Vintage Disneyland Postcards: Adventureland

Earlier I introduced a new postcard series where I would be sharing my vintage Disneyland postcard collection. And since it’s so large, I decided to split it up into each of the lands, beginning with Main Street USA. Today we enter the mysterious Adventureland.

I think it’s important to note that when Disneyland opened in 1955, Adventureland only had one attraction, the Jungle Cruise. In 1962 Adventuerland gained two new attractions, the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse and the Big Game Shooting Gallery. Sadly, the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse closed in 1999 and was re-done to become Tarzan’s Treehouse. The Big Game Shooting Gallery lasted until 1982, the area where it was housed is now a seating area that mostly serves those grabbing a bite from Bengal Barbecue. Sadly I don’t have any postcards of it. Meanwhile the marvel and innovation that was the Enchanted Tiki Room arrived in 1963, and was the newest attraction in Adventureland for over three decades, until the Indiana Jones Adventure opened in 1995. All that being said, it should come as no surprise that the vast majority of these postcards feature elements from the Jungle Cruise.

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger walk through the main entrance of Adventureland, which features crossed tusks.

The entrance to Adventureland, a combination of tiki and African culture merge together. Crossed elephant tusks stand above the text reading "Adventureland" that is spelled out in wood. The Enchanted Tiki Room off to the left.

The Enchanted Tiki Room building, with a thatch roof and large tiki paintings on the side.

Guests board white boats with awnings of green and white stripes.

Guests board the boats of the Jungle Cruise, white boats with red and white stripe canopies.

Guests board white boats with awnings of red and white stripes.

A massive spiderweb with a spider perched in it takes over a statue of a sitting monkey holding a crystal.

A Jungle Cruise boat glides along one of the many waterways, massive green foliage hangs above and off to the side.

A Jungle Cruise boat sails by the ruins of a temple, including a massive sculpture of a face, overgrown with vines.

The ruins of a temple, including a massive stone face with vibes growing over it sit along the banks of the Jungle Cruise.

A Jungle Cruise boat glides through the sacred elephant bathing pool with a variety of elephants.

Elephants squirt each other with water from their trunks.

A Jungle Cruise boat glides through the sacred elephant bathing pool with a variety of elephants.

An elephant sits in a waterfall, blowing water from her trunk.

A Jungle Cruise boat sails under Schweitzer Falls.

A Jungle Cruise boat glides by a large African Bull Elephant.

A Jungle Cruise boat glides through a hippo pool with hippos peeking out from the water.

A Jungle Cruise skipper shoots at a hippo.

A Jungle Cruise skipper shoots at hippos.

A Jungle Cruise boat glides by Schweitzer Falls.

A Jungle Cruise boat sails under Schweitzer Falls.

A Jungle Cruise boat glides by Schweitzer Falls.

Colorful "headhunters" take part in a dance. Their garb includes necklaces, feathered headdresses, and large painted shields. They also wear face paint.

Jungle Cruise boats leave the dock

Jungle Cruise boats arrive at the dock.

The building for the Tahitian Terrace, a Polynesian themed restaurant.

The Three Caballeros visit Tropical Imports, a tiki-esque shop in Adventureland with a high peaked thatch roof.

The Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, a large faux tree with tan colored leaves. A waterwheel made of bamboo turns on the right, and stairs made of wood, bamboo, and rope allow guests to climb up.

A view down on Adventureland, with a stucco Cantina to the left.

You might notice the Jungle Cruise boats look a little brighter than they do today. In 1993, with the Indiana Jones Adventure construction underway, the Jungle Cruise boats were re-themed and “weathered.” The Jungle Cruise boat house received a second story for more queue space in 1994, and a more 1930s theming to tie it in with the new Indiana Jones attraction. You’ll also spy that once upon a time skippers shot at the hippos! In 2001 the skippers lost their guns completely, but eventually they got them back, but now skippers either shoot them into the air to “scare” the hippos, or say “I got the one in the tree,” or some wave them at the hippos and say “Shoo!” Which is rather hilarious if you ask me.

Next time we’ll visit the old west in Frontierland!

Other Vintage Disneyland Postcard Posts(to be updated with links throughout the series)Main Street USAFrontierlandNew Orleans SquareTomorrowlandFantasyland

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