Friday, September 28, 2012

Disneyland 1966: Small World, Big Parking Lot

My dad filmed a lot of parking lots. At least at Disneyland he did.

Maybe he was trying to build anticipation as he approached the Magic Kingdom's entrance with my mom, my sister and me in tow. Maybe he just meant to capture Main Street's train station, or the train itself, or the Monorail at a distance. Maybe he just liked cars, buses and pavement.

In some 1964 footage I posted a while back on YouTube, there are about 45-seconds worth of parking lot. From 1967, another 40 seconds (at least we're pulling up to the main gate on that one). In this new video from 1966, there are about 30 seconds Dad shot from the middle of the asphalt.

What does it all mean? Not a lot, really. Dad liked to film rides too.

So, without further ado, here are two minutes of It's a Small World (at that time, just a couple of months old) and the Submarine Voyage, with a quick glimpse of the Matterhorn and the Skyway, all in glorious eight millimeter.

But, hey, how about that parking lot?

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