Thursday, August 30, 2007

Stage Door Cafe

Just to the other side of the Golden Horseshoe and just prior to the segue into New Orleans Square sits the Stage Door Cafe. Originally known as the Oaks Tavern, this eatery shares a kitchen with the Golden Horseshoe and offers standard fare: burgers, fries, and soft drinks. For a great look at the Oaks Tavern, check out Matterhorn1959's post from his excellent 'Stuff from the Park' blog located here. This photo was taken by the author in July, 2007.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Crockett & Russel Hat Co.

Located next to the Silver Spur is the Crockett & Russel Hat Co.. Disneyland renamed the American Buffalo Hat Co. facade to the Crockett & Russel Hat Co. in December 2004 in tribute to the legendary Fess Parker. Fess Parker, better known to millions of children during the 50's as Davey Crockett, is in many ways a man larger than life; his dedication to the Disney name yielded both the renaming of this facade for his Crockett character and received a window of his own pictured here in the middle of the three. (Russel refers to the character Georgie Russel, played by Buddy Ebsen.) This photograph was taken by the author in July, 2007.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Silver Spur Supplies

Located within Frontierland is the Silver Spur Supplies store, part of the larger Bonanza Outfitters area and formerly part of the original Pendleton Woolen Mills Dry Goods Store. Silver Spur is now a Disney Pin Trading location and offers pin lovers a nice range of pins and accessories. Silver Spur Supplies and Bonanza Outfitters opened in April 1990 after 35 years of existence under the Pendleton banner. This photograph was taken by the author in July, 2007.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Featuring the Grandest Most Spectacular Shows in the West!

Ah, the Golden Horseshoe with promises of gorgeous girls, comedy antics, can-can dancers, and mellifluous voices from the east. The Golden Horseshoe, a favorite of Walt himself, anchors the south entrance side of Frontierland as you enter from the hub. This sign, one of my favorite signs in the park, is outside of the main building and entices you with the aforementioned promises; it's also in the shade which is quite nice.

The Golden Horseshoe has a history too grand for comment on these pages. The only thing I'd like to share with you is that on a recent tour of Disneyland it was mentioned by a guide that Walt considered this his favorite watering hole and that an incident within these walls prompted Walt's purchase of the petrified tree for Lillian their next anniversary.

Remember, no spitting, gun fighting, cussing, gambling, or animals allowed, please. This photo was taken by the author in July, 2007.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Only at Disneyland

Well, folks, here it is. The differences between Walt Disney World and Disneyland are many and varied and each are fabulous. While you can always create arguments about which park's version of the same ride is better than the other it's not hard at all when an attraction exists only in one park. Such is the case with 'Alice in Wonderland'.

A classic Fantasyland dark ride, Alice in Wonderland sits next to the Mad Tea Party and across from the Matterhorn Bobsleds. As is common with many Disneyland attractions, the queue is completely outdoors as is a section of the ride. Once started, we follow the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole and see many of our favorite characters from the 1951 film. We pass through the Tulgey Wood, the Queen's Rose Garden, and on to the Mad Tea Party before we're done. We also see our good friend the Cheshire Cat early on and continue to see him, or parts of him, throughout the ride. The current ride is slightly different from the 1958 original; the Upside-Down room no longer exists and the Mad Tea Party, originally found earlier in the ride, is now at the end. (Which, in my opinion, is a great segue to the Mad Tea Party found next to Alice in Wonderland.) This picture was taken by the author in July, 2007.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

No Norwalk Virus Here

There's not much else to say, is there? This photo was taken by the author in July, 2007.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Geppetto's Holiday Workshop

Staying within the overall storyline, today's image is the signage for Geppetto's Holiday Workshop. Located in Fantasyland, this store is the replacement for New Orleans Square's full time Christmas Shop, La Boutique de Noel. This picture was taken by the author in July, 2007.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Storybook Land Canal Boats

Storybook Land Canal Boats, a Disneyland original, is one of the many attractions not to have jumped east to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. A rather enjoyable ride, this motorboat tour of miniature buildings related to Disney stories and films originally opened as Canal Boats of the World and shut down shortly thereafter for a major revisions including a switch from world landmarks to Disney sets and lots of landscaping. Monstro, as depicted above, was part of that revision and has eagerly swallowed visitors whole since September 16, 1955. This picture was taken by the author in July, 2007.