Friday, March 08, 2013
Today I have two neat photos taken by my friend Mr. X, and his trusty Kodak Instamatic. While riding in the Skyway past Storybook Land, X spotted some fairly major construction going on over in Fantasyland. I assume that he had no idea what it was at the time, but WE know that it was for "It's a Small World"! Fresh from the 1964 New York World's Fair. This was probably from late 1965 or early 1966, since the folks in line for the canal boats are be-sweatered.
Continuing along the Skyway, X snapped a second picture, more clearly showing the work in progress. Presumably the Disneyland Railroad wasn't running, since Fantasyland Station was located in that general area and was removed for IASW. As a bonus we can see the Midget Autopia and the Monorail Blue.
The humble Instamatic didn't have the best lenses in the world, but zooming in we can still see a number of fun details. I love the old trucks (one blue, one red) parked in front of the construction. There appears to be a few dozen Matterhorn Bobsleds being stored. I wonder why? Most interesting to me is the billboard near the Motor Boat Cruise lake showing a stylized layout of what guests could expect from the upcoming attraction - something that was done at Disneyland for the Skyway, Storybook Land, and Nature's Wonderland. I've never seen a photo showing this particular sign before.
Here is a Small World brochure from 1975 with a map that looks similar to that sign, although this artwork is considerably more detailed. (I'll bet dollars to donuts that this was was drawn and painted by Disney Legend Bob Moore).