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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

  • When I Was Five

    Story by Mark Hickson: It’s July the 3rd, 1957 and I have just turned five. My Grandparents “Grans and Pop” and my uncle Dick came to visit us from New Jersey. They took the train across country. I remember my excitement going to Union Station in L.A. to see their arrival. They had traveled in style […]

  • Tomorrowland to Fantasyland Aerial View

    It’s the summer of 1957 and here is a scene from The Yacht Bar (formerly The Yacht Club) to the Pirate ship few have seen. In the middle is “Holiday Hill”, the spot the Matterhorn would eventually take. At the bottom right you can see three Phantom Boats all bunched-up waiting to go into the dock. […]

  • Disneyland Panoramas

    In 1956 Disneyland had 13 panorama post cards produced for sale in the park. They measured 3 1/2″ by 11″. Here are the final three. My favorite is the Hippo “Skinny” getting it from our Skipper “Skippy.” Tweet

  • Disneyland Panoramas – Fantasyland

    In 1956 Disneyland had 13 panorama post cards produced for sale in the park. They measured 3 1/2″ by 11″. Everything seems so bare.  On the top picture look beyond the area that became “Alpine Gardens.” You can see the Skyway towers off in the distance. In the middle picture behind the Cinderella castle are the […]

  • Casey Jr.

    This is one of my favorite photos of Casey Jr.   He is looking at you and wearing a big smile.  Now that’s one happy locomotive! Did you know that there are two trains? One is number 7 and our friend above is number 9. The Dragon’s mouth on the Calliope behind Casey looks rather silly with […]

  • Rare Photo of Indian Village

    Here is the only Wigwam that was in the Indian Village (circa 1957) and it was only there for a few years. What is rare and unusual about this photo is that it shows the windows and the top vent open! It is hard enough to find a photo of this structure but this is the ONLY picture I have ever […]

  • 1957 Guidebook Map

    I love the simplicity of it all with the five colored borders pointing from the line drawings to the park area. Some of the border drawings are borrowed from the 1956 Bank of America park map. Tweet