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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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

By Keith Mahne




The 1970s were a period of major growth for the company Walt Disney left behind after his passing in 1966. With its leader gone, this was a time of uncharted territory. Despite this, Disney expanded across the globe with the Walt Disney World Resort on the east coast, and Tokyo Disneyland internationally. Disneyland, however, continued to grow as well in the 1970s with the additions of Space Mountain in 1977 and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in 1979. The Park never looked better as you will now see in this next edition of Disneyland Decades featuring 285 beautiful photos of Disneyland in the 1970s...





Disneyland exit sign, 1970

Disneyland entrance sign on Harbor Blvd, 1971

Disneyland road sign, 1978

Disneyland entrance sign, 1970

Disneyland entrance sign, 1970

Disneyland entrance sign, 1971

Disneyland entrance sign, 1976

Disneyland Hotel Marina, 1970s

Disneyland Hotel Palm Court Lounge, 1970s

Disneyland Hotel Pool, 1970s

Disneyland parking lot, 1970

Disneyland Monorail crossing the parking lot, 1973

Disneyland parking lot, 1972

Disneyland tram loading station, 1973

Monorail Red crossing the Disneyland parking lot, 1970s

Disneyland entrance area stroller rental location, 1970s

Disneyland entrance area, 1970s

Disneyland entrance area, 1970s

Disneyland entrance area, 1971

Disneyland entrance area, 1973

Disneyland entrance area, 1975

Disneyland entrance attraction posters, 1978

Disneyland entrance, 1970s

Disneyland flower planter, 1973

Disneyland Main Gate from the Monorail, 1970s

Main Street Station, 1979

Main Street Station, 1979

Disneyland Railroad, Main Street Depot, 1970s

Disneyland Ticket Booth, 1975

Guests in front of the Disneyland Railroad, 1973

Disneyland entrance plaque, 1976

Disneyland entrance tunnel, 1975

Mickey Mouse greeting guests, 1977

Mickey Mouse greeting guests, 1977

Mickey Mouse greeting guests, 1977

Mickey Mouse greeting guests, 1977

Barbershop Quartet, 1973

Donald Duck on Main Street, 1975

Gideon greeting guests, 1977

Horse-drawn Street Car, 1973

Main Street at Christmastime, 1972

Main Street Floral Market, 1970s

Main Street Floral Market, 1970s

Main Street Floral Market, 1979

Main Street Floral Market, 1973

Main Street carriage car, 1977

Main Street car, 1973

Main Street store items, 1970

Main Street USA, October 1970

Main Street USA, October 1972

Main Street USA, September 1975

Main Street USA,1970

Main Street USA,1970

Main Street USA,1974

Main Street sign, 1978

Main Street USA,1979

Main Street USA,1979

Mickey & Minnie on Main Street, 1979

Mickey and the Disneyland Band, 1973

Pluto, Mickey, and Donald on Main Street, 1979

Main Street at night, 1970s

Main Street Electrical Parade, 1970s

Engineer Goofy Leads the Parade, Main Street Electrical Parade, 1970s

Mickey and Minnie, Main Street Electrical Parade, 1970s

Alice atop a mushroom, Main Street Electrical Parade, 1970s

Cinderella in her carriage, Main Street Electrical Parade, 1970s

Main Street Electrical Parade, 1970s

Main Street Electrical Parade, Dumbo’s Circus, 1970s

Main Street Electrical Parade, 1970s

Main Street USA at night, 1970s

Fireworks over Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1970s

Mickey birthday cake in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1978

Sleeping Beauty Castle area, 1970

Sleeping Beauty Castle at night, 1977

Sleeping Beauty Castle from Skyway, 1975

Sleeping Beauty Castle swans, 1973

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1970

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1970

