Tim Hollis, co-author of the fantastic book Mouse Tracks and the Mouse Tracks Online site sent me some photos of a trip to the Magic Kingdom that his family took in 1974. Besides the 1970s outfits, there are some great shots of Tim with various long lost friends. We’ll also look at some Jungle Cruise and parade photos from Tim in future columns.
Here’s Tim outside the Main Gate. Mickey looks a little grayed out, though.
A shot down Main St. USA. It’s a pretty crowded morning. I wonder what Tim and his family are going to do first. Pay attention to the trees, too. The trees in the hub aren’t quite blocking view of the Cinderella’s Castle and the trees along the street are more decorative than shade-providing. The charming trees would be removed when it was discovered that they blocked the views of the castle stage shows.
It looks like we’re headed to the Tiki Room! You can see Clyde and Claude perching on the tiki statue.
Let’s take a break at the Sunshine Tree Terrace. You can see the Little Orange Bird greeting guests near the orange and green umbrellas. So, where was this photo taken? The area right before you head down to the Jungle Cruise queue?
Long, Lost Friends!
Let’s spend some time meeting some long, lost friends with Tim.
We’re obviously standing outside a Fantasyland attraction. Is it Small World? The trees behind the building could belong to the Skyway to Tomorrowland building, where the Tangled restrooms are now. When’s the last time you saw the Mad Hatter?
Tim meets up with Tweedle Dee. Or is that Tweedle Dum? It’s still amazing to see these shots of the characters with people just milling around.
It’s the Walrus from Alice in Wonderland! That’s a seriously long, lost friend. With the full view in this photo, it’s obvious that we’re outside of it’s a small world.
Tim meets Prince John inside the castle! This was long before the days of queued and time-based meet and greets. I’d be surprised if the Prince even had a character handler. Or any of the other characters, either.
Do you have any vintage shots of characters? Any long lost characters you’ve run into recently? Send me an email ([email protected]) and I’ll feature them here at ImagiNERDing.
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