Saturday, April 4, 2015

18 Rare Color Photos Of Disneyland In 1955

By Keith Mahne

The following magically vintage pictures of Disneyland you are about to see, during its opening year of 1955, will surely make you wish you had a time machine! There may be a few you've seen before, but some are really seldom seen (like the one pictured above). However, all of them are stunning and bring with them a wonderful sense of nostalgia that us Disneyland fans love. Continue after the page break for 18 absolutely wonderful photos of Disneyland from 1955...

Guests running towards Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Mickey Mouse’s face greets guests, as a Disneyland railroad locomotive stations in front of the Main Street station.

Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse conduct the train as it arrives at a Main Street station.

Walt, along with his daughters Diane and Sharon, wife Lilly, and son-in-law Ron Miller enjoy some quiet time at Walt's private apartment on Main Street, U.S.A.

Walt takes the reigns of a red, horse-drawn fire wagon for a ride around Main Street.

Children running freely through the gate of Sleeping Beauty Castle on opening day 1955.

What would a trip to Disneyland be without a ride on the Mad Tea Party? Prior to 1983, the tea cups where located in the present-day location of King Arthur Carrousel.

A family enjoying a terrifying ride through Snow White and her Adventures. After the 1983 redesign of Fantasyland, the ride was renamed Snow White’s Scary Adventures, which is much more fitting.

An aerial shot of Fantasyland as it appeared in 1955.

Walt and his grandson taking a break and enjoying some soft drinks in Frontierland. Check out the guy behind them...I'd be doing the same thing!!

The Mark Twain riverboat begins its journey around the Rivers of America.

The Diamond Horseshoe showgirls enjoy a drink and fantastic view of the Rivers of America.

This one is the most shocking to me! We see (scary) Disney costume characters waiting for the parade to start. Could you imagine if Walt walked by and saw this?!? No wonder he wanted utilidors made for WDW!!

A Seven Dwarf entertains the crowd on Main Street during the parade.

Tomorrowland gets its own section during the parade.

Guests enjoy a nice break in the shade near the TWA rocket in Tomorrowland.

Kids putting pedal to the metal on the Autopia back when it was guide rail free. No tracks in the original version of this attraction, so kids were really driving these cars.

What better way to end than to see Walt and his grandson enjoy the view from in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Yep, those were the good ol' days when costume characters could pop their heads off and light up a Lucky Strike with the crowds! All kidding aside though, what a wonderful set of photos, wouldn't you say? For more vintage photos of the Parks, make sure to join the Disney Avenue Facebook page where we posts all kinds of great things daily! Boy what I'd give to be there with Walt back in 1955! Ahhhh it's fun to dream...

If you'd like to learn more about Disneyland in those early years, make sure to take a listen to my interview with Disneyland's very first President Jack Lindquist for the Disney Avenue Podcast! You can hear that show here.

Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four.

Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

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