Thursday, November 9, 2017

Vintage Disneyland Scenes: A Trip to Yesteryear

By Keith Mahne

Walt Disney didn't invent the theme park industry, but it's safe to say that he sure did perfect it. Although Disneyland is the smallest of all the Disney Parks found around the world, it has the most attractions. When it opened to massive fanfare back in 1955, it soon blossomed into a one of the most beloved world-class destinations on the face of the earth, and remains that way to this day. Join us today as we take a trip back to Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom of the 50s and 60s with these delightfully vintage Disneyland scenes of yesteryear...

Editor's Note: As you look over these amazingly vintage Disneyland scenes of yesterday, click on each track mentioned before each segment in the Disney Avenue Music Player above to really set the mood. As you listen, slowly look over each photo and take in the buildings, the people, the flowers, etc. Start now by selecting track #197 titled A Gala Day at Disneyland (Disneyland Magical Audio Tour) from our music player above.

I don't know about you, but every so often I just need a virtual escape to vintage Disneyland of the 50s and 60s. Seeing the Park during Walt's time makes it just a little bit sweeter because you know that Walt more than likely just walked that area to make sure everything was in perfect order. For those of you lucky enough to be alive to visit Disneyland during this era, it was probably the most eagerly anticipated and fondly remembered days of your childhood. For the younger generation like myself, seeing these old photos allows one to take a mental journey back to the days when a visit to the Park meant putting on your Sunday best and getting the opportunity to experience a total immersion in a fabricated future, past, Old West, Old World, and in a exotic faraway realm all in one day. This place truly is magical...

The way Tinker Bell saw Disneyland in 1955

Main Street USA:
Track #218 titled City Hall Area Music (Disneyland Magical Audio Tour)

Track #207 titled Vintage Sounds of the Adventureland Veranda

Track #28 titled Frontierland Area Music (Old Version)

Track #25 titled Fantasyland Castle Melody

Track #255 titled Pixar's Up Medley (Married Life)

Track #210 titled Space Mountain Area Music

House of the Future:
Track #289 titled Monsanto Home Area Narrative (Disneyland Audio Tour)

New Tomorrowland:
Track #35 titled WEDway PeopleMover Audio (1970s Version)

Carousel of Progress:
Track #21 titled Carousel of Progress Area Music


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.

You can find all of Keith's articles here.


  1. Second picture under "Main Street" is from Walt Disney World
    Bit thank you for the wonderful look back at the very best years!

    1. Oops! How did that slip in our Disneyland Photo file?!? Thanks for the good eye.

  2. do you remember a newsletter or pamphlet that Disneyland published? I remember getting photographed in Storybook land and I think it was published in something like that. Is there any way to find this? I was little and when asked what I wanted in return for the pictures all I wanted was to ride the carousel. thanks!