Vintage Disneyland

By Derek Evans | Celebrating Disneyland's formative years through pictures and articles. Happy 60th Birthday!

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Disneyland 1957: Sixty Years Ago Part One

When Disneyland opened in July 1955, it was incomplete. Tight deadlines and financial restrictions had prevented Walt Disney from doing everything he …

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So, You Think You Know Disneyland . . .

We have something special for you today, the Introduction to the Third Edition of The Disneyland Encyclopedia. PLUS, you’ll find four of the entries …

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From the Archives: Walt and the pirates

In 1966 and 1967, Disneyland added four new attractions: It's a Small World, The Primeval World, New Orleans Square and The Pirates of the Caribbean. The four attractions cost $20 million, or $3 million more than the cost of the original park.<p>In a Los Angeles Times story on the new attractions, …

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Hills Bros. Coffee House Menus

Old Disneyland menus are popular collectibles among those who love paper ephemera. Some of them can get very pricey too! But menus from the Hills …

Historic photos: Disneyland then and now

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These Incredible Disneyland Attractions Were Never Actually Built

Walt wanted to build a Chinatown, a Rock Candy Mountain, and a Garden of the Gods<p>A new edition of <i>The Disneyland Encyclopedia</i> hits stores this week. …

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Mr. Toad Mural

This vintage Spring 1957 black and white photo shows a young gent at the Mr. Toad's Wild Ride attraction in Fantasyland. More importantly, it's a …

Hobbyland was a walkthrough area in Tomorrowland with various booths and activities for guests of all ages

Hobbyland was a walkthrough area in Tomorrowland with various booths and activities for guests of all ages. After opening in September 1955, this land-within-a-land provided visitors with scientific model kits to build and purchase, with content ranging from dinosaurs to airplanes to everything in between. Children and adults alike could explore the various booths, and this open area offered a break from the fast-paced or more intense ride experiences in the rest of the land.

Steve Allen on The Jungle Cruise

Today it's back to December 1957 as we follow Steve Allen and family aboard the Disneyland Jungle Cruise. Actress Donna Reed has the sunglasses on …

Steve Allen in Frontierland

Today Donna Reed and Steve Allen and his sons look puzzled as they attempt to figure out where to go in Frontierland. So many choices! You really …

Steve Allen in Fantasyland

Steve and his family welcome you to Fantasyland from the drawbridge of the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, circa December 1957.<p>Here the family …

10 Extinct Disney Attractions That We Still Miss

It's amazing to see how much these parks have changed.<p>Since Disneyland's opening in 1955 and Disney World's in 1971, the beloved parks have undergone countless renovations and expansions. In the process, some attractions have fallen by the wayside, either for being too costly, not popular enough or …

Tomorrowland Entrance

I just scanned a batch of slides from October, 1961, and was especially taken with this beautiful photo showing the entrance to Tomorrowland. It …

More Beautiful Frontierland, May 1958

Here are a couple of nice photo featuring Frontierland, on a lovely day - my guess is that even though the date stamp reads "May 1958", the photos …

1959 New Attraction Preview Map

This vintage image shows a New Attraction Preview map for Disneyland 1959. I have no idea where in the Park this was located, but I think it's pretty …

Holiday Hill in Disneyland, c. 1956

Why Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland is so great at 50 years old

Why is Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean still a “must-see” for theme park fans, 50 years after its debut?<p>Not even the most dominant sports teams …

Pirates of the Caribbean turns 50 this week at Disneyland

Fifty years ago this week, the Pirates of The Caribbean ride opened at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, and five decades later it remains one of the theme …

Matterhorn, Skyway, Alice...Disneyland early 1960s. https://t.co/JRVtJ9NwcW

Disneyland dining under the Matterhorn, 1965 https://t.co/f5zrOdt7UM

Disneyland's original New Tomorrowland, a "World on the Move." https://t.co/AVjP9oIZP7

Disneyland Hotel’s Looking Glass Elevator

Looking Glass Elevator<p>to The Top of the Park<p>Sure, there are a lot of rides at Yesterland Park, but there’s also a ride at the Yesterland Hotel.<p>It’s …

Stunning vintage pictures show Disneyland from its 1955 opening day to the present

IT’S the happiest place on earth and arguably the most famous theme park of all time.<p>Disneyland opened its doors to the public in 1955 and …

Disneyland 1967 Part One: Pirates of the Caribbean

Disney has been around so long and has done so many things in so many different areas, that, these days, every year seems to be a significant …

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Valentine Party, 1968

Happy Valentine's Day! I recently scanned a bunch of old Disneyland ephemera, including the items in today's post - it gave me the perfect excuse to …

Old Friends

Way back in May of 2006, I posted my very first photo here on GDB, and it happened to feature the mother and boy in both of today's images (sorry …

Gala Day at Disneyland (1959)