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.
Disney Characters - On opening day, Disneyland borrowed character costumes from the Ice Capades. In the 1950s, Disneyland was without walk-around characters.
What are your earliest memories of Disneyland?
Have a Tiggerific Day!