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1970

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1970

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1970s

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1971

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1971

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1971

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1972

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1973

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1973

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1973

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1974

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1974

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1975

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1976

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1970s

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1970s

Sleeping Beauty Castle, 1970s

Tomorrowland entrance, 1970s

Tomorrowland entrance, 1972

Tomorrowland entrance, 1975

Tomorrowland entrance flowers, October 1972

Tomorrowland entrance, 1970s

Space Mountain entrance, 1970s

Space Mountain, 1970s

    Submarine Voyage entrance, Tomorrowland, October 1972 

Submarine Voyage from the PeopleMover, 1970

    Submarine Voyage mermaids, 1973 

A view of Tomorrowland from the PeopleMover, 1970s

Mighty Microscope, Adventure Thru Inner Space, 1974

Adventure Thru Inner Space, Tomorrowland, 1970s

America the Beautiful sign, October 1972

Rocket Jets, Tomorrowland, 1970s

Astronauts Goofy and Mickey at Space Mountain, 1970s

Autopia, 1970s

Bandstand in Refreshment Garden, Tomorrowland, 1970s

Carousel of Progress, October 1972

Carousel of Progress, October 1972

Carousel of Progress, October 1972

Carousel of Progress, October 1972

Carousel of Progress, October 1972

Carousel of Progress, October 1972

Carousel of Progress, October 1972

Carousel of Progress, October 1972

Carousel of Progress, October 1972

Disneyland Band marches through Tomorrowland, 1973

Mary Blair Tomorrowland mural, October 1972

Mary Blair Tomorrowland mural, 1970

PeopleMover, 1973

PeopleMover, October 1972

Rainy day in Tomorrowland, 1971

Rocket Jets at night, Tomorrowland, 1970

Skyway and Monorail track, October 1972

Skyway, October 1972

Skyway, October 1972

Tomorrowland central pathway, August, 1977

Tomorrowland Character Shop, 1970

Tomorrowland Character Shop interior, 1971

Tomorrowland Character Shop interior, 1973

Tomorrowland Character Shop interior, 1973

Tomorrowland Stage, 1970s

Tomorrowland Stage, 1970s

Goofy in Tomorrowland, 1970

Brer Fox and Brer Bear in Tomorrowland, 1970

Goofy in Tomorrowland, 1970

Three Little Pigs in Tomorrowland, 1970

Tomorrowland, 1970s

Tomorrowland, 1970s

Tomorrowland, 1971

Tomorrowland, 1972

Tomorrowland, 1972

Tomorrowland, 1972

Tomorrowland, 1972

Tomorrowland, 1972

Tomorrowland, 1972

Tomorrowland, 1972

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Tomorrowland, 1972

Tomorrowland, 1974

Tomorrowland, 1974

Tomorrowland, 1974

Adventureland entrance sign, 1971

Adventureland, 1971

Adventureland, 1976

Adventureland, 1978

Adventureland, 1978

    Pirates of the Caribbean, 1973 

Adventureland signage, 1970s

Adventureland signage, 1970s

Adventureland ticket book sign, 1970s

Adventureland, 1970s

Adventureland, 1978

Adventureland, 1979

Disneyland Tour Guide in Adventureland, 1970s

Enchanted Tiki Garden, 1970s

Enchanted Tiki Garden, 1973

Enchanted Tiki Room exit, 1970

Enchanted Tiki Room, 1973

Maui from the Enchanted Tiki Garden, 1970s

Matterhorn from the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, 1970  100

