Yesterland presents Disneyland Signs, Part 1: 1955 to 1999

Written by Werner Weiss. Posted in Disney History, Disneyland Resort, Features, Werner Weiss

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Published on August 28, 2014 at 8:38 pm with 10 Comments

When you think of the Disneyland sign, what do you visualize? It probably depends on when you first visited Disneyland or became aware of its sign.

 

Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Disneyland Signs, Part 1: 1955 to 1999

 
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  • JiminyCricketFan

    The gothic script for the name was perfect. Gothic text was usual for the period and it automatically associated itself with a castle, magic and a kingdom. After all, it was the magic kingdom. The sign was just exciting. It was huge! As a child, I never saw a sign that big before. The yellow and white colors always seemed fresh and new. So the size and iconic gothic design told you were in the very special place of Disneyland.

  • eicarr

    It’s easy to tell which signs Walt Disney wasn’t here to approve. I like the new shopping mall version better than the 90′s casino sign, but the old creative/artistic one still brings a smile that the new bland ones can’t.

  • DarthSavage

    I remember the lower panel said “The best has just begun” was installed for the 30th Anniversary in 1985.

  • JDL

    If you Google “Stamos Disneyland sign” you can find a Google Maps page showing the “D” from the sign he bought at auction next to his home.

  • Klutch

    Very nice article. Thank you, Werner.

    I grew up just down the street from Disneyland. My poor mom always dreaded it when she had to drive by Disneyland with us kids in the car. My brothers and I would see the sign, the Matterhorn or the monorail track running across West street and shout, “Mom, mom, can we go to Disneyland? Can we go to Disneyland?”.

    Strange that the Happiest Place on Earth was a mere few blocks from home, yet we never visited more than once a year.

  • tooncity

    The significance of the sign is more important in retrospect. As compared with the current resorts lack of an official entrance. In the past, you were at Disneyland when you saw the sign, then the parking lot, then the tram stop that followed and moved along with newly arriving guests (remember when we were treated as guests), then the ticket booth. But that big sign meant that you were actually there.

    But now, getting to the park is a real hassle. Who knows what parking lot you’re going to be directed to. When do you actually feel as thou you are at Disneyland? When you’re in the Mickey and Friends? Downtown Disney? the Hotel? Simba parking Lot? Dodging traffic from the IHOP? parking at the Garden Mall? Toy Story Parking Lot? I don’t know.

    The Magic usually began at first sight of the Harbor sign. Today, when going to the resort, when does the magic begin? I think the magic has moved to just walking through the tunnels. Everything else just feels like you’re running a gauntlet of carnival barkers, trying to squeeze you for every nickel. The horrible legacy of Eisner, Pressler and Harass, still lingers like a skunk at a picnic.

  • daveyjones
  • SLUSHIE

    Since the ‘original’ sign was removed in 1989, I couldn’t have been more than 2 years old at the time, but I swear I remember riding in the car and seeing the sign.

    I also remember pulling out of the parking lot and going over some spike strips onto what must have been S West street, but obviously the parking long was around much longer than that so I have no idea when that was.

  • ChrisNJ

    Love the Yesterland updates. Thank you!!!!!

    I didn’t get to Disneyland until l was an adult – living on the East coast means WDW was where the family went. My first trip to DL was on my own. When I saw the DL sign I freaked. Probably good that I was alone in the rental car. ha! Been back many times with others and I”m still glad to have experienced everything through only my eyes on that first time.

    FYI Riding Alice in Wonderland as a solo adult is a bit embarrassing.

  • Darth Goofy

    Another icon destroyed by Dyscorp. I hate the current tacky sign. I too remember the sign and the parking lot with the trams. All these elements added to the excitement of going to the park. I cant imagine having to go into a parking garage to go to Disneyland. Haven’t been since before DCA was built. I think it was 1996.