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Charles Phoenix' Retro Disneyland Slide Show


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  • Charles Phoenix' Retro Disneyland Slide Show

    Vic and I just back from seeing the show at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. It was 2 hours of pure joy for a Disneyland fanatic! Tons of photos of Disneyland in the 50s-60s including a lot from 1955. Of course, Charles Phoenix provided a humorous running commentary sprinkled with interesting Disneyland trivia. It was particularly fascinating to see the immature landscaping around the park and lot of undeveloped areas. Highlights included: tons of shots of the Viewliner and Mark II Monorails... views of the construction of The Matterhorn... several views of the Pirate Ship Restaurant and Skull Rock... a very pretty series on The House Of The Future, including some of the interior... Main St. 1955 with practically no one there!... the Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland, Pack Mules and Stage Coach... Indian Drum Circle... The Burning Cabin actually burning! and so much more. No part of the park was left out. It brought back a lot of memories. It was quite special to see scenes of the park from 50 years ago that look just like today... and others that we'll never see again. Have you ever seen the Hills Brothers Coffee Gardens on Main St? The entrance to Adventureland before there was a Tiki Room? The Plantation House Restaurant in Frontierland that was eventually removed to make way for the Haunted Mansion? Did you know that at one time you could actually fish in the Rivers Of America? (They would wrap your catch for you to take home. They discontinued it because too many people were forgetting their fish on the rides!) One photo of Tomorrowland 1955 at night was nothing short of spectacular. While we enjoyed all the slides, there were three times the audience spontaneously erupted in a group "Ahhhhhh!" followed by applause: A photo of the Flying Saucers, another of the final scene in Carousel Of Progress and a photo of Monsanto's House Of The Future.

    (Shhhhh.... don't tell anyone: did someone within the Disney organization actually say that the House Of The Future is one attraction they might consider bringing back?)

    Afterwards, we strolled down Hollywood Blvd. and saw Walt's star, the rather quirky Snow White Cafe (two 32 oz. beers for the price of one!), visited the Hollywood Wax Museum and saw the new soda fountain at the El Capitan. It was a fun day.

    "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-

    When you wish upon a star your dreams come true.

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