Can we just agree this is one of the greatest parade floats Disneyland has ever had?
I’m kind of sad that I never got to see this in person (at least I don’t think I saw it — I was too young to remember it if I did, since I was only 1½ years old when it went away). It’s from America On Parade, which ran from June 1975 to September 1976 to celebrate America’s bicentennial.
On this day in 1960, Gala Day at Disneyland was released. It features the 1959 dedications of the Matterhorn, Submarine Voyage, and the Disneyland ALWEG Monorail System.
The best damn retro Disneyland thing I’ve come across in a long time: Frito Kid by Angry Jim
Click the nickel and live the dream.
If you are really dedicated, get a bag of Fritos, add some chili and chow down at the appropriate time while listening to Frontierland area music. Virtual reality experience of old Disneyland right there.
Head on over to ImagineeringDisney.com to learn more about the Frito Kid!
Starting in 1961 and lasting perhaps as late as 1965, Disneyland visitors would have found full-scale sets from the Disney feature ‘Babes In Toyland’ they could walk through inside the Main Street Opera house.
In the reminiscence of a member of MiceChat (posted in 2010), they state: “I went through it as a very small kid. All I remember clearly was that it was kinda dark in there and that it scared the crap out of me. I remember it as a large dark area filled with big scary things. I think I have a memory of walking inside a giant mushroom. Or maybe that was just something I remember from the nightmares the walkthrough probably caused. Sorry but that’s as specific as my memories are. I know I never went in there again. It was just the once on what must have been my first visit to Disneyland. Once was enough.”
Sadly, very few photos exist of the interior, but the one above showing the ‘haunted forest’ area and one additional one of the ‘village’ set are the most commonly circulated.
The marching wooden soldiers from the film caught on and remain a Disneyland staple each year in the Christmas Parade, but the rest of the film elements and park presence are by-and-large entirely forgotten.
The sets were cleared from the Opera House for the installation of Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln following the 1964 World’s Fair.
Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue, recorded this afternoon at Disneyland! Enjoy!
I had goosebumps pretty much the entire show. I remember almost all of this from the post-Wally Boag era of shows (the show changed from the Golden Horseshoe Revue to the Golden Horseshoe Jamboree in 1986).
I do kind of wish they’d brought in a Pecos Bill as a nod to Wally, but I guess it’s better to not do it at all if it’s not going to be done well.
Also, it was nice to see Miss Lilly point out the correct box as being Walt’s. People get that wrong all the time.
Even the Disneyland website has it wrong, saying that his box was upstairs on the left. His box was downstairs next to the stage, to the audience’s right (I’ve emailed Disneyland.com to tell them the site is wrong, but I think I’ve done that before and it’s still wrong).
A quote from Wally Boag in the Spring 1993 E Ticket Magazine (featured on the blog of the Walt Disney Family Museum) says so:
“The stage left box was Walt’s. If Walt was in the park they would notify us and that box (the one under the steer horns) would be kept empty…and he showed up a lot. He would always stay after the show and talk to us.”
(“Stage left” means the performer’s left as they look out at the audience, not the audience’s left as they look at the stage.)
Original WED Enterprises (the Disneyland design/architectural firm) construction blueprints for the Haunted Mansion’s ‘Donald Duck’ chair, likely one of the few design remnants from Rolly Crump’s Museum of the Weird concepts that made it into the final attraction.
Rolly’s sketch of a haunted chair that would ‘stand up and talk to guests’.
The final prop chair at Disneyland…..
…..and the Magic Kingdom.
I want one.