Sunday, March 28, 2010

Disneyland Before & After, Part 1

Sadly, my Disneyland Annual Pass will expire at the end of this month. So I went for one last visit (at least for a while) last Wednesday. Before I left for the park, I went to some of my favorite theme-park-history-related blogs and printed out images from recent posts. I took these photos along, and took current photos to match. I'll be sharing some of these "before and after" photos over the next week or so.
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The Frontierland concept art at the top of this post appeared on Stuff From The Park on March 19th. Somehow, I think the place would look more convincing if the streets really looked like dirt. Otherwise, the dream and the reality are quite similar.
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The photo below, showing the start of construction for Splash Mountain in 1987, came from a post on Outside The Berm on Feb. 12th. I couldn't figure out where the photographer was standing until I walked around the area for a while. Eventually, I found the spot on the upper deck of the Hungry Bear Restaurant. Note the still-standing cypress trees along the side of the Haunted Mansion.
More to come...

5 comments:

outsidetheberm said...

Nice job! Looking forward to more, Chris.

Connie Moreno said...

I had been planning to do the same thing myself! Awesome post and I can hardly wait for more!

SundayNight said...

Great. Love the before and after stuff. Thanks for sharing.

walterworld said...

Excellent :)

Hope to see more of these in the future.

It sure is fun to do huh? I'll bet you had an 'ah-ha' moment when you went up the second deck of the HB and found the right place...

Take care---

Davelandweb said...

Excellent series, Chris - right up my alley! Sorry to hear your pass will expire. Hope to see you at the Knotts event.