Today we have an entertainment guide for Disneyland from a long time ago. How long ago, did you ask? Well, unfortunately it's undated, but there are some clues as to the possible year hidden within the guide itself. Clue number one (and it's kind of a confusing one): The inside reads, "Enjoy Disneyland's 20th Annual Fantasy On Parade." Since that specific parade did not debut at the park until 1965, that would mean this guide is from 1985 (This was an ebay find and the seller had actually listed it as being from 1985). I am guessing here, but I would say that is wrong!
First of all, this guide is not done in the style that was used for guides in 1985. Second, the photo of Mickey on the cover shows a MUCH older version of that costume.....not to mention those dancing broom costumes! Again I am only guessing, but what I think was meant by "20th Annual Fantasy On Parade" was not that Fantasy On Parade itself was in it's 20th year, but that the park's Christmas Parade and Christmas Season in general was in it's 20th year. That would make this guide from 1975. That is a date that I would tend to believe more because of these next clues: The Hues Corporation was performing at the park.....they had their biggest hit in 1974 with "Rock The Boat," which was a number one song on the Billboard Chart that year. Also performing at the park....Gloria Gaynor. While she had not yet recorded "I Will Survive," her remake of The Jackson Five's "Never Can Say Goodbye" had also hit number one on the U.S. Dance Chart in 1974.
And finally, the graphics inside the guide show characters from the animated film, "Robin Hood." This film was released theatrically in 1973 and by 1985, those characters were not being used very much within the park, if at all. So, doesn't 1975 make more sense than 1985? I would love to hear some opinions out there!
(Editor's update: I just discovered two more details that absolutely rule out the ebay seller's listing of 1985 for this item. Captain Hook's Pirate Ship and Skull Rock are shown on the parade map and they had been removed by 1985. Also, some of the performers are appearing on the "Tomorrowland Stage." This was also gone by 1985, having been replaced by the Space Stage in 1977.)