Happy 59th Anniversary to Disneyland. Disneyland opened on July 18, 1955 but thousands of people (only some of whom were actually invited) visited the park on July 17, 1955 during a press preview. Los Angeles Times photographers captured the events of both days and only recently have many of their photos been made public.
The photo above was taken during construction, not long before Opening Day. You can see some construction equipment if you look closely.
Look at those long lines! And a bus drop-off area right in front? This was July 18, the first official opening to the public, hence the people lining up to buy tickets.
Newsboys sell newspapers to passengers aboard the Disneyland Railroad. Look where the guests are sitting! (And standing). Can't ride there anymore.
Disneyland Police Department?? Anyone remember this? The building is still there and its exterior has changed very little. You might remember it as the Guided Tours building. It's located just South of City Hall.
Did someone leave their booze by the steps?
Cameras on the rooftops. Everyone looking dapper.
A residential neighborhood right by Disneyland way back in '55? When were those built? And we can see from this photo that this part of Orange County wasn't just oranges as far the eye can see, like we often hear. But yes, many orange groves.
Original Fanytasyland. Dumbo was way over there towards Frontierland and the Carrousel was much closer to the castle. The Mad Tea Party (tea cups) were located right behind the Carrousel. Storybook Land was still without plant life and miniature set pieces. And no Monstro.
Illustration by Mitch.
Disneyland 1955 Model Close-ups
THEN AND NOW: Walt at Disneyland
Vintage Disneyland Home Movies- Meeting Walt Disney Himself
THEN AND NOW: Aerial Park Photos
Not Having Fun at Disneyland
THEN AND NOW: Disneyland [Part 1]
THEN AND NOW: Disneyland [Part 2]