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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Disneyland Decades: Part I - 115 Photos of Disneyland in the 1950s

By Keith Mahne




Disneyland in the 1950s was a very special time in the Park's history. Walt was introducing a totally new concept and experience to the world. Some of the differences of Disneyland in the 50s compared to today that you immediately notice is the open spaces, the absence of overcrowding and, my favorite of all, the way people dressed when they visited the Park. In Part I of this new Disneyland Decades segment, please enjoy 115 nostalgic photos of Disneyland in the 1950s...




Disneyland entrance area 1950s

Main Street Station, 1957

Disneyland entrance area 1950s

Disneyland entrance area 1950s

Disneyland entrance area 1950s

Disneyland entrance area 1950s

Disneyland entrance area 1950s

Disneyland entrance area 1950s

Mickey Mouse topiary, 1955

Disneyland entrance area 1950s

Disneyland entrance area 1950s

Disneyland entrance area 1950s

Disneyland Entrance, Christmas 1959

Disneyland entrance area 1950s

Main Street USA, 1958

Main Street USA, 1956

Main Street USA Town Square, 1959

Disneyland News Stand, 1957

Main Street USA Town Square, 1956

Carnation Ice Cream Truck, 1956

Walt Disney and Mickey conducting the Disneyland

Crystal Arcade, circa 1950s

Disneyland at Christmastime, 1950s

Main Street USA, 1956

Disneyland City Hall, 1956

Main Street Flower Market, 1950s

Tiny guests driving the Carnation delivery truck, 1958

Main Street Vehicles, August 1958

Main Street USA, 1956

Main Street USA, 1956

Band Concert in the Gazebo, September 1955

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1956

Black swans in Sleeping Beauty Castle moat, 1958

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1956

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1955

Sleeping Beauty Castle area, 1955

Disneyland at Christmastime, 1950s

New Years at Disneyland, 1958

Adventureland, April 1958

Adventureland photo, July 1959

Adventureland photo, July 18, 1955

Adventureland, 1950s

Adventureland, 1950s

Adventureland, 1950s

Adventureland Entrance, 1957

Jungle Cruise, 1957

Jungle Cruise Dock, 1958

Jungle Cruise Dock, 1956

Adventureland Gate photo, 1950s

Adventureland, 1950s

Adventureland, 1950s

Adventureland’s Jungle Cruise, 1957

Walt Disney in Adventureland standing near masks by Oceanic Arts, 1950s

Walt in Frontierland, 1950s

Frontierland 1950s

Mark Twain, 1959

Frontierland, 1950s

Mark Twain Riverboat in Frontierland, 1956

Frontierland, 1950s

Popcorn Wagon in Frontierland, 1950s

Frontierland, 1950s

Frontierland, 1950s

Mark Twain Riverboat in Frontierland, 1955

Nature’s Wonderland, 1958

Native American Village, 1958

Sailing Ship Columbia, 1958

Nature’s Wonderland, 1958

Frontierland, 1955

Guests on the Mad Tea Party, 1956

Storybook Land, 1950s

Cinderella Castle from Storybook Land, 1958

Mickey Mouse Club theater, 1950s

Matterhorn bobsleds, 1959

Storybook Land, 1959

Storybook Land, 1959

Mad Tea Party, 1958

Balloon seller with guest, 1955

Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship, 1959

Fantasyland from the Skyway, 1959

Fantasyland, 1950s

Fantasyland, 1955

48 Matterhorn, 1959

Mad Tea Party, 1959

52 Chicken of the Sea restaurant, 1959

Fantasyland Souvenir booth, 1959

Fantasyland, 1950s

Dumbo the Flying Elephant, 1956

Dumbo the Flying Elephant, 1956

Fantasyland, 1956

Matterhorn, 1959

Alice in Wonderland, 1950s

Casey Jr., 1955

King Arthur’s Carousel at night, 1950s

The backside of Tomorrowland, 1955

Entrance of Tomorrowland, 1958

Model boats in Tomorrowland, 1958

Hall of Chemistry interior, 1958

Autopia, 1958

Skyway Station, 1958

Tomorrowland, 1959

Tomorrowland, 1959

Tomorrowland, 1959

Tomorrowland, January 1957

42 Autopia, 1955

Rocket to the Moon, 1955

Tomorrowland Monorail Station, 1959

Submarine Lagoon, 1959

Monsanto’s Hall of Chemistry fountains, 1956

World Clock, 1950s

Tomorrowland Hall of Chemistry, 1950s

Tomorrowland Viewlineras seen from the Skyway, 1958

TWA Rocket to the Moon, 1957

Monsanto’s House of the Future, 1957

Space Couple in Tomorrowland, 1950s




That will do it for Part I of Disney Avenue's Disneyland Decades segment. Be sure not to miss Part II featuring 180 photos of Disneyland in the 1960s and Part III with 285 photos of the Park in the 1970s. What did you enjoyed seeing most? There's nothing I love more than vintage Disney, more to come.

Disneyland Decades: Part II - 180 Photos of Disneyland in the 1960s

Disneyland Decades: Part III - 285 Photos of Disneyland in the 1970s  






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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.


5 comments:

  1. I'm an avid Disney fan. Grew up going to Disneyland and love the vintage pictures. One of my favorite rises was Monsanto. We ate lunch everytime at The tuna boat. Was sad when they took it down. Haven't Been To Disneyland since 98. I was living on the east coast and have been to WDW 7 times. Love it also, but my first love will be Disneyland. Walt walked the streets of Disneyland and that is very special to me.

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  2. I've never been to Disneyland. Go to Disney World all the time now since I am an annual passholder, love near Disney and am retired. Some things are about the same here. I remember the ticket books. That was a pain. Love the old vintage pics. First time we went to Disney World was in 1972.

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  3. This is how I remember Disneyland. We went the day after opening day. Your pictures sure bring back a lot of memories. Be sure and show the ticket book. I always had a and b ticket left over. The c and d and e ticket were used. Thank you for sharing and for bringing back the memory's. I remember our senior graduation trip was to Disneyland. Disneyland stay open after hours for us. Class of 1965 rule with the green sweater.

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  4. That is when Disneyland was fun to go, well 50's, 60's, 70's and most of 80's. Today, prices are so high, crowds are out of control. Older citizens like me find it difficult enjoying themselves when taking our grandchildren to experience what we enjoyed during our childhood.

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  5. I always see those posters in the blaring south facing California sun and wonder how often they had to replace them due to fading!

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