“Here we experience the story of our country’s past…
the colorful drama of frontier America in the exciting days of the covered wagon and the stage coach, the advent of the railroad and the romantic riverboat. Frontierland is a tribute to the faith, courage and ingenuity of the pioneers who blazed the trails across America.” – Walt Disney
On Friday, the 4th in a 5 piece 9″ Vinylmation set depicting vintage Disneyland Attraction Posters will be released exclusively at Disneyland. The Frontierland Poster depicts three attractions that are no longer in operation at Disneyland.
First is the Stagecoach ride. Guests were able to sit on top or inside a stagecoach and take a ride through Frontierland in this opening day attraction. The theming was fantastic as guest were truly transported into a time and place long gone. The ride was short-lived, as it closed forever in 1959 to make way for construction of Nature’s Wonderland. (thank you to www.yesterland.com for some great pictures)
In the middle of the poster is the Mine Train Ride. This attraction opened in 1956 as Rainbow Caverns Mine Train. After a change in Frontierland theming in 1959, this attraction became Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland. This was a slow paced attraction through the wild frontier full of great scenery, animatronic animals, and puns… think Jungle Cruise on a train. The attraction closed in 1977 to make way for the faster paced Big Thunder Mountain.
On the bottom of the poster is the Mule Pack Ride. Real mules, simulated desert. This attraction stuck around until 1973.
As far as the Vinylmation itself, this design, although minor, shows more changes from poster to Vinylmation than any of the previous releases. These changes are due to the style of the original poster. The top is a straight forward copy of the Stage Coach Ride scene from the poster. On the back, artist Alex Maher had to use up what would be empty space… so he finished off the partial horse with the Indian you see in the poster below and added three extra horses onto the back. A great touch! Finishing off a scene with the extra canvas he had, that the poster’s artist did not. The middle is a perfect depiction of the Mine Train Ride. I can’t wait to see this one up close to check out the detail. (on the poster, one of the children is wearing a Mickey Ear Hat!) On the back, is an empty mine, which is not on the poster. Next, Alex had to move the position of the “Mine Train Ride” label to the bottom left of the scene, or else it would have ended up in the neck of the figure. That decision forced the “Mule Pack Ride” label to be moved to the back of the figure. The only design move I question is wrapping the Mule Pack scene around the side. This hides two of the mules from view and leaves some empty space on the front. Also, “Frontierland” was moved to the back instead of placing it in the feet on the front.
Frontierland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Adventureland will all be out as of Friday… we await the 5th and final piece to this Disneyland 55th Anniversary 9″ set, The Monorail.