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Early Disneyland- Dates Unknown

Wonderful color photos sent in by Alfonso Martin who also sent these photos used in an earlier post.

The first photo was taken sometime after 1967 and definitely long before 1982. We see the newer version of Skyway buckets up top. There's a view of Skull Rock which we know was removed to make way for New Fantasyland in 1983

The second photo, taken on the same day, is great because we see the original-style Mickey Floral in the background and the Disneyland letters on top of the turnstyle awnings. 

Notice the chain link fencing in both photos? It's something most people assume Disney would never have used, but they definitly did.



Waiting for Stuff- Disneyland 1963

This happy family photographs each other while they anxiously wait to... board the parking lot tram... arrive at the front gate... and climb into tea cups. What fantastic colors and clarity. 

Photo one is a great shot of the old parking lot, pre-California Adventure. Remember the huge power lines?

Photo two is a wonderful shot of the trams of that era. You'll notice the outward-facing seats and lack of safety equipment.

Photo three is a fantastic shot of the old Mad Tea Party turnstile and very early queue. Check out the use of inexpensive chain link fencing behind the kids and the slightly nicer fencing in front of the kids. 


Big thanks to Mark McKeon for sending the photos!


20K Lagoon- 1982

A couple more from Shaun Ortolano. GREAT COLORS!



Views from the Skyway- 1982

Photo sent by Shaun Ortolano

Look at the fun yellow ticket booth. And the old carrousel canopy.

Photo sent by Shaun Ortolano

Hooray for the shiny ball that Timothy Q. Mouse once stood on. Come back, Timothy animatronic. We miss you. I still remember the eerie yet exciting feeling I would get while crossing by the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea lagoon. Was anyone else afraid of the dark caves of 20K as a kid??

Photo sent by Shaun Ortolano


A popular theory explaining the removal of the Skyway states that Magic Kingdom roofs were looking worse and worse (which they were) and maintaining them would be too bothersome. We see here that not all roof space was utilitarian in appearance, but many areas were.

In recent months the the Skyway tower in Fantasyland was removed. Not long before that, the one in Tomorrowland was removed leaving only the lower level restrooms behind.

More great photos from Shaun Ortolano here ane here