Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Grand Prix Raceway

Some shots from the old Grand Prix Raceway.

A nice aerial pic from the Skyway.  Tomorrowland was a world on the move.

Why is the left lane always backed up?  Why can't I change lanes?

Open roads ahead, castles on the horizon and buckets in the sky!

Another view from the Skyway.

Gentlemen, start your engines.

A final Skyway view, circa 1984.  Certainly a world on the move with the Skyway, Wedway Peoplemover, race cars, and monorail track in the background.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Gulf Oil I-75 Guide

I picked up this little treasure at an antique store several years ago for $1.00.  They had a stack of them and looking back I kind of wish I had bought them all.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Backlot Express

I wasn't sure if I was even going to post these pictures but upon looking back on some I had posted from right after the park opened I thought it would be fun to have a comparison.  Take a look at these and then check out these other pictures to see the difference that 20+ years can make.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

15 Years of Magic Brochures

These two ticket information brochures were handed out at the Auto Plaza I believe.  One of them is from 1986 and the other from 1987.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Injun Joe's Cave

The entrance.  Be careful, it's dark and scary in there!

Not so scary with the camera flash.

Much more foreboding this way.  It looks like a scene from the Goonies.

Crossing the bottomless pit can be a treacherous experience.  Better use the handrails.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The American Adventure

Today some exterior pictures of the least visually interesting pavilion in World Showcase.  Wait, that wasn't very good salesmanship for today's post.  Let me try again.  Look at these amazing perspectives of the most stunning and impressive of the World Showcase pavilions, The American Adventure.

The oldest picture of the bunch, this probably dates from 1984 or so.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fantasia Gardens

Hole 4 - The Nutcracker Suite
"Spring is here and just beyond
Blossoms float upon the pond
The open bud should be your goal
Its dainty petals surround the hole."

Hole 5 - The Nutcracker Suite
"These lively mushrooms circle 'round
While one is hopping up and down
At the feet of little Hop Low
Iswhere you want the ball to go."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room

Saturday I got to see the "new" Enchanted Tiki Room.  It was so nice to be able to see this show again even if it was missing some things.  Who would have thought the absence of a fountain could make such a difference.  Everything looked great however.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Disney-MGM Studios Main Entrance Ticket Booths

Modeled after the fantastic Pan Pacific Auditorium, which burned to the ground in 1989 shortly after the Studio opened, the streamline moderne ticket booths are a fitting portal to the entrance of the park and our travel back in time to the Hollywood Boulevard of yesteryear.  Incidentally, Disney has now replicated this look again at the entrance to the California Adventure park at Disneyland Resort.