Vintage Disneyland

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

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Understaffed, behind schedule, and so short on flowering plants that landscapers had to adorn weeds with plaques bearing fake Latin names, Disneyland opened its gates for the first time on July 17, 1955.<p>Despite the frantic lead-up, Disneyland’s inauguration drew nearly 30,000 guests on the first …

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David Koenig: The Secret Plans of Disneyland

In researching the early history of Disneyland, I recently spent a day at UCLA poring through the personal papers of Ruth Patricia Shellhorn. Ms. …

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Will L.A. Become a Disneyland-esque Mass Transit Utopia?

Walt Disney was an ambitious futurist. He wanted to go beyond merely designing theme parks and get into the business of designing entire cities. He …

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9 extinct Disneyland attractions you probably never knew existed

Over 60 years ago, opened in Anaheim, California. In the decades since, Walt Disney's original theme park vision has undergone changes both big and …

CHICKEN OF THE SEA PIRATE SHIP AERIAL (ca. 1960) Fantastic aerial photo of Fantasyland, showcasing at least three ticket booths (ca. 1960--the year Skull Rock was added). https://t.co/t6QfDrR6OX

THEN AND NOW: Vintage pictures of Disney and what it looks like today

1/<p>Disneyland opened in 1955 with 22,000 invited guests at its opening day in Anaheim, California.<p>AP<p>The 160-acre theme park was built on an orange …

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9 photos of royals having a blast at Disney parks

Disney princesses aren't the only royalty walking around Disney parks. Over the years, real-life royals have visited the parks too.<p>While the world's royal families have been known to take lavish vacations, Disney's magical rides, whimsical characters, and Mickey-shaped treats make for memorable …

Did a Flagpole on Disneyland’s Main Street Originate on Wilshire Boulevard?

<b>For answers to more of your burning questions, visit the Ask Chris archive.</b><p><b>I heard that the flagpole on Disneyland’s Main Street is an old Wilshire</b> …

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This tiny town is the site of Disney's 'lost' park

<b>(CNN) —</b> You may have paid to see gussied-up variations of the quaint town of Marceline, Missouri. The community of about 2,500, two hours northeast of metro Kansas City, was the hometown and emotional lodestone of Walt Disney.<p>His boyhood remembrances of Marceline influenced such films as the 1949 …

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Hoofing it in Frontierland had a whole different meaning back when Pack Mules Through Nature's Wonderland was around. https://t.co/eiYEyiduZJ

1983 Snow White's Scary Adventures Disneyland attraction poster by Leticia Leiever

Here Are All the Things That Went Wrong on Disneyland’s Disastrous Opening Day in 1955

Disneyland may be regarded as a place of magic, whimsy, and family-friendly fun today, but such was not the case on the park’s opening day in 1955. …

The Payoff: 1956 Vintage Disneyland Trio

Finally...for all you vintage Disneyland Geeks you get some images that might stir you up this morning. Here are 3 shots from a batch marked "1956 …

Today In Disney History: ‘it’s a small world’ Opens 52 Years Ago at Disneyland Park

52 years ago today, It’s A Small World opened in Fantasyland at Disneyland. Also stylized as “it’s a small world,” the interior boat ride features …

This oft-cropped Guidebook cover shot finally is shown full frame, revealing lots more anxious hands and a guy in a tie on the right. Love ties at the park. https://t.co/z6nETiL79o

Vintage Photos of the "Happiest Place on Earth"

In 1955, Walt Disney transformed a California orange grove into a scene right out of his imagination.<p>“To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land.”<p>On Sunday, July 17, 1955, film producer and showman Walt Disney greeted thousands of eager visitors at the grand opening of …

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Here is Disneyland's Concours d'Elegance from May 11, 1958 (yes, a car show and competition at Disneyland). https://t.co/vO06mkX9ow

Adventure Thru Inner Space VR - Project: Snowflake

<i>“Atommobiles approaching snowflake specimen. All phases stand by to verify resolving power…”</i><p>I’m excited to finally release the DHI VR experience for …

What Disneyland Looked Like in 1950s

Feb 24<br>2018<p>What Disneyland Looked Like in 1950s<p>Nearly 3 decades after Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse first debuted, Disneyland opened its doors.<p>On July …

The Universal Film Shot at Disneyland: 40 Pounds of Trouble

Matterhorn Bobsleds, April 1969

Remember when the Matterhorn boblseds were single vehicles that zipped along at near-light speeds around the mountain tracks? This was in the days …

Dumbo Interlude

While I am intently working on a multi-part story for my blog, I will post this short (but AMAZING!) find. Recently, I was sent the above photo and …

Miracles From Molecules

Not quite as memorable as "it's a small world," but "The Miracles From Molecules" is yet another Sherman Brothers tune that has difficulty exiting …

Disney Imagineer Rolly Crump's weird Haunted Mansion artifacts and more up for auction

If you love Disney, Rolly Crump is definitely a name you should know. And if you don’t, what’s wrong inside your black soul?<p>Either way, now’s your …

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See these rare Disneyland 'Museum of Weird' concept drawings

Die-hard Disney fans may be familiar with "The Museum of the Weird," part of the original idea for Disneyland's famous "Haunted Mansion" …

Fifi and Jose, 1966

In this October 1966 shot, José the red plumed Barker Bird is drawing customers in with his spiel, voiced by Wally Boag:<br>Originally, it was the blue …

Disneyland in the early 1960s...Autopia, Skyway, Matterhorn, Monorail, even the top of Sleeping Beauty Castle. https://t.co/fopzLfw3Fx

Celebrate spring at Disneyland with Monsanto’s House of the Future. https://t.co/lPb739wMA1

I love the "homespun" elephants telling us about the Monorail expansion, complete with the modern crud that Walt lamented on several occasions. A 1961 view of Harbor Blvd. https://t.co/JNZcJbMhM2