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  • [Pictures] Can you tell me where this photo was taken at Disneyland?

    A coworker is scanning her family pics from their 1971 trip to Disneyland, and she found this gem...



    I don't recognize where it was taken, or what the subject matter is. It appears to be the Matterhorn in the top of the picture, but what is the yellow thing behind the waterfall? Where exactly in the park was this shot snapped?


  • #2
    Re: Can you tell me where this photo was taken at Disneyland?

    Looks like the waterfall in the subs to me.

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    • #3
      Re: Can you tell me where this photo was taken at Disneyland?

      It looks like the picture was taken while riding the Mark Twain, and the ride in question is the Mine Train through Nature's Wilderness (or something like that).

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      • #4
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        It was called Cascade Peak and it was part of the Mine Trains.

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        • #5
          Re: Can you tell me where this photo was taken at Disneyland?

          Correct! this picture was taken in front of Cascade Peak (Which is now long gone) and it has a train from Mine Train Through Natures Wonderland underneath it. It seems like it was taken from the Mark Twain.
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          • #6
            Re: Can you tell me where this photo was taken at Disneyland?

            http://www.disneylandpostcards.com/frlminetrain.jpg

            The attraction started as Rainbow Caverns Mine Train, opening on July 2, 1956, then was temporarily closed on October 11, 1959, so the Nature's Wonderland area could be built and the track extended, then it reopened May 28, 1960 as Mine Train thru Nature's Wonderland. It closed permanently on January 2, 1977. The waterfalls on Cascade Peak continued to run but by 1998, Cascade Peak had deteriorated to the point where they decided to bulldoze it.

            Without the water running, but before Cascade Peak was bulldozed:

            http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_A4grLYnNdu...BPeak%2B01.jpg

            Then and now:

            http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_A4grLYnNdu...BPeak%2B12.jpg
            Last edited by penguinsoda; 11-19-2009, 10:55 AM. Reason: Hotlinked image

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            • #7
              Re: Can you tell me where this photo was taken at Disneyland?

              Thanks for those shots, Bob and Sosai. I was wondering why they took it out, but if it was falling apart, I guess they had no choice. It sure would be nice to have those falls back, though.

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              • #8
                Re: Can you tell me where this photo was taken at Disneyland?

                The falls were LOUD when you were on the train! The train passed behind the first big, wide fall shown in the photo, and the effect from the train was much like the "back side of water" effect when the Jungle Cruise boats pass behind Schweitzer Falls. It was very loud, there was a fine mist in the air, and it seemed like the massive wall of water was just inches away from your face. After that, the train passed in front of other falls on Cascade Peak, including a pair of them were called the Twin Sisters, and the recorded narrator said, "I reckon that's 'cause they're always babblin'." My favorite part of the Mine Train was the Rainbow Caverns at the end, but Cascade Peak was very impressive, like the Matterhorn's little brother but with several more waterfalls.

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                • #9
                  Re: Can you tell me where this photo was taken at Disneyland?

                  I learn something new on MC everyday =)
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                  • #10
                    Re: Can you tell me where this photo was taken at Disneyland?

                    Originally posted by Bob Weaver View Post
                    The falls were LOUD when you were on the train! The train passed behind the first big, wide fall shown in the photo, and the effect from the train was much like the "back side of water" effect when the Jungle Cruise boats pass behind Schweitzer Falls. It was very loud, there was a fine mist in the air, and it seemed like the massive wall of water was just inches away from your face. After that, the train passed in front of other falls on Cascade Peak, including a pair of them were called the Twin Sisters, and the recorded narrator said, "I reckon that's 'cause they're always babblin'." My favorite part of the Mine Train was the Rainbow Caverns at the end, but Cascade Peak was very impressive, like the Matterhorn's little brother but with several more waterfalls.
                    Ah, you beat me to the punch line! I was going to tell about the Twin Sisters!

                    man, I miss that Mine Train! My brother and I used to sit up in the cab of the train when they would let us and ring the bell all the way around. I have a picture of that...somewhere...that needs to be scanned!
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                    • #11
                      Re: Can you tell me where this photo was taken at Disneyland?

                      You're so lucky! I never got to sit up front. I was just a kid and did what my Dad told me to. We usually tried to sit in the last car, since that was the one most likely to go by the geyser as it went off, if I recall correctly.

