Saturday, April 11, 2015
Sasaki Time's Dapper Tour of Walt Disney's Disneyland! Main Street USA!
To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland, I thought it would be a fun idea to take a look at the park in black and white as if it were 1955. So with that idea, my friend Kristen and my friend Kevin, who was our photographer for the day, headed out into Disneyland.
The first thing you see as you enter the park is of course the famous Floral Mickey. Walt always said that Mickey was a representation of him and I always see the Floral Mickey as Walt's personal greeting to all of us when we enter the park. The floral Mickey was there to greet you on Opening Day.
Heading over to the Disneyland Fire Department to visit the fire wagon which was out and about on Opening Day but has since been retired and sued as a photo op here. Above of course is Walt's apartment. Walt himself stayed here at the park with friends and family. Walt would be seen walking out in his park early in the morning.
Maybe one day the fire wagon could be taken out for a trip up and down Main Street again but the sheer size of this horse-drawn vehicle makes this highly unlikely.
We then headed over to Town Square where the dedication plaque is. On Opening Day, Walt welcomed everyone to this happy place.
A few steps away we jumped on the horse-drawn trolley, a great throw-back to a time when real horse power took us through town.
And then we headed to the front of the vehicle to take a photo with a real engine! Always ask the Cast Member if it is alright to take a photo with the horse. Not all of the horses are photogenic and we were also asked not to touch the horse.
A quick look around Town Square brought us to another fire wagon. This one powered by fuel.
As we started to head up Main Street, I stopped to take a photo underneath the window dedicated to Walt's father Elias. Walt took a similar photo here and all the windows with a dedication are to the men and women that helped contribute in some shape or fashion to Disneyland.
Across the street, Kristen and I stopped to take a photo with the Cigar Store Indian. On Opening Day the, the building behind the Indian was the location of the Disneyland Tobacco Store.
Crossing the street again, we find the Carnation Cafe, one of our favorite places to eat! I recommend the Mickey waffles for breakfast and the fried pickles and the meatloaf for lunch or for dinner!
Further up the street and once again looking both ways before we cross the street we find this fantastic porch. Believe it or not but on Opening Day this was the home of the Intimate Apparel Shop. The host was the Wizard of Bras and yes, you could purchase a corset or bra while in the park.
Now the porch is a welcomed place to sit and people watch or take in the parade.
As we finally make it to the end of the street we run into Sleeping Beauty Castle, one of the most photographed places on the planet. As the castle gets ready for the 60th Anniversary, we end our look at Main Street USA.
We continue our Dapper Tour of Disneyland in future installments! I hope you join us and learn more about the park as it celebrates it's 60th Anniversary!