Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Spirit Of 1976-1977

Today's post is different for me. This new year I will be sharing pieces of my collection with you. First up is Disney News from Winter 1976 - 77. There are a few interesting articles in it, but first is the cover.
Recently we lost the Bank on Disneyland's Main Street. Here is a nice little article about the Bank Of America with some interior pics too.

This article is just plain silly. BUT, we like hats!
Here is wishing you all a safe and happy new year.
P.S. How do you post a PDF file in these blogs? I will post the entire magazine when I can figure that out!
Disney News is copyright of The Walt Disney Company.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas

Wishing you and yours the best in the new decade!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Tomorrowland Terrace Rehab

Well, I honor of the Tomorrowland Terrace's Referb, I'd thought I'd post some pics from the 1997 gut job...er...refurbisment. First up is a pic through the wall at the north side. I was going through my peeping tom phase at the time. Notice it was still sponsored by Coke.
Here is an over the wall shot of the same area from the other side.

And here is the famous Tomorrowland Stage, still with the leftover "40 Years of Adventure" decoration on top. The original Rolly Crump artwork planter, on the top of the stage, was removed in 1990.

I don't get into much of what has been done to Disneyland on this blog as it will be done whether we like it or not. BUT, the new new Tomorrowland of 1998 was a failure on so many levels. One of the biggest was the gut job on the Tomorrowland Terrace. The Terrace was designed with everything WED had learned about food service and guest seating. Before the removal of the wings, there was not a need for all the table umbrellas as they shaded a good portion of the seating areas...... Anyway, I hope that they restore some more of it's glory with this referb like they did with the stage a few years ago.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Something different....

Something different for your viewing pleasure. Today I am channeling Charles Phoenix and showing some Americana from 1959. First up is Riverside Raceway. That '55 Chevy looks like its moving purdy darn fast.
This is the city, Los Angeles, California. Things have sure changed in 50 years.

All these people are waiting for their Thanksgiving Dinner at the Senior Center. The caption should read, "Take the god-damn picture. I want my pumpkin pie."

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

Friday, November 06, 2009

Court of Angels

Hello, out there Ghost fans, All 10 of you.
Today's post is of the Court of Angels in New Orleans Square. This pic is from the late 80's and features the Court before it was a meet and greet, a Christmas Shop or a Art Corner. Just a little respite from the crowds......

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Adventureland 1988

Here are some shots of Adventureland from the spring of '88 (I sure took a hellofa lot of pictures in 1988). Here we have a pic of the "shopping district," The Adventureland Bazaar (back when it had real merchandise, not plush, plush and more plush).
The Safari Outpost, before Indiana Jones.

The Riverbelle Terrace from the backside with Sunkist, I Presume. I want my fresh squeezed orange juice.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Tomorrowland, Spring 1988

Here are a couple from Spring 1988. The first year of Blast to the Past was in full swing. I had just graduated from Mariner High School and celebrated with a trip to Disneyland. I drove down in my recently repainted 1979 Pontiac Grand Lemans 4-Door. I remember it was Maroon Red with Orange upholstery. Good Times!!!!!!

Here is a view of Tomorrowland's Themed Center, The PeopleMover. The Tomorrowland Terrace still had Orange Umbrellas (It hadn't gone to the lavender yet). The PeopleMover was just been repainted to the grey with color stripes and, though not pictured, Circle-Vision had gained their new sponsor. Delta Air Lines.
Here is a shot from the Rocket Jet Flight Deck. Enjoy!

Monday, September 07, 2009

Random Shots and a Red Dress

Hey there! A couple of random Shots for you today. Here is one of the "Metallic Sculpted Surfaces" from the Tomorrowland entrance circa 1989.
Here is a shot of the Mark Twain in dry dock around 1998.

So, Now for something completely different.
I am a Nun. Not your traditional Nun, but a Nun with The Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence. Here in Arizona, our house raises money for local charities, educate about HIV/AIDS and go around and just listen and brighten the day.
This weekend, We held our 2 annual Red Hot Salvation red dress party. In Arizona there are 36 of us and we had 10 visiting sisters from Los Angeles and San Francisco.
This years event, which I am the Chairnun for, raised money for The Bill Holt Clinic for Pediatric HIV/AIDS. We raised over $2500 for the clinic.
Here is a group shot of us before the event. You can't see me very well so.........

Here I am.
Sister Atopa Sleepurr-Sofa; Our Lady of Broyhill
I know that there are people out there that don't understand who or what the sisters are. Please contact me if you want to know more.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Some Pics From The Skyway

Here are some pics of Autopia and the Disneyland Railroad Station in Tomorrowland in Spring 1987.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Paris Fantasyland 1994

Hey there. I know I've been away for awhile but I've started back to school and have lost track of the time.
So here is a pair of pics from Disneyland Paris' Fantasyland circa 1994.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Buttons, We Have Buttons

Here are some of the buttons I have in my collection. First up is the 35th Anniversary Button.
Here we have the button from July 17, 1986.

