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    Disneyland in 1982: Featuring New Fantasyland Construction!

    Another batch of slide images, this possibly from the first time I ever went to the parks (as an infant, that is)....all photographs by my father, found in his slide reel collection. Set your time machines for 1982......


    A standard arriving at the park view...


    And it would appear first order of business would be a ride on the Skyway, to check out the New Fantasyland construction going on at the time!


    Monstro the whale is clearly in the middle of paint jobs, neither fully old or fully new...




    The Peter Pan building on the left, gets framed in, with glimpses of Main Street and the Anaheim Convention Center beyond


    Snow White facade coming along nicely, with the Mark Twain, top belfry of the Haunted Mansion, and Disneyland Hotel just visible in the background


    Another view of the Snow White/Pinocchio building, with Big Thunder in background


    The Hub, looking rather nicely uncrowded and very tree-ish...


    A familiar face, in miniature format...






    The little mining town of Rainbow Ridge, and no one in line for Big Thunder, curiously...


    Looking back at the Matterhorn, from the current Rancho Zocalo....not sure what restaurant it would have been in this period.


    Coming 1983!




    Field of flowers leading to Tomorrowland, with People Mover cars barely visible...


    Back on the Skyway, for a view of IASM (It's A Small Morld )


    On this, I don't really have any idea...old Tomorrowland stage, I'd wager, but is it a Mouseketeers reunion of some sort?



    And that's it for this batch...thank you very much for looking!

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    Re: Disneyland in 1982: Featuring New Fantasyland Construction!

    Wow Fantasyland was such a mess during that time. Its cool to compare the construction pictures to todays FL.
    Thanks for the pictures.

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    Re: Disneyland in 1982: Featuring New Fantasyland Construction!

    Quote Originally Posted by darkfairycthulu View Post


    On this, I don't really have any idea...old Tomorrowland stage, I'd wager, but is it a Mouseketeers reunion of some sort?
    Thank you very much for sharing ....
    and by the way ... This is the Space Stage amphitheater which existed from 1977 to 1984.

    In 1984 it was enclosed to showcase a 3D film called Magic Journeys. And then Captain EO followed in 1986.

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    Re: Disneyland in 1982: Featuring New Fantasyland Construction!

    Any clue as to what month this would have been? Looks like maybe fall.

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    Re: Disneyland in 1982: Featuring New Fantasyland Construction!

    That's a real nice presentation. Thanks!
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    Re: Disneyland in 1982: Featuring New Fantasyland Construction!

    Thanks for the photos. I wonder why they even bothered to operate the Skyway during that construction period. If all of Fantasyland was closed off, what would be the point of taking the Skyway there?

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    Re: Disneyland in 1982: Featuring New Fantasyland Construction!

    I didn't know they literally tore up all the ground in the area.

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    Re: Disneyland in 1982: Featuring New Fantasyland Construction!

    Fantastic photos! Thanks for the trip back in time! I don't think I want the skyway back now knowing what can be seen from it
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    Re: Disneyland in 1982: Featuring New Fantasyland Construction!

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex E View Post
    Any clue as to what month this would have been? Looks like maybe fall.
    No idea, honestly, as to when...I was born in March, so anytime after that in '82...

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    Re: Disneyland in 1982: Featuring New Fantasyland Construction!

    You sir, have stumbled upon a goldmine. Your father was like the Darkbeer of the 80's! Construction and renovation pics and everything! Incredible!

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    Re: Disneyland in 1982: Featuring New Fantasyland Construction!

    I think these were taken in the winter, the long shadows of the low sun angle look like the winter sun. There's snow at the top of the mountain in the distance in the photo of it's a small world, so it pretty much has to be in the winter. In the photo of Big Thunder, there's a sweetgum tree (liquidambar) which still has some red leaves left on it, and those can hang on all winter unless a big storm blows them off. The chrysanthemums in the shot of the entrance to Tomorrowland were probably just planted there already in bloom. It's definitely in the "off season" and probably late winter.

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    Re: Disneyland in 1982: Featuring New Fantasyland Construction!

    Another great set of photos, I wish there were more! Thank you.

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    Re: Disneyland in 1982: Featuring New Fantasyland Construction!

    I've been waiting for these photos! Thanks a lot!
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    Re: Disneyland in 1982: Featuring New Fantasyland Construction!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Weaver View Post
    Thanks for the photos. I wonder why they even bothered to operate the Skyway during that construction period. If all of Fantasyland was closed off, what would be the point of taking the Skyway there?
    You took the words right out of my mouth. Those were fantastic photos. I, too miss the trees in Central Plaza.

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    Re: Disneyland in 1982: Featuring New Fantasyland Construction!

    tyty. They were wonderful.

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