Sunday, October 9, 2011

More Dumbo Fire House!

My friend over at "Mouse Club House"
sent me these great photos of the "Fire House"
as it was used in the Celebration USA Parade" 1991
Here's a shot with some of the "Stars"
of Celebration USA!
Check out his web site @
He has really great interviews with the people
who made Disneyland such a Great Place!

Thanks Mouse Club House
for the Fire House Memories...
Anyone know if it was used after 91?

Dumbo Circus Parade *FLOATS*

Back to the Dumbo Circus Parade 1979

Here's a look at some of the floats being built...

A shot of the Penguin Float...
before it left the warehouse...
Being loaded on the truck, to be taken to Anaheim
All that work to get it on Main Street for all the Guest to see...

Here we are with our "Penguin Trainer"
Sue Gothold!
Adrea Gibbs was our other "Penguin Trainer"
she wore a Blue/Green outfit...
We had a Ball with them!!!
Next to load on the truck,
the float the "Monkeys" will ride on...

Used again in a Christmas Parade
with the Wolf and Pigs...
Then the next year, for the 25th Anniversary Parade
one of the floats got a "Make Over"
for the finally unit...

It was a Fun time...
if you look close at these photos,
you won't see the Characters chained down
to the floats, or holding on to hand rails...
We Danced on and off the floats and did routines!
and we never fell off!
sad to see the Characters now tethered and Chained...

Thanks to my friend Mark for the great pics...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Scary Clowns!

Rubber Heads...
White painted faces with expressions that never change...
big yarn for hair...
with Bigger floppy shoes
all running around acting silly...

Scary? Yes!
but somehow it worked...

In the Dumbo Circus Parade 1997!
Leading off the Parade was Bongo and Lulu belle!
Then Clowns, Clowns

and below Dumbo's Fire House...
Fireman Clowns!!!
and while they're at it...
let's use the Clowns in print ads!!!

Thanks to Beth for sharing her clown pics!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Dumbo's Fire House!

Dumbo's Fire House, was a float used
in the Dumbo Circus Parade 1979
also used in many Christmas parades
at Disneyland...
[This Great shot was posted by Mellonballer on Mice Chat]
Here's the Fire House Float as it was being built!
*Bottom Half*
In it's "Raw" state, Before painting...

[here's another Excellent shot of the parade...
from Mellonballer
How'd that clown get up there?
Dumbo would run around the top of the float
and stick his head out the 4 windows...
[Beth Bond took this next photo]
Recycle *Reuse!
For the State Fair Parade, Disneyland
Changed the Fire House to a Barn for
Clara Cluck!
[This shot is by Kimmity]
[another shot by Kimmity]
Hope you enjoyed looking back at the
Dumbo's Fire House and
Clara's Barn!

Thanks again to Mellonballer and Kimmity for the great shots!!!
check out Kimmity's cool pic's on flicker

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Stolen Pictures from Guest!?

Back in the late 70s and 80s
was the Camera/Film sponsor of the park...You could walk into the camera shop on Main St.
plop down your ID or Drivers Lic.
and use one of their cameras for FREE!

OK ... so you had to buy the pack of Polaroid film
at $10 a pack...
[and when you looked at it, that was $1 a picture!]
[Now with digital we just shoot and delete!
But how many guest back then did I see
waving the picture back and forth to make it develop]

The following are pictures given us from very kind guest!
Now this may look like the Tweedle
is chopping off this kids head with a tomahawk...
ok he is... but it was all in fun...
The kid was a twin also...
the tomahawk belonged to his brother!

Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny
Wish Merlin was back in the park today...
the Sword and the Stone show was a great touch in Fantasyland

The Dwarfs... not looking so small...


When I first saw this next one,
I thought the kid had a really hairy chest!


Before Annual passes... guests had to Pay EVERYDAY to get in the park...
[but then again it wasn't $80 a day!]
even back then we had our park regulars!
why were they there every day?!
[my guess is some really nice employees signed them in EVERYDAY!]

One of our favorite was ELLEN!
Some days she would wear her cat eye glasses, a mousekteer shirt with her name and ears!

We all know now
we should have taken more pictures back then...
I'm very grateful to the guest who gave me these memories!
Thank you!