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Tiggerific Trivia ~ #Disneyland, 1955

Walt Disney giving the dedication day speech J...

Today's trivia is part history part trivia but all around fascinating for any Disneyland fan.

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a guest at Disneyland in 1955?



Yesterday my DS sent me a vintage Disneyland video he had seen on Reddit. He knew when he saw it that I would just love it, and I do. It was a flashback for me. I would have turned 5 at about the time these home movies were taken. Seeing it took me on a nostalgic journey back to my childhood and a time that was simply magical. 


Thanks so much to Disney historian, Todd James Pierce of
 The Disney History Institute  for creating Disneyland Voce 1955 which is a compilation video from a dozen home movies shot in the first five months of Disneyland's opening in 1955. The Disney History Institute is a wonderful site filled with historical pictures and videos.


 
Obscure and Wonderful Things to Notice in this Video, click here: http://tinyurl.com/mom633w // Video: multiple home movies taken during Disnneyland's first five months of operation. // Song: "Keep Breathing" (cover) by the loreleis, available on iTunes.Disneyland Voce 1955

I'll share three of the wonderful and obscure things found in this film but be sure to head over and have a look at the full list HERE.

Canal Boats of the World - Before Storybook Land (built in 1956), on roughly the same waterway, Disneyland featured a short-lived ride called Canal Boats of the World, in which guests floated past dirt.
Phantom Boats - These are the fabled Phantom Boats—the shortest-lived attraction at Disneyland. Yes, even shorter-lived than the disastrous Rocket Rods. The Phantom Boats lasted just over 13 months before being pulled from the lagoon.
On opening day, Disneyland, Ice Capades


Disney Characters - On opening day, Disneyland borrowed character costumes from the Ice Capades. In the 1950s, Disneyland was without walk-around characters. 

I thought this comment on You Tube was filled with a great deal of insight into the film making process of the time... plus I love geeky photography info.
My background is Film/TV. The 1st color cinematography was patented in 1899 and tested in 1902. Much of this Disney footage may have been shot with 35 mm x 24 mm frame 100-sp film. The resolution of emulsion film is estimated to contain the equivalent of around 4 and 16 million pixels depending on the type of film used. Most Professional-quality "film" cameras can record higher resolution images than current top-end digital cameras Medium format film is the equivalent of approx 50 megapixels.
What are your earliest memories of Disneyland?

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