I watched Ozzie and Harriet as a kid, and I mostly caught the program Hazel on reruns. What do they have in common? The actor Don Defore appeared in both. He was the Nelson's neighbor, known as Thorney, and he was Mr. Baxter in Hazel. Now what does this have to do with Yesterland (Disneyland)?
Don Defore was the proprietor of Don Defore's Banjo Barbecue which was a Frontierland restaurant between 1957, and 1961. They served a pretty tasty barbecued sparerib, and also had fish and chips.
I have visited Disneyland two years in a row now. It is a long way from Chicago to Disneyland. I wish there was more money for many trips.
One both of my trips, on the very last morning, I have had breakfast at Riverbelle Terrace. Today, I read about the navy man, who had his picture taken with Aunt Jemima. The photo was taken at Aunt Jemima's Pancake House in 1957.
Aunt Jemima's Pancake House was adjacent to Don DeFore's Silver Banjo Barbecue until 1962. It then became Aunt Jemima's Kitchen. That Restaurant today is the Riverbelle Terrace.
I wonder when they started serving Mickey Mouse pancakes?
I grew up in the 50's. My brother played a lot of cowboys and indians. I can certainly understand the attraction that a "real live Indian Village" would have. Disneyland had one from the opening of Disneyland until about 1971. There were real indians, teepees, and totem poles. They even had a burial tround and a trading post. The trading post most likely sold many Native American items that made great souvenirs from Disneyland. If you were really into it, you could even help manuever a canoe through the Rivers of America. I would have been afraid to do that. I was so afraid of the water as a kid. I would have not made a good indian, or early American settler either.
It's funny though. Another type of "action hero" that piqued my interest back then is enjoying a new popularity fifty years later. Pirates, anyone?
I am especially fond of Errol Flynn movies. Do you think perhaps he would have made a great Jack Sparrow?
Today being Halloween, if the old Candle Shop was still at Disneyland, you could probably find a Halloween candle in the shape of a pumpkin, ghost or a black cat.
Did you know that there used to be a Flower Shop on Main Street that sold "plastic" flowers, and not real ones? Probably a lot easier to maintain, than selling the real thing.
Many of the shops on Main Street were sponsored. These sponsors changed over the years. Kodak certainly comes to mind. At one time the film of choice was not Kodak, but GAF. There was once an Elgin Clock Shop.
I remember my mother in law. She would only buy Timex watches. Timex surely was a Sponsor at one time, or another on Main Street.
So are you into candles? They sold in the neighborhood of about 75,000 varities. They had scented ones, like coconut, and gardenia. The seasonal ones for Halloween, Easter, Christmas, etc. Then there were traditional tapers. They even had fun food ones. Trick a friend, and buy them a cheeseburger candle.
A different wax item comes to my mind today, and that is the wax lips, and teeth, that we used to buy at the Candy Store as kids. Halloween was always the perfect time for them.
I think of candles, and the movie E.T. The mom lit all those candles in her house on Halloween night, while the kids went Trick or Treating.
Somethings never change.
Thank you SO much for posting such great tidbits on this thread Barbaraann. I had no idea about the candle shop and can't wait to hear what you didn't know until today next! ;)
I found out about yesterland in 2004 while searching google.
thread. The link for the sound bite is not working and I could not find another one on-line but I still found it interesting to see what the Frito Kid looked like.
Thanks for the link.
A few days ago, I read the piece on Yesterland titled, "Candy Caper". It made me think of Walt Disney in a different way.
As the story goes. The Storybook Land Canal Boats, and the Casey Jr. Train, are two rides that intertwine. They cross each other. One ride can be seen, while riding the other.
The Storybook Boat drivers learn their lines, and recite them 100's of times in a week. As it happens in life, sometimes we get bored. In order to break our monotony, and bring a little fun into our day, we sometimes play little games. The Casey Jr. Operator in this story made up a game using candy. Taffy, to be exact.
As the Casey Jr. train passed over the Storybook Boat, a piece of Taffy was tossed. Just a silly little game. Don't think the passengers were aware most of the time, that the game was even being played. That is, until the passenger became Walt Disney.
Now Walt was not in the boat, to where the Taffy was tossed. However he turned around in his boat, just at the exact moment it was tossed into another boat. Did he see it? Oh yes, and the Storybook Boat employee was scolded for it.
Reminds me of the times, that my dad caught me doing something, of which he didn't approve. He would lecture me about the right and wrong, expect me to apologize, and then drop the subject. There never was any discussion. There also was never any mention of it again. You knew that you were wrong, and you knew you better not do it again. I never liked to be scolded by my dad. I never wanted to really find out what would happen if I did it again.
When I read this story, I thought of my dad. Never, would I have compared the two in a million years. Although, they were both fathers. We were taught to never embarass our father.
Since Walt Disney was not alone, in the Boat, and he was escorting guests on the attraction, perhaps the same was true.
Employees were expected to act a certain way. Mr Disney did not want to be embarassed, perhaps, the same way I knew to never embarass my dad.
Neat story Barbaraann! I can relate about not wanting to be scolded by your father and knowing not to embarrass him out of respect. Very neat comparison.