Disneyland in 1979

Pictures of Disneyland and the Disneyland Hotel in 1979.
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Disneyland in 1979

Postby Melonballer » Thu Jan 17, 2008 2:41 am

Since I don't get out to theme parks very often I don't get to contribute as much as I would like. However, I thought that
you might enjoy some pictures my mother took on my first trip to Disneyland in 1979.

Edit: I added a few more pics on page 4.
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It doesn't look too different from today does it? I know let's go on a ride on the Skyway. You can't do that anymore. :(
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You can see the Peoplemover and the old queue for the Submarine Voyage, before Nemo moved in.
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The old Gray Subs, they ain't what they used to be.
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Now through the Matterhorn.
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Alice in Wonderland. Skull Rock and Captain Hook's ship in the background.
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More Skyway.
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Skull Rock and the masts of the pirate ship.

You know, now that I think about it, we were probably going from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland. Heck I am not even sure if the
pictures were taken on the same day. I was only 3 years old at the time.
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The Motorboat Cruise. Yes that is me piloting the boat and getting between my Dad and the camera.
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Now for some pictures from the daytime parade of the day.

When was the last time you saw Bongo and Lulubelle in the park
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Jump! Jump! Jump! Jump!
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Ringmaster Mickey
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My sister and I with Chip. I figured I should post this for the rodent fans.
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Then there is Disneyland at Night.
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Fantasyland. If you look close you can see the old Fantasyland facades and even the top of a ticket booth.
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Postby Melonballer » Thu Jan 17, 2008 2:58 am

I hope you all enjoy the pictures.
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Of course in 1979 you could find the Main Street Electrical Parade.
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Down in front!
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Here's a float you may not have seen for a long time.
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If you think a "It's a Small World" float is weird, here are some Roller Skating Disco Mouseketeers.
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One thing my mom has always done is take pictures of hotels. So I proudly present the Disneyland Hotel in 1979. They messed up our reservation, so they bumped us up to a suite. I still remember the room. It was so cool. In case you are wondering, we were in Bonita Tower.

The view of Disneyland and the parking lot from the window.
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The Marina.
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The Pool.
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The Koi Pond
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Fantasy Waters.
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Now the next pictures are not for the faint of heart. Here are pictures of the Hotel Room.
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Don't you just love that bar?
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Postby BeemerBoy » Thu Jan 17, 2008 6:34 am

Dude, GREAT stuff! Pretty nice pics for 1979.
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Postby ginzo » Thu Jan 17, 2008 6:46 am

Thanks for sharing the pictures. They make me wish I had a time machine.
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Postby tigerxeyez » Thu Jan 17, 2008 7:21 am

Great pictures!

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Postby montezooma » Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:33 am

Those are some great pictures. That is just how I remember Disneyland as a kid. I really miss the Skull Rock and also the Fantasy Fountains from the Hotel. We used to always go over to the Hotel after a full day at Disneyland and watch the Fountain show before we loaded up the station wagon and headed back home to San Diego.

Those pictures are great quality!!! Thanks for sharing

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Postby adrenalinejunkie » Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:00 am

Excellent pictures, ESPECIALLY for 1979. Seriously, the quality of those pics is fantastic!

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Postby haiderodes » Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:03 am

The old Disneyland Hotel...memories. I miss the Monorail Cafe!
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Postby Melonballer » Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:51 pm

Thanks for all the compliments. it makes scanning all the pictures worth it. Here is one I forgot to post of the Fantasy Waters.

edit: I added it to the main portion of the report.
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Postby gisco » Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:15 pm

Those are some great pics. I liked how you showed mostly stuff that is gone. No more boats or buckets. I loved the pirate ship and skull rock because we always used to have lunch there. They had a hot tuna sandwich. Awesome memories.

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