Vintage Disneyland

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

Janet Leigh rides the Mine Train, Pt. 2

Janet Leigh and family have safely boarded their Mine Train through Nature's Wonderland at Disneyland, circa 1962. Most likely current hubby Tony …

My copy of Eat Like Walt by @foodwinemarcy arrived today. Amazed by all the new photos and concept art. A must for Disneyland history fans!

I Was There At Disneyland's Opening (And It Was A Nightmare)

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This Exhibit Takes You Back to Disneyland’s Whimsical Beginnings

Walt Disney was walking through an exhibit of artwork by Rolly Crump when he reassigned him from the animation department to the group working on …

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Monorail & Sub Lagoon, October 1961

Here's a nice 1961 Skyway view of the wonderful 4-car red Mark II Monorail zipping along the beamway above the queue for the Fantasyland Autopia …

On this day in 1956, Carnation Plaza Gardens made its debut at #Disneyland! Share your favorite memory with us! #DisneyHistory

Frontierland & Rainbow Ridge, October 1963

This post is (in my opinion) quite a bit nicer than my typical Sunday posts - you know, the ones in which I have scraped the bottom of the barrel! I …

More Rescans!

I have rescanned more slides from the past; I think the results were worth the effort!<br>Let's start with this 1958 photo (originally posted in 2009) of …

Skyway Chalet and Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Sleeping Beauty Castle

On this day in #DisneyHistory, Flight to the Moon made its debut at #Disneyland! Do you remember your trip to the moon?

Radio & TV News, June 1958

Disneyland hotel tram

Nothing says #ThrowbackThursday like a vintage #Disney photo from 1956! Which original Rivers of America attraction is your favorite?

How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland

The Yippies’ takeover did not quite go to plan.<p>Disneyland operates every day of the year, from 8:00 a.m. until midnight. The almost-always open gates …

Disneyland's Terrible First Day Didn't Stop the Crowds From Coming

Park employees called it “Black Sunday.”<p>When Disneyland opened on this day in 1955, writes Christopher Klein for, the brand-new theme …

See rare color photos from Disneyland's opening 62 years ago

Disneyland, the park known for its romantic proposals, synchronized family freak-outs and the largest cumulative theme park attendance in the world, opened 62 years ago Monday.<p>The idea for the theme park came from an epiphany Walt Disney had while visiting Griffith Park in Los Angeles. As he …

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Wonderful Tomorrowland, September 1958

Today I have two beautiful photos from Tomorrowland, circa 1958!<br>Let's start with this unusual angle looking northwest-ish; I believe that our …

Mermaids in the Submarine Voyage at Disneyland

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Up for auction: the never-seen original 1957 Haunted Mansion prospectus

Heritage Auctions is selling off a super-rare original 1957 prospectus for the Haunted Mansion, prepared by Ken Anderson as a first approximation of …

Remembering The Remarkable Story of Disneyland's First Kids

<i>PHOTO: Two kids had truly a visit of a lifetime in 1955. (Photo via Flickr/ Josh Janssen)</i><p>Sometimes a lifetime of magic comes to those who are at the …


New Tomorrowland Construction 1966

Welcome to the construction site of "New" Tomorrowland. This was the Tomorrowland of Walt Disney's dreams, since it was the land that he had to give …

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 …


Jungle Cruise arriving at dock

Castmembers working near the Burning Settler's Cabin

#DidYouKnow Autopia in Tomorrowland wasn't the only raceway in Disneyland Park? In 1959, Fantasyland Autopia opened, too!🏎️