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Skyway” Rudy Lord, 1987

The first Disney skyway made its debut at Disneyland a little under a year after the park’s grand opening. In Disneyland, (as well as Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland) the suspended gondolas shuttled between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. Guests could enjoy a breezy aerial view of the parks and give their legs a break from the marathon of visiting a theme park. All three Skyways have gone to Yesterland, making way for Winnie the Pooh, Rapunzel and Flynn, and a galaxy far, far away.

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In 2001, Disneyland released a 10-pin set that commemorated their trash cans. The set included pins denoting cans from the lands of Main Street, U.S.A., Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Adventureland, New Orleans Square, and Mickey’s Toontown – as well as attraction-specific pins for the Matternhorn, Haunted Mansion, and It’s A Small World.

At the bottom of the packaging of what Disney called “The Art of the Trash Can” collection, they include the following “we must include something from Walt to justify this product” factoid: “In 1955, Walt asked the trash can manufacturer to modify their design by putting hinged flaps on the cans so that Guests could not see any trash… it started a whole new concept in trash can design.”

Whether or not that claim is true is questionable, but hey, it sold pins!

// Disneyland Resort, Disneyland, 2001

[Source: eBay]

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Sword in the Stone 11_5_2017 by Dominick Tabon

“Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough” Eyvind Earle, 1957

Two years after Disneyland opened its gates to the world, a walkthrough exhibit through Sleeping Beauty’s Castle debuted in Fantasyland. Guests could wander through the story of Princess Aurora as they viewed elaborate dioramas, all designed in the style of iconic artist, Eyvind Earle. Earle had previously served as production designer on the Disney animated feature, and provided pieces like the one seen here as concept work for the walkthrough. The walkthrough was restyled in 1977, was shut down in 2001, and was reopened and restored to it’s Earle-glory in 2006.

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Disney continues to learn that trash can merch is a good thing. Oddly, that means they are selling hand sanitizer with a Disneyland trash can image on one side, while WDW’s Cinderella Castle sits on the other. I don’t blame them.

Would you really buy something with WDW’s unthemed cans on them?

Didn’t think so.

// Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Main Street, U.S.A., Emporium, 2017

[Source: Gary Lindros . Used by permission.]

“Fantasyland Elevation” Marvin Davis, 1953

Today’s piece is an early side view of Fantasyland by Disney Imagineering legend, Marc Davis. Included is the Castle forecourt, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, as well as Snow White’s Scary Adventures dark ride. Of course, the area didn’t quite look like this on opening day, but a surprising amount of what’s seen here eventually came to be, albeit in a similar form.

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“Mermaid Lagoon” Herb Ryman, 1953

Hidden alongside Skull Rock and the Jolly Roger, Mermaid Lagoon was an atmospheric mini-dining area in Disneyland’s Fantasyland. This quiet corner provided a relaxing “seaside” respite for guests needing a break from the park’s action. Like the eventual Submarine Lagoon, live actresses would sometimes appear in the waters, decked out in full mermaid garb. The area didn’t exist very long, and was eventually removed as Disneyland grew up and restructured its Fantasyland.

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