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    Disneyland - Old Photos and Ephemera Thread

    Seeing as both I and my father have a lot of this sort of thing saved up, may as well share it. Both old and new, from 1955 to present day, shall be shared here: postcards, guidebooks, interesting photos both personal and scanned, tickets, whatever I come across

    For those new to this thread or returning both, there is new material being uploaded at the end/current last page on a daily basis or after requests that I can fill. All comments and requests are truly very much appreciated, and share your own material if you have it!


    Fantasyland from an unknown specific date, likely late 1950's. Note the houses, dirt roads, and such behind the park boundary, the cement pond for the Pirate Ship, and mysterious open grass beyond Fantasyland and the castle towards front of the photo.


    Eager children in their fancy duds accept popcorn from a Main Street vendor, from a 1957 park guidebook.


    Claude Coats' masterpiece, the Rainbow Caverns deep inside the mine ride through Nature's Wonderland

    An extensive list of the park's attractions, shops, and dining from the back cover of a 1957 guidebook:



    Rather nice rendition of the Matterhorn from a Little Golden Book entitled "Donald Duck in Disneyland"


    And to bring it to the modern era, a Disneyland guidemap from October 2009.

    There is plenty more to come, shout out if you like this, and post your own materials! I look forward to sharing as long as there is interest Enjoy!
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    re: Disneyland - Old Photos and Ephemera Thread

    Bump since I posted this at the worst time, dead of night heh...

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    re: Disneyland - Old Photos and Ephemera Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by RegionsBeyond View Post
    Bump since I posted this at the worst time, dead of night heh...
    Haha. I know what that's like.

    I don't think I'll ever get tired of looking at old photos of the parks and older guidebooks and art.
    I love that depiction of the Matterhorn. I wish my family had cool hand-me-downs like this. Problem is that they didn't even live in California till maybe the 70s...? And no one really thought it'd be a good idea to save stuff back then I guess.

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    re: Disneyland - Old Photos and Ephemera Thread

    I love this stuff - thank you for sharing! Can't wait to see more.


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    Thumbs up re: Disneyland - Old Photos and Ephemera Thread

    OOoooOOOooo, me likey! More please
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    re: Disneyland - Old Photos and Ephemera Thread

    when my daughter was younger, about 6 yrs ago, I used to have this little golden book about Small World. It was about a little boy who went to Disneyland with his orphanage. He feels left out and alone, like he didn't fit in. Then he stumbles onto It's a Small World ride and he sees all the children from around the world and realises that he does belong no matter what race, or color. I really wish I could find that book again. It was so cute.

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    re: Disneyland - Old Photos and Ephemera Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by lou_mom View Post
    when my daughter was younger, about 6 yrs ago, I used to have this little golden book about Small World. It was about a little boy who went to Disneyland with his orphanage. He feels left out and alone, like he didn't fit in. Then he stumbles onto It's a Small World ride and he sees all the children from around the world and realises that he does belong no matter what race, or color. I really wish I could find that book again. It was so cute.

    I JUST bought that book (along with a cassette tape of the story) at a rummage sale a couple of weekends ago. You are right. It is really cute!

    I love the idea of this thread and will share things I have when I can!

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    re: Disneyland - Old Photos and Ephemera Thread

    More please ... from regions beyond.

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    re: Disneyland - Old Photos and Ephemera Thread

    Thank you all for the comments, and ask and you shall receive!


    You could stay at the Tropicana, with the Monorail zipping by just across the street, and a view of the tippy-top of the Matterhorn.


    This bit of obscurity comes from a book called "Disneyland World of Flowers": the seating area for the Pirate Ship/Tuna Boat

    The Hitchhiking Ghosts make a rather grim appearance in the SLG Haunted Mansion comic series:



    And last but not least, some guests enjoying the old barrel bridge on Tom Sawyer Island, as the Mark Twain comes around the bend.

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    re: Disneyland - Old Photos and Ephemera Thread

    This is a great thread! I sure hope there's more..

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    re: Disneyland - Old Photos and Ephemera Thread

    Fantastic stuff! Thank you for posting and I can't wait to see more. Those aerial shots of Pre-1982 Fantasyland always astound me!
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    re: Disneyland - Old Photos and Ephemera Thread

    Thank you both for the comments! May do some digging later on and see what might go into a next batch

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    re: Disneyland - Old Photos and Ephemera Thread

    Great pics, thanks for sharing!

    I only wish I could go back in time to see what Disneyland once was...

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    re: Disneyland - Old Photos and Ephemera Thread

    Here's another batch 'o stuff:


    From a 1957 guidebook, Sheriff Lucky collars that no good outlaw Black Bart on the streets of Frontierland


    Postcard of the Jungle Cruise "tribal village" (Let me see if I can translate..... )


    Early Haunted Mansion merchandise folder (likely for viewmaster reel or postcards)


    A personal slide taken in 1978 by my father, of the original Submarine Voyage.

    That's it for now, and thank you all for looking!

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    re: Disneyland - Old Photos and Ephemera Thread

    Ack, this tends to vanish fast.

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