Archive for the ‘Photo’ Category

Photoland: On Deck — Big Thunder

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

This photo, taken from the deck of the Columbia, shows the peak (or, as people who have trouble spelling say, “peek”) of Big Thunder Mountain.

Photoland: On Deck -- Big Thunder

You can’t see it because the old photo is in the way, but at the time this was taken, a huge crane was disassembling Big Thunder Mountain’s titular mountain so that it could be taken backstage for refurbishment.

Next up:Howdy!

Photoland: Petrified!

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Walt Disney famously gave his wife a huge hunk of petrified tree as an anniversary gift, and it became a permanent part of the park when she “accidentally” left it in Frontierland near the Rivers of America.

Photoland: Petrified!

The tree itself has changed little over the years (as a petrified tree, it no longer blooms, grows, or bears fruit), but Frontierland has certainly changed around it. In the background, you can just make out Rainbow Ridge, the town that served as an entrance to the beloved Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland Attraction (which later served as inspiration for Fantasyland’s Alice in Wonderland attraction).

Next up: The sound of thunder

Photoland: Island Getaway

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Here are two photos of Tom Sawyer Island, overlaying photos of Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island (formerly Pirates’ Lair on Tom Sawyer Island).

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Photoland: Island Getaway

They definitely make you nostalgic for the days when the island wasn’t all “piratey,” don’t they?

Next up: Rockin’ wood

Photoland: Singing My Way

Monday, March 11th, 2013

The Haunted Mansion’s exterior hasn’t changed a lick since it opened (aside from the addition of the pet cemetery, the extension of the queue, the removal of part of the graveyard, the addition of the Mormon funeral coffin, some landscaping, installing a manhole cover in the middle of the grass for some reason, and the occasional annual redecorating for the Halloween/holiday season). See?

Photoland: Singing My Way

Next up: A raft of photos

Photoland: It’s the Rail Thing

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Disneyland’s train engines have remained the same over they years, even though some of their surroundings have changed. For example, Frontierland Station was replaced with New Orleans Square Station…

Photoland: It's the Rail Thing

…and the sideways-seating cars seen here have been replaced with faster-loading front-seating cars. But as Walt Disney himself said, “I’ll give up my trains when you pry them from my coal dusted hands.”

Next up: Room for one more

Photoland: Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a Photograph for Me

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

If you ever want to take an old photograph and hold it up while taking a photograph of it, don’t do it in a moving vehicle in a dark room or it will turn out like this:

Photoland: Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a Photograph for Me

You might have better luck taking a picture in a restaurant, but if the restaurant is lit only by tiny, animatronic candles and fake fireflies, it will still turn out like this:

Photoland: Blue Bayou

Next up: In training

Photoland: Reserved for Indiana Jones

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

This one’s a bit whimsical. We found a photo of the old Disneyland parking lot, and by using triangulation, a solar-position database, and Google Maps were able to calculate that it was taken from a point that is now part of the Indiana Jones Adventure queue!

Photoland: Reserved for Indiana Jones

Is the parking lot sign seen in this photo the very one that is currently found hidden within Mara’s temple? Nobody knows! (But we’re going to say it is anyway.)

Next up: Pirates!

Photoland: Tikimania!

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Aside from Main Street, the castle, the train, Pirates, the Haunted Mansion, and the Main Street Vehicles, there is no attraction at Disneyland more associated with Walt Disney than the Enchanted Tiki Room.

Photoland: Tikimania! entrance

The entrance to the Tiki Room has changed little over the years and, like today, was often completely empty.

Within the building we find birds…

Photoland: Tikimania! bird

…singing plants…

Photoland: Tikimania! flowers

…and, of course, tikis!

Photoland: Tikimania! tikis

(One thing we don’t find is a anyone willing to let us use a flash or set up flood lights to take pictures, no matter how cool or important to Disney history those pictures are, so these are a little dark. Sorry about that.)

If you compare the old animatronic creatures to the new ones, you can see one important difference: the old Tiki Room figures were entirely pneumatic! They were all converted to electricity some years ago after the park ran out of the original air purchased to run the pneumatic machinery and found that it was prohibitively expensive to replace.

Next up: Temple of the Forbidden Parking

Photoland: Hubbub

Friday, March 8th, 2013

In our collection, we have many, many photos of Sleeping Beauty Castle. This only makes sense, because what sane person would visit Disneyland with a camera and not take a photo of the park’s most iconic icon?

Photoland: Hubbub

Even though the castle has been in the park since day one, it (and the hub before which it stands) have changed quite a bit over the years. For example, the trees have grown, the pain scheme has been adjusted, and the 24-carat gold on the spires has been replaced with “fantasy gold.” More significantly, if this picture were taken today, the castle would be completely obscured by the Partners statue!

Next up: Tikis!

Photoland: Phony Calls

Friday, March 8th, 2013

In the Market House at the end of Main Street is an old-fashioned telephone:

Photoland: Phony Calls

Pick up the receiver, and you can hear a fanciful old party-line telephone call (so called because those with enough money to own a phone at the time were stereotypically rich Republicans who always voted “along the party line”) in which a woman is so confused that she has called the postmaster to tell him that her barn is on fire.

Note that the phone is farther to the left on the wall in the old picture than it is in the new picture. Many years ago, the phone was moved further into the corner to make more room for merchandise in the shop.

Next up: The hub