120 Film at Disneyland

Taking our Kodak Dual Flex II (one of many vintage cameras we own) and shooting 120 film has become a tradition of ours when visiting Disneyland. However I’m not sure how often this tradition will continue, as we will be visiting Disneyland more often and 120 film isn’t exactly cheap, but it sure is a lot of fun, but for the time being, here is a look at some of the shots from our most recent visit to Disneyland.

Patrick has gotten much better over the years in determining distance, and it shows each time as we seem to have more and more good photos, so there are quite a few here! Like previous 120 posts, all of these photos are exactly as they were shot – no editing has occurred (with the exception of watermarks).

Currently we’re up to our ears in boxes as we pack up our apartment that has been our home for the last four years. We have just a few more weeks left in the Rose City and we’re working to get rid of stuff and pack, but still have fun with many of our friends. Once again, I’m not sure how much blogging I’ll be getting in between now and getting settled in our new home, but stay tuned!

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

Natives

Train Station

Columbia

Mark Twain

Golden Horseshoe Sign

In Frontier Land

In Frontier Land 2 copy

In Front of Log Cabin copy

Small World

Materhorn

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!

Toons

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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