Friday, May 31, 2024

More "Loose Ends" from Previous Posts (Disneyland, Knott's, Magic Mt. & More!) - Part 2

It's time for some more "loose ends"!  Loose ends are items relating to subjects, which I have already posted about in the past.

First up, is this "Pinocchio" record from my childhood.  I had originally thought about including this in my Walt Disney's Pinocchio "mega post" from last year.  However, I chose not to at the time, just because it wasn't "Disney's" version of Pinocchio.  I have since changed my mind, and it has now been added to that post.  The company that made this was "Cricket Records."  We had quite a few other children's records from this same company.  The record sleeve not only includes their logo/mascot in the upper left corner, but they were also able to incorporate him into the artwork, as "Jiminy Cricket."  I tried doing a search for the artist, Evon Hartmann, but nothing came up.

Next, we have this 1981 Disneyland ad, which was attempting to recruit people for jobs at the park.  "Immediate openings" were available.  This is the same year that I was hired for the park's Christmas parade.  The ad has now been added to my "I Was A Teenage Christmas Tree at Disneyland" post.

This 1979 ad was for the now defunct May Co. department stores.  A robot "inspired by" V.I.N.CENT from the Disney film, "The Black Hole," was going to be appearing at select May Co. locations.

I wish the text in the middle of the ad was a little more legible, but the dark background makes it difficult to read.  I'm going to attempt to transcribe the text:  "You could win this (one?) for your own.  V.I.N.CENT (Vital Information Necessary Central) is the star of the Walt Disney Productions science-fiction thriller "The Black Hole," opening December 21st at a theater (near you?) This limited edition V.I.N.CENT clone valued at $1,000, stands 3 feet high, not including the base.  He plays games, tells jokes, answers true, false, and multiple choice questions, and even plays cassette tapes.  And he could become a member of your family.  Just fill out the coupon in this ad, and bring it to the Children's Department of the May Company near you.  Then bring the kids to meet our V.I.N.CENT clone in person at the following stores."

I wonder who won this $1,000 "clone" of V.I.N.CENT, and if they still own it, today?  This ad has now been added to my Disney's "The Black Hole" (Mega Post!) post.

In November of 1984, some of the original Mouseketeers were appearing at Disneyland, as part of a month-long celebration for Mickey Mouse's birthday.  Pictured in the then-current publicity photo are, Bobby Burgess, Sherry Alberoni, Lonnie Burr, Sharon Baird, Cubby O'Brien, Tommy Cole, Don Grady, Darlene Gillespie, and Bonnie Lynn Fields.  I have now added this to my Mickey's Month at Disneyland post, where you can see the 1983 version of that free "Mouscercise" headband.  That year, the headbands were given to everyone entering the park.  One year later, they were apparently only given to children 12 and under.

I meant to include this Los Angeles Times review of Disneyland's Light Magic, in my "What Were They Thinking - Light Magic at Disneyland" post, from 2017.  When I originally read this unfavorable review, 27 years ago, I felt that my personal thoughts on the monstrosity that replaced the Main Street Electrical Parade, had been completely validated.  I didn't crop out the movie listings below the article, because I thought it might be interesting to see some of the films that were being released at that time.

This image of a Canon® shopping bag has now been added to my "Disney's Sam the Eagle & the 1984 Olympic Games" post.  The bag was given to me at the Consumers store, where I bought my very first 35 mm camera, back in 1985.  The Olympics were over, but the store was still using these themed merchandise bags for purchases of Canon products.

I posted this photo of the camera previously, along with the very first Disneyland photos I ever took with it.

And speaking of the Olympics....the 1984 Winter Games had been held in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.  That summer, Six Flags Magic Mountain opened their new "Sarajevo Bobsled" ride.  This advertisement and the following article, appeared in a Los Angeles Times advertising supplement.

I rode the Sarajevo Bobsled the summer that it debuted.  I remember it being a fun ride, but I was surprised that it was gone by the next time I visited the park.  It only lasted two summer seasons, and was then dismantled and moved to Six Flags Over Texas, where it opened as "Avalanche Bobsled."  It is still standing today, but now operates under the name "La Vibora" (The Viper).

For a comparison of what Knott's was doing that same summer of '84, here''s an advertisement and article from the same Los Angeles Times summer supplement.  Knott's was beating Disney to the punch, by unveiling their new teenage nightclub, "Studio K," one full year before Disney opened "Videopolis."

And Knott's was introducing the 8th edition of their summer ice spectacular, "Snoopy's Quest For The Gold," starring Olympic Silver Medalist, Dianne de Leeuw.

This ad from the summer 1984 issue of Vacationland magazine, depicts Snoopy dressed in athletic wear and donning three "Olympic" medals.  However, the Olympic themed ice show is not mentioned.

I've recently come across additional issues of the Knott's Berry Farm employee newsletter, The Berry Vine, from 1983.  These are related to Camp Snoopy, but are all dated prior to the opening of the new area.  These have now been added to my "Camp Snoopy - 40th Anniversary (Mega Post!)",  from June of 2023.

