Thursday, November 16, 2006


Ya know, thinking about the lack of monkey at Disneyland the other day, I began to think about some of the other old-tymee goodness that has been cleansed from the theme park experience....

Just Imagine the sawdust these three would kick up!

Both Knott's Berry Farm and Disneyland featured stuffed people throughout the park. Remember the Burning Settler's Cabin arrow victim or the Main Street squatters?

A rare snap-shot from the quickly removed, Disneyland Main Street
Bates Motel Attraction.

Be afraid little girl, be very afraid....

Why Disneyland and Knotts competed in this rather strange fringe of the display arts, I don't know. Must be an Orange County thing.

And we're not talkin' animatronics...No, sir!

We're talkin' stuffed skins over bamboo and balsa wood armatures!

This was quality entertainment folks!

Would you park your naive stuffed men with these two shifty lookin' kids?

What I do know, is that you and I (and our $60+ clams to get into the parks) are not worthy of this rare and lost art form.

Now that these residents of the parks and the Movieland Wax Museum are gone, the closest thing we have to stuffed people are the middle management in most of our corporate entertainment companies...


Blogger Dominic said...

Look closely: Those two dance hall "ladies" are actually those two miners on their day off.

9:52 PM  
Blogger Sharon Spotbottom said...

Do you like to stuff people too Mr Pickle?

10:03 PM  
Blogger thepicklebarrel said...

yes and yes.

11:45 PM  
Blogger Matterhorn1959 said...

Jorda- just wait I have a picture that will blow your mind, stuffed people and sex at Disneyland!

9:03 AM  
Blogger Chris Merritt said...

How dare you mock the fine work of Claude Bell sir! I'm channeling his ghost to haunt your ass RIGHT NOW!

11:50 AM  
Blogger Tinker Bell said...

Naughty boys! ;P

1:43 AM  
Blogger Major Pepperidge said...

I've always wondered what happened to the lady on the porch at Disneyland...the only photo I had ever seen of her prior to this one was in an early Viewmaster reel.

10:27 AM  
Blogger B said...

Nice post. I was just at Knott's hoping to get pictures of these exact figures. I wish I had read your post before I went, as I was very disappointed to see an empty bench were the miners once were. The closest they have to these is a cigar store Indian, and of course the peek-in town scenes. Do you remember another set of women? They were senoritas next to a tile wall.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Chris Jepsen said...

Let me clarify the previous comments of the illustrious Tongaroa... Most of the life-sized human figures throughout Knott's are the work of sculptor Claude Bell, who later went on to create the famous dinosaurs at Cabazon. These are solid sculptures, not mere dummies or fiberglass shells.

The figures are usually moved out of the way this time of year for Knott's big Christmas crafts festival. They should all return to their usual locations at the start of the new year.

3:39 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Does anyone here know who made alot of the old cowboy and indian dummies(mannequins)? I have 7 of them and always wanted to know where they might have been located. Im a little rusty on memory.Does anyone here have pictures of them located throughout the park? Also where most of the indians located? Thanks for any info. You can email me directly at

1:52 PM  

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