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  • Melonballer's first trip to Disneyland, 1979

    Hi all. In case you missed it, here is a link to my thread of pictures from 1974. http://www.micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28774

    It was my sister's first trip and I was not born yet. My first trip was in August 1979. I was 3 years old and I still have memories of this trip. Luckily for all of you I have pictures as well. I haven't scanned all the good ones yet, but I am going to start the thread anyway. By the way, please do not repost without my permission please. So without further ado I present Fantasyland 1979 via the Skyway.



    ok I know that technically I am over Tomorrowland in this shot, but neat pic of the Matterhorn, right.



    Now that's Fantasyland. If you look close you can see the Pirate Ship and Skull Rock.



    Alice in Wonderland.



    Here's A much better picture of the skull and ship.




    Fantasyland asfter dark. If you look close you can see the old facades on the attractions and even ticket booths.

    Well that's it for now. I have more pictures to upload and will be doing so soon. What's next? Well, its nighttime at Disneyland in the late 70s, what could I possibly show next?

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    Re: Melonballer's first trip to Disneyland, 1979

    Thanks again for the pics! 1979 was a great year at DL - Big Thunder opening, Space Mountain in full swing, all the big bands at Plaza Gardens, and I was in my prime as a very proud CM. And people still flocked to the park even with the "gas shortage", odd-even license plate number gas rationing, and the shock of 1-dollar a gallon for the first time. (And the Angels won their first division title).

    Thanks again for the pics and the memories!!! It may have been (gulp) 27 years - but it seems like yesterday to me.

    --Barry
    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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      Re: Melonballer's first trip to Disneyland, 1979

      Wow! Those are some pretty dang cool pictures!! Seeing Skull Rock and the pirate ship there in Fantasy Land kinda makes me wish that it was still there. Oh well.
      MCDADMCA

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        Re: Melonballer's first trip to Disneyland, 1979

        Originally posted by MissChristine
        Wow! Those are some pretty dang cool pictures!! Seeing Skull Rock and the pirate ship there in Fantasy Land kinda makes me wish that it was still there. Oh well.
        If you'll permit me another Stone Age flasshback memory...I used to love the Pirate Ship...and on their menu...clam chowder. The same clame chowder I at one time made in New Orleans Main...the same chowder they sold at the Blue Bayou...(The Royal Street Veranda at that time sold mainly fritters, that we also made...great big ones, not the little mini's they serve now.)

        Anyway, we'd get a call 2-3 times a day that the Pirate Ship people were coming for so many gallons of chowder...we'd help em scoop it into nice clean plastic buckets and they'd hand-truck it back across the park...again, thanks for allowing me to share a memory.

        --Barry
        God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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          Re: Melonballer's first trip to Disneyland, 1979

          Excellent pictures - thank you!

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            Re: Melonballer's first trip to Disneyland, 1979

            thanks for sharing the memories Radiobarry. It's nice to get stories to go with the pictures.

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              Re: Melonballer's first trip to Disneyland, 1979

              You know, looking at it, the Skyway could have been so much more dressed up. It just looks BORING in those pics, but a little designing of the Buckets and the Supports would have gone a loooong way.

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                Re: Melonballer's first trip to Disneyland, 1979

                Great Pictures by the way!

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                  Re: Melonballer's first trip to Disneyland, 1979

                  Nice Pics, the Skull rock photo is excellent. Love it.
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                    Re: Melonballer's first trip to Disneyland, 1979

                    I'm glad everyone is enjoying the pictures. Here's a couple more.



                    I always loved it when you entered the Matterhorn. I never rode the Matterhorn while the Skyway was going through it.

                    FOr all those who miss it, here's a picture of that Autopia of the waterways, the Motorboat cruise.



                    By the way that is my Dad and I in the green boat. I'm driving!

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                      Re: Melonballer's first trip to Disneyland, 1979

                      Wonderful photos. This was when Disneyland was still Disneyland... not Pressler(OMG-Am-I-In-Over-My-Head-Without-A-Clue-About-The-Business-I'm-In)Land.

                      (Ever notice when people post vintage photos of Disneyland and the things they loved and miss the most today... they're almost always photos of Tomorrowland? Mr. Ouimet... what more do you need? Let's get to work!)
                      "Yesterday, a man walked up to me and said, 'Isn't it a shame that Walt Disney couldn't be here to see this?' and I said, "He did see this, that's why it's here."
                      -Art Linkletter July 17, 2005-


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                      • #12
                        Re: Melonballer's first trip to Disneyland, 1979

                        Originally posted by Tom Chaney
                        (Ever notice when people post vintage photos of Disneyland and the things they loved and miss the most today... they're almost always photos of Tomorrowland? Mr. Ouimet... what more do you need? Let's get to work!)
                        Yep. LEt's face it, It has probably changed the most for the negative out of everywhere in the park.

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                          Re: Melonballer's first trip to Disneyland, 1979

                          Ok everyone, thanks for your patience. I promised pictures of a Disneyland nightime spectacular and here they are. Presenting the Main Street Electrical Parade.



                          A circus bear. (Edit: actually as Radiobarry pointed out its Winnie the Pooh)



                          Pink Electrical Elephants on Parade.



                          Pinocchio! Watch out for Monstro!



                          A nice shot of the its a small world float.

                          And finally a 70's institution! The Mickey Mouse Roller Skaters (I don't know if that's what they were actually called, but they are one of the things I vividly remember from the trip.



                          Ok that's it for now. I do have more pictures and will be posting them as I get time to scan and upload them.
                          Last edited by Melonballer; 06-28-2006, 12:51 AM.

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                            Re: Melonballer's first trip to Disneyland, 1979

                            Originally posted by A Disney Dreamer
                            You know, looking at it, the Skyway could have been so much more dressed up. It just looks BORING in those pics, but a little designing of the Buckets and the Supports would have gone a loooong way.
                            Oh they were far from boring!
                            Nothing could and still can't compare to crossing into Fantasyland at night, on Skyway! The sights, smells, and sounds of Disneyland just overtook you, and it was a great moment!
                            They resembled real lifts that were used in the Alps, so that was the feeling...:ap:
                            Goin around the world...and back to Disneyland!

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                              Re: Melonballer's first trip to Disneyland, 1979

                              I believe the "circus bear" in the MSEP was "Winnie The Pooh".

                              That was when it was the Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade...
                              Gee, did I shout that part?

                              Performances at 8:50pm leaving It's A Small World, and 11:30pm leaving Town Square...Fantasy In The Sky Fireworks at 9:30pm...

                              Great memories...
                              God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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