If you follow me on Instagram you know Storybook Land Canal Boats is my fave in Fantasyland. It combines beloved stories and characters we know and love from Disney movies with unbelievably detailed miniatures surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers. And then of course we get to sit in those gorgeous gleaming boats and have a real live Cast Member regale us with stories as we set sail into…THE MOUTH OF A WHALE! 😱
If you’re a SLCB Mega-Fan like me, I insist you check out Disney History 101’s extraordinarily extensive post about the attraction including how it was developed (under Walt’s watchful eye), what it was like at first (dirt and mud) and why a Cast Member driving the boat dove into the water in the 1970s!
For today’s post we’re looking back at the Cast Member costumes at this attraction because OMG they were cute! It’s funny—though this ride originally was staffed only by men (who could pull the boats when they frequently broke down), I could barely find any pix of the old male costumes. In the shot below, don’t miss that tied belt—so dashing!
Head kerchiefs, straw hats, ruffles, aprons, knee socks—all of my favorite things! It’s interesting to see those dark paint colors on the boats in the old days. It looks cool but I think I love the lighter brighter paint colors we have today just a bit more.
I found two pix of this Cast Member (below) in what looks like the cutest flowered blouse ever in the history of the world? I wish we could see it better. This fashion moment was in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Ahhhh, so cute!
And here’s a slideshow roundup of some more great pix I found including a white top with blue skirt from the mid-1980s that’s a total snore!
You may be wondering “What do Cast Members wear at this attraction today?” Slide the arrow across this next photo to see a 1960s costume compared to a Cast Member in 2021. I think today’s flower embroidered tops and pants trimmed with a contrasting color are cute BUT they can’t hold a candle to the vintage costumes!
POST BY SHANNON W. LASKEY • JULY 21, 2022 • SEND QUESTIONS, COMMENTS OR FEEDBACK VIA EMAIL
Shannon is an author, graphic designer, illustrator and the creator of Going To Guides books and goodies which are available on Amazon, Barnes + Noble, Etsy and on this website. She lives in Northern California much too far from Disneyland but nice and close to the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco!