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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Bygone Disneyland: 1965

Bygone Disneyland: 1965

Three things that no longer exist: 1. Captain Hook's Pirate Ship, from which I took this shot 47 years ago this month; 2. Skyway to Tomorrowland; 3. Kodachrome. View full size.

Wind in the Willows

To the right, in the photo, you can see the backside of the old "Mr. Toads Wild Ride." It was always a favorite, especially, at the end, when you drove your motorcar into the depths of Hell, complete with dancing demons and hot steam.

The Disney I remember

In 1968, when I was 12, I visited Disneyland with my parents. After a cross country drive in a brand new Mercury Marquis, the first car we ever had with air conditioning and with none of the things that happened in the National Lampoon vacation movie with the exception of a stop in a really bad part of St. Louis. This picture is exactly how I remember Disney. A curious mix of wonder with a bit of hokey thrown in for good measure. The Skyway to Tomorrowland was awesome. For a kid from Michigan it was the best summer vacation EVER! Many years later I took my own family to Disney World. It was great and all, but the hokey had been replaced with Corporate slick and just a little less wonder.

Just my luck

We drove 1800 miles (2800km) from Canadaland in the early '60s and found Frontierland and another area still being built, a little disappointed but we went over to see the construction and met Walt Disney, he gave us a small tour of the construction site, he wanted to try our Canadian cigarettes, he also gave us a few free passes, must try and get back if it's finished.

[Frontierland had a major renovation in 1960 that included the construction of Cascade Peak and the Mine Train through Nature's Wonderland, so perhaps that's what was going on during your visit. - tterrace]

I was there that year.

I lived in Laguna Beach from 1955 to 1957. Our entire sixth grade class (two full school buses) went there on a field trip and spent the entire day. I will never forget it. There we so many amazing things to see and do! I know the teachers loved it as much as we did.

No More Captain Hook's

I can still taste the wonderful albacore tuna sandwiches we used to enjoy on this pirate ship and have tried to make mine at home just the same all these years, real close but not quite as perfect as theirs. I think I'll go make one right now. Thanks tterrace-

 
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