This is from my childhood....these tickets books. My dad painstakingly saved them all these years. I treasure them and while there is only one book intact, I plan to display a few of the loose tickets in a large frame along with my Mickey Mouse prints and Disney Dollars.
Thank you dad for saving these!!
On the afternoon of March 26th, 1975 a fire occurred at the show building for Knott's Bear-y Tales. Estimated damage - upwards of $3 million and water damage to the Palm's Casino and Buffalo Nickel Arcade below. The fire was said to have been started by an arson related incident and to this day the Arsonist(s) were never caught. Rolly Crump did suspect it had something to do with a Union dispute since Fantasy Fair, who worked with Crump, were part of a Non-union.
When the fire occurred, scenes said to be completed were both the Factory and the Frog Forest scenes. And of these it was reported that the set pieces, rock work, and trees had been installed. Thankfully no animatronics had been installed yet. The ride's proposal date for opening was June as part of the Roaring 20s area but due to the fire, the ride was delayed much further until 4th of July weekend.
Ever wonder how Disney managed to create real see-through animatronics for the Haunted Mansion attraction? Most of the special effects in that ghoulishly delightful attraction were pulled off using old vaudeville illusions.
In the case of the translucent specters, Imagineers turned to a classic magic trick known as Pepper’s Ghost. A giant pane of glass is placed between the audience and the stage. A light is shined on an unseen object (for example, an animatronic). And if the angle is set just right, a translucent reflection of said object should be clearly visible to your astounded object.
The largest current usage of the Pepper’s Ghost illusion is in fact in the ballroom of the Haunted Mansion, where a pane of glass 90 feet long and 30 tall separates your Doom Buggy from the reflection of over 12 animatronics hidden in a secret room beneath the track on which you travel.
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".