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This Is How Disneyland Looked In 1955

King Arthur Carrousel
ID:
TMS-3389
Source:
Orange County Register
Author:
Mark Eades
Dateline:
July 11, 2016
Posted:
July 24, 2016
Status:
Current
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When Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955, there were sections of it that were not done. A reporter noticed all the construction still ongoing and asked Walt Disney if Disneyland would ever be finished. Disney replied in what has become an oft quoted quote: "Disneyland will never be completed, as long as there is imagination left in the world."

Disney was true to his word - Disneyland has never been completed and has been changing ever since, even within a few weeks of opening.

Opening day attractions included things that are still there to this day, like The Jungle Cruise, Autopia and the Disneyland Railroad. Other opening-day rides eventually were updated, such as the Mad Tea Party, King Arthur Carrousel and classic dark rides "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Peter Pan" and Mister Toad's Wild Ride, based on "The Wind in the Willows." In Frontierland, the Mark Twain Riverboat still sits in the waters of the Rivers of America.

Those that opened within a few weeks of the park's grand opening include Rocket to the Moon in Tomorrowland along with the Casey Jr. Circus Train and Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

Another attraction in Fantasyland that opened in 1955 featured occasional appearances by some of the original Mouseketeers: The Mickey Mouse Club Circus, which took place in a real tent. It also had a variety of circus animals in the show.

One of the earliest changes made was to the Disneyland Railroad, it originally operated with one train stopping at the Main Street Station, and the other at the Frontierland Station. The trains would pass each other at sidings next to each station - evidence of the sidings is still present at the Main Street Station. But a few months later, that was changed so that the trains stopped at each station, giving visitors a way to travel from Main Street to Frontierland or vice versa.

Fantasyland holds the distinction of having the first attraction closed to undergo a major modification. On opening day, there was a boat ride simply called, "Canal Boats of the World." Riders would board boats that would take them on a tour of a canal that had nothing to see. By September 1955, Disney closed it down to let his Imagineers change it into the Storybook Canal Boats. The new version opened in 1956 with all the miniature scenes from Disney movies and is still going strong.

But others that were there on opening day have disappeared into the annals of Disneyland history, such as "The Wizard of Bras," which was inside a shop on Main Street U.S.A. called the Intimate Apparel shop, sponsored by Hollywood Maxwell.

Tomorrowland has undergone the most changes, losing a multitude of sponsored exhibits and attractions like "Circarama," which featured a film on opening day that presented a 360-degree view in a film called "A Tour of the West." There was even an attraction called "Space Station X-1."
 
Attractions Referenced

A Tour Of The West

Canal Boats Of The World

Casey Jr. Circus Train

Dumbo The Flying Elephant

Jungle Cruise

King Arthur Carrousel

Mad Tea Party

Mark Twain Riverboat

Mickey Mouse Club Circus

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

Peter Pan

Rocket To The Moon

Santa Fe and Disneyland Railroad

Snow White's Adventures

Space Station X-1

Storybook Land Canal Boats

Tomorrowland Autopia

Wizard Of Bras

 
Shops Referenced

Intimate Apparel

 
Lands Referenced

Fantasyland

Frontierland

Main Street U.S.A.

Tomorrowland

 
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