Disneyland on Film

Hello it’s Patrick here to do another post with some new 120 photographs from our last trip to Disneyland. Unlike last time, where Janey was just too depressed to write about it, I’m here to explain some of the more technical side to shooting 120 film.

When I first met Janey she was astounded that I didn’t collect anything and promptly started up a camera collection for me. Fast forward a few years to this last visit, where it was the fourth time taking our Kodak Dualflex II to Disneyland.

Shooting with this camera has quickly become one of my favorite things to do, even though the process of preparing and shooting the film is rather tricky. We buy the film (Kodak Portra 400) at Pro Photo Supply in NW Portland. The film comes on spools sized for 620 film, but it still works. In a pitch black room I have to unroll the film from the spool and roll it back onto a 120 film spool (I’ve amassed quiet a stock pile of the spools from the various camera’s in my collection). Two spools are needed to use the film, one to wind the film around and the other which the film will be wound onto while being shot.

When done shooting, we return to Pro Photo Supply because they have an in house lab we we drop our film for development, and we can get our pictures back in a few days.

Here are the best out of the four rolls of film we shot at the park!

Down Main Street

In Front of Castle

Castle Offset

Tiki Dress in Adventure Land

Tiki Dress in Adventure Land 2

In Front of Tiki Room

Jungle Cruise Sign


Train Station


Mark Twain

Golden Horseshoe Sign

In Frontier Land

In Frontier Land 2 copy

In Front of Log Cabin copy

Small World


It’s a ton of fun to shoot with this camera, but you do need some experience shooting film for at least calculating proper exposures. I used 400 speed film which seems to match up pretty well with the aperture settings on the front of the camera for “Hazy Sun”, “Bright Sun” and “Brilliant Sun/Snow”. The shutter speed on the camera is also very slow, which means capturing fast action, like on the Jungle Cruise, is difficult but can be done.

Hopefully this post clears up some of the mystery surrounding shooting film on old cameras!


Our last day at Disneyland was spent doing a lot of things Patrick and I had either not done before or hadn’t done in a long time… The early parts of the day were spent in Fantasyland, where we rode both the Storybook Land Canal Boats as well as Casey Junior. Both are fun attractions that I think often get overlooked.

Both attractions are similar, in the sense that they take you through a selection of stunning miniatures of scenes from various Disney films.  Storybook Land provides a commentary, while Casey Junior does not.  The attractions have an added perk for Disneyland super fans, as they also offer a peek at the abandoned Fantasyland Skyway Station (I added the picture to my previous entry on the topic.)

As the day progressed, we went into Toontown.  One thing I really love about Toontown are all of the Roger Rabbit details, including an attraction, Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin.  Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is one of my favorite films, and I love that it has a place here in Disneyland.

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Where Dreams Come True

Yesterday Patrick and I spent another wonderful day at The Happiest Place on Earth.  So gear up for a pretty picture heavy post!

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Family Disneyland Pictures

Recently I was granted permission from my dad to begin scanning our family’s large slide collection.  The first carousel I took back to Portland with me was one marked “Disneyland ’79 & ’81”. How could I resist? Also, we are going to Disneyland in a month! So I’m getting pretty excited!

While I don’t think I’ll be sharing too many family photos, I simply had to share these ones from Disneyland! Especially since they contain images of lost attractions.  So sit back and enjoy a trip back in time to Disneyland in the late 1970s and early 80s along with a little history lesson here and there on changes…

Loads of pictures after the cut!

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California in 120

The last time Janey and I went to California we took along an old Kodak Dualflex II and shot a few rolls of 120 film (You can see those photos here). This time we did it again, and since we drove we got to see the sights a little more.  When we got into LA we stopped at Griffith Park Observatory (one of the shooting locations for Rebel Without a Cause) and took a great set of black and white photos.

I’ll explain why I’m posting this and not Janey a little later.

Once we got to Disneyland the first thing we did was headed straight over and checkout Cars Land, which is nothing short of amazing. There are so many opportunities for fantastic images I used almost an entire roll of film there.

After spending about half a day in Cars Land we went over to Disneyland. But somewhere between Cars Land and Disneyland a switch on the camera got bumped and made the shutter stay open for too long so all of the photos we took in Disneyland look blurry. It’s sad to lose so many good photos but now we know to make sure the switch on the side is flipped to “I” and not to “B”. Janey was to devastated to lose most of the photos, so that’s why I am posting this. Thankfully there were still two good photos of Janey in her Zero skirt so it was not a complete loss.

