When this scale model was presented for Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary I remember looking at it for the longest time. The detail was great but more interesting to me was the fact that this was the first time I’d been able to study the layout of the 1955 park in that way-- all at once. Until then we had some simple maps, some photos, and video footage but the model gives a different perspective.
The model was initially installed in the Opera House on Main Street on a flat surface. Today you see it on an angle closer to the front doors.
The Ideal Disneyland?
Is 1955 Disneyland the way I’d like to see the park today?? Nope. I would like to go back and visit during that first year for sure, but it wasn’t ideal..... That would be 1967. Disneyland as it was in late '67 but with Space Mountain, Country Bear Jamboree, and Splash Mountain would be ideal. IMO.
Nonetheless, this model takes us to a great time in Disney park history. Better than DCA in its first year?? (or tenth year) Hmmm. You tell me.
The Close-up Photos