Aug 11, 2011

DISNEYLAND Fantasyland

Scenes from the View-Master packet The Wonderful World of Disneyland: Fantasyland (A 178).


View-Master Fantasyland (A178), Packet Cover

Packet cover


View-Master Fantasyland (A178), Booklet Cover

Booklet cover


From the 16-page booklet:

“The Happiest Kingdom of Them All”

CHILDHOOD stories come to life in the Magic Kingdom of Disneyland. In the words of the sign that welcomes visitors who come in via the main gate, “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.”

Disneyland is composed of six areas or “lands,” each with a different theme. Each is filled with a variety of attractions, shops, and restaurants carrying out its particular theme. They are Main Street, U.S.A., into which the main entrance of Disneyland leads; Fantasyland; Tomorrowland; Frontierland; New Orleans Square; and Adventureland. Main Street leads to the Plaza, center of Disneyland, which is a stepping-off point for journeys into the other “lands.” Everything is so compact and well laid out that you can stroll through the entire Magic Kingdom in a few hours with little effort.

This View-Master Guided Picture Tour is of Fantasyland, a kingdom dedicated to the young in heart, and of its newest attraction, “It’s a Small World.”


View-Master Fantasyland (A178), Map of Fantasyland

Fantasyland Map


Fantasyland, “The Happiest Kingdom of Them All,” lies beyond the drawbridge of the Sleeping Beauty Castle.  With a variety of attractions drawn from Walt Disney movies, there is delight for the young of all ages.  Peter Pan, Snow White, and many others come alive in the adventures of Fantasyland.  One may plunge down the Rabbit Hole into Wonderland with Alice, sail the Storyland canals, or meet the children of other lands in the joyous cruise, “It’s a Small World.”


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Sleeping Beauty Castle

View-Master Fantasyland (A178), Scene 1-1: Sleeping Beauty Castle at entrance to Fantasyland

Sleeping Beauty Castle is the entrance to Fantasyland


From the 16-page booklet:


What more appropriate entrance to a kingdom of fantasy could there be than the drawbridge to an enchanted castle? The Castle of Sleeping Beauty beckons us into “The Happiest Kingdom of All”—Fantasyland, where classic stories of childhood come to life. No hedge of thorns surrounds this castle; the drawbridge is down and everyone is welcome.

Looking up at the castle towers, would you believe that the tallest one is only 77 feet high? It looks much taller, because of Disney architects’ clever use of “forced perspective” to deceive the eye.


Scene 1-6

Alice in Wonderland

View-Master Fantasyland (A178), Scene 1-6: Alice in Wonderland Ride

The Wonderful Alice in Wonderland Ride


From the 16-page booklet:


Alice and the White Rabbit join us for the Alice in Wonderland Ride. A haughty caterpillar car takes us zipping down into the Rabbit Hole…through the garden where “live” flowers sing and sway. We meet the grinning Cheshire Cat and join the Mad Tea Party.


Scene 1-7

Mad Tea Party Ride

View-Master Fantasyland (A178), Scene 1-7: Mad Tea Party Ride

Cups and Saucers spin on the Tea Party Ride


From the 16-page booklet:


And here’s the outdoor version of the Mad Tea Party. Teacups big enough to hold three passengers twist, turn, and spin to the lilt of a merry tune.

If you look at this stereo picture closely, you’ll see in one of the teacups Alice and a white-haired man with an enormous head and a tall hat. He’s the Mad Hatter, and you may meet him walking around now and then in Fantasyland. You also may encounter other characters from Disney cartoon movies: the Seven Dwarfs, marching in single file, accompanied by the lovely Snow White. Or Pinocchio and his shifty-eyed companions—J. Worthington Foulfellow, the Fox, and Gideon, the Cat. Or the Three Little Pigs. Or—that genial No. 1 host of Disneyland, Mickey Mouse himself!


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Storybook Land Canals

View-Master Fantasyland (A178), Scene 2-7: Storybook Land Canals

Canal Boats in Storybook Land


From the 16-page booklet:


In Storybook Land, everything is tiny, and we are spectators—giant spectators drifting past fairy tale scenes built one-twelfth natural size. On the right is Geppetto’s village, where the kindly old wood-carver lives with Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket. We pass the houses of the Three Little Pigs, one built of straw, one of sticks, and one of bricks. Even the live trees in Storybook Land are tiny like the houses.


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Dutch Children and Tulips,

It’s A Small World

View-Master Fantasyland (A178), Scene 3-2: Dutch Children, It's A Small World

Dutch children join in singing “It’s a Small World”


From the 16-page booklet:


Against stylized backgrounds of six continents, children in realistic national costumes sing and dance. It is done through the Disney engineers’ new technique, Audio-Animatronics, which gives a lifelike realism to the movements and sound effects of make-believe animals or people. In each “country” we visit, children sing in their own language the catchy title song, “It’s a Small World After All.”

After first visiting Scandinavia and the British Isles, we come to France, where tiny chorus girls dance a lively cancan, Dutch boys and girls sing from comfortable tulip seats while a Belgian goose girl joins in. Her three geese honk in rhythm to the strains of the “Small World” song.

Incidentally, all of the “Small World” costumes are handmade of authentic materials. Each of the more than 300 animated figures is one-of-a-kind in design.


Scene 3-7


View-Master Fantasyland (A178), Scene 3-7: Fireworks

Fantasyland at night: fireworks over the castle


From the 16-page booklet:


Each summer evening, just before 9 o’clock, Disneyland visitors gather in the circular Plaza that is the hub of the Magic Kingdom. They gaze toward the Matterhorn, watching for Tinker Bell, the Peter Pan fairy. (One little boy, perched on his father’s shoulders, asked: “How does she get up there?”)

At the stroke of 9, Tinker Bell flies gracefully down from the Matterhorn, over the castle, and out of sight. Immediately afterward, the Disneyland sky lights up with a spectacular display of fireworks.

This is the start of the special, magical time that is Disneyland after dark. The whirling teacups of the Mad Tea Party become streaks of light; and, along the canals of Storybook Land, lights shine in the windows of the tiny houses and in Cinderella”s Castle. Passing by the castle, we know that, inside it, Prince Charming’s ball is in progress, and he is dancing with a lovely stranger in glass slippers.

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