Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Haunted Mansion Game - 1975

In honor of the 47th anniversary of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, today we have the Haunted Mansion Game. Lakeside Industries began manufacturing this game in 1975. I'm not sure when they stopped production, but I remember buying mine in 1978 (at a majorly discounted price) from a local drug store that was going out of business .

Even though "Walt Disney World" is above the name, it's Disneyland's Haunted Mansion that is depicted on the front of the box. However, both Disneyland's and Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansions are represented on the sides of the box....

....as well as the sides of the game "board".

Disneyland's Haunted Mansion is used again on the back of the game board backdrop.

Here's the other side of the backdrop, which features several scenes from the famous attraction.

The Stretching Room:

The Ballroom:

The Attic:

The Graveyard:

And the Dungeon. Wait, I don't remember THAT scene from the ride!

Game play on the board proceeds through various other scenes from the attraction.

The "Endless" Hallway:

The Corridor of Doors, the Seance Room and the Conservatory:

More of the Graveyard:

A player's direction on the board can change very suddenly. When someone lands on a space marked "spin", they must move one of the interlocking wheels a quarter turn, which ends up rotating all of the wheels, as well as the pathways.

Rotating the wheels will also move all of the Mansion's "characters" on the board. If the ballroom dancers, opera singers, or hitchhiking ghosts end up touching or knocking over a game piece on one of the paths next to the rotating wheels, then that player must go to The Dungeon where they must stay until they roll a 1 or a 6 on the dice.

When approaching the caretaker, if his lantern is red, a player must make a left turn.

If the lantern is green, a player may proceed in any direction.

The playing pieces are in the shape of Doombuggies! This blue one however, reminds me of an Atomobile from Adventure thru Inner Space!

Here are the full game instructions in case anyone is interested in reading them.

Lakeside also manufactured the "Walt Disney World's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" game around the same time as the Haunted Mansion game. I have that game as well and will post photos of it in the future. To see a pic of it now, plus additional pics of the Haunted Mansion Game from a 1975 & 1976 Lakeside Sales Guide, click here for a post from the blog, "And Everything Else Too": Lakeside Sales Guides.

Happy 47th anniversary to a true Disneyland classic!

Friday, July 1, 2016

July 4th, 1977 - Amusement Parks & More!

From 39 years ago, here is the July 4th, 1977 issue of Time Magazine. It's Time Magazine's "Summer" issue and it covers Amusement Parks, Beer, Food, Swimsuits and more!

The magazine starts out with President Jimmy Carter's 1976 income tax return.

The country had just finished celebrating it's year-long bicentennial celebration and Jimmy Carter had only been in office for 6 months. This intro gives an idea of what else was going on in the country at the time.

After the brief 1977 history recap, we move on to the fun stuff. Amusement Parks:

Walt Disney World's Space Mountain is pictured above, but there is no mention of Disneyland's Space Mountain, which would have opened just about 6 weeks earlier.

I wonder how many of the amusement parks mentioned below are no longer in business? I know for sure that Circus World, Astro World and Opryland have all closed. And a family of four could get into Disney World for around $30? Wow, times have changed!

I'm also wondering how many of these roller coasters are no longer standing. I know that Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida tore out their Python coaster (an identical twin of Knott's Berry Farm's old Corkscrew) in 2006 and replaced it with a Sesame Street themed children's area.

Beer and Bluegrass:

Summer Camp for adults:

I have to apologize here. The section covering swimsuits was ripped out by my older brother back in 1977 and the second page to this article about the National Parks went with it.

Also torn out, along with the women in seventies swimwear, was the first page of this article about food.

Here are a couple car ads. It seems that back in the day, most of the ads in Time magazine were for cigarettes, so I didn't bother scanning them since I don't want to encourage anyone!

That Toyota ad seems to be using only half of their slogan from the time period. I still remember the commercials and the jingle, "You (BOOM!) asked for it, YOU GOT IT TOYOTA!"

Here are a couple Toyota car commercials that used that jingle.

By the way, yellow was a popular color for cars back then! And I think that's Edie McClurg (wearing the glasses) as one of the "starving" interns in this second video.

Happy 4th of July, everyone! And I hope you all have a great summer, wherever you go or whatever you do!

Friday, June 3, 2016

1974 America Sings Advertisement: Follow Up Post & Vintage Disneyland Prices

Last month, I posted a 1974 newspaper ad for Disneyland's newest attraction, America Sings. Here is the reverse side of that advertisement. It just happens to have another Disneyland ad on the other side of it. Note that the park hours were until 1 a.m. everyday during the summer. I remember when they used to be open that late! I don't have an exact date for this advertisement, but since the theater ad above it states that the play, Mack & Mabel ends August 17th, this ad had to be dated some time before that, but after June 29th when America Sings opened to the public.

That artwork from 1974 was used again three years later, in a color ad from 1977. This is a page from the February 1977 issue of the Auto Club News. Gee, during the month of March, it was only $6.00 for admission and unlimited rides with your Auto Club card. It costs three times that much now....just to park your car! Sheeeesh!

Here's the cover of that magazine:

And just to compare what prices were five years later, here is a page from another issue of Auto Club News. This one is dated February 1982 and shows that the prices for Auto Club members during "Auto Club Month at Disneyland" had only gone up $2.25 in five years.....not bad! And just look at those hours. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays and open only until 7:00 p.m. on the weekends. I liked Disneyland better when it had an "Off Season"!

Here is the cover of that issue. Sorry about the waviness at the top of the scan! I scanned this about seven years ago and then put the magazine away without noticing that it was a bad scan.

Does anyone know if Disneyland even has an "Auto Club Month" anymore? It would be so nice to pay a discounted price of say, maybe $103 for the day instead of that dreaded $105! ;-)

Friday, May 6, 2016

America Sings Opening & Cast Member Tragedy - 1974

This advertisement (below) for the opening of America Sings is one of the oldest Disneyland newspaper clippings I have. I cut it out of the L.A. Times when I was very young and have saved it all of these years.

America Sings opened on June 30th, 1974. On July 8th, just nine days after the opening, a cast member was crushed to death by the rotating walls inside the attraction. I heard about the incident from kids at school, but I hadn't actually read anything in the paper or seen anything on the news relating to it. I decided to write to Disney News Magazine to ask if the story was true. I received this response back from them. The letter is dated, July 25, 1974, and postmarked the following day.

If you are interested in reading more about this tragic incident, you can click below for a 2010 post from the blog, "Vintage Disneyland Tickets": Vintage Disneyland Tickets - Remembering Deborah