October 7, 2010

New Attractions for Disneyland

Here's a great little piece of advertising/concept art. As most of us long term Disney geeks know (even those of us not of the D23 variety), Walt Disney and his Imagineers "put the pedal to the metal" when it came to expanding the Anaheim park.

In 1959, Disneyland debuted the Matterhorn Bobsleds, the Submarine Voyage, the Motor Boat Cruise, the Autopia, and a little non-attraction billed as one, the Alpine Gardens. A pretty terrific expansion! But I have to say, this sort of takes the bite out of Disney advertising non-attractions- like those gardens- as the real item. I mean, wow, they were doing it back in Walt's day, too!
(Art copyright The Walt Disney Company.)

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