This first one is dated February 18, 1983.  The cover article is about the official press release by Knott's, announcing the addition of Camp Snoopy to the park.  It mentions how Snoopy had already been at Knott's since May of 1982, but only on a trial basis.  Knott's was now entering into a long-term contract with Snoopy's creator, Charles M. Schulz.

This next issue is dated March 11, 1983 and is about the construction of Camp Snoopy's scale model.  The model was on display just inside the park entrance, during the construction of Camp Snoopy.  It was built by Rick Bastrup and Richard Ferrin, of R & R Creative Amusement Design Inc.  Richard Ferrin had previously worked for Disney, and we recently saw a photo of him performing as a clown, in the 1981 version of Disneyland's Fantasy On Parade.

This cover article from May 20, 1983, is about the new "Grizzly Creek Lodge" restaurant in Camp Snoopy, and it's menu items.

There was an article in that same issue, about the filming of the first Camp Snoopy television commercial.  I posted the commercial in my Camp Snoopy post from last year.  The plot revolves around a family of four.  The kids dream about going to Camp Snoopy before it ever opens.  They rudely awaken their parents, to tell them about the "trip" they took to Knott's and all the things they did.  The dad tells them that they are seriously mental, and that there is no way that they could have visited Camp Snoopy, since it hasn't even opened yet.  The mom is played by Lucy Lee Flippin, who played Eliza Jane Wilder, the school teacher on "Little House On The Prairie," from 1979-1982.

I pointed this out in my original Campy Snoopy post, and it's also mentioned in the article....the commercial was filmed before construction on Camp Snoopy was completed.  For the shot of the "Cordelia K." steamboat (pictured above), the boat was lifted by a crane, and placed on the pond next to Jungle Island.  Even though the boat was originally intended to be relocated from the Knott's Lagoon area to Camp Snoopy (along with a new boat, the "Walter K."), she never made the move.  I have always wondered what happened to that plan.

I hope everyone enjoyed these additional "loose ends"!



disneymike said...

I would have loved to have ridden Sarajevo Bobsleds. It looks like such a unique and fun ride but I could see how it might not be a safe attraction in the long run. One ride that certainly wasn’t safe at Six Flags was Flashback. Talk about a terrible and painful coaster, sometimes Magic Mountain would just put out some terrible ideas and you just ask yourself “Why Six Flags Why”?.

TokyoMagic! said...

DisneyMike, the Sarajevo Bobsleds were fun, but there was a scary element to it, since it was not on "rails." Now I'm wondering if there have been many incidents on the attraction, in it's 40 year history? And I remember Flashback....I only went on it once, but that was enough. It was a horrible coaster, and as you said, painful!

K. Martinez said...

Are you getting loosey goosey with us?

I always liked B.O.B. (Bio-Sanitation Batallion). Slim Pickens was a favorite of mine. So was Roddy McDowall who voiced V.I.N.CENT. Another favorite.

Yes, Six Flags Over Texas renamed the bobsled attraction "La Vibora" Spanish for "The Viper" a generic Six Flags ride name used in many of their parks like "Mind Bender" and "Shockwave". Imagination was not at work when it came to Six Flags naming their rides.

I think it's so nice of you to include an image of the wonderful and gracious Marion Knott. She's as grand as the divine Tony Baxter. You can tell she just loves Snoopy.

What I really love is seeing the scale model of Montezooma's Revenge next to the Camp Snoopy scale model.

Camp Snoopy really was a nice new area for Knott's. Probably the most beautifully landscaped area of Knott's. I hope the "NEW" Camp Snoopy is okay.

Enjoyed your article as usual, TM!

Oh! I forgot! "Flashback" was another common ride name at the Six flags parks.


JB said...

I see that Maury Laws was the orchestral director for the Pinocchio album. I really liked his music for the TV version of The Hobbit.

In the 'Disneyland is hiring' ad, I think I see The Dent! Of course, it could just be a printing artifact.

In the "Original Mouseketeers" ad, the "Mickey Mouse World Series Baseball 45 RPM record" has me stumped. Do we get a baseball or a 45 RPM record? If it's a record, then what would be on a World Series Baseball record?

Light Magic: I laughed out loud at the description of Tinkerbell crashing and burning and being stomped on by CMs... And like you, she got herself stuck in the trolley track. :-D I also got a laugh out of the little girl complaining about the "Pixie Dust" getting in her food and making it inedible.

The only place I've experienced a ride like the Sarajevo Bobsleds is in the theme park sim game, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, where the bobsled coaster is one of the types of coasters you can build.

Interesting stuff here, Tokyo!, thanks.

TokyoMagic! said...

Ken, that's odd that Six Flags would just use the same names for rides, when the rides themselves weren't the same. I guess they really don't have any imagination over at that company. I hope that doesn't spill over into the Cedar Fair parks, now that they will be merging.

Yes, I don't know if I've ever posted an image of that Union-busting Marion Knott before, but there she is in all her glory! And I wonder what she loves more, Snoopy....or all of the money that Snoopy will be bringing in?

I guess they included Montezooma's Revenge in the Camp Snoopy model, so they could see how it would look along the border of the new area.