We will be spending a day or two in Disneyland when we are in California in March. So look for some more 120 photos then!

Fantasyland Skyway Station

Here’s a little bonus post for you hard-core Disneyland lovers! A year after Disneyland opened, the Skyway joined the ranks of the park’s attractions.  Guests boarded a gondola lift that transported them over the park to either Tomorrowland or Fantasyland.  Originally, there was a post in the between the stations to provide support, however in 1959, the Matterhorn enveloped the pole and buckets passed through the mountain.

Above are images scanned from my vintage Disneyland postcard collection.

Some of my earliest memories of Disneyland are of riding the Skyway.  I love having a bird’s-eye view, and I remember the day I discovered that if you looked at just the right place at just the right moment you could see the abominable snowman who inhabited the Matterhorn.

In 1994 the Skyway closed.  The reason is up for debate. Some claims are that the support structure was suffering damage due to continued stress, another attributes it to the costly process it would have taken to make the attraction wheelchair accessible, and another possible reason is that the attraction was a safety hazard, despite only one incident of a man jumping from a bucket, landing into a tree.  He attempted to make it appear as an accident, suing Disney, however before the trial, he admitted he jumped of his own accord, and the suit was dropped.

The Tomorrowland station is long since gone, however, the Fantasyland station still exists! You just have to look for it.  If you are entering from Frontierland you pass by a group of carts with concessions and souvenirs just prior to coming upon the Casey Junior attraction.  It is just behind these carts, obscured by trees that the lone Swiss inspired Skyway station lingers.  The stairs leading up to the station are blocked off by a single chain, easy enough to remove or hop over to get a closer look, however, I’m a rule abiding girl (especially at Disneyland) and I stood from afar snapping pictures.

Eventually, a Cast Member approached me, instead of asking what I was doing, he simply said “Would you like me to go up there and take some photos for you?” I was absolutely delighted, and handed my camera over with pleasure as he removed the chain and walked up the steps.  I eagerly awaited as he returned and I received these photos…

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Rock Around the Park

On our last day in the park this visit, I donned my Zero circle skirt and we joined the rockabilly crowd for Rock Around the Park, a day in which a bunch of rockabilly people get together and go to Disneyland.  We arrived early, being one of the first people in the park, and when this happens, instead of bolting for big attractions such as Space Mountain, I enjoy moseying about and taking photos…lots and lots of photos…

New Orleans Square is my favorite land, and I spent most of the day there.  The Christmas overlay for both the land as well as the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay for the Haunted Mansion is just magnificent.  There are so many delightful details everywhere you turn. If you’re a fan of Nightmare and haven’t been while this overlay is happening, I highly recommend it! The overlay takes 14 days to complete and is done in late September so the Mansion is ready for the Halloween season.  The overlay then lasts just past New Years and is taken down with the rest of the Christmas decor. But please visit Disneyland’s calender prior to planning your visit.

It is also during these months that you can meet Jack and Sally!

I can’t deny that I find it amusing that initially Disney disapproved of Burton’s creation (as well as the original Frankenweenie, both were thought too scary for children) and today both are beloved and embraced.

Midway through the day, all of those who came for Rock Around the Park posed for a group photo in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Patrick, as well as everyone else in my group, insisted on being in it, so I didn’t get a picture.  But you can view it here! And you can even see me, my sister and Patrick! I’m on the left, of course in the yellow sweater, next to a girl in a red sweater.  After our photo we all made our way to Pirates of the Caribbean where we all got odd stares and questions. But as is life for a vintage loving gal…

As part of Rock Around the Park, as a group we went to watch Billy Hill and the Hillbillies perform at Big Thunder Ranch.  While all of the boys are named “Billy”, the lead member said how delighted he was to see all of us rockabilly people, despite how “scary” we all looked.

These guys are highly entertaining, as well as extremely talented.  So if you’re a fan of bluegrass and you’re in Disneyland, I highly suggest seeing them!

Also at the performance of Billy Hill and the Hillbillies we picked up our Rock Around the Park 2012 pins! How swell is that!?

There were many other group oriented events, including a concert by Rumble King at the Tomorrowland Terrace, and post-park drinks at Trader Sam’s, but instead I voted to spend more time in New Orleans Square, soaking up the jazz and eating pumpkin beignets.

I think I rode the Haunted Mansion so many times I lost track…there is just so much to look at both inside and out!

That about wraps it up. Big Disneyland buffs should stay tuned for a bonus post a little later today! And look for the entry with our 120 photos tomorrow!!