                      The "Twin Sisters" falls:

                      http://icanhaspixiedust.files.wordpr...kminetrain.jpg

                      After Cascade Peak the train went over this trestle, which scared me.

                      http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_c4OIkT0wtl...in+tressel.jpg

                      A remnant of the tunnel in the above picture can still be seen today if you walk between Big Thunder and Fantasyland:



                      I think they have removed most of the stuff in the picture above and all that's left now is the tunnel itself. If you stand here long enough you might see the "jumping fish" from the water which still works, last I heard.

                      http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_OO7WbmARD0...E/s400/c-1.jpg

                      The train went through the Living Desert, with a saguaro forest, bubbling mud pots, geysers and the balancing rock canyon, where rocks teetered and wobbled above your head.



                      The ride concluded with a trip through the glorious Rainbow Caverns, designed by Claude Coats, with fountains, geysers and channels of colored fluorescent waters, lit only by blacklights, and requiring six separate plumbing systems, one for each color. A sort of "angelic" music played in the caverns.



                      After exiting Rainbow Caverns, the train arrived at the loading station at the town of Rainbow Ridge. The small storefronts and buildings there are still visible today behind the loading area for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.



                      The train trip was approximately 9 minutes long and the recorded narration was provided by Dallas McKennon, who passed away this last July 14th.
                      Last edited by penguinsoda; 11-19-2009, 10:56 AM. Reason: Hotlinked image

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                      • #12
                        Re: Can you tell me where this photo was taken at Disneyland?

                        Those are awesome photos -- stunning quality for 30+ years old. If it weren't for the visitors' hair styles, I'd think this was a brand new attraction.
                        Now don't close your eyes, and don't try to hide...

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                        • #13
                          Re: Can you tell me where this photo was taken at Disneyland?

                          cool photos. Thanks for sharing them.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Can you tell me where this photo was taken at Disneyland?

                            Originally posted by SillySpook View Post
                            Those are awesome photos -- stunning quality for 30+ years old. If it weren't for the visitors' hair styles, I'd think this was a brand new attraction.
                            That's what I was thinking too.


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                            • #15
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                              I miss this ride more than any other ever in the park.
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                              • #16
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                                That's really neat, I had read about the mine train ride, but to see photo's is just awesome!
                                Yaye!

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                                • #17
                                  Re: Can you tell me where this photo was taken at Disneyland?

                                  Originally posted by I Heart Disneyland View Post
                                  Looks like the waterfall in the subs to me.
                                  I'm SHOCKED you said that. I mean, at first glance yes. But I recognized this and it closed before I was born! :lol:

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                                  • #18
                                    Re: Can you tell me where this photo was taken at Disneyland?

                                    The Mine Train was what sold me on Disneyland. If I had known they were going to discontinue it, I would have ridden it much more. Usually we only did it once per visit. Personally I thought it was much better in the daylight, you could see more (and there were over 200 animatronic animals along the route). Some elements of it were kind of hokey; the saguaro forest with fake cacti in human shapes seems dumb today, the bubbling mud pots were really much too vividly colored to look natural. But it had a lot of character, the narration was fun, and some of the scenery was outstanding: Cascade Peak was impressive with the many waterfalls, the bears fishing in the river were realistic, the geysers were a blast, the Balancing Rock Canyon with the spinning and wobbling rocks was fun, and Rainbow Caverns with the 6 colors of glowing water was spellbinding. I've given up hope of them ever rebuilding it, but I think it's reasonable to hope that someday they do another nature train attraction, since nature never goes out of fashion. 4 million people visit Yosemite each year, 3 million visit Yellowstone, 5 million the Grand Canyon. Having a new nature train with new landscapes, animals and water features would be a winner if you ask me. There are many more photos of the Mine Train at davelandweb.com/nw and also at keeline.com/MineTrain

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                                    • #19
                                      Re: Can you tell me where this photo was taken at Disneyland?



                                      Actually the bridge collapsed, so they just cleaned it up to look bare.

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                                      • #20
                                        Re: Can you tell me where this photo was taken at Disneyland?

                                        Originally posted by Sosai X View Post
                                        A coworker is scanning her family pics from their 1971 trip to Disneyland, and she found this gem...



                                        I don't recognize where it was taken, or what the subject matter is. It appears to be the Matterhorn in the top of the picture, but what is the yellow thing behind the waterfall? Where exactly in the park was this shot snapped?
                                        It ain't the Matterhorn. In the river facing where Big Thunder is roughly located now. This is the Mine Train thru Nature's Wonderland. I'm sure a dozen people have answered by now, but I wanted to get my answer in as well.
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