Hello all! Been a while. Hope things are well with everyone.
I've been busy with work and found that it was too frustrating to keep up an even pace with the blog. So basically, I stopped. I've since received some very nice e-mails from people who occasionally check back. Thanks for the kind words!
Of course, my interest in all things Disneylandy is stronger than ever. I'll try to stop in from time to time and update.
That said, this post is in regard to Patrick's great postings on STUFF FROM THE PARK about that obscure and practically 'lost' theme park from Bronx, New York, FREEDOMLAND.
Freedomland was a short lived, East Coast answer to Disneyland. Even with the involvement of key Disneyland personel, the park lacked the magical glue that set Disneyland so high above its imitators. The park's short life span ran from 1960 to 1964. Poor attendance, bad weather, and the forthcoming World's Fair in Queens helped Freedomland into its early grave.
Here's a weird piece of original concept art I have forNot as well known or as many enthusiasts as Disneyland, Freedomland does have a rabidly fanatic fanbase...many of which were lucky guests of this lost New York park.
the "PopityPop" Popcorn Cart from the LITTLE OLD NEW YORK theme area.
In response to Patrick's post that had some Freedomland signage, I'll post some extremely rare Freedomland Hand-Silkscreened Attraction Posters over the next few days. They cover various attractions from the seven themed areas of the park.
Combination Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and Autopia, the HORSELESS CARRIAGELike most of Freedomland, they are a pale imitation of Disneyland's Attraction Posters. Cheesy as they may be, they have an absolute charm of their own.
attraction was in the LITTLE OLD NEW YORK theme section.
Freedomland's answer to Disneyland's SKYWAY in THE OLD SOUTHWEST theme section.I'm certain these posters are much more rare than even the rarest Disneyland posters. You simply don't see them around.