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Postby montezooma » Sat Feb 16, 2008 11:00 pm

thrillerman1 wrote:I always loved their wacky Saturday morning shows!

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"wacky?????? that is an understatement. But I must admit that Charles Nelson Riley in Lidsville was sheer BRILLIANCE!
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Postby montezooma » Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:37 am

Those links have some great stuff from the park. Here is the map. Gives you an idea of how "far out - groovy" this park was.

Someone was really thinking "outside of the box" when they came up with this concept. Notice the loveable Witchie-Poo in the top right corner
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Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Feb 17, 2008 5:05 pm

I miss Witchie-Poo.

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Postby ebl » Sun Feb 17, 2008 5:23 pm

^ I know a lot of women who could fill her shoes...

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Postby montezooma » Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:55 am

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

With the excitement of rides like Colossus, Gemini, Lock Ness Monster & the Beast opening, the announcement of Big Thunder Mountain, in my mind, was no big deal. I mean, come on... theme parks were opening these massive rides and Disney comes up with a mine train. I had ridden mine trains at Cedar Point and Magic Mountain and they were nothing to get excited about. Now remember at the time I really had no idea what a "themed" mine train was. Basically the element of theme really didn't extend beyond the station of a ride.

Disney did offer up Space Mountain, but at the time Loops were the big thing and basically all Space Mountain really was was a Wild Cat or Galaxy in the dark. I basically overlooked Big Thunder Mountain, nothing really to get excited about. Boy was I wrong. I remember when I did finally get around to going to Disneyland to ride it I was blown away by what I saw. The Mountain, The Station, The Water, The Sounds and The Ride. In my mind this ride was the sleeper hit of the late 70's. To this day I still love this ride and not only the Disneyland version. Every version of this ride is a hit!!!

So take a look back at Disney's version of the Runaway Mine Train and see what it took to make this Disney Masterpiece roar to life!

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Postby Reggie_Ray » Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:21 pm

I found an awesome website with brochures from the mountain while looking for pictures of Gold Rushers' original paint scheme. The Mountain looked way different then, here are the links:

vintagedisneylandtickets.blogspot.com/2007/12/magic-mountain-inaugural-guest-preview.html

vintagedisneylandtickets.blogspot.com/2008/01/magic-mountain-1975.html

vintagedisneylandtickets.blogspot.com/2008/02/one-price-buys-mountain-early-1970s.html

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Postby mike541x » Mon Feb 18, 2008 5:23 pm

Now that's awesome. Thanks Shane.

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Postby Immelman » Mon Feb 18, 2008 5:45 pm

This whole thread is great! Really interesting stuff.

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Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Feb 18, 2008 5:59 pm

Are you using a copy of the old, and now long gone, Disney News for the BTM pages, Shane?

Just curious.

I have a couple of boxfuls of the Disney News, and was a subscriber of them since the beginning of the 70's, until they ceased publication (as Disney Magazine) in 2005.

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Postby ebl » Mon Feb 18, 2008 6:16 pm

I miss Disney Magazine. They had a lot of good stuff in there.

My first ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was in September 1979, not long after it opened. It's still just as good in my opinion, though I think the locomotives look pretty dumb without the second large wheel. Too bad they can't find a way to remount those.

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