One of the most inexpensive ways to remember your trip to Disneyland or Walt Disney World was the purchase of View-Master stereo picture reels. Especially if you didn’t own a camera!
The View-Master system was introduced in 1939, four years after the advent of Kodachrome color film made the use of small high-quality photographic color images practical. Tourist attraction and travel views predominated in View-Master’s early lists of reels, most of which were meant to be interesting to users of all ages.
Disney wasted no time licensing its Theme Parks and characters for our 3D pleasure! Which is good for those of us who need a fix between visits!
Neither of the two sets I’m sharing today came with a booklet. Some did have a 16-page insert detailing the contents, but this was usually if the subject matter was more of a story, like the Sleeping Beauty set I also have.
These reels contain views of various rides and attractions that one would have found around the Park. It makes a nice time capsule to look back on as old attractions become extinct.
And now we switch coasts and Parks:
We are now looking in on a pool of dangerous hippos and elephants. So please, sit still and don’t rock the blog! These huge creatures are quite curious and could easily upset our website. So please, don’t do anything that might attract them! Like clicking the lever on your View-Master Viewer:
Phew! That was close! Thank you for cooperating. We can now continue…
It’s fun to look at the list of attractions and see which ones you’ve ridden and which ones are now gone. Fun, and a little sad!
Some day I hope to perfect a way to successfully film the images on these reels.