^ The first generation character costumes were borrowed from the "Ice Capades" shows. They were designed to be seen at a distance, and up close they were scary (Mickey and Minnie especially). Not long after Disneyland opened, they started designing and building their own costumes, which looked much more like the characters. An interview with Disney animator and Imagineer Bill Justice, who designed the first true Disney costume characters, is here.
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"With the acquisition of Marvel and now of Lucasfilm,
Disney may have finally found the grail. You don't need
imagination or art. All you need is a brand."
- Neil Gabler
Thank you for sharing the links to both the older DL photos as well as Children's Fairyland. I've actually been to the latter three times -- once in the late 50s with my aunt, another time in the early 70s with my aunt and grandmother, and then I brought my own children there in the 90s. I was amazed that my 70s key to the attractions still worked in the 90s! (Yes, I still have my key.)