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    Indy area before Indy..

    I don't remember Indy opening.. but I do remember it didn't used to be there and then one trip with the family there it was. But I can't find any pics of what the area looked like before Indy... and didn't they have to make other changes with the Tram or something because of the show building... what did that look like before? Does anyone have any before and after pics of the Indy area and the show building/tram area??

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    Re: Indy area before Indy..

    I think I read somewhere that they had to make changes to the Jungle Cruise to accommodate the queue, but I think they built the show building over the old Eeyore (?) parking lot. If you mean the current Mickey & Friends tram route, that didn't have to be altered because I don't think it was even there yet! I'm not sure about the Disneyland Hotel tram though...

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    Re: Indy area before Indy..

    Quote Originally Posted by Quarar44 View Post
    I think I read somewhere that they had to make changes to the Jungle Cruise to accommodate the queue, but I think they built the show building over the old Eeyore (?) parking lot. If you mean the current Mickey & Friends tram route, that didn't have to be altered because I don't think it was even there yet! I'm not sure about the Disneyland Hotel tram though...
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    Re: Indy area before Indy..

    The West end of the Jungle Cruise was shortened so that the path and temple could be fit between Pirates and the River, while the show building indeed sits out on the site of the old Eeyore parking lot section

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    Re: Indy area before Indy..

    Anybody have pictues? I was there before Indy, but I forget how it used to be.
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    Re: Indy area before Indy..

    Here are a few pics of the area:



    The IJA entrance path was built just in front of the date palm tree.



    This waterway used to lead to the ROA and is completely gone.



    The original ancient Cambodian shrine (build by ancient Cambodian Shriners).



    The area behind the Treehouse, before the outdoor queue was built there.



    A look at the walkway in front of the future Bengal Barbecue.



    The original Jungle Cruise entrance.

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    Re: Indy area before Indy..

    Great pictures. Brings back memories.

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    Re: Indy area before Indy..

    Quote Originally Posted by dfan07 View Post
    This waterway used to lead to the ROA and is completely gone.
    It's my understanding that the waterway still exists for technical reasons but it's hidden. The original DL water filtration dumped water into the castle moat and then carried water through the river in the front of the Frontierland/AL entrance into the Jungle Cruise and then into the Rivers of America. As far as I know they still use the same water system, but a lot of the waterways have been hidden and now go through pipes instead of being visible.

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    Re: Indy area before Indy..

    That giant date palm tree in the front of the IJA entrance - I believe I saw a documentary on the building of Disneyland that says that tree is native to the park - it wasn't planted there during the original Disneyland construction. It actually sat out in front of the original land owners residence.
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    Re: Indy area before Indy..

    Here's a view of Disneyland back in the 80s, before Indy. The green box represents the Indy building.

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    Re: Indy area before Indy..

    On the Jungle Cruise queue music, Albert Awol talks about all tours to the shrines as having been indefinitely canceled due to missing passengers, or something like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneylandTraveler View Post
    That giant date palm tree in the front of the IJA entrance - I believe I saw a documentary on the building of Disneyland that says that tree is native to the park - it wasn't planted there during the original Disneyland construction. It actually sat out in front of the original land owners residence.
    That is the Dominguez Palm Tree (I suppose, the most famous tree in the Jungle Cruise), it was moved from Ron Dominguez's home which was on the Disneyland property, and the roof of the Jungle Cruise queue is slighlty built around it. It is located next to the Jungle Cruise on the right, very close to the Indy Fast Pass sign I believe.
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    Re: Indy area before Indy..

    They also had to move the monorail track as that image from Werner shows.
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    Re: Indy area before Indy..

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneylandTraveler View Post
    That giant date palm tree in the front of the IJA entrance - I believe I saw a documentary on the building of Disneyland that says that tree is native to the park - it wasn't planted there during the original Disneyland construction. It actually sat out in front of the original land owners residence.
    I believe you are referring to the Canary Date Palm that was on the land of the Dominguez family. That's the same family of Ron Dominguez, ex-ticket taker & vice president of Disney. It was originally planted in 1896 & was a wedding present. One of the stipulations of the sale of the Dominguez property to Walt was that Disney would preserve the tree. A quick search of the "Dominguez Palm" will yield the full story.

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    Re: Indy area before Indy..

    The Jungle Cruise boat house building where the queue is now located was not there. The original attraction in 1955 have a very similar structure, as seen in one of the above photos, but this original structure was removed in the early 60s and for many years the queue area was under a very basic thatched roof structure. This structure would be located in approximately the very same place where guests now walk into the Indy area between the tree house and the Jungle Cruise. The structure was obviously removed to clear a path, and a very similar Boat House structure was brought back to accommodate for the lost queue area, by making it a multi-level structure. So basically, what was there before was the Jungle Cruise Queue and a section of the Jungle Cruise which was filled in. This actually shortened the ride by a couple minutes, but it was done quite well, and is hardly noticeable.
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    Re: Indy area before Indy..

    Holy cow! looking at that over head... that is one long queue! I mean walking it I knew it was long, but I didn't realize how long! You guys are so knowledgeable amd helpful! I appreciate it very much!!

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