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    Frontierland Trivia – Name This Building

    In the lower left corner you can see Lafitte’s Anchor, a relic from the pirate ship commanded by Jean Lafitte in the battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815. It was 140 years old when this photo was taken and has since been moved two times. Of course that has nothing to do with the […]

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    Columbia Dedication 1958

    Story by Mark Hickson: My old friend Ray Wallace (naval architect) was commissioned in 1957 by former Admiral Joe Fowler to design the Columbia. The ship was constructed at Todd Shipyards in San Pedro, California, where the Mark Twain and the submarines were built. I also worked at Todd back in the late 70’s-early 80’s. The ship […]

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    The Davy Crockett Frontier Museum – 1955

    Background: Davy Crockett was a five part serial which aired on ABC in one-hour episodes on the “Disneyland” show. The series stared Fess Parker as Davy Crockett and Buddy Ebsen as his side-kick, George Russel. The show was an unexpected success for Disney and spawned the Crockett Coon-skin Cap Craze. Wanting to capitalize on the […]

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    Retro Disneyland

    1956 – Boy Scouts reading a Broadside posted on Frontierland’s stockade gate. 1961 – A bad day in the parking lot. 1957 – Frontierland’s Rainbow Caverns Mine Train. 1961 – The Flying Saucers in Tomorrowland. Note the “Old” Admin Building behind the geometric fence. 1959 – A Wigwam at Frontierland’s Indian Village. Tweet

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    Columbia’s Construction

    In 1957 and 1958 Joe Fowler and Ray Wallace constructed for Walt Disney the first three-masted windjammer to have been built in the United States in more than 100 years. Joe was the projects foreman and Ray was the naval architect. The steel hull was made at Todd Shipyards in San Pedro. You can see […]

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    The Shooting Exposition at Disneyland

    Story by Mark Hickson: When I was a kid, I would always head to the Frontierland Shooting gallery. For one thin dime you could shoot real BB Guns at the Injuns, varmints and bad men in a real frontier town. Today, after several changes we now have the “Shooting Exposition” with non-offensive light rifles shooting […]

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    It’s Official: Big Thunder Mountain to Close for 10 Months

    It was announced by Disneyland management yesterday that the “wildest ride in the wilderness” is going down for major repairs and upgrades. It will close on January 7, 2013 and re-open “in the fall,” which in my book is code for October. What was reveled is they will be installing new ride vehicles, wholesale replacement of the ride track, […]

  • Is Barnabas T. Bullion, Tony Baxter?

    Is Barnabas T. Bullion, Tony Baxter? Is WDI paying homage to Big Thunder Mountain’s creative director in their new “enhanced” queue? Does the “T” in Barnabas T. Bullion’s name stand for “Tony”?? Look at these portraits and you decide! Imagineers have begun working overnight in the Magic Kingdom on the attraction’s new interactive queue. There you see […]

  • Pumpkin Carving at Big Thunder Ranch

    Here are my three favorite pumpkins from Disneyland’s Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. The artist is holding a wonderful line carving of Sally from Nightmare before Christmas. Below is Maleficent and Yoda, also done by the artist. Yoda looks very serious! Tweet

  • Walt Disney Wednesday

    Here we see Walt Disney trying on a young boys Disneyland navy hat. His name Jim is embroidered on the rim. It looks like his sister is excited to let Walt try her hat on too! photo © Disney – photoshop restoration, DbM   Tweet