I still remember opening day, 1955, even though I was only 3 years old. The parking lot asphalt was soft, and my shoes sank with each step. It was like walking in mud. They let the little kids have brown grocery bags and fill them up with Cracker Jack boxes that were on the ground. That was a lot of fun. Then we moved with the herd to the parking lot gate. I was looking up at a bunch of grown-ups with my dad. Walt Disney gave a speech. Then the gates swung open. We walked to the turnstiles, and then we waited, again. Inside, I remember being drawn to the castle while everyone else, including my sportswriter dad, went to Frontierland for speeches and such. I was 3 years old, walking around Fantasyland, alone, and went on the Toad ride three times, even though it scared me. It was one of the only rides that was working. On the way home dad said DL was going to be a failure because none of the rides were working. I said no. I already was feeling the magic. I still do. I'll be back in September, prime time, when the kids go back to school. We were dirt poor back then so I couldn't buy anything. My dad got free tickets. Newspaper reporters didn't make much back then. I always buy something when I visit these days to compensate for always hearing no as a child.
A great post, both happy and sad. I was still in womb at Disneyland's opening, but they claim to have made a couple of trips to Anaheim to see the construction. I'm watching now the Disney Treasures DVD of Dateline Disneyland. Have a great day at Disneyland.
I had that set of attraction poster greeting cards, but I eventually used them all as thank yous. Anyway, all the DL photos are great. I love DL today, but I still miss the way it used to be. Does anyone know how DL celebrated today?
We were at DL Sunday morning @ opening ... Splash Mt. was down, as were ToT and Screamin' in DCA when that park opened. Ended up leaving early as no fastpasses were available either. Salvaged the trip with a FP for Star Tours and rides on Space & Thunder Mountains, plus Little Mermaid.
I loved seeing this old photos. They took me back to the days when "Frontierland" was like going back in time, to the old wild west. Disneyland has improved over the years, except for Frontierland, which has morphed into something beyond and behind the original version at the same time. I still remember the mules rides, the stagecoach rides, the Indian village, and the Indian attacks of the fort. And I remember when the "Jungle Cruise" was serious, like a real trip down an African river, instead of a running gag. It would be neat if sometimes they returned to the original script.