• Disneyland
    Columbia Dedication 1958

    Story by Mark Hickson: My old friend Ray Wallace (naval architect) was commissioned in 1957 by former Admiral Joe Fowler to design the Columbia. The ship was constructed at Todd Shipyards in San Pedro, California, where the Mark Twain and the submarines were built. I also worked at Todd back in the late 70’s-early 80’s. The ship […]

  • Attractions
    Columbia’s Construction

    In 1957 and 1958 Joe Fowler and Ray Wallace constructed for Walt Disney the first three-masted windjammer to have been built in the United States in more than 100 years. Joe was the projects foreman and Ray was the naval architect. The steel hull was made at Todd Shipyards in San Pedro. You can see […]

  • Cast Members
    Retro Annette

    The first three pictures show Princess Sophie of Greece and Annette with an unnamed chaperon and police escort posing in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Taken November 23, 1958, Annette had just turned 16. Annette cooking and eating dinner with her father Joe, mother Virginia, and her brothers Michael and Joey in 1959. Annette at home in […]

  • Alice In Wonderland

    This photo, taken in late 1958 shows the new Alice In Wonderland ride opening for the day. One of my favorite rides in Fantasyland, “Alice” features a weaving elevated ride track that slowly brings you down to ground level. I can still feel the swaying and hear the car electric motor winding down, down, down, through it’s magical […]

  • Aerial View of Holidayland

    This is a rare aerial shot of the “Holidayland” area outside the park’s berm was taken in 1958. The giant circus tent was originally in Fantasyland at “Mickey Mouse Club Circus.” You can see a baseball field and a park with large lawns and trees left over from before the park was built. The parking lot in […]

  • Disneyland Staff Shop 1958

    In 1954 and ’55 WED and the studio did most of the prototyping of the attraction figures and props. After the park opened the Disneyland shops took over a bit of the load. Here is a shot from 1958 showing fiberglass copies of the Carrousel horses being finished and two giant tea pots for the new […]

  • 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 […]

  • Skyway Before The Matterhorn

    Here is an interesting perspective of the Skyway heading to Fantasyland. Alice in Wonderland is newly opened (hard to see below railing)  and the hill, known as “Holiday Hill” that separates Tomorrowland and Fantasyland has guests walking the trail. The structure of the Skyway tower was something rarely photographed and will shortly be incorporated into the yet-to-be-built […]


    “I am Siamese if you please – I am Siamese if you don’t please.” One of my favorite postcards from the Art Corner circa 1958 featuring Am and Si from The Lady and the Tramp. Note the lower Disneyland graphic “D” is broken and printed above. Other cards I have seen show the same printing error. Tweet

  • 1958 Newspaper Ad

    On June 17, 1958 the local newspapers ran this Disneyland ad. “WEIGH ANCHOR, COLUMBIA” With that cry you begin an exhilarating adventure aboard this three-masted fully rigged 1790 sailing ship as you cruise Frontierland’s Rivers of America. Your cannons “BOOM!” at Fort Wilderness and at hostile Indian Villages along the rugged shore. Stand before the […]

  • R.I.P. Wally Boag

    I must have seen him perform at Disneyland’s Golden Horseshoe Revue several dozen times from 1957 until his retirement in 1982. I also caught his show at WDW Diamond Horseshoe Revue in 1972. His antics were priceless! Wally was 90 and will be missed. Tweet