Jul 31, 2011

Adventureland (A177)

Scenes from the View-Master packet The Wonderful World of Disneyland: Adventureland (A 177).


View-Master Adventureland (A177), Packet Cover

Packet cover


View-Master Adventureland (A177), Booklet Cover

Booklet cover


From the 16-page booklet:

“The Wonderland of Nature’s Own Design”

ALL THE THRILLS of a real jungle safari await the visitor to a Magic Kingdom that lies less than 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles.  It is Disneyland, at Anaheim.  There you enter another world—not just as a spectator, but as an active participant.

Disneyland includes six areas or “lands,” so compactly laid out that you can walk easily from one to another.  Main Street, U.S.A., leads to the Plaza, the circular hub of Disneyland.  From here, entrances to the other five “kingdoms” branch out like spokes of a wheel.  They are Adventureland, New Orleans Square, Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland.  Each contains a variety of adventures, attractions, shops, and restaurants appropriate to the theme or time which the “land” represents.

This View-Master Guided Picture Tour is of Adventureland, whose atmosphere is of the exotic parts of the world: the South Sea Islands and the jungles of Asia and Africa.  To enter Adventureland is to become an explorer.


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View-Master Adventureland (A177), Scene 1-1: Entrance

Adventureland! Civilization is left behind


From the 16-page booklet:


The unique feature of Disneyland is that you can travel a short distance and suddenly find yourself in a different world. From the Plaza at the head of Main Street, with its omnibuses and old-fashioned popcorn wagon, you walk past the Plaza Pavilion and turn left, and in a few short steps you leave Western civilization behind. Ahead are buildings thatched in Polynesian style. An arch, topped by crossed elephant tusks, proclaims “Adventureland.”


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Macaw Host in Tiki Room

View-Master Adventureland (A177), Scene 1-2: Macaw Host in Enchanted Tiki Room

“Buenos dias,” says Jose, the Macaw in the Tiki Room


From the 16-page booklet:


Beside the arch is a large, palm-thatched theater called the Enchanted Tiki Room. Inside, it is a tropical paradise filled with exotic birds and flowers (not alive, but amazingly lifelike); and tikis, or carved Polynesian idols with “totem pole” faces.

The lights dim; we hear the boom of jungle drums; and suddenly the birds and flowers “come to life.” Hosts of the show are four animated macaws named Jose, who talks with a Spanish accent; Michael, who has an Irish brogue; Pierre, who is French, and Fritz, who is German.

The show is produced through the magic of Audio-Animatronics, in which voices, music, and sound effects are synchronized with movement to produce uncanny realism.


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Kitchen of Swiss Family Robinson

Tree House

View-Master Adventureland (A177), Scene 1-4: Kitchen of Swiss Family Robinson Tree House

Kitchen of the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House


From the 16-page booklet:


Remember the Swiss Family Robinson? Cast away on a tropical island, they built a home in a huge tree, using furniture salvaged from their wrecked ship. The tree has been re-created in Adventureland, and we can climb the stairs to its 70-foot summit. Like other rooms of the tree, its kitchen bears a descriptive sign in the words of the head of the family, Franz Robinson. It says, in part:

“Complete with running water, volcanic stone hearth and oven…utensils of our own making and salvage from the wrecked ‘Titus’…plus nature’s bounty and my good wife’s cooking, amply fulfill our wants.”

At one point along the stairway, ascending the tree, a sign warns: MIND THY HEAD.


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Ruins of Ancient Lost City

View-Master Adventureland (A177), Scene 2-2: Ruins of Ancient Lost City

Ruins of the ancient Lost City of Ganesha


From the 16-page booklet:


“Through an old archway, we enter the sunken ruins of an ancient lost city,” announces the guide. “Now, python-like banyans grip this great stone face in a living vise.”

Rubber trees and giant bamboos grow in profusion down to the water’s edge, and when the hibiscus is in bloom it lends brilliance to the picturesque scene.


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Jungle Cruise

View-Master Adventureland (A177), Scene 3-1: Jungle Cruise

Skipper fires at Hippos in the Congo River


From the 16-page booklet:


“Easy now—looks like we’re surrounded, but I’ll try to get us through,” says the guide. He spins the helm frantically to dodge among the huge, gaping beasts. “Oh oh!” he shouts. “Two big ones are blocking our path, dead ahead! I’ll try to scare them off.” His revolver goes blam-blam, and the two big, ugly heads disappear under the water. “That didn’t kill them,” comments the guide, “but I’ll bet it gave ‘em a headache.”

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