A 59 Photo Salute to Disneyland’s 59th Birthday

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Published on July 17, 2014 at 3:00 am with 46 Comments

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DISNEYLAND!

Disneyland hits a milestone today as it turns 59 years old. Disneyland is a pure original. The park Walt Disney had designed and built out of personal passion has gone on to spawn four additional Magic Kingdoms around the world, with a fifth currently on its way in Shanghai. Today, in no particular order, we reflect and celebrate 59 of our favorite things at The Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland!  Happy Birthday to the park that started it all!

The logo for DIsneyland's Diamond Celebration was revolved this morning.

The logo for Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration, which will happen next year, was revealed this morning.

59: “Here You Leave Today…” Plaque

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58: Town Square

 

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57: Main Street, U.S.A.

 

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56: Delicious Disneyland Churros

 

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55: Disneyana and The Disney Gallery

 

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54: Horse-Drawn Streetcar and other Main Street Vehicles

 

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53: Grand Circle Tour aboard the Disneyland Railroad

 

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52: Main Street Emporium

 

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51: Main Street Cinema

 

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50: Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

 

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49: Candy Palace

 

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48: Coca Cola Refreshment Corner

 

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47: Corn Dogs at Little Red Wagon

 

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46: Disneyland Popcorn

 

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45: Mickey-shaped Pretzels

 

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44: Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

 

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43: The Partners Statue

 

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42: Cobb Salad at Plaza Inn

 

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41: Disneyland’s Central Plaza

 

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40: Mickey’s Soundsational Parade

 

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39: Sleeping Beauty Castle

 

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38: Snow White Grotto & Wishing Well

 

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37: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

 

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36: Pixie Hollow

 

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35: Matterhorn Bobsleds

 

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34: Alice in Wonderland

 

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33: “it’s a small world”

 

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32: Storybook Land Canal Boats

 

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31: Casey Jr. Circus Train

 

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30: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

 

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29: Big Thunder Trail

 

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28: Petting Zoo at Big Thunder Ranch

 

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27: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

 

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26: Tom Sawyer Island

 

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25: Sailing Ship Columbia

 

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24: Splash Mountain

 

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23: Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes

 

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22: New Orleans Square

 

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21: Mickey-shaped Beignets at the Mint Julep Bar

 

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20: Pommes Frites at Cafe Orleans

 

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19: Corn Chowder at the French Market

 

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18: Club 33

 

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17: The Haunted Mansion

 

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16: Pirates of the Caribbean

 

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15: Cristal d’Orleans in New Orleans Square

 

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14: Le Bat en Rouge in New Orleans Square

 

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13: Fantasmic!

 

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12: Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye

 

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11: The Adventureland Bazaar

 

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10: The World Famous Jungle Cruise

 

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9: Dole Whip at the Tiki Juice Bar

 

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8: Space Mountain

 

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7: Cooling off in Innoventions on a hot day

 

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6: The Star Trader

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5: Lush gardens and beautiful landscaping around the park

 

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4: Disneyland Ducks!

 

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3: The Holidays at Disneyland

 

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2: Fireworks in the skies above Sleeping Beauty Castle

 

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1: The Amazing Cast Members

 

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That was 59 of our favorite things from Walt Disney’s Original Magic Kingdom of Disneyland. What are some of your favorites from the Happiest Place on Earth? Let us know your favorite things and help us wish Disneyland a happy 59th birthday in the comments below!

About Norman Gidney

Norman Gidney, also known as Fishbulb, produces and edits many of the articles on MiceChat. Tune in every Tuesday for the Orlando Parkhopper and every Friday for In The Parks. But you'll also find his photos in the Weekly Round Up, SAMLAND, and numerous other columns on the site.

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  1. Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin!

    • Another attraction only found at Disneyland – Pinocchio’s Daring Journey! :)

      • Oops never mind – Paris and Tokyo has it, but not Florida!

  2. Happy Birthday to the Happiest Place on Earth!!!!!

  3. VERY appropriate to include the CMs, who work hard every day to help make it the Happiest Place on Earth!

  4. You forgot one of Walts most important ideas , ” The Berm” !!! I love how a day at Disneyland shuts you out from the outside world.

    • That’s a great one!

  5. Man, that new Club 33 logo really is bad, isn’t it?

    I second the love of the berm. The berm makes a huge difference!

    Happy birthday, Disneyland! For your sometimes irritating faults and artistic capitulation in the face of the abacus users, you are a wonderful place that not only helps me unlock my childlike wonder, but also reminds me of the childhood and life I’ve spent making memories there.

    Living in DC now, I think the thing I miss most about SoCal is not In-N-Out, the beach, or even my beloved Angels, it’s just casual trips to Disneyland with fellow passholder friends.

  6. The fact that I’m going to be there – FINALLY – on 7/17. (It’s also my grandson’s birthday.)

  7. Happy Birthday Disneyland! I’ve been an annual pass holder there for 25 years now, and I must say you’ve aged a lot better! You’re even more beautiful than the day I first stepped through your gates!

    • great post

  8. What? No love for Pooh?

  9. Happy Birthday to the park created by an American original….and it’s a great day for all the CMs, Artisans and Guests who have helped make DL the place it is.

  10. Sitting in the cool shade on the lower patio at Hungry Bear, all the way in the back and by the water on a warm day watching river traffic go by while eating a hamburger.

    Happy Birthday Disneyland!

  11. Thanks for the great photos. Each and every one of us definitely have our own favorites. I’d have a hard time narrowing it down to 59. What’s not to like about Disneyland?

    Happy Birthday Disneyland.

  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DISNEYLAND

    For me, Disneyland is about all the friendships I’ve made there. Nearly every friend I have has something to do with this amazing park (MiceChatters, attraction designers, cast members, suppliers, artists, etc). It’s remarkable that a park Walt Disney built for his daughters has gone on to inspire so many countless millions of people. Amazing what a project built out of personal passion can achieve.

  13. Happy Birthday To the Magic Kingdom! 59 years of magic and more. Here’s to many more.

  14. My favorite thing about disneyland is how immersive it is. From the moment you step through the gates, you feel like your in a completely different world. So happy birthday Disneyland!

  15. Gosh…it’s 59 years already? Gee, I was only 23. I think I’m still 23 when I’m there.

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