Thursday, May 12, 2011

Inside Fort Wilderness

I particularly like the two visible trash cans (one looks like a tree stump) and wish I could read what that sign in the middle says...too bad this is closed seemingly permanently, now, after just rebuilding the exterior

Friday, April 1, 2011

Star Tours 2.0 Sneak Peek! First Image From Inside The Re-Imagined Ride

In an exclusive quote from Disney Parks Blog, we learn more about the soon-to-be-reopened Star Tours 2.0:

Star Tours 2.0 Sneak Peek! First Image From Inside The Re-Imagined Ride
by Katherine P. Nym, Social Media Manager, Disneyland Resort

Guests returning this summer to journey through 'a galaxy far, far away' will be glad to see some familiar faces inside the Star Speeder 2000 vehicles. As previously announced, beloved droid C-3PO will end up being the pilot for many of our outgoing flights. However, it has been now exclusively revealed Star Wars fans will encounter more old friends besides the protocol droid. Every voyage has the
possibility ofbeing piloted by that fan-favorite Gungan,
Jar-Jar Binks. Of course, he will need some help piloting the Speeder successfully, so young Anakin Skywalker will play a role as well via communcation screen to assist in navigating through a galaxy of adventure and dangers. Come to Disneyland soon and visit these delightful Star Wars staples, or you could be in bombad big bantha poodoo!

Read the full story here:

Monday, March 28, 2011

New Fantasyland Construction - 1983

Slides my father took in mid-1983, of the big Fantasyland remodel. First up, the sign/wall blocking off access to the land from the front:

Followed by a trip on the Skyway to look at the work being done:

Friday, March 25, 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pendleton Mills Photospread

Scanned from a old Vacationland issue. Hard to imagine the current store filled with only non-Disney clothes as opposed to pins and all the rest. Wish we had a clearer look at the bag the man is carrying: wonder if it is a Pendleton only logo one, or a Disneyland specific design

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Castle and Crowds - 1960's

A nice vintage view. See if you can spot Snow White, all seven Dwarves, the kid about to fall in the moat, and Rutherford B. Hayes! (Just kidding about Hayes)

Postcard Wednesday Again

Fallon Travel Lodge. 32 Units - Refrigerated Air - Heated Pool - Room Phones - Television

60 delightfully weather-conditioned rooms. Coffee Shop. Swimming Pool and playground. Free television and 5 channel radio system. 24 hour switchboard service

The Pillory on the old Sturbridge Village Green. The stocks and pillory are a reminder of the public penalties meted out to evil-doers in old New England

This famous cheese was on display at the New York World's Fair. 34,591 lbs.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

1970's Knott's Ticket Book

Oh, to be able to go back in time and see Jungle Island and the rest of the park as it existed then....

Monday, March 21, 2011

Tomorrowland's Clock of the World

Post-1959, but not sure of more precise dating for this image sadly. A lovely tour guide is pointing out to Disneyland visitors how the top ornament of the Clock of the World looks like a large colander cut in half. Budgets were tight in the early years, you know.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Candid Moment from Disneyland in the 50's

Daaaaaaad! Come on, I want to ride the mules again!

Interesting how far removed this simple scene is from the modern park just by small details. Notice the father is currently in process of putting his shoe back on, and the garden hose slightly carelessly looped under the bench and into the walkway...

Disney News - Spring 1989

Selected highlights of the issue, and some good material about the parks. Enjoy!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Disneyland INA Guide - Circa 1965

One of my favorite paper items in my collection, and doubtless handed out to visitors to the INA Carefree Corner on Main Street (current location of the Kodak store and photopass image print center)