Alice in Wonderland and its “leafy vine” track

Written by Werner Weiss. Posted in Disney History, Disneyland Resort, Features, Werner Weiss

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Published on October 23, 2014 at 8:17 pm with 17 Comments

Yesterland presents vintage photos of Alice in Wonderland in its early years. See the narrow “vine” track as it evolved over the years.

 

Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Alice in Wonderland

 
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  • SpectroMan

    Thanks for the article about one of my favorite Disneyland rides ever! I have to admit, I preferred the 1958 version quite a bit. Granted, it’s the one I grew up with so it’s going to leave the biggest impression. The upside down room was the best part. I do appreciate the added tree for shade and the new ending room, but otherwise, I’d sure love to see a video of the ride prior to 1984 just once more!

  • Jungle Trekkie

    I’ve read descriptions of the pre-1984 original version of the ride like the upside down room, etc., but have never seen any pictures of it. Do any pictures exist anywhere?

  • FerretAfros

    The old ride track always impressed me from a structural standpoint: it’s really thin concrete with columns spaced pretty far apart, yet managed to carry a heavy live load just fine. It had a nice midcentury flare to the style which was a fun addition to the Wonderland theming

    I noticed the CMs in one of the 1958 images wearing bright yellow cardigans; were those standard issue for Fantasyland at the time? It might be neat to see a Yesterland article showcasing CM fashions through the years

  • Algernon

    The vines now look like a glorified Coney Island.

    For me, the Alice in Wonderland vine and Matterhorn railings were the tipping point to which I no longer wanted to return to Disneyland. The castle railings were the icing on the cake. For me, Disneyland was a very pretty place where you could take a “voyage through liquid space,” (not watching a moronic underwater cartoon), sit down to rest on a Peoplemover while getting a “grand circle tour” of Tomorrowland, take the Skyway through the Matterhorn and look down at the Submarine Lagoon, go on a Jungle Cruise boat where the view is not obscured by netting, and visit a Penny Arcade that wasn’t a gift shop. It was also a place without ugly paving stones, that look even uglier in harsh sunlight. I could go on and on. Anybody who thinks the place looks better now should go on youtube and watch an old Skyway video.

    • Professor Brainard

      “I could go on and on.”

      Yes, we know. You have well-established this fact and the fact that you don’t much care for changes of any kind at Disneyland and that there is no reason for you to return to Disneyland every again. It really seems that you’ve said all that you need to say.

      • Algernon

        And I am wrong because…?

    • Kennyland

      @Algernon – Is there anything you like about Disneyland these days? Are there any changes that you find positive? There’s got to be something positive you could post about the place.

      I’ve been going to Disneyland for 50+ years and it’s definitely not the place I grew up with nor does it captivate and mesmerize me the way it used to, but there’s still plenty to enjoy at Disneyland for this old timer. If I find no satisfaction from a hobby or interest and become totally negative about it, then I move on and find something else that interests me. As for the Alice in Wonderland vines and redo, I like it!

  • The Lost Boy

    Paving stones are a good plussed improvement over concrete flatwork. They help control drainage and make surface restoration after underground maintenance much easier.

    • Algernon

      I think they look horrible.

      I do, however, believe what you say about them making underground maintenance easier, since EASY seems to be a motivating force with them: It was easier to turn the Peoplemover into a failed roller coaster than it would have been to put in a new ride. It was easier to butcher the Subs than to put in a new ride. They could have extended the base of the castle bridge walkway wall out one foot, the bricks cut to an angle so nobody could stand on them so nobody could get close to the side. It would have kept the same classic look and nobody would have noticed. But the railing was far easier. It would, however, have been far easier to construct an equipment cart, with a boom for a safety harness, that rode the Alice in Wonderland track, than all the changes that they made, ruining the ride experience at the end.

  • The Lost Boy

    I am sure that the record crowd that the Park is going to have in the next 15 months isn’t going to care, let alone be offended by, about the Peoplemover track, the submarines, the drawbridge, Club 33 and its appurtenant parts, or pavers.

    • Algernon

      It may take time, but there will be a cumulative effect to all these bogus changes. I loved Disneyland as a kid, but my niece and nephew merely like it. I couldn’t figure out why, until I realized that it isn’t the same place, anymore. I made a conscious decision not to spend my money going back. For other people, it may happen more slowly, coming not as a conscious decision, but in the form of less of a desire to go, until one day they go back no more. I hope it will turn around, but the Titanic usually goes straight down. Look what is happening to the mighty McDonalds.

  • tooncity

    I don’t see why it was necessary to extend the right edge of the leaf path with 4 feet of cement. The left side is where you would have to exist the vehicles for a evac. They could have just extended the left side, while leaving the right side undisturbed. They do this with Wood and steel Rollercoasters. They don’t have a emergence evac path on BOTH sides of the track. They have it on just one side.

    I’m not a big thrill ride person, but this small little thrill along the edge was just perfect for me. Now it’s just a reminder of how great it use to be.

    • Algernon

      My sentiments exactly!

  • Nesboy43

    One of my relatives actually has the leaves that they replaced recently when they refurbished, got it at an employee sale for $5.