Monday, June 27, 2011

Two From '57

Here are two sorta random images from 1957.

First up, Zorro and some dude (Captain Monastario?) are fighting it out on top of the Mark Twain. Zorro thinks Superman could beat Batman, and Monastario thinks that Batman would beat Superman. It always ends in violence. Is that guy to the right filming the fight?

A simple flower bed grows in the middle of the hub where the "Partners" statue now stands. As some of you already know, I prefer the flowers!


TokyoMagic! said...

I prefer the planter without the Partners statue too. Maybe they could put a planter or fountain out in the Esplanade and make the Partners statue a part of that?

TokyoMagic! said...

Oh, and that first pic is pretty freakin' awesome!

JG said...

What Tokyo Magic said.

Statues like "The Partners" invite reflection and should be placed in a cul-de-sac location with a walk all around (so the statue can be seen in-the-round) with benches for the visitors.

I think that a place should be found in a nook on the west side of the Hub that is vaguely symmetrical with Snow White's Grotto, off the walkway from the Castle to Frontierland.

This little statue should be seen and photographed against a neutral backdrop like shrubbery or rocks. The Castle is too "buzzy". You could still have flowers at the base, etc.

There are many memorials like this in Golden Gate Park and on the Washington DC Mall, other cities as well.

Somebody call Disney, I'll send some sketches.


Sinuhe said...

I agree, not a tremendous fan of the Partners statue.

Despite the park being named "Disneyland," I don't think Walt ever intended it to be a shrine to himself. A statue of him is now placed in what is probably the MOST conspicuous place in the park.

I don't think he'd like it.

Major Pepperidge said...

TM!, we both know that the statue is staying right where it is. Unfortunately!

JG, I like your idea better, for sure.

And Sinuhe, I think I have read that Walt didn't want a shrine or tribute to himself in the park, so I'm sure you are right.

D ticket said...

I like Blaine Gibson, I like his work, but I vote for flowers in the centre too. Not part of the original vision, not really an improvement. Just look how inviting the castle is without the obstruction, that's how it should be!

Connie Moreno said...

I love these pics but can somebody please tell my why men don't fight over something important like red or white sauce on pasta??

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Is that Guy Williams? It does look likes the guy on the right is filming.

As much as I don't think the partners statue belongs at the hub, it sure does attract all the tourists and their camera's!

Connie: Red sauce here, that's what real men have on their pasta...

TokyoMagic! said...

Major, I know, I know! It was just wishful thinking on my part. I guess we should be glad they haven't animated him like the statues at Cesar's Palace.

Katella Gate said...

Tokyo... animated Walt statues. What a great idea... His eyes flutter like Madame Leota's and his jaw snaps open and shut as we hear:

“To all who come to this happy place; welcome. Disneyland is your land ..."

Think of the synergy! The only real question is where to put the slot for the quarters.

Russ said...

I always seem to post the same comment...but it's always the truth---
Awesome pictures!! These types of photos bring me back, waaay back, to a "different" (better?) time. I completely and utterly enjoy every single picture and comment you post. Thank you so much for this site!!

Major Pepperidge said...

Russ, thank you for your awesome comment!