Friday, December 28, 2007

The "E" Ticket - Part 5 the final years

I hope everyone had an outstanding Christmas this year, I sure did. I got a Premium Annual Pass to Disneyland from Santa! I guess I've been more nice than naughty! Since I am feeling so merry, we have 8 "E" tickets for your viewing pleasure on this post.

Picking up a couple of years from where we left of on Part 4 of the "E" Ticket, this June 1975 "E" is the new smaller size. Although I am not a big fan of the "little" tickets, they are still the real deal and lots of fun to look at. America Sings has its proper place on the "E". I thought America Sings was the ultimate show when I was 10 years old, I still do. I ride Splash Mountain today just to see my friends in the scene at the end. There is a great two part video on You Tube of America Sings last show on April 10th, 1988 (link).

Missing; Frontierland! The Pack Mule trails are already showing two years of over-growth, I bet this area was starting to look a little too "rustic" by this time. And the Mine Trains have moved to the "D" ticket for its last few years. I like the lower even serial number on this one.

Tomorrowland opened "Space Mountain" on May 27th, 1977. Certainly a mega hit attraction if ever there was one (so much so there are five of them around the world). Obviously an "E" Ticket attraction from its first appearance on this pair of May 1977 "E" tickets (One Adult and One Junior, they are they same size, my scanner is possessed!). American Sings has already moved on to the "D" ticket. Was this move due to the huge capacity of the attraction and an attempt to keep it full. I seem to recall it being pretty busy thru the 70's.

A slight change can be seen on this "E" ticket from June 1978. Apparently people did not know that Space Mountain was indeed a "Roller Coaster Type Attraction". I knew what it was from day one. What could people have thought it was? I guess because you couldn't actually see the track or cars until you are in the big launch room (actually I remember there used to be smoked glass that you could kinda see the ride before you got to the big room) Either way, there was and still are a few "Chicken Exits" anyway, so why the warning? Lawyers I bet!

This is also June 1978 "E". However, this is from those "Complimentary" books. Weird serial number on this one, nice and low, but what is the RX part? I've been told by a reliable source that the "X" serial Numbers were for cast member give aways, I wounder what RX was for?

May 1979 finds the Lawyers at work again. No attraction changes, but notice the asterisk * in front of some of the attractions. These are the attractions (as noted in the back of the ticket book - see next scan) were "Children under seven must be accompanied by an adult on most attractions except those marked by an asterisk (*)" It seems to me the Submarine Voyage is one attraction you would NOT want your 3 year old to ride alone, how about the Tiki Room? Am I the only person who finds this odd?

Frontierland is back, and with an all new Attraction. Opening September 2nd, 1979 Big Thunder Mountain Railroad raced and roared thru what was once Nature's Wonderland. This is also a "Roller Coaster Type of Attraction", maybe they just ran out of room on this rather full May 1980 "E" Ticket to tell us that fact.

Last of the line, call it day, the fat lady has sung... This September 1980 Child Admission "E" ticket is the latest (or newest) I have found. They may have printed Lettered ticket books in 1981, but I have yet to see any. That Globe paper is bold as ever! If Disneyland had left the Country Bear Jamboree in place (like they should have) every attraction on this 1980 "E" ticket would still be at Disneyland!

Well that does it for our trip thru the ages with Disneyland lettered tickets. I hope everyone out there enjoyed as much as I did. I know it can be a little dry to some people (I read technical manuals just for fun, so there's not too much I find dry).

I have LOTS more to post, research and talk about. I have Tons of tickets to show everyone still and Lot's of other unique tickets and ticket related items to share. And some just cool Disneyland stuff to show as well. Maybe I should have called my Blog "Vintage Disneyland Ticket and Stuff"!

Plus for you Knott's and Magic Mountain fans, check on weekends, I have decided to post about Disneyland's neighboring parks at least once a weekend.


Major Pepperidge said...

Wow, you sure did a great job with the A thru E tickets...there's more information than my brain can hold! I'm glad to hear that you have lots of other stuff to post, and am looking forward to it.

Have a happy new year!!

Jason Schultz said...

You read technical manuals for fun? I imagine you'd have a lot of fun with the Mission to Mars Maintenance Manual I have!

Anonymous said...

Sometime in the 1970's, I discovered a little shop on Main Street that featured concept art and miniature models of upcoming Disneyland attractions. I remember a "Western River Expedition" ride where guests floated through various areas including a saloon gunfight. (Probably revamped into Splash Mountain.) There was a "Circus World" attraction that was going to replace "America Sings." There was another based on the film "Island at the Top of the World." (I think you rode "hot air balloons" Peter Pan-style around volcanoes and such.) My favorite was the scale model for Space Mountain. It was a large display of a complicated red roller coaster track with a handful of vehicles placed on it. There was no sign of the large white metal "mountain" that covers the ride or any pictures of what the interior spaceport would look like. But one glance at the model, and there was no doubt you were going to be in for a genuine E-ticket roller coaster ride.

ZeldaTheSwordsman said...

I would guess that the asterisk exemptions were given where it was deemed unlikely that a small child would accidentally injure themselves unsupervised - most of them are assorted theater/show/display attractions. Yeah, the Enchanted Tiki Room is probably spooky, but it's still ultimately a theater/museum with no more chance of injury than just walking on the footpaths. The Submarine Voyage, the one ride to be given an asterisk exemption that I saw, was a fully enclosed ride that no kid would have the strength to bust loose from and get hurt no matter how much of a touron they were.