Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year's Eve Party at Disneyland - December 31, 1971

Help ring in 1972 with “New Year’s Eve at Disneyland”, Friday Night, December 31, 1971. That’s some interesting artwork on this ticket; those little dancing people art great! 8:30 PM to 2:30 AM – nice! Guest Bands, “Surprise Midnite Spectacular” what was that? At $9.00 this ticket was higher than any “ticket books” of the time, but these are for UNLIMITED USE of all attractions (except shooting galleries).

Since we’re in 1972, let’s visit the “Jones” family on a June 1972 visit to Disneyland. First up the obligatory castle shot, those ladies have at least 25 pounds of purse each and I think the eldest son is holding a ticket book!

This one is labeled “Disneyland” in case you weren’t sure where this was.

Here we find the motley crew in front of the fairly new Haunted Mansion. I am really digging these clothes.

How about some Vintage Tomorrowland? Why did the “Jones” family bring along Mrs. Martin their school teacher? Multiple "ticket book in hand" sightings – Purple dress lady is smoking and holding, talented babe. I miss the Bell Logo’s on the entrance facade.

A nice clear shot of the Adventure Thru Inner Space sign and how cool is that proud dad smoking his pipe with his shades on? Memo to the smallest son, Lost in Space wants its shirt back. Middle kid; gets some shades like your dad, you’re always squinting!

Purple dress lady must be mom? I remember those benches along the lagoon, what color and version monorail is that? Vintage fence alert!

And lastly a ho-hum photo of the Mine Train, the family looks happy, obviously not knowing the attraction would close in four short years.


Major Pepperidge said...

Great stuff! I don't have ONE photo that shows Adventure Thru Inner Space in any form, exterior or interior. Life, what's the point?

If any of your tickets smell like cigarette smoke, they might have belonged to Purple Dress Lady!

The older boy is wearing a Hang Ten shirt! I noticed that Kohl's was selling Hang Ten (which I thought was extinct), but they were cheap and uuugly, not tasteful and surfy the way they used to be. The young boy in snapshot #4 should be arrested for impersonating Popeye.

Katella Gate said...

Hmm... In 1972 it's possible that family had never been on the Haunted Mansion. That would make them all Mansion Virgins. Who remembers their first trip thru the Haunted Mansion???

TokyoMagic! said...

Wow, that family is standing just a few feet from where your "three fences" is today!

I miss the Bell logos, too, and the Monsanto logos, and the OPEN walkway at the entranance, and the planters with the yellow and purple flowers, and the silver IRIDESCENT entrance panels (they are flat gray now). Can't they just bring back THIS Tomorrowland?

The oldest kid is wearing Wallabee shoes! Remember those?

Wonderful photos today!

Oh, and the Surprise Midnite Spectacular was a show with fireworks. They would have a countdown clock on the front of the castle and sometimes lower something down on the wire from the Matterhorn. Sometimes characters would come out on the balcony of the Castle too. I haven't been on New Year's Eve since the nineties. I wonder what they do at midnight now?

Anonymous said...

It will be great to watch The Color Purple, i have bought tickets from looking forward to it.