Sunday, January 22, 2017

56 Vintage Walt Disney World and Disneyland View-Master Photos You Have Got To See

By Keith Mahne

An old pastime among Disney Park fans that would often occur between trips was to flip through View-Master reels of Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Looking at these reels of the Disney Parks and Resorts was sure to fill one with an overwhelming sense of nostalgia. What made looking at Walt Disney World and Disneyland View-Master reels particularly special was how the device would take advantage of a human’s stereoscopic vision by presenting a slightly different image to each eye. The brain then combines both together to create a three-dimensional image with a sense of depth. This created the perfect way to escape back to the Parks between family vacations and that's just what we'll do in today's new article with these 56 vintage Walt Disney World and Disneyland View-Master photos that you have got to see...

When was the last time you held a View-Master? I can still remember being a child in my room and holding up my View-Master filled with a reel of Walt Disney World scenes. I truly felt like I was being transported back to a particular moment in time as only a View-Master could do. This fond memory not only led me to search eBay for an old View-Master and collection of vintage Walt Disney World reels to relive that moment in my childhood, but it also led to today's article. Some of you may remember these reels from your own childhood and I hope they bring you as much warm nostalgic memories as they have brought me. Enjoy friends...

Reel 1: Main Street U.S.A.

1) Sleek monorail waits at Magic Kingdom Station

2) Guest view of Main St. Station from Monorail Station

3) Mickey greets young visitors by his floral portrait

4) Walt Disney World visitors enjoy the characters

5) Town Square, entrance to Main Street, U.S.A.

6) Fire engine in Town Square, with City Hall in background

7) Horseless carriage chugs past the Emporium

8) Walt Disney characters parade on Main Street

9) Clydesdale pulls trolley past Main Street Cinema

10) After dark, Main Street is aglow with lights

Reel 2: Fantasyland

1) Cinderella Castle is the focal point of the Magic Kingdom

2) Snow White and Dwarfs at Cinderella Castle

3) Carousel and Skyway in courtyard of castle

4) Bambi characters enliven Fantasyland

5) Pinocchio figures strike jaunty poses

6) Mickey and friends in concert in the Mickey Mouse Revue

7) The beauty of India unfolds in “It’s a Small World”

8) Captain Nemo’s “Nautilus” in 20,000 Leagues attraction

9) Skyway to Tomorrowland provides excellent view

10) Midnight magic surrounds Cinderella Castle

Reel 3: Liberty Square

1) Liberty Bridge provides entrance to Liberty Square

2) Plaza of Flags and Cinderella Castle, symbols of pride

3) Fife and Drum Corps performing on Liberty Bridge

4) Hall of Presidents is the focal attraction

5) Popcorn wagon is framed by famous live Oak tree

6) Fife and Drum Corps parades through Liberty Square

7) Riverboat “Admiral Joe Fowler” embarks on cruise

8) Chilling thrills await visitors to the Haunted Mansion

9) Crystal ball seance summons the spirit

10) A ghostly birthday party in the Grand Hall

11) Chandelier above table is a perch for spooks

12) A ghostly organist plays while spirits waltz

13) In the graveyard, mummy’s eyes glow with weird light

14) Passengers of the hearse enjoy a “spot of tea”

Reel 4: Frontierland

1) Chip ‘n Dale greet young visitor to Frontierland

2) Sternwheeler riverboat navigates bend in river

3) River travelers paddle war canoe past Smuggler’s Cove

4) Panchito relaxes at Mile-Long Bar entrance in Frontierland

5) Diamond Horseshoe cast performs Revue Finale

6) Talking trophies introduce Country Bear Jamboree

7) The Country Bear Band performs for young and old

8) Big Al, the mournful bass, sings a song of woe

Reel 5: Adventureland

1) Entrance to Adventureland! Civilization is left behind

2) Swiss Family Tree House, the high point of Adventureland

3) Great Ceremonial House – an Adventureland landmark

4) Colorful Cockatoos in Tropical Serenade

5) Jungle Cruise boat embarks on dangerous voyage

6) Angry hippos block path of Jungle Cruise

7) Bathing elephants ignore passing voyagers

Reel 6: Disneyland

1) Mickey Mouse leads the band along Main Street

2) At night, fireworks burst over Sleeping Beauty Castle

3) The Mine Train in Frontierland rolls through the desert

4) In New Orleans Square, pirates loot the town

5) Prepare for thrills and chills in the Haunted Mansion

6) Adventureland boat meets elephants in Sacred Pool

7) Tomorrowland’s Monorail passes over Submarine Lagoon

Source: View-Master photos created by Brandon Satanek for


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 everyday.

You can find all of Keith's articles here.

1 comment:

  1. Great find!

    Those interior Mansion shots look identical to the VM slides I had of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. I bet they shared images - but which Mansion is it really?