Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Three Hucktastic Photos

Today we have three more photos from Huck, circa 1995!

Ah, the old Autopia - I was awfully fond of the Corvette-style sports cars, so it's nice to see them here, just a short while before the Fantasyland and Tomorrowland Autopias were joined into a single track. In theory I like the idea of a variety of car types for the miniature highway, but am just not that crazy about the way the current examples look. 

It's kind of interesting to look at the photo from last Friday and compare the way Tomorrowland Station looked then and now.

For you fans of signage, here's a sign from the Fantasyland Autopia. Bumping may occur! That's OK, my favorite dance at the disco is The Bump. Pregnant women should avoid this ride - we don't want any unexpected deliveries. Unless it's a pizza with sausage, mushrooms, and pepperoni. 

Look at that kid with the backwards baseball cap! Disgraceful! 

The old Submarine lagoon looks very pretty hear, glowing like a blue topaz. The Monorail beamway gleams in the sunlight, and there are still Peoplemover cars up on their track. Lemon yellow subs ply the waters, no longer hunting for commies, but instead performing undersea reasearch.


Nanook said...

Thanks, Huck - these are more great images. Everything looks quite 'shiny and sparkly'.

Scott Lane said...

I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would ever think of the 90's as "the good old days".

TokyoMagic! said...

Major, yes...that train station shot is an excellent pic to compare to the one from 1958 that you posted last week. And we can see how nicely those trees on the berm grew in those 38 years. It's hard to believe that another 21 years have now passed. I guess it should be just about time for Disney to chop all of them down.

Thanks for sharing these with us Huck and Major! And I'm with Scott Lane.....these have now become "the good old days!"

K. Martinez said...

Great images of the Tomorrowland Station and Fantasyland Autopia sign and load. Lots of memories of the sparrows flying through the open air canopy of the Autopia load and sometimes nests in the underneath area of the canopy.

Thanks for sharing these cool pics with us, Huck. Very nice.

Unknown said...

Thanks Huck for the shares. Most kind.

The holes in various components that characterize at least one aspect of Googie architecture are properly called "lightening holes". It's borrowed from aerospace and high-tech design and lightens the beam without a huge decrease in stiffness. I thus gives some Googie pieces high tech cachet as we make the airplane-race car-rocket connection.

Thanks all.

Anonymous said...

What Patrick Devlin said. Also, the old Disneyland Hotel and Monorail station.

Thanks Major and Huck!


Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, the park had been spruced up for the 50th Anniversary (just a year before), fixing so much of the neglect that had plagued the park for years (hello, Paul Pressler).

Scott Lane, I agree with you, though in large part it is the fact that it was mostly pre-Annual Passholder, at least to the degree that the APs rule the park today.

TokyoMagic!, yes, the trees look great, and I hope that landscaping for the northern end of Frontierland sees a similar effect. Cliffs and waterfalls are fine, but it feels so abrupt and sort of out of place right now. Perhaps in 5 or 10 years it will all look as if it’s always been there.

K. Martinez, those were audio-animatronic sparrows! I mostly think of sparrows hoping for a stray french fry over at the Tomorrowland Terrace.

Patrick Devlin, I thought they were called “lightening holes” because the metal had been struck by lightening. ;-) IT COULD HAPPEN!

JG, I still credit the A.C. Gilbert company for that look - using absolutely no research on my part, of course. It’s how I roll!

K. Martinez said...

Major, yes, I recall many a sparrow going for those Terrace french fries. I wonder how many birds and creatures lived their entire life cycle within the gates of Disneyland.

Chuck said...

Ken, that would be AWESOME.

Major Pepperidge said...

K. Martinez, just think of what a sparrow would eat if it spent its whole life in the park. French fries, popcorn, churro sweepings, pretzel crumbs… it’s like heaven!

Chuck, I think a lot of children (and maybe a few adults, like that guy who has been to the park over 2000 days in a row) have dreamed of living at Disneyland.

Dean Finder said...

I didn't know that there were yellow submarines before the Finding Nemo iteration of the subs in the late 2000s