Original layout created in 1955 for a full-color newspaper section presenting some of the “many delights and wonders that are yours to enjoy at Disneyland.” (via)
Design Nostalgia Alert. Walt Disney had the Academy Award-winning set designer Emil Kuri build him a secret apartment in the Victorian style above the firehouse on Main Street, USA in Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. From there, Disney built his first theme park. The decor reflected his fondness for the color Cranberry.
Walt Disney World’s Main Street Electrical Parade (1978).
It is well worth your time to stop and look at window displays at Disneyland. I’ve probably mentioned that before. They stay the same for a while, but they are full of details and cuteness. On our last visit, I noticed this window display in Fantasyland. It is right by the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique*.
I haven’t seen Cinderella in a while, but this display showing the little mice hard at work on Cinderella’s dress immediately brought to mind the tune of Cinderelly. Aren’t you glad I put that song in your head? Spools of thread and scissors are strewn across the display, and the edges of the pattern book are even nicely aged. Disney does it right
Origins of name: This bridge spanning Buena Vista Street is modeled after the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge, a concrete arch-bridge viaduct built in 1928 that carries cars over the Los Angeles River, connecting Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood to Glendale.
Fictional back story: On Buena Vista Street, at least one business advertises its proximity to the bridge. “We’re under the bridge,” says an ad for Big Top Toys. The store’s entrance is, in fact, directly under the bridge.
What it really does: Carries the Disneyland Monorail track
I live super close to the original bridge - just drove on it yesterday. =) The Walt Disney Studios were located about one block from the beginning/top of the bridge from 1929 - 1939, on Hyperion Avenue. I’m sure this is why it’s replicated at Disneyland.
Shirley Temple Black at Disneyland enjoying the Dumbo ride with daughter Susan and son Charles in 1956. The next year she returned to christen the new Sleeping Beauty walk-through inside the Castle. Another fun fact, in 1937 Shirley presented Walt Disney with his special Academy Award for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It was a standard-sized Oscar with seven little Oscars. You can find the post on this blog!
Mad Tea Party poster by Jaci Steinberg
Walt Disney at the Opening of Disneyland having fun with the two children who were inside Disneyland first - July 17th, 1955
"Fantasyland is dedicated to the young, and the young at heart and to all those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams do come true."—Walt Disney
Disneyland c. 1962
Alice in Wonderland segment of Disneyland’s “Flights of Fantasy” parade circa 1983.
Here’s another variation of vintage Disneyland, Tomorrowland characters.
Costumes circa 1960’s