I've been following Disney artist Kevin Kidney's blog religiously for the past few weeks as he slowly unveils images of some incredible figurines and collectibles him and partner Jody Daily have been creating for Disneyland's 55th.
The duo has releasing a series of five nostalgic ride vehicle replicas later this fall. Kevin unveiled the fourth ride vehicle in the series on his blog today — the Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland. Not only is the piece he and Jody made absolutely beautiful, but Kevin shared a bit of information about Engine No. 1 that might be of interest to some Disneyland fans — the old Mine Train from the edge of the Rivers of America has been given to the Walt Disney Archives.
All Aboard the Mine Train
For many years a dilapidated old train sat in ruins along the banks of the Rivers of America, the last remaining scrap of an extinct Disneyland attraction from bygone days. It was in terrible shape, rotting and falling apart from years of exposure. Barely legible on its domed boiler was a faded gold number "1".
About a month ago, the train vanished from the park (finally given to the care of the Disney Archives ), and Jody and I were somewhat surprised to see it gone. For the past year one of our projects has been to make a miniature replica of Train #1 as it appeared bright and new in 1960 when Nature's Wonderland opened. We felt it would be a happier way to remember this attraction, the layout of which had been designed by Walt Disney himself.
Our replica of the Nature's Wonderland Mine Train #1 will be released this fall, as part of the ongoing celebration of Disneyland's 55th Anniversary.