• Disneyland
    Frontierland Trivia – Name This Building

    In the lower left corner you can see Lafitte’s Anchor, a relic from the pirate ship commanded by Jean Lafitte in the battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815. It was 140 years old when this photo was taken and has since been moved two times. Of course that has nothing to do with the […]

  • Disneyland
    The Davy Crockett Frontier Museum – 1955

    Background: Davy Crockett was a five part serial which aired on ABC in one-hour episodes on the “Disneyland” show. The series stared Fess Parker as Davy Crockett and Buddy Ebsen as his side-kick, George Russel. The show was an unexpected success for Disney and spawned the Crockett Coon-skin Cap Craze. Wanting to capitalize on the […]

  • Disneyland
    Jerry Collona at Disneyland

    Jerry Collona (1904-1986) was a  singer, songwriter, trombonist, and comedian on stage, screen, and television. Here we see him with two small guests meeting Mickey and Minnie in Fantasyland. He provided the voice of the March Hare in the Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (1951) and also lent his zany narration style to several Disney shorts, including Casey […]

  • Attractions
    StratoSnak: A Dish that was Never Served

    Fully automated food service? I cant wait! Well, I’m still waiting… StratoSnak was your food delivery system of the future… or so they thought back in 1955 when this concept sketch was done for the Disneyland project. This is from a local newspaper insert promoting the park (the box on the right is a food service tent intended […]

  • Backstage
    Walt Welcomes Los Angeles Airways

    Disneyland was once connected to Los Angeles International Airport via 15-minute helicopter flights provided by Los Angeles Airways. Here we see Walt in his element, welcoming VIP passengers to Disneyland’s new Heliport located behind Tomorrowland. Arriving guests would then travel to the Disneyland Hotel or the front gate via tram. Los Angeles Airways had two green & yellow […]

  • Disneyland Pre-Opening Postcards

    Here is a wonderful group of concept art postcards made for Disneyland. I really enjoy the different artistic styles used for each land. I think I’ll call this group “Entrances to Imagination.” Main Entrance – I guess all the open white space on the bottom of the card was for you to write on after you ran […]

  • Walt Disney Wednesday

    1955 – Walt is describing a model of the “Congo Queen” boat for the Jungle Cruise attraction to be built at Disneyland. I’m not sure if this was a press event or a photo taken during the production of the Disneyland TV show. Note the African masks, concept art, and the bronze Elephant behind Walt’s elbow! photo: © Disney – […]

  • Happy Birthday Disneyland!

    Mouseketeers on parade during Disneyland’s opening, July 17th, 1955. I have been thinking long and hard about how I would celebrate Disneyland’s 57th birthday. Since I live in Hawai’i and not down the street in Los Alamitos, where I lived for many years, this celebration will have to be in absentia. But Disneyland is never […]

  • A Mouseketeers View-Master Show With Commentary by Lonnie Burr – Part 2

    A DbM Exclusive: I am most please to include the commentary of Mr. Lonnie Burr, an Original Mouseketeer, and a featured star in this piece of Disney history. This is Reel Two of three, staring the original Mouseketeers Lonnie Burr, Sharon Baird, Bobby Burgess, Annette Funicello, and Jimmie Dodd. Reel Two – ‘Mountain Rescue’ – “Mouseketeers, Sharon, Annette, Lonnie, Bobby and […]