Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Kids in Disneyland, August 1963

I love these photos (from a small batch of color prints) from August 1963! Especially this first one, with four kids proudly wearing their Mouse Ears, and a fifth kid wearing what appears to be a Civil War-style kepi (Union, I think!). I can't tell if those two boys in the middle are twins or not... the more I look, the more I think that they aren't (or at least they are not identical).

Paco the Parrot was quite the star, but he was used to the paparazzi. See him casually preening while his excited fans gape in wonder! It's all in a day's work for Paco. Notice the sign to the right, announcing the performance times for "Pat and Victoria". Apparently the Pirate Trio was reduced to a duo at some point.

This cute kid doesn't want to get too close to Happy (that is Happy, isn't it?), and I don't blame him. Look at the size of that head! He could swallow the kid in one gulp.

I don't recall ever seeing this small bandstand before, do you? Snow White and Sleepy the narcoleptic dwarf are placed on display like cuts of meat (if cuts of meat were placed on bandstands). Dance for us, Snow White, dance! 

I have three more pictures from this small set, you'll see them soon!


Rich T. said...

These are great! Those five kids seem as happy as most kids would be to stand still for a photo instead of exploring! :) And Paco just rocks.

Happy looks like he's doing that creepy puckering face thing. Yikes.

TokyoMagic! said...

Major, I think we've seen that pedestal thingy, or at least part of it in one of your past posts, but I couldn't say how long ago.

Snow White refuses to dance until the Dwarfs build her a pole in the center of that pedestal.

Graffer said...

That's the oddest Snow White I have ever seen.
Looks more like Marlo Thomas in 'That Girl'.

K. Martinez said...

Interesting white squares on the Mickey Mouse Club Ears.

Melissa said...

Yeah, Snow's got some bouffant going on there.

Connie Moreno said...

Ya back in the day, they didn't use wigs...you really had to look like Snow in order to be Snow, LOL! Neat pics, I want more!

Major Pepperidge said...

Rich T, you are right, those kids are not in the mood to pose for yet another picture!

TokyoMagic!, you remember my stuff better than I do, so you are are probably right about that pedestal. I would love it if they had a naughty Snow White!

Graffer, I think we're used to a be-wigged Snow White rather than a gal with the real deal.

K. Martinez, I wonder what those are! In some cases they are not well centered, so it looks like it is something that was applied afterwards. A guided tour sticky "badge"?

Melissa, my bouffant is much better.

Connie, there are still a few more from this set, so stay tuned!

TokyoMagic! said...

Major, she's already started! Looking at these again, I just noticed that Snow White's cape is slipping down off of her right shoulder.

Anonymous said...

I remember those kepi style hats were sold in Frontier Land at the Davy Crocket "Museum", along with a lot of toy guns and coon skin caps.


Anonymous said...

That pedestal thingy has been bugging me for awhile! I have seen only 4 or 5 pics, most like the shot in the first link, only showing a bit of it. Your pics are the best, since now I can tell what it is! Couldn't find all of the others, but here are two: http://www.matterhorn1959.com/blog1/fantasyland4.jpg (dated 1962)and http://www.flickr.com/photos/mytravelphotos/6113652655/ (1964) - thanks for more great pics! Barbara in Orange

Melissa said...

I approve of the No-Wig Method. It makes the character look more like a real live person.

outsidetheberm said...

Urg! Pat and Victoria?! Now it seems clear that the cove was a black hole for obscure performers. Were they part of the elusive Pirate Trio? Or part of something more mysterious??

The search goes on. Thanks, Major.

Major Pepperidge said...

TokyoMagic!, that Snow White is such a tease!

CoxPilot, I have a photo of my brother wearing a kepi-style hat when he was a small child, but he doesn't want me to share it on this blog.

Barbara in Orange, I had no idea that the pedestal was an item of discussion. Cool that you have links to some other photos of it, though, thanks!

Melissa, the powerful wig lobbyists will not be happy with you… beware their wrath.

outsidetheberm, I was hoping you would know if Pat and Victoria were part of the trio (or not). Interesting!

Melissa said...

Yeah, you can't fight Big Wig.

Heidi Ann said...

I wish I had a Snow White costume like that one - I think it is really simple, yet lovely. Looks like it was made of velvet.

Chuck said...

I had a kepi like that we bought in Frontiertland in 1976. It survived a move, then mysteriously vanished the same day I found two large garbage bags at the curb and my closet was suddenly clean. I was eight. I was so angry at my mother I left home that very day and joined a wandering band of vampire hunters. I learned some valuable life skills, but driving stakes through the hearts of the undead was no match for Mom's tuna casserole. I was back home inside of a year, wiser, sadder, but full of tuna.