Thursday, February 17, 2011

Disneyland - Ephemera - Main Street Electrical Parade - View-Master - 1979 Informational Guide - Pirates Postcard - Family Circus

Let's open the old box of Disneyland stuff and see what's in it.
Hey!  Here's my old Main Street Electrical Parade souvenir album.  Still works!  If only I had a record player.  The artwork is fanciful and fun.  The music plays in my head without any effort on my part at all.  I can see each float as it rolls by on a Main Street summer night.  I'll bet most of you can, too.

I like to look at the listing of the songs on the back of the album.  There are a few offerings from Pete's Dragon, which isn't surprising, as it was released right around the time the parade made its Main Street debut.  Speaking of Pete's Dragon, I saw a local news snippet just yesterday that Mickey Rooney---elderly and ailing---has won a recent court battle to keep his stepson away from him.  Seems the stepson was trying to hone in on Rooney's estate, was mistreating him and making him "a prisoner in his own home."  Poor Mickey.  Hard to imagine elder abuse involving a person who is perenially young in my imagination.  My thoughts and prayers are with him.  Heck, he was the voice of Santa Claus, Judy Garland's pal, the star of a fabulous Twilight Zone episode, a singer, a dancer, a Hollywood sensation---just to scratch the surface.  Mickey Rooney and Buddy Hackett will forever live on in my memory for their sensationally funny turns in It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, the 1963 comedy starring Spencer Tracy, Jimmy Durante, Milton Berle, Sid Ceasar, Ethel Merman, Jonathan Winters, Jim Backus, Phil Silvers, Dick Shawn, Terry Thomas, Edie Adams, and even Eddie "Rochester" Anderson---to name but a few (even the Three Stooges show up in this film in a cameo role). 

Whoa!  Here are some of my old View-Master reels!  I could go to Disneyland in three dimensions any time I wanted.  I would flick through these images at home between those summer trips to the Park when I was a kid.  Looking through these today literally transported me back.  The Park was really something!   Of course, it still is.

Ooh.  An old Pirates postcard!  Does that date on the back say 1966?  Love the artwork.  Talk about an all-time classic attraction---though I have to say, it was better before Captain Jack and "Davy Jones" moved in.  The Davy Jones fog effect is fine, but actually the tunnel was better when it was pitch black and a disembodied voice intoned: "No fear hath ye of evil curses, says you. Arrrr. Properly warned, ye be, says I. Who knows when that evil curse will strike the greedy beholders of this bewitched treasure."

An here's a couple of old clippings from The Family Circus in the late 1970s when they took a trip to Disneyland.
Speaking of the late 1970's, here's a Disneyland fold out brochure from late 1978 or early 1979 that promises Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will be opening in the Fall of 1979.  Looks pretty cool in the drawings.  Wonder if it will be worth it?  Little did I know then that I'd be clomping around the load area in miner's boots, sporting a Disneyland name tag, eight years later.

Well, better close the box and get off to work.
"Heigh Ho!" as they say.
Keep imagination alive in the world, my friends.



Okie said...

Wow! What a fun and fabulous selection of memorabilia. Thanks so much for sharing these with us.

I too hope for the best for Mickey Rooney...he is so fabulous and certainly deserves to spend his final years in peace rather than being plagued with conflict.

I also agree with you on the Pirates changes. While it's fun to see the update to include the new pop-culture elements (and I certainly enjoy the new movies and look forward to #4), I really would have preferred that the additions remained subtle rather than being taken to the forefront. The Davy Jones effect is neat, but I agree that the ominous darkness was more exciting to me. I'm also worried that, based on how the original movie trilogy ended, the Davy Jones element (and potentially even the Jack Sparrow element over time) will become less enticing and feel cheesy and dated. Wait and see I guess.

Kristin said...

Oh my Gosh! My father had that exact MSEP record and it started my lifetime obsession with collecting park audio! I loved that little record - I bet my mother still has it at home.

By the way, Mike, thanks for all you do here. I just returned from a trip to DL and tried The Goat Trick for the first time - what a riot! I passed on the secret to a couple of kids behind me in line. So fun to learn new things about my favorite place on the planet!

Connie Moreno said...

You just may have outdone yourself today, sir! Fantastic post, great items you shared.

Sad news regarding Mickey Rooney. It's a shame how greed poisons families, isn't it?

Glad you are posting often!!

Jonathan said...

Ha! I used to have the full set of those Disneyland View-Master reels. Loved them.

Breaks my heart about MIckey Rooney. I wish him well!

Gator Chris said...

Great stuff

Although I remain skeptical about the latest 3D cinema craze, one wonders if desktop 3D could allow enthusiasts to re-create the vintage view master experience online...

- Chris.