Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Disneyland Mermaids

These images are of the try-outs for the Disneyland Submarine Lagoon Mermaids at the Disneyland Hotel Pool, sometime during the mid-1960's.

Lots of candidates and judges at pool-side.

Trying on a new set of scales.

All lined up and ready to flip out.

The Goldfinger version of a mermaid.

Looks like they got the job. Mercy !!!

8 comments:

walterworld said...

I wouldn't have minded being a judge for that tryout---

Yowsa!

Thanks for sharing; I really enjoy your blog---Very good work!

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

I am thinking they created the whole Mermaid idea just so the guys could hold these try-outs! Can you imagine staying at the DL hotel and you go down to the pool and find all these pretty ladies!!! Thanks for neat post!

Major Pepperidge said...

As soon as I saw the title of this post, I knew it would be a winner!

TokyoMagic! said...

WOW! Incredible mermaid pics! And we even get a shot of the DL Hotel shops under construction!

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Thanks for looking guys. Definitely one of my favorite posts. Makes me want to go swimming.

outsidetheberm said...

They really need to try this again.

Thanks for the great post.

Magical Hotel said...

The building under construction in the background is the Plaza Building shopping complex which opened in November of 1966. Looks like they are mid way through construction so I would guess this mermaid photo was from early 1966. I am not quite sure how long construction took for this building, my guess would be 4-6 months.

Magical Hotel said...

Just found another picture of Plaza Building construction and it was no where near as complete on the building as this mermaid audition shot and it was from May of 1966. It looks more like the initial construction phase which would put your photo at summer time in 1966. From my book:
"Mermaid hopefuls filled the Disneyland Hotel pool for several days during the summer. More than 100 young ladies attended try-outs to gain employment as "mermaids" in Disneyland's submarine lagoon. Swimming skills,ability to stay in the water for lengthy periods of time, and appearance were the main criteria focused upon by the judges."