Thursday, September 17, 2009

Random Thursday

Odds 'n ends, from the vault!

Tomorrowland at twilight is a wonderful thing, especially in 1962. The lights are on back at the Rocket to the Moon attraction. If that family with the little girls takes a right past the tropical plants, they can check out the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea walk-thru. Do it!

This one is a heart breaker! I found a group of terribly damaged slides from Disneyland (and a few from Knott's), and couldn't bear to get rid of them in spite of their rough condition. Like this one, taken inside an anonymous store. Any guesses as to which one? I have no idea. You can see some of the merchandise offered, such as "Slinky Eyes", "Klik-Klak_Blox", Frontierland keychains, too-large lollipops (honestly, who can finish one of those things?) and other ghostly items that require a bit of imagination. Nice outfit on the kid, but just look at those black, dead eyes; he's coming to get you!

And finally, from July 1965, it's nearly 10:30 in the morning. The park opened at 10 o'clock, so we haven't missed much; there's plenty of time to do all of our favorite stuff!


Chiana_Chat said...


How 'bout scout surplus boy airing his grievances on the right... talk about spiffy shoes... and what's in the hair of those two little dolls, er girls?

Don't think I've ever seen, or am likely to ever see, a shinier trash can than the seemingly solid chrome can in that pic.

whew glad you didn't dump the damaged slides! And thanks for sharing them too, I'm perfectly fine with them.

Nothing wrong with the boy in the shop, it's just that he tried the Slinky Eyes and that's what he gets. Mom told Dad to record this so Junior will learn. No idea the shop, but I am curious as you to know!

Jim said...

That park shop mystery photo has got me stumped. Given the glass and aliminum frame storefront, I would have guessed something like the Character Shop in the post-1967 Tommorrowland. But that concession seemed like it was almost entirely Disney themed merchandise in this boy's memory. It could also be at the hotel with the architecture.

The kid's look can be attributed to him just having just heard the most dreaded word a seven-year old could endure from a Mom:

Nancy said...

lol..the boy has Slinky Eyes...good deduction, Chiana, i think youre right!

heartbreaking is right but im glad you posted it, too. the store looks kinda modern in decor with the metal and glass so maybe its Tomorrowland, maybe not. hopefully one of our distinguished Disneyland experts who spent time at the parks as kids will recognize it. all i know is that i want them keychains for my Christmas tree!!

nice picture of the train station. i have to say that its the first time i have ever actually noticed the little crown-looking thing there at the base of the flagpole

i like Ramdon days :D

Anonymous said...

The "Slinky Eyes" shot was taken at the Disneyland Hotel.

Matterhorn1959 said...

I agree with anonymous, most likely at the Taylor and Hume Magic Land in the arcade section of the hotel. See the post for July 28, 2007.

Yendorb said...

I don't think it was the magic land shop. Those shops all ended up growing together, but there was the larger store, it was like a woolworths or five and dime store that was further north, on I think it was that one. The displays for magazine rack and greeting cards in the back of the picture were there through the 80's. I think the window in the back is looking west towards the block of buildings that had the ice cream parlor and the disneyana shop in the 70's and early 80's

Anonymous said...

I would have to say that it was at the Disneyland Hotel. From the architecture and the windows showing a wall close to the outside. When I was growing up, there was a toy store and a bunch of merchandising stores in the buildings between the hotel and the Monorail Station. The Toy Chest (as it was called I believe) was downstairs kinda sunken into the ground, which would also account for the wall we see in the background. I miss that area now that DTD is there.