I agree with you about the landscaping in Camp Snoopy. Of course, many of those trees were already there and go back to when that land was a parking lot. It's nice that they made an attempt to leave most of them alone, and planned the new buildings and rides around them.

TokyoMagic! said...

JB, I wasn't familiar with the name, Maury Laws. I just looked him up and see that he was the composer for a lot of the Rankin/Bass productions. Being a fan of their work, I really should have recognized his name. But I do love the movie that Faye Dunaway was in, about his life story; "The Eyes of Maury Laws." ;-)

Ha, ha! I think I can see the dent, that you've pointed it out!

That giveaway was for a headband and a baseball-themed record. I just looked for the record on ebay. Apparently it was a record, but it was also a game. That's even more confusing! If your are curious, here is what the inside of the record sleeve/game looked like:

I suppose they had to hose Tinkerbell off the pavement, at the end of the night. I'm glad that they didn't come and stomp on me, when I got stuck! But I did almost get flattened by Santa, his sleigh, and his nine giant reindeer!

Awwww, I hope when that little girl complained about her food getting ruined by pixie dust, that management gave her a voucher for a free Zinger®!

The Sarajevo Bobsled was based on a vintage amusement park ride called, "The Flying Turns." I know that Euclid Beach Park in Ohio had one. I'm not sure if the ride was built in any other parks.

Thanks for commenting, JB!

K. Martinez said...

TM! Sarajevo Bobsled wasn't the only modern "Bobsled" ride built.

Opryland, U.S.A. had the Screamin' Delta Demon, Cedar Point had Disaster Transport/Avalanche Run ad Six Flags had two Sarajevo Bobsleds passed around to various Six Flags parks.

A truer form of the "Flying Turns" is located at Kings Dominion which is now known as Reptilian (formerly known as Avalanche). These types of rides are more plentiful in European parks. By truer form, I mean the ride vehicles are attached to form a train like the early Flying Turns". Sarajevo Bobsled and its kind were single bobsleds. The concept the same, but the execution different.

TokyoMagic! said...

Ken, thanks for that additional information of those "bobsled" type rides!

Major Pepperidge said...

TM!, thanks for another fun post featuring more “loose ends”! That Pinocchio record reminds me of when I was a kid, a budding Disney fan, and relatives would give me non-Disney 3 Little Pigs items, or “Pinocchio” stuff (knowing that it was my favorite movie), and so on. It drove me crazy!

“Disneyland is Your Land”, I can hear that tinny recording of Walt Disney saying those words.

I wish I loved the movie “The Black Hole” more than I do, I went in wanting to be blown away. But… it ain’t great. Still, I’d be pretty excited to win that 3 foot-tall V.I.N.CENT “clone”! I’d imagine it would be very valuable today, there can’t have been many of those around.

I wonder if those original Mouseketeers would be happy when the opportunity came up to do yet another reunion? “Hey, I get to see my friends again, and be seen by millions!”. Or was it more cynical? “I couldn’t say no to the money, but I hated every minute of it”. I know that a few of them went on to have careers in show biz.

Whenever I see a reference to “Light Magic”, I think of you and how much you disliked it!

Sam the Eagle, I was also given TONS of Sam pins from the Olympics, I don’t think I saved a single one. Pretty cool that you saved this bag from when you bought your first 35mm camera, though!

That illustration for the “Sarajevo Bobsled” ride took me back to those days, it’s not a terrible illustration, but looks like something that might have been done for a school assignment. I had a buddy who did an ad for The Indiana Jones Adventure (I was jealous!!), it was actually a pretty good illustration, I lost touch with him and always wondered what he was up to.

I love the ad with Lucy and Charlie Brown holding the hands of that mutant! Even now, seeing those characters in an old ad makes me smile, I was a fan of the Peanuts comic strip. “Snoopy’s Quest For The Gold”, I love it.

I don’t know if I was aware of “The Berry Vine”, I wonder how many issues were produced over the years? Dozens? Hundreds? Charles Shultz should have been holding two bags with dollar signs on them in that cover photo. I’m sure I’ve mentioned that I never visited Camp Snoopy, which I regret all these years later, it looks cute.


Andrew said...

Thanks for sharing these loose ends, TokyoMagic! I really wonder what happened to that scale model of Camp Snoopy. Maybe it was shoved in an attic along with the mission models? That's probably wishful thinking. I love that bag with Sam the Eagle on it! I rode the sister coaster of Sarajevo Bobsled at Great Escape in New York, and it was fun. My strongest memory is how the train would ricochet off the sides of the trough every time it approached a brake run and the trough narrowed. They just closed that coaster for good last year!

TokyoMagic! said...

Andrew, that's a good question about the Camp Snoopy model! I know when the Log Ride was revamped in 2013, they had two of Bud Hurlbut's Log Ride models on display for the opening/reopening day. Maybe they held onto the Camp Snoopy model, too? And maybe it is shoved in an attic, somewhere, since management did that with those mission models.

That's great that you got to ride a version of the Sarajevo Bobsled! But it's too bad that they just closed it. They ruin everything, don't they? At least Six Flags Over Texas still has their bobsled ride.....for now, anyway!

Thanks for commenting, Andrew!