What Disneyland Looked Like in 1950s

Nearly 3 decades after Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse first debuted, Disneyland opened its doors.

On July 17, 1955, it officially welcomed families to a magical place where they can have fun and let their imagination roam free and run wild. The amusement park quickly became a top destination that attracted visitors from all over the world. Over the years, Disneyland has grown its number of attractions and traditions that to this day, continue to delight and spellbind its millions of visitors.

The Disneyland we see today may be far more developed than it was years ago. But of course, it was as magical then as it is now. These 25 vintage photos of “the happiest place on earth” will show you. Enjoy!

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Workers build Disneyland’s Matterhorn attraction.

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Walt Disney at the Disneyland Opening Ceremony rehearsal in 1955.

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It’s A Small World in its early years.
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The Nixon family attended this Disneyland parade in 1959.

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Dancers put on a show in front of the Matterhorn in 1959.

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Disneyland’s Main Street in 1960.

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Disneyland’s Monorail soars over the Submarine Lagoon.

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Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in 1960.

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Vesey Walker conducts the Disneyland Band.

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Toy soldiers put on a holiday show in 1961.

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Visitors crowd on the raft to Tom Sawyer Island.

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People line up to enter Disneyland in 1963.

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An aerial view of Disneyland Park in 1963.

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Mermaids were once a fixture at Disneyland’s Submarine Lagoon.

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Boys pose in front of the Mickey Mouse flower arrangement in 1965.

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An aerial shot of Fantasyland at Disneyland’s tencennial celebration in 1965.

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Walt Disney cuts the 10th anniversary Disneyland cake with help from Mickey Mouse and Julie Reihm.

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The Walt Disney Family Museum

This vintage Disneyland brochure from 1970 explains the various park attractions.

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Crowds flock to Fantasyland.

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A Disneyland guest in 1957.

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Storybook Canal and the Disneyland Skyway.

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A small girl clings to Pluto in 1977.

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A parade in Disneyland in the 1970s.

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Vintage Disneyland Tickets