Vintage Disneyland

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

Disneyland in Black and White

Do not adjust your eyebones. Today's photos are in shades of gray! They are scanned from two strips of undated negatives - there's not much to go on …

Skyway & More, May 1958

Sometimes I will find a slide of a scene at Disneyland that seems fairly ordinary, and yet... once I actually scan the thing and look at the details, …

A Pair From September, 1963

Please take a moment to think about the many veterans - men and women - who have sacrificed to make our lives better!<br>Here are two very nice images - …

A Tale of Two Shipies

Little did Charles Dickens know that, 158 years after he wrote "A Tale of Two Cities", some dumb blogger would make a really dumb pun from the title …

Uncle Grumpy Remembers

<i>Recently, I was contacted by the niece of a former Disneyland employee who found a vintage photo of her Uncle on my website. She was kind enough to</i> …

Um, Disneyland's Opening Day In 1955 Sounds Like It Was A Dystopian Hell

It was basically the Fyre Festival of 1955.


Walt Disney and Monsanto executives admire a model of Adventure Thru Inner Space, with rather square Atommobiles.

The Mark Twain, as seen through the long gone Frontierland bandstand.

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 …

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

Nothing was ready. But by the end of the first week, more than 100,000 people had visited<p>Comment on this Story

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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 …

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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