Tuesday, July 10, 2012

In Frontierland, September 1966

Hey lady, I don't mean to be rude, but you're getting that cool, extra-large shopping bag all wrinkled up! Knock it off! Only seconds after this photo was taken, she waded into the river (fully clothed), and swam 10 full laps around Tom Sawyer Island before she was apprehended and thrown into Disney jail.

Thanks to mind-bending "blur-O-rama", this photo makes you feel as if you are really in Disneyland but forgot your glasses. I've never seen these nattily-dressed dancers before; at first I thought that they might be Kenny and Teddy (only older than we're used to seeing), but that is clearly wrong, since K&T were still young kids in 1966. 


D ticket said...

Might those be the tap dancers Gene and Eddie? With the Delta Ramblers Dixieland Band?

Nanook said...

My vote is with D Ticket - they sure look like Gene & Eddie: same outfits, etc. Good call.

TokyoMagic! said...

I say, throw the book at her!

Is that metal bench that surrounds that tree in the second pic still there today?

Snow White Sanctum said...

10 laps...she looks like she'd probably be a good swimmer.

Melissa said...

The striped bag in the first picture obviously contains more striped pants for the men in the second picture.

Anonymous said...

@TokyoMagic: No the bench has been removed, only the semi-ugly concrete planter remains.

I'm not sure when this happened, but the dining patio of Cafe' Orleans is bigger now and the tree is now inside the railing.

I noticed in my pics of last trip, thinking that the planter was really blunt and unrefined where most planters in NOS are brick faced. The shape makes sense when you see the original seating in place, and the concrete finish was not as important since it was a concealed location then.


K. Martinez said...

I can't remember how many cool Disneyland bags I've mutilated carrying around the park all day, only to purchase them years later on the Bay.

Connie Moreno said...

I love the river's edge with plants and no fence....alas, some stupid parent let their kid play in the water, she slipped, broke a tooth and Disney got sued. At least that the scenario in my head. Really, it wasn't me...

Orange Co Native said...

All those plants just behind the woman in the first picture are all gone now. It is the now the docking area for the rafts. Over the years, Frontierland has lost trees and bushes to the onslaught of concrete paths and walls. The whole front edge where the old mill use to be on TSI was covered in foliage is now the stage for Fantasmic and the building that was constructed in the 1990's.

I hope in the future if they expand Frontierland into the unused stage area (Hunchback show area that use to be where the geysers and desert of the old Mine Train was prior to 1977) behind Thunder Ranch that they will plant more trees and landscape it nicely with an E ride attraction.

One can only hope.

Major Pepperidge said...

D ticket, I feel like I should know of Gene and Eddie, but don't recall hearing about them before. Thanks!

Nanook, I appreciate the confirmation.

TokyoMagic! I threw my souvenir guide book at her, now I am going to Disney jail.

Melissa, I know that I always carry an extra pair of striped pants with me at all times.

Snow White Sanctum, she wasn't good, just peristent!

JG, you are way more observant regarding details like that. I know I wouldn't have even noticed!

K. Martinez, I would particularly love a large bag just like that! I have a tiny one that probably was used for postcards.

Connie, I like that too... makes me wish I could see it without all the garbage along the riverfront today.

OC Native, I totally agree... I don't want Frontierland to feel too "amusement parky"!

TokyoMagic! said...

JG, Thank you for the info about the bench. I think I now remember seeing that planter without the bench around it. And now I also think I remember seeing Sandy Duncan dance on the bench while surrounded by a bunch of Calypso dancers in the 1973 TV special, "Sandy In Disneyland."