Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Mad Tea Party Game - It's Kid Tested!

Today we have another item from my childhood.....The Mad Tea Party Game, made by Whitman (It's Kid Tested!) in 1972.

Here's a pic of just the game board pieces.

And here's a pic taken after assembly with some of the playing pieces displayed on it.

The instructions are printed on the inside of the box.

I don't remember playing the game according to these instructions. Did you ever alter the rules to a game when you were a kid? I don't think that we did it on purpose, I think we just read the object of the game on the cover of the box and then assumed that we knew how to play. From what I remember, we piled ALL of the game pieces onto the turntable, spun it, then grabbed at whatever flew off and whoever collected a complete set first, was the winner. KIDS!!!

To view another 1970's vintage Disney toy from Whitman, click here: America On Parade Puzzle

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Summertime At Disneyland! - 1986

Just a quick post today. This Disneyland advertisement is from the Los Angeles Times and is dated July 20, 1986....25 years ago!

I'm a little confused by the text at the bottom, stating that Magic Journeys was still playing. I know that Captain EO premiered at Disneyland in September of 1986. According to Wikipedia (which is never wrong!), Magic Journeys closed in January of 1986. This makes sense because time would have been needed to build the new Magic Eye theater for Captain EO (Magic Journeys was only shown outdoors on the Space Stage after dark). Does anyone know if Magic Journeys was actually still playing at Disneyland in the Summer of 1986? Could it have been moved to a different location? Videopolis, perhaps? This was a time when I was not going to the park very often, so I don't have any old Disneyland guides to go by.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Disneyland's 25th Birthday Parade!

For Disneyland's 56th birthday today, I'm posting another Disneyland souvenir from my personal collection. Back in February of this year, I posted a similar Tomorrowland postcard book. Well, today's postcard book was sold in the park during Disneyland's 25th Birthday celebration in 1980 and featured photos from the "Family Reunion Parade" (in the Disneyland entertainment programs, it was always listed as "Disneyland's 25th Birthday Parade"). Once again, all the postcards in the book except for the one on the front cover included a mini version of the postcard as well.

This first postcard (actually the back cover of the book) shows part of the "Main Street" unit of the parade. Note how the Horse-drawn Trolley vehicle in the background has been adapted into a parade float. It's also being pulled by two horses instead of one.

Next, we have the Adventureland unit of the parade......

....followed by the New Orleans Square unit.

Unfortunately, the book skips over the Bear Country, Frontierland and Tomorrowland units of the parade, but has two postcards representing Fantasyland.

I believe this glass carriage is still around today and used for Disney weddings over at the hotel.....but don't quote me on that.

This restored 1907 calliope had been used in Disneyland's opening day parade as well as in the park's Mickey Mouse Club Circus back in 1955. I wonder where it is today?

The last postcard shows the final float (Casey Jr.?). The train engine was pulling several large blue and silver packages containing helium filled balloons which were released at different points along the parade route.

You can watch the entire parade below, in two parts. These were the good old days at Disneyland when the parades had many floats, lots of live musicians, and tons of parade performers. This particular parade also featured quite a few horses...twenty one to be exact. In Part 1, note the Tahitian Terrace hula dancers in the Adventureland unit!

In Part 2, note the "Liverlips McGrowl" and "Terrence" costumed characters from Bear Country and the Golden Horseshoe Can-Can dancers as part of the Frontierland unit. There is also an authentic Stagecoach vehicle from the former Frontierland attraction!

I remember really liking this parade, but I thought they kind of dropped the ball on the Tomorrowland unit.....a Roller Disco future??? How about a mini TWA Rocket or a mini Space Mountain? I did like the giant mirrored letters spelling out Disneyland towards the end of the parade.....and the "Disneyland Is Your Land" song that went along with them. (Incidentally, that song was translated into Japanese and used again three years later for Tokyo Disneyland's first parade in 1983.)

To see more birthday-related Disneyland posts, click here:
Disneyland's 25 Hour Party - July 17, 1980

And here: A Vintage Disneyland Trip Report - July 17, 1981

Happy Birthday, Disneyland!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Knott's Calico Log Ride - 42nd Anniversary!

In honor of the 42nd anniversary today of Knott's Berry Farm's and Bud Hurlbut's Calico Log Ride, I'm posting a souvenir from one of my childhood visits to the park. It's a postcard booklet dated year after the attraction debuted.

Monday, July 4, 2011

July 4, 1977 - Space Mountain & New West Magazine

Today, I have a different kind of July Fourth post for you. This is an issue of New West Magazine that came out on July 4, 1977....thirty four years ago. My mom subscribed to this magazine and I saved this issue because of the Space Mountain article inside.

Space Mountain had opened at Disneyland about a month earlier, but I had not been on it yet. My first ride on Space Mountain would come just two weeks later.

I believe this is the model of the track layout that we have seen on display in various Disney art exhibits. I remember looking at the smaller photo (inset) and wondering where the track was. This was my first time realizing how Disney will doctor photographs and film footage so that an attraction appears in a way that is much more flattering than the way it actually appears in person. Don't get me wrong, I love and have always loved Space Mountain. I'm just saying.....

The sun'll come out.....Tomorrow! The article on Space Mountain continues below:

How do you like that? Space Mountain "just is!"

I'm including this article from the magazine about "The Joys Of Summer."

Those are punching balloons being sold at Magic Mountain. Do they even still make things like that for kids today? I remember Miss Mary Ann used to have the kids on Romper Room work out with those.

The Jolly Monster ride! Why did Magic Mountain get rid of their "octopus" ride, anyway? And their Crazy Barrels? And their Metro Monorail? BRING BACK THE METRO! (That was for you, Vintage Disneyland Tickets!)

Here's footage of the Jolly Monster right before it was removed from the park in 1981. About two minutes into the video, there's some footage that was shot while actually riding in one of the cars and towards the end of the video, there's a still photo showing the ride being dismantled. This YouTube user has some other cool Magic Mountain videos including the train ride to Trollywood (which I mentioned in my last post) on it's last day of operation.

Getting back to the magazine, here's a two-page Ford advertisement. I didn't even know there was such a thing as a Pinto Cruising Wagon.

And here's a perfume ad with actress, Shelley Hack. Before she was one of Charlie's Angels, she worked for another "Charlie."

Just for fun, I'm posting a couple vintage Charlie commercials that featured Shelley Hack. This first one has Bobby Short singing the product's jingle.

This next one features Mel Torme singing the Charlie song.

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July!