Growing up in Southern California for me meant many days out of the year were spent at Disneyland. Once me and my friends were old enough our parents would drop us off for the day and most of the night to get us out of their hair. We had so much fun running around the park. It became like a second home to us. But one thing about Southern California is that it is Hot, REALLY HOT a good portion of the year. And when I was little Disneyland had black asphalt streets in most of the areas. Around 3 pm the heat form the pavement would just radiate through your shoes, and make life unbearable. So if you were a regular you found the little out of the way places to cool off. One of our favorites was these little room sized telephone booths at the exit of Circle Vision in Tomorrow land. They were very large telephone booths that you could sit in, and could fit at least 3 people in comfortably. They were carpeted, with really comfy stools. They had glass doors that you could close for privacy, and the air conditioning was turned up so high in there it was like a meat locker. I think they were originally built so that you could have a video chat with someone, but since no one had a system that you could call where you could video chat back they just switched them to normal phone booths in a few years. It is so weird because I've been looking for a picture of them for a long, long time, and until now I haven't even found a mention of them. And I know there were around from the mid 70's to at least the late 1980's. Thank god for the Disney History Institute because you can just get a glimpse of them in this image. I believe they were behind that speed of dialing sign. I do remember they were on an outside wall so that when you were in there you were encased by smoked glass all around, and could people watch as people walked by. Or they might be the booths against the far wall, because I think at that time that building wasn't all connected like it is today. I really do wish I would have taken more pictures when I was younger. In any case here is a little part of my history.
Disneyland abandoned mine car from the old Mine trains through natures wonderland, or the painted desert
I've always had this weird attraction to this abandoned mine car area in Disneyland. It's on the backside of the park, behind Big Thunder Railroad. I remember it through the 80's as a completely forgotten area, then in the 90's they slowly beautified it, in the 2000's they stripping the area clean, then in the 2010 they brought back a little bit of the decorative elements to it. I knew it was part of another ride a long time ago. I think it was called Mine Trains through Natures Wonderland, or the Painted Desert. But I never could visualize just how the cave fit into the ride. Or what that segment of the ride looked like. I finally found a picture of that section of the ride (3 rd image down), and a map of the ride itself (4 th image down). YAY! for my goggle detective skillz!
The last section of the Snow Whites adventures ride at Disneyland. I love the spooky trees so much. There are some other great pictures of Disneyland in this link.
Walt himself, along with his daughters Diane and Sharon, wife Lilly, and a guest at his private apartment on Main Street, U.S.A. You can see the lamp in the background that stays lit in Walt's memory.
I ran across this illustration by Mary Blair today. I just love her work. No matter which one, all of her piece of art work always makes me so happy when I look at them. It's a concept picture for a section of the Small World ride at Disneyland. Below that is a painting by Uwe Heidschottery of Mary Blair with similar themes in the background. And then below that are my two favorite pictures of her. One the glamorous artist at work, and the next the smart 1960's artist and business woman taking her rightful place by Walt's side.
I am just completely in love with this artist! Her name is Heather Theurer, and if you like certian Disney movies just a little bit her paintings will bring a tear to your eye. This one of Lilo and Stitch just chokes me up every time. And a close second is the one below of the beautiful Mulan. Simply stunning.
Aren't they just STUNNING! Such a beautiful image of showgirls from the Golden Horseshoe Saloon in Disneyland.
Ooooooooh, this is such a great old picture of Disneyland! This is when they still had the medieval facades on the Fantasy land buildings. And then the Tea Cups where placed right beside the castle. I know they moved the Tea Cups a while ago, and then they moved the carousel back into the land a little bit for traffic flow. Could you imagine what it took to move the entire carousel. Just thinking of what that entails makes my head hurt. Oh, and I think that building off to the far right is the Fairytale theater. Oh, and look there is a ticket booth! I think someone told me that, that is the last of the old ticket booths, and it is now located next to Small world as a little souvenir booth. Such a pretty little Southern California day. I wonder what I was doing on the day this picture was taken?
Had to take a little trip to Disneyland today to walk off some holiday stress, while getting back into the Christmas spirit. It worked and as a reward I got this great picture of the castle. This is why I love instagram . It really looks like a picture from the 1960's. I did touch it up a little in photoshop, but most of it was thanks to Instagram. A little present from the app to me.
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