Monday, November 14, 2011


Today's photos may be "leftuggies" (leftovers to you earthlings), but they are choice leftuggies.

How about this 1961 image of the blue 4-car Monorail as it returns from a stop at the Disneyland Hotel? It looks awesome, in my opinion. Flanking the track is the berm, through which a large tunnel has been dug (and lined with corrugated metal). I believe that various service vehicles could enter the park through that tunnel, but please correct me if I'm wrong. Notice the row of rose bushes, planted to take some of the "Folsom Prison" quality away from that chain link fence.

And hey, even this second picture is a doozie! It was awfully dark, and I may have over-lightened it, but oh well. I'm hoping that Matterhorn1959 finds that license plate for his collection. I love most of the Autopia vehicle designs, but there is just something classic about these original cars that can't be beat.


TokyoMagic! said...

Nice leftuggies! Would that tunnel still be there, or would it be where the Mansion or Pirates show buildings are today?

Thufer said...

What an awesome picture. The 'bubble' Blue flying along the berm over the parking lot. Life is good.

I am not sure of the time period or exact location but wasn't there an entrance/exit for 'HolidayLand' over there?

Chiana_Chat said...

*plate* More please! ;)

Orange Co Native said...

That tunnel is an aerial photo (What is up with all the aerial photos---they come in handy---things always look different from up above as Clint Eastwood said in one of his spaghetti westerns).

I think what you are seeing is the area where the show building for Pirates now exists and also further to the right would be the show building for Indiana Jones.

Orange Co Native said...

Wow I really goofed up that comment. That is what happens when you are in a rush.

That tunnel is in an aerial photo (I know Major is thinking "What is up with all the aerial photos". Me--"They come in handy.'" Clint Eastwood in a spaghetti western "Things always look different from up above."

I think what you are seeing is the area where the show building for Pirates now exists and also further to the right would be the show building for Indiana Jones.

HBG2 said...

See, you never know. That first photo may be just the thing for someone looking for a shot that illustrates "essence of berm." After a quick look at the Monorail, that's about all there is in that photo. No distractions, not even enough foliage to disguise the fact that it's just piled up dirt, but absolutely perfect for, "See, that's what I mean. That's a 'berm.' Walt wanted a visual barrier to separate the park from the real world," etc. etc.

Major Pepperidge said...

TM!, after reading the other comments (from OC Native) it sounds like you are correct, the tunnel is around where the Pirates show building is.

Thufer, there was an entrance for Holidayland visitors, but my understanding is that it was somewhere along the west edge of the park; folks would cross the train tracks into Frontierland.

Chiana, I'm sure there are many more leftuggies to come!

OC Native, I knew what you were going for (except for the Clint Eastwood quote!); thanks for chiming in with the info about that tunnel.

HBG2, when looking at photos of Freedomland, or so many other parks that allow the outside world to encroach upon the fantasy within, you really appreciate the concept of the berm! In some Frontierland photos, the berm does such an excellent job of obscuring the outside world that it is hard to believe that you are actually in the middle of Anaheim.

Katella Gate said...

Major writes: "please correct me if I'm wrong."

Of course we will correct you, Major. You don't have to ask ... and you certainly don't need to say 'please'.

JG said...

These leftovers taste just like chicken, "slimy, but satisfying..."

Thanks Major, I like the berm photo, monorail, parking lot, a lot to love here.

Autopia, never one of my favorites and even less nowadays, but the car body is far cooler than anythis we have now. They should just throw in the towel on Autopias and make them electric..


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Nancy said...

Monorail pretty!