Sunday, December 01, 2019

A Boring Pair

SNOOZERS! Sorry about shouting, but you needed to be warned. I care.

This might not be the lamest photo of Rainbow Ridge ever taken, but it is in the running, and sometimes it's nice just to be considered. I can only guess that the photographer was trying to avoid having too many heads in the photo, and I appreciate the thought... but this is what he wound up with. 

How about a boring view of the Submarine Lagoon? It's just a lot of blue-green water, and some corals and seaweed, and some bubbles. No mermaids! The only thing that I can find that's interesting is all of the sculpted shapes right next to the track on which the Subs ran - nobody on the ride would have noticed it. Presumably it was done just so the lagoon would look good from up in the air.


TokyoMagic! said...

I don't mine the composition of that first pic, very much. And the second pic isn't the best, but the photographer probably couldn't kelp it.

Andrew said...

No matter the angle, it's fun seeing how much detail there was on the Rainbow Ridge buildings. Audio, too! I also give TokyoMagic's puns 10/10.

Here's a fun fact: did you know the Monorail and Subs are interchangeable on each other's tracks? It's never been done, but the "highway in the sky" could become a "hydro highway" if the operations people were willing to put in the effort.

Chuck said...

While not postcard (or maybe even scrapbook) material, neither photo is completely devoid of interest. The stamp mill is hiding in the upper left corner of the first photo, while the second picture depicts the most interesting part of the sub track's visible layout - the two switches that allow the subs to back into the two storage tracks along the dock.

Andrew, the identical track was intentional, a safety feature in the unlikely event that a monorail fell off the beamway into the lagoon...or the even more unlikely event that a sub fell out of the lagoon and onto the beamway. The Walt-era Imagineers thought of everything.

"Lou and Sue" said...

Happy Birthday, Clyde Hughes!

Boring, or not, these pictures transport us back to Disneyland for a few seconds - that's the best part. Or at least one of the best parts - the commentary being the other. Thanks, Major and commenters!


K. Martinez said...

All vintage Disneyland pics have value to me.

Perhaps the photographer wanted to photograph the switch track for the Submarine Voyage. Being that I love the mechanical side of things, I would've found that interesting enough to take a pic of it if I had a lot of film handy. Thanks, Major.

JC Shannon said...

Major, Major...Just like you can't have too much money or too many chocolate eclairs, you can't have enough pictures of Rainbow Ridge. OK, so the lagoon photo is a little boring, but hey, so were the musical numbers in Marx Brothers movies. I still enjoy 'em with an eclair or two. Thanks Major

Major Pepperidge said...

TokyoMagic!, those puns are worthy of Wally Boag!

Andrew, well I have learned something after all these years. I would love to see the Monorail running under water, and the subs running on the Monorail track!

Chuck, I sure didn’t notice the two switches in the sub lagoon, thanks! One of the points of interest for me is all of the stuff hanging in the front of the “Miner’s Hardware” store. Are they all scaled-down, and specially made so that they work with the shrinkified buildlings? Maybe they actually made smaller-sized shovels, horse brushes, saws, lanterns, etc, custom for just this purpose?

Lou and Sue, sure, it might be Clyde Hughes’ birthday, but December 1st is also the birthday of Woody Allen, Lou Rawls, Lee Trevino, Bette Midler, Gary Panter, Sarah Silverman, and ZoĆ« Kravitz. Now you know.

K. Martinez, you could be right, our photographer might have been more mechanically-minded. Who’s to say! Or they might have just liked the pretty blue-green water and the coral reef.

Jonathan, now I am going to have to test your theory about having too many chocolate eclairs. It’s a tough job, but I am up to the challenge! I’ll let you know how it goes. Ha ha, the musical numbers in the Marx Brothers movies WERE boring. Everything came to a screeching halt! I guess it’s just what moviegoers expected, somehow. Or it was a leftover artifact from when the Marx Brothers did their shows on the Vaudeville stage?

Nanook said...

Ahhhh.... with the exception of Lydia, the Tattooed Lady. ( In fact - that was a featured song at the Rainbow Ridge Opera House).

Thanks, Major.

stu29573 said...

Interesting fact, you combine the two pictures and you get...the flooded town from Big Thunder! Whoa. I have to sit down now...

Anonymous said...

Seeing the picture above Rainbow Ridge brings back memories of the picnic table up on the top of the hill for breaks...hidden by trees. I'd get a burger and Coke at Fan 1 or Carnation Gardens and walk up for a very pleasant..and quiet..lunch. And what great views too! KS

Nanook said...

@ KS-
The real perks of being a CM.

Melissa said...

Musical numbers in Marx Brothers movies boring?!? Them's fightin' words! Cream pies at dawn!

Dean Finder said...

If anyone needs documentation of the steps next to the Opera House, we're all set, so it's not a total loss.

Anonymous said...

@Dean Finder, I just noticed those stairs!

Major, I think that some of the prop goods are scaled down. I remember a post some years ago showing a CM in the "red undershirt" costume standing under the porch of one of the RR buildings, he looked like a giant beside some of the prop items.

This is a prime "Come for the pictures, Stay for the Comments" post.

Thanks everyone.


Anonymous said...

RE: sharing the tracks. Seems logical that the submarine would share some technology with the Mark Twain and the Columbia. What we can see of these rails looks pretty similar. I wonder how often they check the tread on the submarine tires.

Also, the clear water means the tracks can't be hidden as they were at ROA.

I've always enjoyed how the underwater scenes are duplicated on each side of the sub track so all the visitors can see the same sights. Is this the first attraction to do this?