And Circus Fantasy 1987.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson, Rest in Peace

I'm Shocked. While not a huge fan of Michael, he had enormous talent. The scarecrow in The Wiz, Captain EO, Thriller, Bad, Off The Wall....... Rest, dear Michael. I hope you find the happiness you were looking for.

Goodbye Farrah

We'll Miss you!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Catching up

I am running out of pictures and am trying to get some new ones. Look for new pics next week.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Post Card-a-rama

Here are some post cards from the late 80's and early 90's. The first one is from 1987. In Tomorrowland you can see a '57 Chevy Teal colored PeopleMover train just exiting from PSA's America The Beautiful and crossing over the entrance. Can't you just hear the narration? "From here you can see the heart of Disneyland, it's the Plaza, gateway to the themed.........." Next is a card from the early '90's. With a crane back in what will become Toontown and scaffolding up on 'it's a small world', I think its late 1990. It looks like they're building what will become the "Backstage with Baloo dressing room" attraction from Disney's Afternoon Ave - Live" for spring 1991.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

More EuroDisneyland Main Street, 1994

Here are some more pics from Main Street at Euro Disneyland (Name change was just happening).
Here is the Liberty Court (west side)
And the east side (Discovery Side)

And here is Main Street Motors. This was a cute little shop specializing in auto memorabilia. I don't know what it has now.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Pirates Extended Queue 1987

For my friends over at Mice Chat, here is the only shot I have of the Pirates extended queue. Disney was constructing the new overpass/entrance at the time.
In this closeup, you can see supports for a balcony right in the center of the pic. In the back, I believe is two drinking fountains (remember those).

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Another Disneyland

When I graduated from college, my parents gave me a trip to Paris (as a art student, there was no place else I wanted to go to). So in 1994 I got to go to Paris. And since I was a Disney geek I wanted to see the newest of the Magical Kingdoms. Here are a couple of shots from Main Street (before those UGLY lamp poles were put in). Everything was still new. I hope all six of my readers enjoy :-P

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Some Living Seas....

From 1986, the opening special for The Living Seas Pavillion at EPCOT.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Tom Saywer Island Map

I bought this 1950's map a few years ago and just decided to scan it. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Backstage 1997

Here is a pic from '97. It was during the Tomorrowland refit and we see some stuff in storage for that. In the middle is the sculpture that used to grace the entrance to Space Mountain lying on its side. It is now the sculpture that is closest to the Star Trader. If you look at it close enough, on your next visit to Tomorrowland, you can see where it was cut (so it could be laid down) and welded back together. To the right in the pic is the Mouserail. It is waiting for it's dismantling to go into the que for Rocket Rods. This pic is about where the entrance to the parking garage is now.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Souvenier Friday

Hey all,
Here is a bumper sticker from the 1970-80's for the Main Street Electrical Parade. What I find weird is that it's the Disneyland Electrical Parade. Who knows what they were thinking. I am gonna try a different technique to capture this sticker in all its glory. But for now this will do.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Four in One

Here today we have four great things here in Tomorrowland; Space Mountain, The Rocket Jets (right where they should be), The PeopleMover and the Tomorrowland Terrace. But look, isn't that a 59 Ford Skyliner? It must be Blast To The Past!!!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

A Picture's Mate And A Rant

A few months ago I posted a pix of the Disney Showcase on Main Street during the time it was painted brown and yellow. I couldn't remember when it was but I now know, 1990. Here is a mate to that pix. It shows the Disney Showcase in all it's baby doo-doo brown (I recently re-read a book (David Koenig) that says painters on Main Street would sometime change a color as the individual thought it looked better, I wonder if this is one of those times). Next door is The Town Square Cafe, although it's time is nearly up. OK, now a rant! In a post here at Videblog in January 2007, I posted a pix of the "Return to OZ" unit in the Main Street Electrical Parade. This pix has shown up on numerous websites and blogs without a mention of who the pix belongs to. Unless otherwise noted all pics on this blog were taken by me. I know that I can't do anything about it now, but it just gets my undies in a bunch that some people take credit for something that they didn't do. If there is any argument to any pics that show up here I have the slide or negative to prove who the are owned by. I know that Disney owns all legal crap on their theme parks blah blah blah, but own up to the fact that the image was taken by someone and include that info.
I'm done now with my rant.
Thank you for listening.

Edit: I was able to get ahold of one website and he didn't know who the owner of the pic was. He was very apologetic and is putting the correct info on it! Yay!!!! I am regaining faith in humanity!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Frontierland Details

Howdy folks, today we're gonna be in Frontierland. Here are some shots made with that new fangled thing called a camera. First up is a sign for Davy Crockett's Pioneer Mercantile.
Next we have a banner for the Shootin' Gallery. I never do well here.

And finally for today we are back to Pioneer Mercantile and some boxes that are on the shelf outside.