Vintage Disneyland

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

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 …

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

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 today.<p>The idea for the theme park came from an epiphany Walt Disney had while visiting Griffith Park in Los Angeles. As he watched …

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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 …

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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!🏎️

Vintage @DisneylandToday Photography Series📸 A moment in time from 1970 #Fantasyland Story Book Land & Casey Jr train #Disneyland #Disney

Vintage Disneyland Photos: The Park From the 1950's-1970's

April 23 at 6:13 p.m.<p>April 3 at 9:25 a.m.<p>March 31 at 1:40 a.m.<p>March 23 at 10:02 a.m.<p>March 10 at 7:10 p.m.<p>February 13 at 1:13 p.m.

35 vintage photos from the early days of Disneyland

1/<p>Walt Disney, pictured in 1950, wanted to build a family-friendly theme park across from his studios in Burbank, California, but local officials …

The Early Years of Disneyland: Bernie McCormick Looks Back At The Summer of 1957

The youngest grandchildren made their first trip to Disney World over the Christmas holidays. They loved it. My fairest daughter, who hadn’t been …

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Karen, Donna, Adelle and Janet Simpson at Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1957

Mark Twain Riverboat, 1957

Peg-leg pirate on the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant, 1957

Fantasyland 1957

Studying every little detail of this beauty from 1959. #Disneyland

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 …


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