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    1950s Disneyland & Disneyland Hotel Footage

    How about a little fun. I recently obtained a vintage film which featured footage of Disneyland and the Disneyland Hotel from the 1950s. I have clipped out this footage and pasted it below.


    1950's Disneyland & Disneyland Hotel footage. Not sure of dates although I would say this is some time in 1956. Strange that there are no people in Disneyland. Doesn't look like the shops area of the Disneyland Hotel is open for business although the Gourmet Restaurant may be. Gourmet opened in February, 1956. Pool has no people and it opened in June of 1956. Missing some items in the pool area like the cabanas for dressing which were added last, just prior to opening and no lounge chairs around the pool. I can even see a truck parked on Main Street inside Disneyland in one part of the film.

    Any guesses to specific dates? Please provide evidence and reasoning for your input.


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    Re: 1950s Disneyland & Disneyland Hotel Footage

    That's fascinating. It kinda looks like DL isn't even open yet.

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    Re: 1950s Disneyland & Disneyland Hotel Footage

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottG View Post
    That's fascinating. It kinda looks like DL isn't even open yet.
    I was going to say the same thing.

    Hard to say; all I know is another great find, hotel guy!

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    Re: 1950s Disneyland & Disneyland Hotel Footage

    There has to be some clues in this footage to at least give a ballpark estimate of the date.

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    Re: 1950s Disneyland & Disneyland Hotel Footage

    Quote Originally Posted by CASurfer65 View Post
    I was going to say the same thing.

    Hard to say; all I know is another great find, hotel guy!
    Thanks!!

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    Re: 1950s Disneyland & Disneyland Hotel Footage

    Amazing! I don't even know what else to say!
    Stockholder and Walt Disney Autograph holder!!

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    Re: 1950s Disneyland & Disneyland Hotel Footage

    I'm pretty sure I see a 56 Chevy convertible in that footage.


    This has been a Filmways presentation dahling.

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    Re: 1950s Disneyland & Disneyland Hotel Footage

    Quote Originally Posted by Druggas View Post
    I'm pretty sure I see a 56 Chevy convertible in that footage.
    The white one? I see it too so it could be late-mid 1955.

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    Re: 1950s Disneyland & Disneyland Hotel Footage

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottG View Post
    The white one? I see it too so it could be late-mid 1955.
    Yep, the white one.


    This has been a Filmways presentation dahling.

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    Re: 1950s Disneyland & Disneyland Hotel Footage

    Always fascinated by how much has, and how much has not changed.

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    Re: 1950s Disneyland & Disneyland Hotel Footage

    I am thinking this footage has to be before June of 1956. I can still see ladders and construction at the Disneyland Hotel and again, the pool does not appear to be open.

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    Re: 1950s Disneyland & Disneyland Hotel Footage

    Quote Originally Posted by oldhotelguy View Post
    I am thinking this footage has to be before June of 1956. I can still see ladders and construction at the Disneyland Hotel and again, the pool does not appear to be open.
    If I remember correctly, Chevrolet would announce their new car line-up in October, so that would make sense that it was a 56 Chevy in that movie.


    This has been a Filmways presentation dahling.

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    Re: 1950s Disneyland & Disneyland Hotel Footage

    Thank you

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    Re: 1950s Disneyland & Disneyland Hotel Footage

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottG View Post
    That's fascinating. It kinda looks like DL isn't even open yet.
    Or the footage was shot on one of the days Disneyland was closed - was it Mondays and Tuesdays?

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    Re: 1950s Disneyland & Disneyland Hotel Footage

    At 0:44 is a terrific shot of the long-gone Katella entrance to the parking lot!

    It was definitely shot on a day the park was closed. In the off-season (not summer and not the holidays) the park was closed on Mondays (1955 to 1957) and on both Mondays and Tuesdays (1958 to 1985). During the summer and holiday seasons it was open 7 days a week. At least I think those dates are correct. Someone with better knowledge than me can verify this. I remember it being closed on both Mondays and Tuesdays when I was a kid.

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