Monday, March 23, 2009

Disneyland - Jungle Boats, Heigh Ho and An 80s Skipper!

Greetings Adventurers and Adventurettes!
Aloha to you from Adventureland (just outside of the Tiki Room)!

Today a we have couple of unique views that you might not run across too often.
First is a shot of the Jungle Cruise boat storage area---and the backside of Main Street---as seen through the gates that open to let a new boat come online into the Jungle. The area you see in the photograph to the left of the boats is the overflow walkway that is often used as an alternate route to help guests make their way out of the Park after a busy fireworks show or parade.

Next we have the photograph below. It appears to have been taken through the open gate at the far east side of the park, just along Harbor Boulevard. It shows Harbor Pointe, one of the cast member entrances to the Park. You glide over this area on the Monorail and also pass by the large Wardrobe or Costuming building (not pictured, but to the left of the location in the photo), where cast members collect their tidy costumes before going on stage. Looks like its "off to work we go" for these cast members!

Lastly, let's wrap up today with a blast to my Jungle past and a photograph of old skipper Chris Jenson from 1985 aboard the proverbial "Leaky Tiki." (Love the old striped canopy and skipper costume! Man, I need that hat!).Thanks to Sandi Miller, the longtime Disneylander, for originally sharing this photograph.

By the by, if you hit the park tomorrow evening, you might just make my boat!

Happy Hippo Hunting!

Aloha!

---Mike

4 comments:

Okie said...

Thanks so much for all the fabulous pix and stories you post.

I think you're inspiring my post-retirement plans...I'll get a little place down in SoCal and apply to be a cast member. I'm not sure what the demographic is for "older" cast members, but I'm sure they could find a place for me. :)

I love Disneyland and love the behind-the-scenes glimpses you provide.

Mike said...

Okie:

All are welcome! Get here when you retire and join the Cast!

I thank you for your patronage and will certainly do what I can to scrape together photos and posts going forward.

Hope all is well with you! Stop by any time.

---Mike

Vinita said...

Beautiful pictures. What creativity. Feel like retiring soon and being there.

Amanda B. said...

Love these pics, Mike! We had an amazing time on your last... and I do mean *last*, trip! You're our favorite skipper (out of the hundreds, perhaps thousands over the years).... one of our 'favorite animals in the jungle', for sure!

Amanda (and Shey and Dominic)
Utah