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    Old Frontierland In Color

    I was browsing through YouTube and found these great videos of Frontierland. Enjoy!

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    Re: Old Frontierland In Color

    that was very cool! thats a bunch. it was beautiful then!


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    Re: Old Frontierland In Color

    Those are real gems.

    I have to point out the irony that the Rainbow Caverns were one of the few parts that weren't in color!
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    TikiRoomLiz! I can't thank you enough!

    What a Treasure Trove of Memories - Look how BEAUTIFUL (and HUGE!) Frontierland is!!

    The Mike Fink Keel Boats! Indian Village! - with a crowd gathered to watch and learn about Native Americans! Tom Sawyer's Island - in all of its brand "new" glory - ready to explore! "Every bend in the river, offering new vistas of a river teeming with Life" ALL the beautiful AA figures - Native Americans, animals and animals everywhere, did you see the bear look at us and run off?! - and the burning settler's cabin! "Huck Finn's Fishing Hole"! viewing the Frontier Fort as we circle the island... an outpost! SO much to see! So many different forms of transportation - all New for its day, and all going someplace!

    Nature's Wonderland!! Rainbow Ridge - with a choice of a Conestoga wagon, or a pack mule *, or a Mine Train ride through Rainbow Caverns - all offering different views of the same amazing area; (a beautiful example of multiple-use of the same acreage). Cowboys, Indians, Mexican guitarists and dancers, shoot-outs with Bad Guys, the Sherrif! Slue Foot Sue (Betty!) and Wally Boag arriving by Stagecoach to perform in the Golden Horseshoe Revue "to packed houses, several times a day..." - just what you would expect to see in a Frontier Town.

    * my sister wants me to remind everyone that she bawled when they took out the pack mules - uh, I mean her "horsies" !

    This is Theme Park Theming at its Best; and notice: 50 years ago the Land is packed with guests - all enjoying and experiencing this view of the Past. and it's all gone - or going... (well, 90% of it - replaced by a roller coaster and Pirates and generic shops) Maybe it spoke to another day, another Generation that marveled and thrilled to this kind of experience - one that today's families can't / won't enjoy; maybe this EvilQueen belongs in another time too...

    "To visit Frontierland and travel along its high roads and bi-roads is to relive in this modern day all of the high adventure of the American Pioneer"
    When was the last time a Guest in Frontierland felt that he had this kind of immersive Experience and Education? When everyone talks about "Walt's Dream", this was it...
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    Re: Old Frontierland In Color

    Great finds. Thanks for the post.

    I was amused by the first gun battle at Rainbow Ridge. Had to love the bad guy totally throwing off the forced perspective by getting shot by the miniture home!
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    Re: Old Frontierland In Color

    aahhh yess. The frontierland without pirates... The good ol' days.

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    Thank you so much!

    The huge buttes in the overhead shot of Nature's Wonderland/Rainbow Ridge are still standing today!

    I wish that the park could return to those early days.
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    Re: Old Frontierland In Color



    They had giant bad guys back then, too.

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    Re: Old Frontierland In Color

    Thanks for finding those and posting them here.

    Wow! Do those ever bring back memories. It's too bad the inside of the Rainbow Caverns weren't in color. I remember they were so pretty. I had forgotten about the cactus people and the rolling rocks.

    I believe that Walt did theme this part of the park to what was popular in the entertainment field of that day. Today the theme is Pirates because that is what is big box office. Back in the mid 50's it was Westerns. We were watching John Wayne and westerns were all on the TV. We watched the Lone Ranger, Hopalong Cassady, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Gene Autry, Fess Parker and Davey Crockett. Everything was cowboy and western oriented. We kids got coonskin hats and toy guns. I have an old home movie of me in my cowgirl outfit that I got for Christmas trying to shoot my guns at my Dad. Even Howdy Dowdy was dressed western. So you see, Walt was theming his park to go with what people were watching in that era. That's what Toy Story 2 was all about. How popular the western and western heros were until the space age came along and the old west was tossed aside. Westerns are no longer popular but Pirates are. The times change. In another 20 years it will be something else and the park will change with it. Sure I miss the old days and I wish some of it could come back. But I'm realistic enough to know that won't happen.
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    Re: Old Frontierland In Color

    Quote Originally Posted by HBG2 View Post


    They had giant bad guys back then, too.
    At least they were where they were supposed to be... I'd much rather have giant bad guys than pirates haha. (did that make sence to any of you?)

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    I, for one, love Westerns and the ideas of the old Frontierland still intrigue me today. I never saw the pack mules, the Indian Village, the wagons or the stagecoach, but I really enjoy looking at the old maps from 1958 and imagining what that might have been like. Heck I miss Cascade Peak! I wish a bit of this old Frontierland could find it's way back into the present.

    Great find and thank you very much for sharing.

    Anyone know what show these clips were taken from?
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    Re: Old Frontierland In Color

    WOWWWWWW..... Wow wow wow.... My kingdom for a time machine!!!

    The whole time I kept saying "why don't they do THAT any more??"

    "There was more wildlife in those days..." You said it, brother. I loved the bear.

    It was so wonderful! It really did feel like you were in a tiny old west in pioneer days... WOW what we have lost in Disneyland!

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    Re: Old Frontierland In Color

    Thanks for those!

    Wow, videos like these serve to remind me how much of a visionary Walt was- the sort of escapism present in the description of Frontierland was truly ahead of his time.

    I find it funny that the Tom Sawyer nature of TSI wasn't played up- for anyone who didn't know better, Tom Sawyer might as well have been a Disney character and not a literary figure!


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    Re: Old Frontierland In Color

    Quote Originally Posted by HBG2 View Post


    They had giant bad guys back then, too.
    That makes me think of Maynard! ROTFL

    Great videos, Liz! I still wish there was all that open space in DL. If the trees were more mature it would have even been more beautiful. But I guess that's why he built Disney World.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickeyandme67 View Post

    Anyone know what show these clips were taken from?
    Awwww, the videos look and sound like "Wonderful World of Color" a Sunday evening show from the early 60s that Walt produced. Our family would wait in anticipation every Sunday for these series on animals, nature and of course Walt used his show to showcase his Disneyland. Good times, simpler times.

    Thanks for sharing these gems and for the wonderful memories TikiRoomLiz!
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