Sep 24, 2011

New Orleans Square

Scenes from the View-Master packet The Wonderful World of Disneyland New Orleans Square and the Haunted Mansion A180).


View-Master New Orleans Square (A180), Packet Cover

Packet Cover


View-Master New Orleans Square (A180), Booklet Cover

Booklet Cover


From the 16-page booklet:

“The Romance and Adventure of the Delta”

When Disneyland opened in 1955, Walt Disney, in his speech of dedication, promised: “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow, to add new things, as long as there is imagination left in the world.”

In 1966, the original five theme areas or “lands” of the Park were increased to six with the opening of New Orleans Square. Disney commented at that time:

“Disneyland has always had a big river and a Mississippi sternwheeler. It seemed appropriate to create a new attraction at the bend of the river. And so, New Orleans Square came into being—a New Orleans of a century ago when she was the “Gay Paree” of the American frontier.”

The New Orleans Square took its place beside Frontierland; Adventureland; Main Street, U.S.A.; Tomorrowland; and Fantasyland. This View-Master Guided Picture Tour covers New Orleans Square and its two exciting new adventures, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion.

View-Master New Orleans Square (A180), Map of New Orleans Square

New Orleans Square, with its iron lace balconies and winding streets, re-creates the Delta City of the 19th century, with its unique shops and fine restaurants. From the moonlit Blue Bayou Lagoon, visitors embark on the hair-raising ride, “Pirates of the Caribbean,” a journey by boat into the midst of a buccaneer raid on a port village of the old Spanish Main. For a different kind of a thrill, visit the Haunted Mansion and accompany your “ghost host” to the spooks’ party and a graveyard full of weird merrymakers.


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Jazz Musicians

View-Master New Orleans Square (A180), Scene 1-1: Jazz Musicians

Royal Street Bachelors, strolling jazz musicians


From the 16-page booklet:


From either Adventureland or Frontierland, it is only a few steps to New Orleans Square. This re-creation of the Delta City of 1850 faces the “Rivers of America,” Frontierland’s looping waterway along which the Mississippi sternwheeler Mark Twain makes its majestic way.

With its winding streets and intimate courtyards, its iron lace balconies and distinctive shops and restaurants, New Orleans Square reflects both the architecture and the atmosphere of old New Orleans. The music is there, too—the jazz that is the soul of New Orleans.

As we walk into New Orleans Square from the riverfront, we hear the beat. It’s the happy music of the Royal Street Bachelors, who stroll through the Square and entertain visitors six days a week in the summertime, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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Blue Bayou Lagoon

View-Master New Orleans Square (A180), Scene 1-3: Blue Bayou Lagoon

Blue Bayou Lagoon, always bathed in “moonlight”


From the 16-page booklet:


The most picturesque of New Orleans Square’s elegant restaurants is the Blue Bayou. Its terrace, where “moonlight” shines all day long, re-creates the atmosphere of the Louisiana bayous. Visitors dine by candlelight on the patio of an antebellum mansion. Fireflies flicker in the darkness; houseboats nestle among the cypress; and Spanish moss festoons the live oak trees. Strange sounds drift across the waters.


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Pirates of the Caribbean

Captains Quarters

View-Master New Orleans Square (A180), Scene 1-5: Captains Quarters

The Captain’s Quarters, furnished in “taste”


From the 16-page booklet:


Off to the port side, we see the pirate captain’s luxurious bedroom. “A man o’ delicate taste, the cap’n,” comments the pirate voice, “his quarters rigged with the finest furnishin’s money did not buy. And close by, here’s the treasure room. Aye, blood money and cursed it be!”


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Pirates of the Caribbean

A Pirate Wears His Loot


A buccaneer wears his loot


From the 16-page booklet:


Ahead of us, everything is ablaze. The pirates have looted the town and set it to the torch. Some of the salty crew are harmonizing the show’s theme song, “Yo Ho, a Pirate’s Life for Me.” Others are collecting booty. One, with both his arms and his head loaded, is trying to get into a boat, but he teeters precariously, almost doing the split.


The Haunted Mansion


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View-Master New Orleans Square (A180), Scene 3-1: Haunted Mansion Exterior

Exterior of the Haunted Mansion


From the 16-page booklet:


When hinges squeak in doorless chambers,

and strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls…

whenever candle lights flicker

where the air is deathly still…

that is the time when ghosts are present,

practicing their terror with ghoulish delight.

This stately Southern mansion is no ordinary house. It is haunted—by 999 fun-loving ghosts, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night. Disneyland’s newest and scariest attraction opened its creaking doors to the public in 1969, after nearly 12 years of planning. Its creepy effects are brought about through Audio-Animatronics, plus many new techniques in sound and “Illusioneering”—to make ghosts appear and disappear, to make marble statues “talk,” and to enable ghosts and objects to “float” around the rooms.

All the spirits in the Haunted Mansion are “just dying” to meet us. Shall we join them?

We enter, and the door closes ominously behind us. A mysterious voice speaks. “Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion. I am your host—your Ghost Host. Kindly step this way. There’s no turning back now!”

One eerie experience follows another: a picture gallery with a ceiling that expands…a corridor lined with ghostly portraits that change with each lightning flash…a misty, endless hallway. Then we enter a two-passenger carriage that will take us relentlessly on through the Mansion’s labyrinth of dark corridors, cobwebbed halls, and cold rooms.

On glides our carriage…through a dimly-lit corridor of locked, banging doors…a conservatory where a casket sits amid cobwebs, and something inside it is trying to get out…a hall where a grandfather clock, its hands moving always backward, solemnly tolls the hour of 13.


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The Crystal Ball

View-Master New Orleans Square (A180), Scene 3-2: The Crystal Ball

Madame Leota, in the crystal ball, summons the spirits


From the 16-page booklet:


Now we enter the Séance Room. Madame Leota, a disembodied spirit—a woman’s head inside a crystal ball—chants incantations as objects float about the room:

Serpents and spiders, tail of a rat,

Call in the spirits where they’re at!

Rap on the table; it’s time to respond.

Send us a message from somewhere beyond!


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Ghostly Dinner Party

View-Master New Orleans Square (A180), Scene 3-3: Ghostly Dinner Party

A ghostly birthday party in the Grand Hall


From the 16-page booklet:


Our carriage takes us onto a balcony overlooking the Grand Hall. A birthday party is taking place around a long, dusty dinner table. Or—is it a “deathday” party? The “Ghostess” has invited her friends of the spirit world. As she blows the cake candles out, some of her ghost guests disappear—then reappear as she inhales and the candles flicker to life.


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Spooks Perch on Chandelier

View-Master New Orleans Square (A180), Scene 3-4: Spooks Perch on Chandelier

Chandelier above table is a perch for spooks


From the 16-page booklet:


The chandelier above the banquet table is a vantage point for several guests. Now you see them, now you don’t!

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