Thursday, January 21, 2016

Special Guest Photos - The Devlin Family - Part 02

Here are more fun family photos, graciously donated to me from the Devlin family! 

Let's start with this one, taken from the Pavilion Lanai in Adventureland. You could enjoy a great view  of the Jungle Cruise loading dock while you ate your lunch - sounds pretty entertaining. This picture features siblings Patrick, Mary, and Mike. Mike would eventually become an Imagineer! More on that in future posts. I love the "native" shield and even the wicker-backed chairs.

This is the only other Adventureland photo in this batch; I like the soft-focus foreground (Patrick again), and the fearsome hippo in the background.


Nanook said...

Oh - More Devlin Family Fun-!

And what Disney meal would be complete back in the day without a wax-covered carton of Carnation 'whole' Milk-! Yummy-!

Thanks Tom for sharing this Disneyland fun.

K. Martinez said...

I was looking forward to this. The first photo is great showing the Jungle Cruise dock and Pavilion dining Jungle lookout. It makes it extra special knowing there are GDB readers in the photo and at such an early time in Disneyland history. I've seen a lot of those Carnation milk cartons in my day. What memories those bring up. Thanks again, Tom for sharing your family photos. And thanks for hosting, Major.

walterworld said...

It's too bad the location of the first picture didn't remain a dining location...what a great view. And the JC skippers could have had a funny joke while waving to the people seated close to the edge, and mentioning something about Trader Sam, etc. Anyway, thank you Devlin Family and The Major..

TokyoMagic! said...

I also remember those milk cartons! The milk companies changed the design of those while I was in elementary school, but I remember they were still using this particular carton when I was in the third grade. That year, our teacher had us save our cartons from lunchtime and we turned them into vases to give to our moms for Mother's Day. The art project involved scraping the wax off of the carton and then painting them. My mom still has the "vases" that my brother and I made for her many years ago!

Yes, thank you to Tom for sharing his family photos with us and to the Major for posting them!

MRaymond said...

Didn't that dining area become the Tahitian Terrace? I remember skippers making jokes about it when a show was going on.

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, I think back to the days when I drank milk with every meal. The entire bottom shelf of our refrigerator was cartons of milk, when I was a kid. Now I almost never drink it, unless I am eating cookies or cake.

K. Martinez, I really do love that “lookout” dining area… it makes me wish they had others like it. I guess the Blue Bayou is sort of the same idea, and possibly Rancho El Zocalo (if you are sitting in the right area).

walterworld, you are right, now that the Jungle Cruise is basically a nonstop jokey experience, they could certainly work in a few laughs involving a nearby restaurant.

TokyoMagic!, it’s so funny, that milk carton craft project sounds just like the kind of thing I had to do growing up. We never used milk cartons, but we did have to bring in empty oatmeal cartons (those cardboard, cylindrical boxes with the lids). I love that your mom still has the vases that you and your brother made!

MRaymond, I think you might be right… as far as I know, the Tahitian Terrace was roughly in the same spot as the Pavilion Lanai.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to the photo owners for such nice pictures.

I had completely forgotten the experience of scratching the wax off a milk carton... thanks everyone for bringing that back.


TokyoMagic! said...

Major, you just reminded me of the functional cameras that we made out of oatmeal cartons in an 8th grade photography class. I'm also remembering now, that the milk carton vases were intended for dry or "straw" flowers. Does anyone decorate with those anymore?

Unknown said...

That first shot makes the dock look so wide. With the dock being narrower these days I went off looking for modern pictures so I could compare and found this instead:

Opposite angle and just about the same time.

Major Pepperidge said...

JG, I also remember sitting in movies and scratching the wax off of the soda cups with my fingernails. I’m sure the cleanup crews loved me.

TokyoMagic!, your camera project sounds pretty cool! We never did that one. We made butter. And I didn’t like it because I was used to salted butter.

Patrick Devlin, now I have to look for a modern shot of the dock, I did not realize that it was wider in the old days.

K. Martinez said...

I find it funny how people are disturbed about the shortening of the Rivers of America for Star Wars Land when over twenty years ago the Jungle River was shortened, removing part of the rainforest, a bend in the river below the Swiss Family Treehouse and the crocodile scene with several toucans. In addition, the river was way pushed in to widen the walkway through Adventureland and accommodate the new two-story Jungle Cruise building as well as the queue for Indiana Jones Adventure. The Jungle Cruise was shortened by a 1/5th of it's original size because of it. What they're doing to Rivers of America today was done to the Jungle River over 20 years ago.

Nanook said...

@ Ken-

As I always say: "These are the good old days". When the Seattle Center "campus", Home to the Seattle World's Fair, was experiencing its 50th anniversary in 2012, there was a lot of moaning over many of the original fair buildings which have since been done-away-with, and not adapted to newer uses. I always found that sentiment a bit odd, as if you walk around the grounds these days there is PLENTY that remains from the 1962 World's Fair - and not just the Space Needle, Monorail, the International Fountain or the Armory (then called The Center House during the fair), and re-named back to its original name in 2012).

And besides, where were all the naysayers back in 1961 to cry foul when many fine old homes, buildings and even streets were razed to make way for the fair-? (Undoubtedly there were some). Suddenly '1962' became the New Normal, and any disruption to that condition is an afront on common decency.

Change is inevitable. The question isn't "if" it will happen, but "when", and make certain the change is a welcome one most folks can embrace both for the short and long term.

TokyoMagic! said...

Major, we made butter in school too! We also baked bread! And hatched and raised chickens.....and silkworms!

Ken, I lamented the loss of every inch of the Jungle Cruise 20 years ago! I wasn't on the internet, so I only had a couple people to commiserate with instead of a whole online community. If I had liked the Indiana Jones Adventure, then I might have said that it was a fair trade-off, but I have never been happy with that attraction. I was actually looking forward to it prior to it opening, but in my opinion, the artwork looked far better than the final product. I will say that I enjoy the version at Tokyo DisneySea a tad better than the Anaheim version.

K. Martinez said...

Nanook, When I first went to the Seattle Center about eight years ago, I was actually surprised by how much was still there from the Seattle World's Fair. I just wished the Space Needle was still Galaxy Gold.

TokyoMagic!, Now for me the trade off was worth it. I thought the revamp of the Jungle Cruise with the more realistic jungle worn and grungy jungle launches and the two-story boathouse queue was a big plus and the Indian Jones Adventure queue the best ever done in Disneyland. That's why I want to hold judgment about the Rivers of America changes. I do remember you saying you preferred the original launches with the candy striped canopies. They did match Walt's vision of a clean and tidy park, but I still prefer the worn look.

Nanook said...

@ Ken-

For the 50th, the Space Needle was re-painted back to its original colors of - Astronaut White, Orbital Olive, Re-entry Red & Galaxy Gold. (I wonder if any local paint companies back in '62 offered colors with the same names-??)