Friday, December 5, 2008

Disneyland - 1965 - 10 Year Anniversary Article

Today we dig into the archives and dust off my old copy of the San Francisco Sunday Chronicle from February 21, 1965. I scanned in the above article on "Mr. Disney's 10-Year-Old Playpen," by Travel writer Polly Noyes. I share it with you above and below. You should be able to click on the picture to view it in enlarged form.
If not, well then squint really hard.
Little did the reporter or Walt realize when giving the interview that Mr. Disney would pass away the next year. In the article he speaks of his plans to build an "underground" Pirates of the Caribbean ride. I don't know. I don't see any marketing tie-ins to existing Disney products. Doesn't sound to me like the "Pirate" ride Walt's planning will EVER work.
Maybe if we added Johnny Depp it would have a better reception.
Finally, for my dear fellow blogger, Viewliner Limited, I had to include the ad below from the same 1965 newspaper. In '65 you could still board the then-dying California Zephyr for a round trip to Chicago from California for under $100. Sure, those new-fangled jet aeroplanes seem to be grabbing all the headlines, but mark my words train travel will never be replaced in this great country!
To all who come to this happy blog...
...accept my fondest wishes for a great weekend! I'm working Jungle on Saturday!


The Viewliner Limited said...

Ah yes! You have tugged at my railroad heart-strings with the Zephyr add. Thank you Captain, appreciated to no end.

Its a great Day said...
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Katella Gate said...

The links to enlargements of the second and third pages aren't working ... but judging from the snarky, condescending tone of reporter-ette Polly "Purebread" Noyes first few paragraphs, I don't know if I'm missing all that much.

But tell us about your new exploits down the "Rivers of Adventure"? Did it all come back? Are you doing it already on automatic pilot? Why on earth did you do it? What can you say in public without violating what ever "deal with the devil" agreement you had to sign?

Curious minds are getting curiouser.

The Viewliner Limited said...

A Christmas message from Richard on board the Viewliner Limited:

May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note
and make way for a fresh and bright new year.

Here's wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Okie said...

Very cool articles. Thanks for sharing. I drool over this stuff. ;)