Sep 7, 2011

Main Street and Primeval World

Scenes from the View-Master packet The Wonderful World of Disneyland: Main Street and Primeval World (A175).


View-Master Disneyland Main Street and Primeval World (A175): Packet Cover

Packet cover


View-Master Disneyland Main Street and Primeval World (A175): Booklet Cover

Booklet cover


From the 16-page booklet:

“The Crossroads

of the Magic Kingdom”

Disneyland is a mood, an atmosphere of mixed excitement and nostalgia, well spiced with imagination. It transports the visitor in space and time, so he can journey to faraway places, or “live” in the past or future as an active participant.

The spirit of Disneyland is embodied in these words, inscribed on the dedication plaque at the base of the flagpole in Town Square of Main Street, USA, where a tour of the Magic Kingdom begins:

To all who come to this happy place: welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past…and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts which have created America…with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.

This View-Master Guided Picture Tour begins in Main Street, USA, from whose Plaza the entrances to the other five “lands” beckon you to a variety of experiences.


View-Master Disneyland Main Street and Primeval World (A175): Map of Main Street

Main Street, USA, is a faithful reproduction of a Midwestern America small town at the turn of the century. Stroll through the apothecary shop; stop at the old-fashioned ice cream parlor; watch the portrait artists at work; visit the many fascinating shops; and enjoy the sights and sounds of a bygone era.

Take side trips, via train, to Grand Canyon and to the America of 100 million years ago, when dinosaurs tramped through steaming jungles.


Scene 1-1

Main Street Station

View-Master Main Street and Primeval World (A175), Scene 1-1: Main Street Station

Main Street Station at entrance to Disneyland


From the 16-page booklet:


A smiling portrait of Mickey Mouse, “painted” in living flowers, greets Disneyland visitors from the slanting earth embankment at the Park’s main entrance. Behind Mickey’s big ears is the Victorian-style depot of the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad. Its big DISNEYLAND sign also announces the “population” (total attendance since Disneyland opened in 1955, which by 1970 had reached 85 million), and the elevation above sea level (138 feet).

If we have arrived by automobile, or by riding the tram from the Disneyland Hotel, we will enter the Park through these gates. If, however, we should take the Monorail, we would get off inside the Park, at the Tomorrowland Station.

The visitor who enters here, at the main gate, walks across a wide entrance yard and under one of two pedestrian tunnels on either side of the floral Mickey Mouse. Each tunnel bears a sign above it, with this message:

“Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.”


Scene 1-2

Town Square

View-Master Main Street and Primeval World (A175), Scene 1-2: Town Square

Town Square—a scene from the 1890’s


We are in Disneyland! There is so much to see and so little time. Impatiently we hurry through the underpass, and those few steps take us into a different world and era.

This is Main Street, USA. Around us stretches a broad, open area, centered by a lovely triangular park with a flagpole. This is Town Square. A horse-drawn streetcar is loading for a trip up Main Street. Somewhere up the street a brass band is playing. The years have been rolled magically back, and we have been transplanted in time to the turn of the century. Unconsciously we relax, and slow our pace to match the tempo of the surroundings.

This is a place for strolling! We stroll toward City Hall.

Scene 2-2

Plaza Inn Restaurant

View-Master Main Street and Primeval World (A175), Scene 2-2: Plaza Inn Restaurant

Plaza Inn is an elegant Victorian restaurant


From the 16-page booklet:


Walking on, we pass the Penny Arcade and soon find ourselves at the other end of Main Street. Ahead is a broad, circular park, the Plaza, which is the hub of Disneyland. Facing it are two restaurants, the Plaza Pavilion on the west side and the Plaza Inn on the east. The Inn, one of the newest and most elegant restaurants in Disneyland, is a Victorian-style dining place in the grand manner, with rich brocades and gleaming crystal. From time to time, its guests may enjoy the dinner music of the Plaza Inn Strings, a group of three strolling musicians who specialize in waltzes.

We make a circle of the Plaza, pausing to patronize an old-fashioned popcorn wagon. Children wearing Mickey Mouse hats seem to be everywhere! Munching our popcorn, we begin walking down the east side of Main Street.


Scene 2-6

Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln

View-Master Main Street and Primeval World (A175), Scene 2-6: Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

At Opera House, Mr. Lincoln speaks on freedom


From the 16-page booklet:


At the Opera House, the “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” presentation is about to begin. We enter, full of curiosity about the masterpiece of Disney technique, Audio-Animatronics, which enables a human or animal figure to move and speak with startling realism. On the stage, incredibly lifelike, sits Abraham Lincoln, apparently lost in thought. The tall figure comes to life. Lincoln’s eyes scan the audience; he clears his throat, rises, and begins to speak.

“The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty,” he remarks, “and the American people, just now, are much in want of one.”

He continues, with authentic Lincoln mannerisms and gestures, to deliver a six-minute speech composed of excerpts from addresses actually made by Lincoln in his lifetime. The prophetic words are as appropriate today as a century ago.

He finishes and resumes his seat. An invisible choir fills the room with stereophonic song, seeming to move through the audience like a procession: “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord…


Scene 3-5


View-Master Main Street and Primeval World (A175), Scene 3-5: Triceratops

Triceratops and young, hatching from eggs


From the 16-page booklet:


Dinosaurs were reptiles, and like their reptile cousins of today they laid eggs. Here two ugly, horned Triceratops watch their babies hatching. Fossil Triceratops eggs have actually been found; they are about 6 inches long and 3 inches wide. Full-grown Triceratops were more than 20 feet long, and their huge skulls were 7 feet long. With their three sharp horns, they must have been powerful fighters.

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