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    History: Italian Racing Car Visits Disneyland

    A Italian made 1956 C4 Abarth 207A by Boano racing car makes an appearance on Main Street U.S.A. – 1958. Dr. Karl Brigandi purchased this Abarth (214c) late in 1956 and he and his daughter Carmela (Martin) raced it at least 20 times from late 1956 into 1958.  Note the Womens’ Sports Car Club logo on the […]

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    Penny in the Park

    This story by Mark Hickson was originally published on DbM October 11, 2011. These photos by Robert J. Weaver (1917-1994) were taken August 27, 1956 during a family trip to Disneyland. I found in them, a wonderful little girl named Penny. These pictures capture her very special day in the park. Ticket book in hand, […]

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    Retro Disneyland

    1956 – Boy Scouts reading a Broadside posted on Frontierland’s stockade gate. 1961 – A bad day in the parking lot. 1957 – Frontierland’s Rainbow Caverns Mine Train. 1961 – The Flying Saucers in Tomorrowland. Note the “Old” Admin Building behind the geometric fence. 1959 – A Wigwam at Frontierland’s Indian Village. Tweet

  • Some Disneyland Trivia – 1956

    The following are excerpts from a press release on Disneyland’s first anniversary, July 17, 1956 (thanks to Werner Weiss) Average expenditure of Disneyland’s guests for the first year was $2.37 per person. This figure includes parking, admission, rides, amusements and Disneyland souvenirs Certain of the Park’s rides have proved especially popular with the visitors. These have included […]

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    The Mickey Mouse Club Circus Visits Disneyland

    Released in 1956 as part of View-Masters “Vacationland Series – California”, the following images are from the packet “Mickey Mouse Club visits Disneyland!”  Mouseketeers include: Karen, Bobby, Darlene, Mike, Annette, Dickie, Mary, Don and Jimmy. Be sure to check-out these other View-Master Mouseketeer shows! “Mickey’s Magic Visit”,   “Mountain Rescue’”, and “Ghost Town”. All include commentary […]

  • Keller’s Jungle Killers

    Description from this 1956 Disneyland postcard: Professor George J. Keller’s Jungle Killers George J. Keller, a former college professor turned wild-animal trainer, demonstrates for the first time the unarmed subjugation of a group of African Lions, tigers, leopards, mountain lions, jaguars, black panthers and a cheetah. Keller’s Jungle Killers was one of the original “B” […]

  • Old Autopia Pix

    Check out the matching shirts those guys are wearing! One is bounding out of the car while the other (holding a Yashica camera) is wondering where the hell the exit is. The original version of Tomorrowland’s Autopia lasted about a year before the track was moved away from the new Skyway building. We can see […]

  • The Yacht Club in Tomorrowland

    So few photos are out there of this very modern snack bar called “The Yacht Club”. It stood next to the infamous Phantom Boat ride and seemed perfect for the setting. The Phantom Boats, located in the Tomorrowland Lagoon, closed in October 1956 because they were such a headache to run. You can assume this picture was […]

  • Orange Trees and Phantom Boats

    Here is a wonderful shot of a very early Tomorrowland. You can see the short-lived Phantom Boats at dock and the first version of the Autopia. This photo was taken during a closed day and not early morning (the lack of shadows tell). Over the berm is the last remnants of the Orange groves that […]

  • Before and After

    This is a before and after set showing the Sleeping Beauty Castle’s first post-opening addition. On the left side of the castle is a walkway going through the castle wall. In this rare photo you can see guests walking past a berm towards the curtain wall. There you can see below the corner bastion and an arched doorway […]