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Tomorrowland Vehicles on Display

I have a fun group of photos, brought to us courtesy of Irene and Bruce (you know them, you love them)! While the snapshots are undated, I am guestimating that they are from about 1999 or 2000. The NEW "New Tomorrowland" had debuted in 1998, and thanks to the mention of the Rocket Rods, which closed in September of 2000, we have a brief window in which today's photos could have been taken.

Until seeing these pictures, I did not know that an assortment of Tomorrowland vehicles, both old and new, had been put out on display, along with some informative signage.

First up is this rocket from the Astro Orbiter. While the intention was that "Tomorrowland '98" was supposed to have a "steampunk", Jules Verne-inspired look, this rocket looks more like a large tin toy from 1960's Japan to me (that is not necessarily a bad thing). I wonder if these are original "Rocket Jets", repainted and redecorated?

Bruce was nice enough to take photos of the accompanying signs for most of the vehicles!

Next we have two different Autopia vehicles; a classic green "Mark VII" example, and the red car, which might be anything from a "Mark I" through to a "Mark IV", since they looked essentially the same. This particular car has a plexiglass windscreen, not to mention a fancy paint job. Could this be Walt Disney's personal Autopia car?

Here's the sign. "Congestion-free freeway", if only!

You can't feature Tomorrowland vehicles without including the Peoplemover, which closed forever in  1995. There is no photo of the accompanying sign, but we already know all about the Peoplemover, don't we?

Oh boy, a genuine, bona-fide, electrified, five-passenger Rocket Rod. I think it was designed by the Borg Continuum.  

Hmm, possibly Jason Hulst was absorbed by the Borg? Resistance is futile! (Sorry, Jason). The sign implies that this attraction was still a going concern at this point.

A Skyway gondola sits nestled among potted ferns, instead of gliding through the air. Who owns this vehicle now? I wish I did! I guess I'll have to be happy with my fleet of supercars. 

The Skyway closed in November, 1994.

And finally, here's a Space Mountain vehicle. And more ferns! I am hoping that there will be a Space Mountain movie (featuring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Dame Judi Dench, perhaps) so that the ride can be updated with an unnecessary story, intrusive new effects, and some lumpy animatronics. Fingers crossed...

In case anybody at Disneyland didn't understand what Space Mountain was, there was this sign to clear things up. Now do you get it??

FYI, I read and memorize directions on how to use shampoo. You can't be too careful.

Many thanks to Irene and Bruce for these fun photos!