Friday, December 16, 2011

Disneyland Hotel, September 1961

I love today's first photo, featuring the mid-century wonder that was the Disneyland Hotel! It must have been a hot day... three guests take shelter in the shade of what appears to be an orange tree, while gazing towards the hotel. The yellow Monorail is stopped at the hotel's station, and will soon zoom quietly back to Tomorrowland. As always, I dig the old cars! Who can name them all? Not me.

Now we'll beam over to the Skyway, gliding above a beautiful Fantasyland. If we time it just right, our Skyway bucket will reach Tomorrowland at the same time as the Monorail from the previous photo, resulting in a time warp that will destroy the universe.


TokyoMagic! said...

In that second pic, I can see an Alice vehicle on a track that does not have handrails or platforms around it....that's not safe!

D ticket said...

My guesses:

1 Pontiac Bonneville
2 Buick
3 Chevy
4 Ford

An ordinary scene captured well, but quite extraordinary 50 years later. The yellow accents are fantastic.The Skyway shot is quite good too.

Nancy said...

these are truly FABULOUS!!

i love the sunshine and all the colors, and those cars are BOSS (i can still say that even tho this was before the era when saying "BOSS" was cool) and of course, the magic words 'Monorail Yellow'.

i'll say it again as i said when the images opened....WOW!

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing the fellow in the Skyway bucket is posing for the camera...he has that look that says "Honey, get a picture of me in this little basket!"

Bill in Denver

Chuck said...

@D ticket - I concur. I'll take the Buick if nobody's claimed her.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Left to right;

1960 Pontiac
1959 Buck
1957 Oldsmobile Convertible!
1961 Pontiac Tempest

All GM's and I want them all!!!

Wow, both of these pictures are pure gold, awesome post, thanks!

p.s. love that pose on the lady in the white dress on the right!

Irene said...

Yes, regarding that pose this photo could almost be an advertisement in a magazine of the era. Fabulous.

Major Pepperidge said...

Wow, sharp eyes TM! That must have been the day that all those people died on the "Alice" ride. You know, where they all got out of their vehicles and plunged to their doom like lemmings.

D Ticket, I couldn't have told you a single one of those (unless I could actually see a familiar logo)!!

Nancy, I still use "boss", which usually results in laughs of incredulity. I know you like that yellow Monorail!

Bill, I think you may be right. Those buckets weren't big enough if a family had 4 or 5 people, so that is probably the husband, all by himself.

Chuck, I should have called "dibs" on the Buick (I have a love of Buicks ever since driving an old Electra 225 for years).

VDT, I had the feeling you would chime in, with your knowledge of autos. All GM cars, those were the days...

Irene, it *does* look like an ad, except for the tree branch obscuring the word "hotel"!

Connie Moreno said...


Magical Hotel said...

The Monorail to the Hotel had just opened three months prior to the date on this picture.