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.
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