Archive for March, 2013

Photoland: One Little Indian

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

One of Main Street’s most famous residents is this small-statured Native American.

Photoland: One Little Indian

He has remained in the same spot on Main Street since park opening, and has seen the shop behind him transform from a tobacco store, to a sports memorabilia shop, to a horribly cramped annual-pass processing center, to a music store.

It may seem frighteningly inappropriate today, but back in the 1950s this statue was given the name “How” (his brother in Frontierland was named “And How.”)

Next up: Main Street sisters

Photoland: Mail Cannon

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Part of what makes Disneyland so wonderful are the little details. One of those details on Main Street are the cannons.

Photoland: Cannon

It’s subtle, but in this original picture you can see that the cannon is still rebelliously aimed at City Hall (instead of at the Tour Garden, as it is today). In the background, you can just catch a glimpse of the Emporium windows, which held dioramas from whatever Disney feature film was most recently in theaters.

Across the street from the cannon is one of Main Street’s mailboxes.

Photoland: Mail

At the time this photo was taken, Disneyland still had its own post office. Today, the text on the mailbox says that mail is taken from Disneyland to the Anaheim post office.

A bit of trivia: these mailboxes used to be quite popular, but because of the rise of e-mail and the decline in the sending of postcards, these boxes are used so infrequently that the park now only checks and empties them annually (usually just before Christmas, in case there are any letters to Santa in there).

Next up: A Native American statue

Photoland: City Hall

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

City Hall, one of Disneyland’s original buildings, hasn’t changed much over the years.

Photoland: City Hall

In fact, if it weren’t for the growth of the trees behind the building, the view would be practically timeless!

Next up: Mailbox and cannon

Photoland: Twin Peaks

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Today’s Photoland photos include two pictures of the Matterhorn, allowing you to see how it has changed over the years.

The first…

Photoland: Twin Peaks 1

…is from a time when the Skyway still passed through the mountain, providing riders with a neat way to look down upon hapless guests being stalked and pounced upon by the newly installed animatronic yeti.

This photo includes a glimpse of the old Fantasyland, with its fanciful palm trees, simple buildings, and carrousel whose horses were little more than painted plywood flats.

The second photo…

Photoland: Twin Peaks 2

…is of a more modern Matterhorn. This one if from after the Skyway had been removed but before the OSHA-mandatead railing was installed for the safety of mountainclimbers.

Next up: City Hall

Photoland: Yestertwain

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Our second attempt at a Disneyland photo overlay was a little more successful than the first.

2013-Photoland: Yestertwain

Here you can see the Mark Twain sailing around the old, pirate-free corner of Tom Sawyer Island. In the background is Cascade Peak, which was later demolished and replaced by trees when the park was going through a spurt of renovations based on misguided attempts at “political correctness.”

This picture is still not perfect. We were not able to line up the location exactly, in part because back when the original photo was taken the economy was still strong and, therefore, the Rivers of America had not yet been downsized.

Next up: Two of the Matterhorn

Photoland: Boag to the Future

Monday, March 4th, 2013

We at DisneyLies are great fans of the Filmography series of photographs in which the artist photographs IRL scenes while holding up a snapshot of a movie scene that was filmed in the same location. Inspired by this (and by the many photos we’ve seen online of people holding historic photos in their present location), we decided to create a similar set of photos in the second most photographed place on Earth, Disneyland.

Our first attempt was made in the historic Golden Horseshoe Saloon. Here’s how it turned out.

Photoland: Golden Horseshoe

This was not as successful as we had hoped. Although we were able to line up the stage lights and statuary, the curtains are complete wrong. Were we standing in the wrong place? Had the Golden Horseshoe been renovated at some point in the last few decades? Were we just bad at this? Science has no means of addressing these questions.
This first attempt did teach us three things, though:

  • Making these pictures is hard.
  • People look at you funny when you’re in public taking a picture of a picture.
  • Chaps make Wally Boag’s legs look fat.

After this first attempt, we took nearly 700 additional photos in the park, resulting in about 30 that actually worked. In the coming weeks, we will post these photos along with our commentary on how the park has changed over the years. Tell your friends!