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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Disneyland: The Dark Side (1963)

Disneyland: The Dark Side (1963)

In my last two shots, we saw the bright, sunny, carefree, Happiest Place on Earth Disneyland. Who knew there was also the dark, horrific, bloodcurdling Disneyland? Well, not tterrace. Skull Rock Lagoon was perfectly designed to stimulate the "Wow, cool!" gland in the 17-year-old me. (Translation for today's ears: "Awesome!") Added in 1961 to provide a new backdrop for Captain Hook's splendiferous Pirate Ship (which housed the Chicken of the Sea Restaurant), Skull Rock was particularly creepy-cool at night, when I took this time-exposure Ektachrome in 1963. Alas, the ship, lagoon and Skull Rock were all removed and in 1983 the Dumbo Flying Elephant ride took the spot. View full size.

It Lives On

Gone from Disneyland, but Skull Rock lives on at Disneyland Paris, bigger and better than the original.

Daylight Dark Side

I have this in daylight on Kodachrome from 1981. Sorry to learn it has gone.

 
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