Have you noticed how things seem to be shrinking these days like cereal boxes & ice cream containers? This has happened before, but with “Courtesy Guest” tickets from Disneyland in the 1970’s. Sometimes even Disneyland is subject to cost cutting measures.
By the early 1970’s the “Courtesy Guest” ticket looked pretty much the same as it had for about a decade. Show here is a March 1972 ticket, this is the last issue of this style. Wow, that Globe paper is sure vivid, the paper is crisp and still feels new. The “X” in the serial number and the stars on the right side indicate this is a “Courtesy Guest” ticket.
Show here from top to bottom: From July 1972 an all new style still on the larger size tickets. The honor of “The Happiest Place on Earth” is now acknowledged, as it should be. Next from June 1975, the guest ticket has undergone some weight loss, but still has the same style. Least and last, the little ticket on the bottom is from September 1979. The updated castle - not so sure about that...
As you can see from the front on the books, by 1979, the “mini tickets” only required three pages to be printed, as the welcome message is attached to the first (of five) tickets. These “mini ticket” books are the flimsiest ticket books Disneyland every produced.
I want to be a Courtesy Guest, what do I have to do?
This post needs color - Time for a Vacationland! From the Spring of 1979, the Vivacious Betty Taylor graces the cover along with some other lovely ladies.
Love it or hate it, Big Thunder is coming in the Spring of 1979! Oh wait, maybe they would retract that if they could, I’m pretty sure it opened in September 1979. Be sure to read this article, it sounds like a great attraction. I still love it even if it didn't really come out as cool as this story depicts.
Come back on Bonus Sunday for the entire issue. This is one of the best “later” Vacationland, in fact, its in the top 5; An amazing 3 pages article on Betty Taylor and the "Revue" gang, “The Pendleton Story”, “Epcot Opens in 1982”, “Disneyland’s New Ambassador”, “The Disney Archives” with Dave Smith, and classic ads for all the local amusement parks.