New Orleans Square, 1975

New Orleans Square, 1976

New Orleans Square shop window, 1977

New Orleans Square, 1977

New Orleans Square, 1977

Courtyard of Angels, New Orleans Square, 1970s

Down on the corner, New Orleans Square, 1970s

Haunted Mansion, 1970s

Haunted Mansion, 1970s

Haunted Mansion, 1973

Haunted Mansion, 1975

Brer Bear and Brer Fox in New Orleans Square, 1970s

New Orleans Square, 1972

New Orleans Square, 1972

New Orleans Square, 1972

New Orleans Square storefront, 1977

New Orleans Square, 1979

New Orleans Square, 1979

Riverboat in Old New Orleans, New Orleans Square, 1970s


Frontierland entrance/exit from Adventureland, 1970

Frontierland entrance, 1972

Frontierland, 1970

Frontierland entrance, 1971

Frontierland, 1971

Frontierland, 1973

Frontierland, 1973

Frontierland, 1976

Frontierland store, 1977

Frontierland, August 1971

Frontierland, July 1971

Frontierland, June 1970

Golden Horseshoe, 1973

Golden Horseshoe Revue, October 1970

Golden Horseshoe Revue, October 1970

Golden Horseshoe Revue, October 1970

Golden Horseshoe Revue, October 1970

Betty Taylor in the Golden Horseshoe Revue, October 1972

Betty Taylor in the Golden Horseshoe Revue, October 1972

Betty Taylor in the Golden Horseshoe Revue, October 1972

Traveling salesman in Golden Horseshoe Revue, October 1972

Wally Boag in the Golden Horseshoe Revue, October 1970

Mark Twain at dock, 1976

Mark Twain, 1973

Mark Twain, 1979

Stylish guest in front of the Trading Post, 1971

Baloo the bear in Frontierland, 1970s

Frontierland Ticket Booth, 1973

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad sign, 1979

Frontierland Arcade Interior, 1970

Frontierland sign, 1970s

Disneyland Band marches through Frontierland, 1972

Fantasyland, January 1977

Snow White in Fantasyland, June 1970

Fantasyland, June 1970

Fiddler Pig in front of Small World, 1970s

Geppetto's Arts and Crafts, Fantasyland, 1970

Geppetto's Arts and Crafts interior, Fantasyland, 1970

It’s a Small World topiary animals, 1970s

It’s a Small World, 1970

It’s a Small World, 1970

It’s a Small World, 1973

It’s a Small World, 1973

It’s a Small World, January 1975

It’s a Small World, January 1975

It’s a Small World, October 1972

King Arthur’s Carrousel, 1973

Matterhorn from the Skyway, October 1972

Matterhorn bobsleds, 1970

Matterhorn and Skyway, 1977

Matterhorn view from Skyway, 1977

Matterhorn from Skyway, 1970

Matterhorn with Christmas star, December 1973

Matterhorn, October 1972

Monstro of Storybookland, 1973

Sailing Ship Columbia, 1973

Skyway over Fantasyland, 1970

Snow White Grotto, 1979

Snow White in Fantasyland, 1972

Storybook Land Cinderella Castle, 1970

Teacups & Fantasyland Theatre, 1973

Skyway overlooking Alice in Wonderland and Matterhorn, 1973

Bobsled run, Matterhorn, 1970s

Brer Bear in Fantasyland, 1973

Captain Hook’s Pirate Ship, 1973

Captain Hook’s Pirate Ship, 1973

Donald Duck, 1973

Dopey and the Dwarfs, 1973

Fantasyland Caricature Stand under construction, 1970s

Fantasyland Caricature Stand complete, 1970s

Fantasyland, 1970

Fantasyland, 1971

Fantasyland, 1971

Fantasyland, 1973

Fantasyland, 1973

Fantasyland, 1974

Fantasyland, 1975

Fantasyland, 1976

Fantasyland, 1977

Fantasyland mini-train, April 1977

Fantasyland mini-train, April 1977

Fantasyland, 1976




What a wonderful decade the 70s were at Disneyland. What did you enjoy seeing most during the 70s? Be sure to let us know. And, if you haven't already, make sure you don't miss Part I and Part II of our Disneyland Decades series which you can find in the links to below.








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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.


1 comment:

  1. OMG. Thank you SO much for these awesome photos. Of-course they have added some great things since the 1970's, but but every single 'change' over the years has -always- been for the worse. These images prove once and for all that it was not just different, but BETTER back then. From the trash can's elaborate paint jobs, to the darker Electric Parade show - the built in bench seats all over the park, the perspectives on the castle allowed to work as designed, the skyway and rocket jets flying overhead, to the smooth ground and cool shade covers. It was better before. Thanks for the good look. I'm still scanning the backgrounds for those rock candy jewels, in that crystal cube box from the castle candy shoppe; for now though, the glorious plastic flowers on Main St. will warm my memories.

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